Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Decorating on a Budget

One of my favorite things to do is decorate. I don't write too much about it but the bug is there once I get going.

And even more fun is finding ways to get the job done without spending very much. Kind of like a champagne design on a beer budget.

And speaking of great bargains, we are still in the process of working on the downstairs laundry room/bathroom. It is almost finished...but there have been other projects we started working on and didn't quite finish. I can take a couple of photos here and there to show some mid-way results...or I could just wait until it really looks right? This was the room we painted with our 1.00 can of paint and the 10.00 countertop....obviously the BEFORE photo.

The other project we are working on is getting the guest room ready for a visitor. And while I am doing that we've freed up another room since my step son has gone to be in the army. He has been at boot camp all this time and we are keeping him in our prayers. I'm sure it was quite an adjustment....going from high school to boot camp!

Anyway, I've been trying to decide what colors to paint these two rooms. One room I'd love to go "patriotic" and do white wainscoting on the lower wall and navy blue on the top portion. We come across so many antique prints, etc in our auction and estate sale travels, I'm sure we could find something great to decorate the room with.

The other room I am doing shabby chic. (See above....remember this was the chandelier chain cover I was making?) I know, shabby chic has been around for awhile but I've never really been able to do it quite the way I wanted to, until now. In fact, it may not be the "normal" shabby chic. I'll show you pictures when that is complete, too. For now here is a "before" shot. Hmmmmm....what are we up to?

Lots and lots of new projects going on...isn't summer great?


MJ said...

Please post some photos of your laundry room! I'm trying to get motivated to think of what to do with mine and I'd love some ideas!!

Ms.Daisy said...

What a tease you are! Can't wait to see the photos!
Good Luck!


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

It will be fun to see when you are done!

Melissa said...


I love the idea of your patriotic colors. I love the look of a room with chair-rail and white paint below and some fun color above.

Also, you made me laugh with your comment about bathing the new 300 pound baby (the hutch) at Sunbonnet Cottage.

Have a great evening.

Sunbonnet Cottage

Connie said...

STRIPES!!!! Oh, my sweet jillian chickadee, that will be stupendous! Take a look at my laundry room on the blog right side to see how I made a pass-thru-to-garage laundry room if you haven't already. It turned out better than I could have imagined, sweetpea.

Michelle said...

Love the painting technique! Can't wait for more photos!


Dana said...

I love to hear those "bargain decorating stories", Jillian. It just makes the end result so much more personal and special. Best wishes to your stepson as he continues through bootcamp.

Liz said...

Whew... you are one motivated woman! Cant wait to see more!

Natasha said...

What a transition for your stepson!! Boy you are one decorating girl. Can't wait to see the big reveal!!!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

All this teasing! I can't wait to see the finished rooms...

Sassafras & LuLu said...

Hi Jillian, I am so absent this summer, I think it is harder in summer to keep up! Love your chandelier (sp) and shabby stuff too. I have lots to work on here, will post a pic of something my dh workin on for me last minute. Never enough time. I have to catch up on your blog you always visit me! have a great day. Will check back and see your house progress!
hugs, Carol

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