Yesterday was a big day on the blog. We revealed Polly’s modern cottage bedroom, and the comments are rolling in. We feel the positive energy coming from your excitement and it really does mean the world, especially because we really try to reflect so much of ourselves and our style into every space. After a reveal, we like to turn around and give you a breakdown of what a makeover like this costs. It can sometimes be tricky if there’s cost of labor, etc., but this room is small and very DIY friendly.
We’ve done a few other budget breakdowns in the past, including our primary closet, the fullmer kitchen, and our previous primary bathroom, and it’s neat to be able to see a wide range of budgets and how the money is allocated.
For Polly’s room, we actually used a lot of furnishings that we already had. We love a good “shop the house” game, plus this allowed us to be able to splurge on the custom-made curtains, add the wall paneling, and install the ceiling wallpaper of our dreams. We included the price of those things nonetheless, but I highly recommend incorporating a little bit of “old” with the “new” when you design your own rooms. Your wallet will thank you, AND this gives you permission to invest in a few quality things you absolutely love, and who knows, maybe someday those items will be “shopped” into future rooms.
Paint Color: Expressive Plum by Sherwin Williams – $75
Paneling – $410
Ceiling Wallpaper – $280 per roll
Tapestry – $198 (Moved in from the dining room.)
Spindle Daybed – $833
Toile Sheets – $59
Ivory Throw – $130 (From the girl’s bunk room in our last home.)
Gingham Pillow – $98 (Did a daily dupe of it here.)
Velvet Throw Pillow – $18 (already had)
Cuddle and Kind Doll – $57 (already had)
Floor Lamp – $349
Laundry Basket – $138 (From polly’s nursery.)
Curtains (custom by Martha & Ash)
Fabric for Curtains – $32.95 per yard x 16 yards = $527
Curtain Rod – $41
Glider – $899 (We have had this glider for 7 or 8 years.)
Throw Pillow – $238 (Stole from the basement.)
Pouf – $182
Book Basket – $31
Side Table – $120 (Moved in from the girl’s office.)
Table Lamp – $199
Wool Wall Giraffe – $168
Acrylic Shelves – $51
Not including items we already had, the total was actually…
Keep in mind, we usually remodel in phases. Polly’s phase one room update included adding the wall paneling, her big girl bed, and the book basket. Just a reminder that the reality of renovating a space for us doesn’t EVER look like one big shopping spree. It takes time, and is done one layer at a time. For a while I didn’t know what sheets to use for Polly’s room. I knew I wanted a floral print to incorporate my “floral, geometric pattern formula,” but I wasn’t about to buy just any sheets in order to finish the room. No. I waited until I stumbled across the most delicate, cottage-blue, vintage inspired sheets and “added to cart” immediately. It’s a process and sometimes takes time.
None of the books are included in the budget either. These are just books we have that Polly loves, and that we love reading to her, but we did do a round-up for you. Who would we even be without sharing a good round-up? Bedtime reading has always been in the routine, and actually I’m so glad we moved her favorite rocker back in so we can continue the nostalgia of snuggling up with a blanket and a book (in the chair that we have rocked both Polly and Faye in), and building memories. Would love to hear what your favorite books to read to your kids are! (Our current favorite is The Bad Seed–it’s so good and I like to do different voices, too)
1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? $5
2. The Napping House $6
3. Library Lion $6
4. Next to You $7
5. Where the Wild Things Are $7
6. But Not the Hippopotamus $8
7. Whistle for Willie $8
8. May I Bring a Friend $9
9. Ten Minutes to Bed Little Dinosaur $10
10. The Bad Seed $11
11. Story Boat $13
12. No, David! $14
13. Charlotte the Scientist is Squished $14
14. The Rabbit Listened $15
15. Yoga Bunny $15
16. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend $27
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