Small Updates Go A Long Way

A few years ago my cute cousin  Angela contacted me about helping update her Living Room.  I sent over ideas that would be easy to implement and not too expensive on their student budget.  I just recently helped her update her bedroom and I thought I’d share the process with you.  Angela lives in a rental so she can’t make any major changes to paint.  She felt like her master bedroom was boring and needed a lot of help. Her budget for a new look was under $1,000.

We decided we’d keep all her furniture so we could put money elsewhere.  The main concerns were that the nightstands and bed came in a set so they felt too matchy match.  She also didn’t like how the dresser felt so out of place.  I suggested she paint the nightstands white so they felt different next to the bed. Then to tie in the modern dresser I told her to paint the dresser either all white or two-toned like this:
and switch out the hardware to this:
This is the board I came up with for the rest of the plan. 

Two of the Navy Deco Pillows from Caitlin Wilson. 
This as a lumbar in front and then a blanket folded at the end of the bed. 

I think painting the nightstands made a huge difference! She also bought my favorite rug for the foot of the bed. 

I think these small changes made a big difference!

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8 Responses to Small Updates Go A Long Way

  1. Stacey Hatem Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    They really did make a huge difference! Looks fantastic!!

  2. Bethany Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank you Angela and Kirsten for these posts; I just love them and seeing that there are little things that everyone can do to make their spaces look better. 🙂

  3. Boss Nanang Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Waw..Thanks for your sharing..I like this, I ever made it but not as good as your's Jamu Kuat Tahan Lama

  4. Melissa Salmon Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    These posts are super helpful. Thank you. What size is the rug?

  5. Martha Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    This is awesome! I'd love to see more pics of the dresser and art. Nice job!

  6. Melissa Marie Head Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Wow that makes a HUGE difference!

  7. designchic Friday, May 15, 2015 at 4:01 am #

    These changes are amazing…love the new knobs and the rug and pillows are so statement making!!

  8. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Definitely…looks great!