You know that segment on the Today show where Matt Lauer leave the main studio and re-appears in the most random places and you always had to guess where he was.
Kind of like where’s Waldo from 7-9am.
Today on the blog is kind of like that.
I’m not here siting in my new master bedroom by the fire with a laptop and coffee and a Gray’s Anatomy marathon.
I’m somewhere else.
Some place that may or may not rhyme with yew fork witty.
And I can’t WAIT to tell you all about it. Like a million pictures of the city and drinking coffee from the corner of 55th and Broadway and taking every bit of it in so I can tell you all about it and working with an awesome brand and watching the behind-the-scenes of a photo shoot and getting to meet famous people who may or may not be called Brooke Shields.
And I’m so over-the-moon excited that I want to check and make sure they meant to invite me.
But that’s not for today.
Today I want to talk about how I transformed this bed.
When I started on the master bedroom makeover, I began with the bed. It seemed the most obvious place to start. I wanted to upgrade to a queen bed and in my mind I had visions of finding a bed at a yard sale or thrift store or clearance center and it would be marked $50 and I would take it and transform it and make it amazing. When I wasn’t looking for a bed, I’d seen tons of them before.
How hard could finding a bed be?
4 trips to the thrift store, 10 yard sales, a junk store shopping trip and a visit to the clearance sale.
And not a single solitary queen-sized bed under $400.
It seemed like everyone was very impressed with their used beds.
So I started searching online and I found this bed from Overstock.
It was queen-size. Check.
And it had a canopy. Check and bonus because I hadn’t really been looking for a canopy.
But it was dark and some sort of metal. Not check.
And the fabric on the headboard didn’t really match. Not check.
But it was on sale (at the time) for only $229.00. Check.
And I’m a DIY’er.
Check, check and double check.
So the first thing I did was spray paint the bed.
I know what you are thinking.
You pay $229 for a bed and then you spray paint it?
It was easy and only two cans of silver spray paint and now the color fit in the room and looked like a more expensive version of a canopy bed.
Next, the headboard was tufted.
It was a simple transformation.
You could just unscrew the fabric part from the frame and with a little drop cloth fabric and some buttons, the headboard looks so much more expensive.
And lastly, I simply added clip-on rings from the home improvement store and drop cloths for curtains.
Since so many of you asked about them. Here’s my 411 on drop cloths.
1. These are 6′ x 9′ drop cloths.
2. I buy them at Lowe’s. You can buy them at other stores, but I like the color of Lowe’s and this size doesn’t have a seam.
3. If you buy them larger than that, you will have a seam. But I think the seam kind of looks industrial. Also, watch out for pencil writing on the drop cloth. I don’t know why they write on them, but sometimes they do. Just spray and wash it when you wash them.
4. You can wash them and bleach them to look more like linen. Here’s some great ideas for washing and bleaching from my friend Marion.
5. My favorite thing about drop-cloths is that you can “train” them to do exactly what you want. I usually clip the folds with a clothes pin.
Now go forth and drop-cloth decorate.
PS And maybe I’ll ask Brooke if she has any drop cloth tips for us. 🙂
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