Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Second Hand Bedroom {and what it cost}

We are this close to finishing off the master bedroom. I have a vintage chandelier to hang, and I'd love a fab area rug in there (ok, and maybe some crown molding) and then we'll be fini.

I've done several posts on my bedroom (can you tell that I love it?) but thought it would be fun to do another showing all the second hand/vintage/hand me down items that I used in this room, and what I spent on them. 

Don't you wonder what things cost? What bargains others find, or if a room you admire on a blog cost $200 to decorate, or $20,000? No? Well, I do, and I thought I would share with you what we spent.

As I sit here writing this post, I can honestly tell you that I have no idea what we spent.  I have yet to add it up, so it will be interesting for me to see as well.

We started with nothing for this room, except for our mattress. I wanted a totally different look than the matching furniture we had in our last home (which is now housed in the guest room).  I looked to Kijiji, for much of my furniture in here, and was also lucky in that my family handed down some pieces also.  EVERYTHING, with the exception of the mattress/boxspring, some textiles, reframing pictures, and some accessories, is vintage.

Marble topped chest of drawers: Kijiji (basically like Craig's List) $175
Antlers: given to me/free
terrarium: given to me/free
picture: given to me/professional reframing $300 (this ain't cheap!)
Armoire: from my Grandmother/free
Bust: Kijiji $35
Etchings: Antique dealer, liquidating his collection $12 for 6
Frames for etchings: Michaels, on sale for $5 each-$30 total
Basket: Home Sense $12
other accessories/pillows, I've had for years

Bedside table/desk: Kijiji $175
Clock: Home Sense $20 (I have seen the EXACT same one currently in a local home decor shop for $75!!)
Frame: gift
Urn with orchid: gift
Bedside lamps: My mother gave them to me, but bought them for $2 for both (!!) at a garage sale
Picture above bed: gift
Professional re-framing for picture $300
Pottery Barn bedding: $200 for all, including skirt, shams and duvet cover

Headboard (seen in an old picture before we painted the walls): Kijiji $125

Barley twist gateleg table: Kijiji $125

Granny needlepoint chair: Kijiji $50

Desk (which I repainted) Kijiji: $75
Chairs: gift
Matelesse to cover chairs: gift, and I sewed the covers myself
Basket under desk: Home Sense $50
Hydrangeas: free
Frames on desk: Home Sense around $12 each
vintage encyclopedieas, tray, all pictures-gifts or free
Professional reframing of picture-$200
Preserved cedar topiaries: on sale for $50 for both

moss and nests for terrarium: under $10
Urns I've had for 10 years
Bosporus Flax linen for draperies $200 for all supplies; sewn myself
Drapery hardware came from our old house

A close-up of the picture hanging above the dresser. It was given to me by my Mom, and I love it!

Close up of the antique etchings we scored for $2 each from an antique dealer.

More etchings from same antique dealer $8 for 4
Frames: Michaels: $60 for 4
Orchid pot:gifted, orchid $15
This is actually more than I thought it would be, but I think the $800 on reframing those pictures made a big dent in the budget (but worth it to preserve them properly!). 
I'd say this still isn't bad to completely furnish (except for our mattress which I bought many years ago) a large master bedroom. If I had more money to spend, I still don't think I'd change a thing. I love the vintage elements and unmatched furniture that has a more collected over time look.
It is certainly a wonderful, restful retreat!
Linking my second hand bedroom to these wonderful parties at:



ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea your room looks gorgeous! I love all the pretty pieces you have in there and all your pretty accessories too!

Kelly said...[Reply to comment]

You've done a great job making your master bedroom beautiful on a budget. I don't think it looks like you skimped on anything! That actually is a good price to pay for everything done in there when you consider how much furniture you have and bedding, linens and accessories. I have never added mine up either. Scary! Ha!

Connie said...[Reply to comment]

Your room is lovely . . . for that much beauty the price was a bargain. Maybe, you should take a class in framing . . . think of all the money you will save on your next re-do :)
Enjoy your lovely bedroom, and sweet dreams.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

P.S. This was a very interesting post. I, too, enjoy seeing what people pay for items. Great Job!

Sharing Shadymont said...[Reply to comment]

Amazing room! Love everything you did, especially love the drapes! Just beautiful!

Susan said...[Reply to comment]

What a calm, restful, beautiful retreat. You did a great job. Boy, do I miss kijiji!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

It is all so beautiful. I can't believe the deals on some of the items.

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...[Reply to comment]

The bedroom looks so luxurious. Your patience and persistence in gathering all these lovely vintage pieces definitely paid off! I love the armoire.

swandaughter said...[Reply to comment]

This is really lovely. REALLY!! I think I am going to go straight to Kijiji and check it out.

swandaughter said...[Reply to comment]

This is really lovely. REALLY!! I think I am going to go straight to Kijiji and check it out.

MONICA LIVAS said...[Reply to comment]

What a wonderful room! Love the curtains!

thistlewoodfarm said...[Reply to comment]

*sigh* This is so beautiful! I love it! Those hydrangea under the table are amazing!

Have a great day rock star!

kijsa said...[Reply to comment]

It is beautiful!! I love the furniture, colors, and all your special touches!

Domestic Sweetheart said...[Reply to comment]

So pretty! Happy Friday :)

Debra said...[Reply to comment]

This is a lovely lovely room! SO attractive and restful looking...anyone would be happy to have this as their bedroom / WOW ! :)

Peggy Bolyer said...[Reply to comment]

You did a beautiful job, it does look restful. I love your desk.

Peggy @

must love junk said...[Reply to comment]

Love it! It looks so warm and inviting! I'm your newest follower and invite you to visit and say hi :)

Windlost said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful! You must have more patience than me to shop on kijiji! I adore that gateleg table, so if you ever get tired of it you know who to call.

Hope all is well and you are surviving the cold.

Sorry I am behind on my blog visiting! xo Terri

td said...[Reply to comment]

This is one of the most beautiful rooms I've see on bloglad...elegant,warm and serene. The drapery is outstanding. CTD

Diane said...[Reply to comment]

Excellent job my friend! Love the drapery and the chair slip covers. Diane

Keeping it Cozy said...[Reply to comment]

It's beautiful! I love all the furniture pieces and your drapes are gorgeous.

Stacey said...[Reply to comment]

Your bedroom is beautiful! I love the colors, the fabrics, the accessories, everything. :)

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