If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ve probably come to realise I like a bargain, I live life on the frugal side and don’t splash out without reason. So I wanted to share with you how I got my bedroom furniture to match for next to nothing.
Basically I keep an eye out for bargains. Read this post about getting Something for nothing. So the furniture in question is 2 bedside cabinets and a bedroom chair.
The chair came for my mother, I’ve had it nearly 10 years now and my mum had it a long time before then. Before it was red, it was blue and before it was blue it was black. It’s been repainted several times to match the colour scheme of whatever room it goes in. And red didn’t match the room any more.
This little bedside cabinet, I found dumped next to the bins at my old flat. People often left things here for the taking, and for the most put them next to the bin, so they were clean and usually perfectly usable. I also got a bookshelf, some paintings and a bathroom cabinet from the bins.
And this little cabinet, was one of the many things left in the house that a friend bought. My friend didn’t want it, so gave it to me. So none of this furniture cost anything!
So to start with I gave them all an undercoat, this was some paint I had anyway and would make it easier to paint over the various surfaces.
Once they had 2 coats of undercoat, they were ready to paint. And in the January sales I’d picked up a small tin of gloss paint for 50p. Yes 50 pence, a bargain!
I coated the furniture and left to dry. And dry. Painting gloss in a cold, slightly damp shed in the middle of an English winter, apparently didn’t make for good drying conditions. But eventually they did dry.
The furniture now is the same colour and despite being different styles, they looked like a set and matched perfectly with the room. This makeover cost the grand total of 50p. If I did it again, I’d make sure to have better drying conditions for the furniture, as you can see a few drips, as it took about 4 days to dry. Also maybe 2 lighter coats, rather than 1 thick coat would work better. So next time you need some bedroom furniture look around you, see what you have or what someone may be throwing out, a lick of paint can make a big difference.