Before: Last Room to DecorateGina and Dan Sedlacek had one week to paint and decorate before they moved into their new home. They managed to get the downstairs and all the kids' rooms done before move-in day. Guess which room didn't get done? Their bedroom. They have a beautiful canopy bed that is without the canopy. It won't fit in their new bedroom because of a ceiling fan. He prefers the fan to the canopy, but she would rather have the canopy than the fan.
After: Tuscan WarmthWith the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer, and less than $500, designer Kellie Kaufer adds color, warmth and European charm to a neglected master bedroom.
Plaster ReliefThe makeover starts by giving the walls some Old World flavor. Plaster relief patterns are randomly placed around the room. To make the relief, stencils are taped on the wall and then the plaster is smeared on using a putty knife. After 20 minutes of drying time, the walls are painted a warm, golden color.
Walls — $40
Window BenchToy boxes and a small shelving unit are transformed into window seats. All the pieces are painted white and adorned with wrought-iron scrollwork.
Window bench — $97
SconcesThe ceiling fan was removed to make room for the bed’s canopy. To make up for the loss of light, bedside wall sconces are hung above the nightstands. The translucent beads lend an air of romance with their golden sparkle.
Beaded sconces — $ 48
BeddingThe bedding may look and feel like silk, but it's actually a polyester-weave blend — very practical for a couple with young children. Complementing pillows add some old-fashioned comfort wrapped in contemporary style.
A cheap, discount floor lamp is given more of a natural-style by covering it new materials. The base is spray painted silver. A large PVC pipe is cut to size and slipped over the lamp's pole. Bamboo place mats are then adhered to the pipe. A woven shade tops it off.
ValanceWhile the plain blinds are functional, they are certainly not soft or romantic. Kellie creates no-sew valances from table runners. She just glues the edges and then inserts hooks to hang the valances on the rod. The soft, floral pattern on the runners was her inspiration for the room's design.
Valances — $51
Wall PocketA piece of scrap of wood is cut into a long triangle that will serve as the back of the pocket. Then a woven place mat is stapled onto the wood and the excess is cut off. The materials for the wall pocket only cost $4. The biggest expense was the flowers.
Floral wall pocket — $21
Photo TilesKellie makes picture tiles with photographs of the homeowners' children. She starts by printing the photo in reverse on transfer paper. Liquid medium is spread on the tile and on the front of the photo. The photo is placed face-down on the tile then placed in the oven for 15 minutes at 170 degrees (or it can sit at room temperature for at least four hours). She moistens the transfer paper with water then peels it off. Transfer paper and liquid medium usually provide instructions on their label. Finally, a diamond drill bit is used to make the holes for the rope.
Wall tiles — $6