Jacquelynne Steves

Beach Bedroom

Beach Bedroom- Jacquelynne Steves b

So, we have slowly, slowly, been re-doing the beach house that we purchased from my parents several years ago. My dad was going to sell it because it was getting to be too much for him to take care of as he got older… We had so many great memories of summers spent there and we wanted to hang onto it. We purchased it at a great price, and my head was full of dreams about how I was going to decorate it… Of course, now we recognize that it’s just a huge Money Pit! Oh well… It’s a lot of work, but there is such satisfaction in taking an old, run-down looking room and turning it into something of a calm & relaxing “oasis.” Remember the other day I told you that I’d share some inexpensive Beach Bedroom ideas? Well, here’s the first room I’m going to show you! You’re going to find LOTS of cheap and easy decorating tips!

I am going to share with you my best, cheapest, easiest trick for transforming a room…. are you ready? It’s…. Spray Paint. It is a miracle product- I have used it to transform all kinds of furniture, light fixtures, baskets, trash bins…. You would be amazed what you can do. Stuff that would normally get thrown in the dumpster can be re-born with a can of spray paint. In second place would be regular brush-on latex paint. Not quite as easy as spray paint, but still a miracle worker! Let me show you-

Oh, but before we begin… brace yourselves for the “before” photo- it’s a doozy!!

Bedroom Makeover Before- Jacquelynne Steves

OK, now we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get started:

Beach Bedroom- Jacquelynne Steves 2

This metal headboard was in another, much smaller room, along with its matching footboard- much too much furniture for the little room it was in. It was also silver, but it had great little details that I really liked. I wanted natural “beachy” tones in this room, so I spray painted the headboard dark brown- it instantly added a bit of sophistication. We left off the footboard- it’s still hanging out in the garage, waiting to be used on another project at some point. The fish above the bed were painted by my daughter. I traced some outlines of fish onto sheets of newspaper, and my father-in-law cut out the shapes from scrap wood. Then daughter referred to some fish photos and used regular acrylic craft paint to add some details. Then we sealed them with matte sealer found in the paint department of the craft store.

Furniture Makeover- Jacquelynne Steves

The side tables were actually the living room end tables that I grew up with in my mom and dad’s house in the 1970’s! They were so ugly, but a couple of coats of- yep, spray paint- added new life! They were dark brown before, the khaki spray paint lightened them up and made them more modern. I think they look pretty cool- and the spray paint only cost me about $10. (The ugly gray carpet is going to be replaced with laminate from Ikea- we’ve already done a few rooms and just haven’t gotten to this one yet.)

Inexpensive Beach Furniture- Jacquelynne Steves

Above- bedroom chairs were expensive and too bulky for this little room. I found this plastic-wicker chair and cushion at Pier One Imports- quite inexpensive, and the compact size is perfect. The color was perfect too- it matched the brown that I had painted the headboard, no addition spray paint required! I found the bird artwork and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and the photo is a shot that my husband took at the beach.

Repainted Dresser- Jacquelynne Steves

This used to be my little brother’s childhood dresser. It was much too dark, and I wanted to paint it. However, it had a laminate top, and I was afraid that no matter what I did to prep/prime it, the paint would surely scuff off with use. The answer was to paint just the fronts of the drawers- the light blue paint brightens it up, I really like the contrast of the light blue against the dark brown wood- plus it was much less work to paint just the drawer fronts! I replaced the knobs with inexpensive silver knobs found at the hardware store. I used the silver finish for the lamps that I got too (super cheap at one of those close-out stores.) The silver finish makes the whole room look fresh and modern.

Beach Bedroom Decor- Jacquelynne Steves 2

A quick and easy decoration is a bowl of river rocks- our house happens to be on the bay, but I liked the color and texture these provided. I got a bag of rocks at the craft store. My little nieces and nephews also like to play with them when they come down to visit!

Beach Bedroom Art- Jacquelynne Steves

Daughter painted this shell painting several years ago- the colors were perfect for the room. It’s actually quite amazing how everything came together in this little bedroom.

Beach Bedroom Furniture- Jacquelynne Steves

I found the curtains on clearance. The sandy color was just right… and I like their fresh, casual look.

That’s the tour for Bedroom #1- come back for a couple more rooms with more decorating ideas!

Do you have any ideas for really easy decor-makeovers? Have you tried spray paint, and if so, how did your project come out? Let us know in the comments!

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9 Comments

  • Jennifer
    Posted May 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow – what a transformation! I haven’t tried spray paint to try and re-purpose old items but what you did makes me want to try! I also love the colors that you used for this room – the brown and tan colors really work well together and help with the “beachy” feel for this room. I can’t wait to see more of what you have done!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted May 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer- Yes I’ve started “collecting” spray paint in every color! When I see a color in the store that I like, I just buy a can or 2 because you never know when you will need it! And of course, the trick to good application is lots of light layers of paint, and let it dry in between coats. If you try to cover it all at once, you’ll just end up with runs and globs of paint.

  • Posted May 31, 2014 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I love it!!! So fresh and clean and beachy – I can smell the salt and hear the waves – oh my! Your daughter seems to have inherited your artistic talent :)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 2, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

      Actually, I think she is much more talented than I am!

  • Posted June 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    “The Money Pit” is one of our favorite movies! We live in a big, OLD house and can really relate to that movie. You might think you have a money pit, but I think you have a treasure. I’ve always wanted to live at the beach. My daughter seems to have inherited that desire. If you want some really neat, and relatively inexpensive, items for your beach house you need to check out TJMaxx, Marshall’s, and Home Goods if you haven’t already. I was in TJMaxx just the other day (in Alabama) and they had some really cute signs and other beachy items. What fun!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 5, 2014 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      Oh yes! I get a lot of stuff from Home Goods and TJ Max. In a later post, you’ll see some lamps and artwork that I got there for a steal!

  • Linda
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    What a lot of good ideas! That headboard is a jewel. How talented daughter is!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 5, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      Yes, Linda- I’m VERY lucky to have her! She is also excellent with the computer, so I love it when she comes home for the summer and holidays so she can help me out!

  • ColleenM
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    We use spray paint all the time to remake old items. The most recent project was a “free” rocking chair we recovered from a local front yard. it was black and had a broken spindle. My daughter and I replaced the spindle with a dowel rod and painted it with the most beautiful periwinkle color. We have it in the yard but if I had room in the house we;d bring it in:)

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