Let Sara Show You How She Refreshed Her Parent’s Bedroom And Bath (With Almost NO BUDGET)

It’s been some time since I final wrote a weblog put up, however what they are saying about using a motorcycle…it is perhaps slightly wobbly.

At the moment, on your viewing eyeballs, I’ve the quaint little makeover of my mother and pop’s main bed room and toilet. It’s actually extra of a refresh since we had an nearly non-existent price range to work with and really robust attachments to most of the present items. Let’s begin with the befores, lets?

Please, ignore the clear laundry all around the mattress. I took these images for my very own reference, not realizing it will be the final time I noticed the bed room earlier than my dad emptied all of it out to refinish the flooring on a whim. He did the refinishing himself, and it turned out fantastically.

The room is on the second flooring of their Spanish Colonial residence, going through northeast – which suggests it will get lovely morning mild, after which progressively darker by way of the day. It was painted three completely different colours (peach partitions, inexperienced trim, white ceiling, and closet doorways), and had a little bit of a hodgepodge of kinds happening.

It was slightly cottage, slightly Spanish, and slightly Craftsman. So going into this refresh, I needed the house to really feel extra cohesive. I additionally needed the house to really feel heat, enjoyable, and really very like my mother and father. I didn’t wish to make the identical errors I made with their lounge, so from the beginning, they have been very concerned with each choice. And I took a couple of design L’s as a way to keep true to their needs. 

“You actually wish to maintain the fan as an alternative of including a lovely mild fixture?”

You bought it.

“Dad already put in the bedside sconces, they usually’re extraordinarily excessive and shut collectively?”

I’ll cringe each time I see them, however so long as y’all are pleased.

“You wish to use the white Ikea shades that you simply already purchased and put in with out consulting me?”

…*deep heavy respiration*

All of that being stated, I’ll nonetheless discover the completed outcome fairly darn charming. 

Heat, enjoyable, and nonetheless full of “Ana and Eric” character. My mother and father have been fairly hyped on the concept of portray the room inexperienced after we first began chatting about large impact-low price range methods to essentially make the room really feel new. They’ve by no means been ones to draw back from shade. The design WIN right here was convincing my dad that the inexperienced paint shade wanted to go all the best way up the ceiling, quite than protecting the ceiling white. The room simply has so many angles and contours, I felt that separating the partitions and ceiling would make the room really feel extra chaotic. The colour is Sherwin William’s Cucuzza Verde in eggshell, and we accented it with Sherwin William’s Classical White on the closet doorways and window trim. It’s a heat creamy white, that doesn’t really feel stark towards the yellow-green of the partitions.


My mother and father have been adamant about protecting all of the artwork and furnishings they beforehand had within the room however have been open to reinterpreting the place it went. I’ve seen these items on their partitions since I used to be a child, and each is tremendous particular to them. That is my mother’s aspect of the mattress, and the place she used to have a bookshelf that wasn’t fairly full sufficient, she now has her heirloom quilts (together with the one at the moment on their mattress!) and one among her favourite work of a “Madonna and Little one”.

My dad’s aspect of the mattress additionally was full of a bookcase, solely his was overflowing and had lately change into a favourite scratching put up of their adopted-during-quarantine cat siblings. It didn’t take a lot convincing to have him transfer all these books to the workplace, and as an alternative fill his wall with family-created artwork. An excellent private gallery wall consisting of embroidery by his sister, a portray by his niece, and different items by me and my brother. 

I additionally wish to name out that stunning stained glass window behind the mattress – my dad made it! Identical to the large glass tree triptych of their lounge (and their entrance door, which I have to get a great pic of simply in case). I had initially thought that we’d set up a window remedy both over or round it, however my mother and father insisted that they like waking as much as the pure mild each morning. That and the truth that my dad put in the sconces we picked out collectively very excessive and near the window. They’re very well-installed sconces and are usually not transferring once more. 

Desk Lamp | Classic Clear Glass Jewellery Field Organizer

I’m truly in love with these matching classic tallboy and lowboy(?) dressers they personal. My mother had at all times had this grey, plastic jewellery organizer sitting on the tallboy for so long as I may bear in mind. I made a decision it was time for an replace, and obtained her a gold and glass one as an alternative. We determined to place this cute artwork piece over the dresser, as an alternative of the massive printed canvas portrait that was there, and it actually introduced collectively the whimsy cottage vibes that my mother likes. It was a present from my aunt, who hand-colored the hair to match my brother’s and my hair shade in order that it regarded like a watercolor of us.

The classic mirror over the low dresser used to only lean towards the wall, so we determined it was lastly time it obtained hung. Which gave us room to show some extra image frames on the floor as an alternative. And that classic lamp had been residing in a nook of the visitor bed room downstairs for years. They’ve at all times had it and at all times needed to place it someplace extra outstanding. Proper subsequent to the dresser felt like the right show spot, whereas additionally being sensible.

Animal Knobs

For those who regarded rigorously, you could have observed that the knobs on my mum or dad’s nightstands have been little birds on branches. These are the sorts of whimsical issues that my mother and father adore, so I made a decision to maintain that theme going with their closet. I discovered these lovely brass knobs from a vendor on Etsy, and ordered a unique forest animal for every closet door. We ended up going for a sort of woodsy theme within the bed room, which tied in actually fantastically with the classic rug we introduced in. It was one thing I had purchased years in the past with the hopes of utilizing it in my bed room, solely to find it was too massive. I couldn’t deliver myself to chop it down, and simply hoarded it understanding sooner or later it will discover the right residence. Now it has.

Curtains | Curtain Rod | Roman Shades | Ground Mirror | Flushmount

Persevering with with that woodland theme, I discovered on-theme drapes coated in little taupe birds on branches. My mother and father had already put in stark white IKEA roman shades lately, and actually liked them. I couldn’t persuade them in any other case. However they have been nonetheless open to protecting material on both aspect of the home windows. So we put in a brass curtain rod over the window and added these primarily for aesthetic causes. They already had a wall mirror within the unique room format, however it was unframed and unattractive. So I sourced this wooden arched flooring mirror to place there as an alternative, which tied in with the darker wooden tones all through the remainder of the room. And a easy linen and brass ceiling mild brings that entire nook collectively.

It was my mother’s suggestion to hold that tiny portray over the mirror and I couldn’t have been extra excited/proud. I need to really be her daughter, and she or he should really love small work in bizarre locations as a lot as I do. And from right here you may peek into the following room we’re going to go to – the first bathtub. We could?

The first bathtub was renovated initially by my dad a number of years again (they’ve lived on this residence since 2000), and principally with out enter from my mother whereas she was away over the summer time. This isn’t to say it was BAD, simply not fairly what she had envisioned. And whereas we weren’t going to be getting to start out from scratch, we have been undoubtedly going to take it in a course that tied it in with the first a bit extra.

Right here’s the place we began – sort of a 50s meets Craftsman type, with shiny teal partitions that nearly, however not fairly, matched the glass tiles my dad put in. The self-importance was pretty new, a tremendous Reformation Residence piece they discovered used on Craigslist. So the issues we may change have been the paint, lighting, and equipment.

Welcome to their new-ish lavatory. A lighter, brighter, and cleaner model of its former self. We rigorously chosen a paint shade that really complemented the ground tiles – Sherwin William’s Topiary Tint, which introduced a very lovely calm to the house. The trim is similar Sherwin William’s Classical White because the bed room, in order that the door and trim that touched between the 2 areas seamlessly flowed into each other. 

Dragonfly Wall Hooks | Bathe Curtain

To maintain that woodland theme going between the 2 rooms, I discovered these silver dragonfly wall hooks, which we put in as towel hooks subsequent to the bathe. And the floral and chicken bathe curtains tie in each with the lavatory shade scheme and the birds sprinkled all through each rooms.

Make-up Organizer

“MORE BIRDS” my mom screamed, in a match of bird-fueled hysteria. She didn’t, that will have been terrifying. However there are extra birds. This piece suits completely of their lavatory and is basically the place I took a variety of inspiration for each rooms from. It’s a classic piece my late aunt whitewashed and decoupaged whereas she was residing with my mother and father. When she handed away, my mother stored it and moved it in right here. Please be aware the chicken knobs. It’s a very sentimental piece, and in addition very kitsch in one of the simplest ways. I organized my mother’s make-up into this glass and gold organizer, which matches the one on her tall boy (instantly reverse this piece, within the bed room). 

First particular person to identify the litter field wins a cat! Really, if you happen to noticed it that in all probability means you have already got at the least two of your individual. Sure, the litter field lives of their lavatory. That is actuality. Nevertheless it’s properly hidden within the nook! We swapped out the beforehand put in wall sconces with these extra elegant ones, and added one other dragonfly towel hook subsequent to the sink. Small adjustments for giant influence.

And there you may have it people – a fast bed room and toilet refresh that make all of the distinction. Some new wall paint, some new lighting fixtures, and a reorganizing of artwork are actually the three greatest adjustments we made. However in fact, it’s all concerning the particulars – the heirloom quilts, the household artwork, the classic items sourced over years. My mother and father are actually great collectors, and I believe these two rooms really symbolize that. They only wanted slightly assist bringing all of it collectively in a cohesive manner.

*Design and Photographs by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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