Budget Cottage Bedroom Remodel #5 Furnishings & DIY

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Rachel Stone

Hello, friend!

I don’t think I could be any more excited about today’s post & video! We are in the home stretch with this guest bedroom remodel. Today I can share with you the furnishings and other home décor items I’ve found over the last few weeks! The anticipation has been building, and it’s been hard not to share what I’ve found ~ but today is the day!

If you’ve been following along with this remodel, you’ll know that this antique headboard discovered at the thrift store for less than $5 was the inspiration piece for bedroom style.

When thrifting or antiquing these last few weeks I’ve had eye out for a specific list of items… On one side of the bed I’d love to create a cozy reading nook. If that chair happened to be an apricot color, and happened to tufted with an arched back that would be even better! Here is the inspiration picture…

And here is the petite reading chair we found at the thrift store ~ for $25! It is in great condition and is super comfy. After a thorough cleaning I gave this dear little chair a face-lift. For the cottage style to be a little less stuffy, and a little more sophisticated, I’ve decided to remove the skirting. This one thing has given the chair and updated look with the illusion of more height.

One day, just down the street from us was this slender nightstand. Perfect with a small drawer and lower shelf. The seller accepted my offer of $5. The white distressed paint and chunky hardware is more suitable for the modern farmhouse style ~ but we can fix that with a coat of paint & “new” hardware!

To create the feeling of more space in our small guest bedroom I painted the nightstand the same color as the wainscoting ~ Universal Khaki by Sherwin Williams. By matching the wall paint color the nightstand recedes into the background allowing the wallpaper and other features to stand out more. 

You’ve seen the gorgeous Hollywood Regency chandelier we discovered at an antique store, it was $135 and worth every penny! It is the perfect small, airy size for our small room. Plus it goes with the wallpaper perfectly.

This French Bouillotte lamp was thrifted for about $7. The shade is gold lined metal and casts the most beautiful, mellow golden light in the evenings.

Then there’s the art… as you know, I’ve been collecting artwork for a good while for this space as well as for other areas in our home.

If you are interested in designing and hanging an English country cottage style gallery wall you might want to watch last my gallery wall tutorial.

One of the treasures I’m most excited about is the discovery of a French Aubusson throw pillow. I’ve admired these for quite a while. The pillows pictured above are a sample of what’s online. They range from $80 to $180.

I found this French Aubusson cushion for $5 at the thrift shop!

This is the first grouping of thrifted & antique finds I gathered for this budget bedroom makeover. The antique oval mirror was a birthday gift, the art was $7 and under per piece, and each pillow was about $4.

Here is another “haul”. The  chair was $25. The pillows ranged in price from $1 to $4 each. All three curtain panels, four coppery jacquard valances, and two of the pillows (the biggest and smallest pillows) were less than $18!

This summer we celebrated our anniversary by going to a couple flea markets, antiquing, and thrifting. I was SO excited ~ the last time I’d been to a flea market was when I was seven or eight years old!

From the flea market we found an antique ammunition crate and a piece of art.

The score of the trip was this beautiful green handmade wool rug from India. It was the perfect size 4×6, and a fair price at $60! 

With the shopping and DIY  finished we are now ready to actually set up the room!!! In our next episode we will move in the furniture, style the bedding, nightstand, French settee, and chest of drawers. There just might be another few surprises you’ve yet to see in the works…

Thank you for joining me in shopping and DIY projects today ~ it was tremendously fun! Until next time,

Take Care,


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Author: Rachel Stone
Rachel is passionate about creating a comfortable and beautiful home for her family. She also loves to share the lessons she is learning with her wonderful audience both on this blog and her YouTube channel.

12 thoughts on “Budget Cottage Bedroom Remodel #5 Furnishings & DIY”

  1. I enjoy each and every post. Its like hearing from a friend or one of my children who share my love of thrifting, my love of the hunt for just the right piece.
    Also so good to have another Christian blogger. It is so pleasant.

    • Hello there, Miss Kathy!
      How sweet of you to say that! It really is fun to share new projects and ideas with this wonderful community, reading and responding to the kind comments is a lovely highlight to my day. Yes, the thrill of the hunt, the mystery awaiting as you swing open that thrift shop door… It never grows old!

  2. Rachel, I really love watching your videos. I think there’s a little bit of ‘me’ in you or a little bit of ‘you’ in me.
    Love the way you’re not afraid to redo things.

    • Good morning, Miss Mary Lou!
      I’m glad you feel at home and are enjoying the DIY projects! I appreciate you visiting ~ have a lovely autumn!

  3. Loved all the pieces you found and how they all fit together
    Loved watching the pillow stuffing and floating feathers.
    Love ya

    • Hi there, Mi Mi!
      I’m sure you got a good laugh out of that ~ we had feathers on the patio for weeks! Have a lovely day & love you too!

  4. I’ve definitely been in a funk of late and my home isn’t “pretty” anymore. It’s true that our inner spaces reflect how we are faring inside our heads sometimes…

    You have me inspired to do something about it!

    My budget is super low so am going to plan out a budget friendly renovation of sorts and by the way…your style is exactly what I love!!

    Thank you for the inspiration, Rachel!!

    • Good morning, Miss Rebecca!
      I’m thrilled to hear you found some inspiration from the video! It is truly amazing what you can do with a little determination, a lot of elbow grease, and a thrift store. It’s so fun to find someone who has a kindred spirit in décor! Happy homemaking!

  5. After seeing all of your finds, I am so eager for the final reveal! That French Aubusson pillow, what a wonderful find. I would have never thought to remove the skirting of that chair, but doing that completely transforms it into a much more sleek and sophisticated piece. Looking forward to seeing how you use each of the items to decorate the bedroom.

    • Hello Joanna!
      I’m happy you enjoyed the video and are excited to see the final tour! I’m looking forward to sharing ~ especially since there are a few more surprise treasures! Have a lovely autumn.

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