Hi, lovers. I'm brand new! This summer I redecorated my room, and, since I am addicted to them, took before and after pictures.
Most of the accessories are second-hand from thrift stores, but the bedding and fan and etc. are new. The total cost for my room redecoration was $475.
This is standing from my doorway looking into the room. I picked a blueish green, but mostly blue, color for the walls. It was called "Refreshing Pool". =oD
This is my tall dresser. The dangly crystal thing is my Aunt Loretta's. When I told her of the vivid childhood memories I have of all her crystal things, she gave it to me.
All the artwork in the room means something to me. I bought an old copy of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and framed the cover and one of the pages. I didn't even think, "Oh! A Room of One's Own, like I'm doing!!" until it was framed. Hahaha, what a dork. The paragraph I love from this book (among many, but this is my favorite) is the second one from the framed page.
These are things on my entertainment center. I love the kitty CD holder and the spider! There's puzzle pieces in the yellow bubble gum machine, and pages from a book in the red. I want to put Scrabble letters in the red one eventually, as soon as I get enough scrabble boards from thrift stores, which could take forever, since I haven't found ONE yet. I could just buy the letters off eBay, but that's expensive and no fun.
I painted the trim and door white, put up white wooden curtain rods, and sheer window panels. It lets in so much more light than the old dark green mini blinds.
This is what I always imagined the room would be like in my head. The curtains in the wind, the bright white and soothing blue.
I framed three of those Quotable Cards with some of my favorite quotes. The frames were $5 each at Target.
When I was in journalism in high school I would put inspirational sayings up on the walls since I hated it so much in there. This quote was one that really meant a lot to me, so up it went in my own room!
This is my favorite area of the room. The burgundy is just so...luscious. The comforter is a down alternative, so it's super fluffy and snuggly.
I found the white nightstand at Salvation Army for $14!
My cat Timmy has no complaints.
I have no idea what the crap was on the wall behind my bed. I think it was a smoothie that somehow got splattered/thrown many, many years ago. Nast.
Goofy Sammy behind the bed.
My cat George is in the kitty house in the after picture! The wicker shelf was too tall so I sawed it down to size!! FEAR ME! Also, the bookcase in the before picture is now in front of my bed, painted a new raspberry color.
I hated my closet doors. They never worked. So I took them down and put up the new curtain rod and curtains.
This was actually the inspiration for the entire room. I wanted something where this drawing would fit in. I bought it at a little thrift store months ago.
The super awkward recessed corner in my room.
It's still kind of ugly with the vent and the electrical outlet, but it gets very hot in my room, so we couldn't cover anything up.
This is the view from my bed across the room. I can really tell what a difference repainting the ceiling made in this picture.
The stuffed animal is Mr. Lion, featured in my icon. He was my best childhood friend and got many, many years of use. I felt bad for him because he lived on the floor next to my trash can for almost 10 years once I got older, but now he has a place of his very own. =oD
I LOVE THAT FREAKY CAT THING! It's like...an aquatic seashell cat.
This is one of my favorite LJ entries ever. I copied it down onto paper and put one of the dragon's he drew for me in with it.
I put my huge tall bookshelf on the other side of my door, with the mirror from my long dresser leaning against the wall.
This is still the same old ceiling fan as before, but with a facelift. I painted the blades and the gold brackets white, and bought a new light encasing and pulls. I fixed the hole in the ceiling with a metal plate, sawed to size.
And that's it!