OK, so I LOVE this bedroom from SchoolHouse Electric & Supply Company…
(PS: Note to SchoolHouse Electric & Supply- I LOVE your things and know that you pride yourself on your craftsmanship. Trust me, if I could afford it, I’d support artists and companies like yours, so this is not intended as a mark against your company. On the contrary, you’re amazing and I want to share your great style with vintage and repurposed items. OK, back to the post…)
However, I am not rolling in the dough. (For example, I’m a laid off stay-at-home mom/homesteader, so…yeah. Not making the moolah.) And this bedding alone would set me back about $1,185 (not counting tax and shipping). As I said,
slightly TOTALLY out of my range.
But, no biggie! This year is my year to recycle, reuse, repurpose, and hand make. So, I’ve set out to make this room with things I already have, that I could make, or that I could find for super cheep.
First, let’s look at what I found cheeper on the web. (I say cheeper, because ‘new’ is almost never as cheep as ‘used.’ AND the best spots to find something for cheep – and environmentally responsibly – would be to trade with a friend, make it, or get it from a thrift store or garage sale. Of course you can buy used on the web too, as you’ll see below, from Etsy or on CraigsList.)
- Floral Sham
(From Etsy, click photo for link)
- Stripped Sheets
- White quilt
(From Pottery Barn and Etsy)
- Rustic wool blanket
(from Etsy, click photo to got to listing)
- Accent throw
(From LL Bean and Etsy, and patterns from Pinterest, Click photos for links)
So combining things from stores listed above, I got the bedding price total down to around $450 (not counting shipping and tax), which is already less than half of buying from the original store.
Now, let’s see how low I can go….Here’s what I did with stuff that was already in my house.
So, here’s what similar:
- Floral sham
- Bold colored blanket under white quilt
- Small comfy throw
And, here’s what’s different (not to point out the obvious):
- No striped sheets, so I used vintage brown check sheets with lace trim
- No bright red wool camp blanket, so I used a brown chenille blanket to compliment the pillow cases
- No woven throw, so I used a down throw
It’s not perfect and it’s not identical, but it’s in the ‘flavor’ of the photo and it’s a place to start. After going through what I have in my house I now know what I’d like to add to finalize this look in my guest bedroom. Now I can start slowly hunting for bargains and patterns for things to create. On the list so far…
- Knit a chevron throw
- Buy striped sheets
- Buy vintage wool camp blanket in a bright color
(We can also add to this list, get a better camera. I’m not sure about ya’ll, but if you’re anything like me, you’re probably getting pretty sick of my tragic photos from my phone :).)
This was a fun (though time consuming activity) that I recommend you all try before you buy. Ooh, maybe that’s what I should have titled this post instead of ‘Fake it ’till you make it,’ ‘Try before you buy!’ Next time :).