There’s still so much to tell about all we did in Melody’s room, all of which anyone can do, so I’m trying to pack in as much as I can in this post, and maybe you’ll realize how simple it is to get great impact!

We talked about bedding in this post, so click back if you want to see more on that. I also told you how Melody took on the task of painting the furniture herself. Remember how dark and somewhat dated it was before?

Also, the bed was screaming to be moved between the two windows to give it more drama. Melody had said she had thought itwouldn’t work therebecause itdidn’t “fit” perfectly, but remember, it’s ok if a headboard covers a window. And since it was a little too low, we raised it by hanging it on the wall! We used the same railsystem forhanging as the one I explained for this chalkboard a while back. Click here for details.

Here’s the paint process Melody did to get this result: First, because of the slick laminate-like surface, a great coat of this Zinsser Cover Stain primerfrom Home Depot. This is oil-based, which of course is harder to clean up, but is also the best choice when trying to cover a dark stain with light paint or using on particle board or laminate pieces.

Next came the paint. She did 2 good coats, then a little more touch-up to get a great finish. The creamy white color I chose for the furniture was Behr’s Nude. It was exactly what I had in mind. It made the fabulous gold trim on the furniture stand out even more. Melody decided to finish each piece with some finishing wax to give it a protective top coat. (This Minwaxorthis Johnson Paste Waxare good choices for that.)

And to brighten the hardware, it took just a very light coat ofthis Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold, also from Home Depot.

Another piece I painted was this tiny marble table that Melody already had.

All it took was a $2 sample of Glidden’s Paint and Primer in the Martha Stewart color, Cornbread.

Such a simple update!

My favorite painting project was the coral chandelier. Are you ready for the price of this piece? Five whole dollars, plus a partial can of another $2 sample of Behr’s Poinsettia! (Love this color!)

I just brush-painted on a few coats with an artist’s brush. I decided to leave a few of the details in the original brass to give it interest, and it turned out to be one of my favorite things in the room.

The lamp was another $5 thrift store score. I loved the shape of it and wanted to keep it brass, so all it needed was a new custom shade.

So, I found a basic white one, hot-glued on some of the gold metallic biased tape I used for my own master bedroom lamps I told you about here, then added a strip of jute ribbon just under it.

I found these tear-drop turquoise beads at Hobby Lobby and glued them all along the bottom edge for a unique finish, and I really like how it turned out as well.

A couple more painted projects were the turquoise tray, which I found on clearance for $10, and a plain glass vase that Melody already owned. I painted both of them in this Liquid Leaf Classic Gold found at craft stores.

Again, small changes that yield a big impact…

Purchased accessories were, first the fabulous starburst mirror from Home Depot for only $36…

And a small plastic tray I found for only $4…

And the blue bottle and turquoise jewelry box on the dresser, only $6 and $8 each…

I think the only thing left to tell you about are the windows! I love the bamboo shades which were these from Home Depot. And because I’m exhausted from typing right now, I’m going to wait and tell you how I made the curtains next week. You might be surprised to find out they were only $7 each. Stay tuned for the how-to!

Did you see anything that inspired you to try for yourself? This room turned out to be the perfect example of how a few small changes can really update a space. And anyone can do it! Yes, you can!