Get the Farmhouse Master Bedroom of Your Dreams with These Budget Friendly Makeover Tips
Find out how I designed and decorated our farmhouse master bedroom while staying on a budget, and learn some tips and tricks to try yourself!
Happy Friday friends!
Today’s post has been a long time coming. I’ve posted pictures of our modern farmhouse master bedroom on Instagram a few times, and I always get lots of questions!
Most of you know my default mode is “frugal”, and I like to do things on a budget. And when we moved into our builder-grade house last year, that’s exactly how I decided to tackle turning our boring builder-grade bedroom into a cozy, modern farmhouse master bedroom oasis.
If you’re here from Instagram, this post will hopefully answer lots of your questions! If you’re new here…welcome! And thanks for stopping by!
Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover
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Budget-friendly decor is my jam. And as I was planning how to completely transform our master bedroom into a modern farmhouse retreat, I decided there were 4 key areas I wanted to focus on.
- Wallpaper or Paint
Keep reading to see how I tackled each of those areas by making budget-friendly choices.
1. Bedroom Furniture
The very first project I tackled in our bedroom to give it more of a modern farmhouse feel was painting our bedroom furniture.
I bought my first “big girl” bedroom furniture when I was 24 years old, and it was the first furniture I owned that wasn’t a hand-me-down. It was dark brown, and although that suited my style 10 years ago, I was ready for a change.
Buying an entirely new bedroom suite just wasn’t in our budget, so instead I decided to paint our existing furniture. Plus, if you followed along when I refinished our farmhouse table, you know I love a good furniture flip!
Related: DIY Refinished Farmhouse Table (A Step-by-Step Tutorial)
“Did you have to sand the furniture before painting?”
No! My one requirement for painting the furniture: no sanding or stripping required. Although I normally use chalk paint to paint furniture without sanding, I also knew that would be alotttttt of chalk paint! So for the first time ever I went with something other than chalk paint!
Related: How to Chalk Paint the Easy and FAST Way
“What kind of paint did you use?”
After doing a little research and reaching out to a few other furniture “flippers”, I finally decided on Sherwin William’s Infinity Paint.
You can have whatever color you’d like mixed in, and there is NO SANDING REQUIRED before you paint. Can I get a hallelujah??
“How long did it take you to paint all the furniture?”
It took me almost an entire week to paint all the bedroom furniture, but that’s also because I really only worked on it 2-3 hours/day when my kids were napping.
- 2 nightstands
- 1 chest of drawers
- 1 long dresser
Since the previous stain was dark, it took 4 coats of white paint for each piece of furniture.
“Where did you get your handles?”
I couldn’t find new handle pulls that I loved, so I just spray painted my existing handles black. Spray paint can fix anything!
Just be sure to get a good quality spray paint if you’re going to be spraying it on something that will be handled often.
Painting all of our furniture to start our farmhouse master bedroom makeover wasn’t difficult, just tedious. But I’m so glad I did it!
2. Peel and Stick Wallpaper
You guys, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I love peel and stick wallpaper.
You’ve seen it in my bathroom, as well as my kitchen backsplash! It’s such and easy and affordable way to change a space without dealing with paint, wallpaper supplies, etc. Plus, it’s renter friendly because it peels right off whenever you’re done with it!
“Is peel and stick wallpaper difficult to put up?”
This wasn’t my first rodeo with putting up peel and stick wallpaper, but it was my first time doing it by myself. And I gotta say…totally do-able!
The biggest thing to focus on is making sure you’re putting the sections up straight. Since this peel and stick wallpaper had horizontal lines, it would be very noticeable if the lines weren’t level. The easiest way to do this is to make sure you work with a level nearby.
If you have more specific questions about peel and stick wallpaper, you can go read about how my husband and I teamed up to transform our water closet in the bathroom with peel and stick wallpaper!
Related: Bathroom Refresh with Rocky Mountain Wall Decals
“Where can I find peel and stick wallpaper?”
This particular peel and stick wallpaper is the White Shiplap from RoomMates Decor, but because it’s so popular, you can find it almost anywhere now.
Here are some other farmhouse peel and stick wallpaper designs you may like:
- White Textured Brick Peel & Stick Wallpaper
- RoomMates Coral/Cream Floral Sprig Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- White Textured Shiplap Peel & Stick Wallpaper
- RoomMates Cream Pick-Up Sticks Magnolia Home Wallpaper
- Roommates Herringbone White & Tan Wood Boards Peel and Stick Wallpaper
The farmhouse sign above the bed is from an Etsy shop that is no longer making these signs. You can find a similar “let’s stay in bed” sign on Amazon.
3. Bed, Bedding, and Pillows
Unlike my furniture, our headboard and bed frame would not be receiving a makeover. I bought my bed frame and bed in my early 20’s when money was tight, so it really wasn’t the best quality. Toward the end I feared we might fall through the bed at any given moment in the middle of the night!
The headboard and frame was a Memorial Day Sale score from Wayfair, and even a year later I’m still absolutely in love with it. I wanted something with some height, and a neutral color if and when I decide to switch up our bedroom decor. This other headboard was the runner up!
The bedding was a big one for me, because I feel like it makes such a statement. I spent wayyyy too long searching for one that I just loved, and I finally decided on this Hearth & Hand comforter set from Target. I felt like it was kind of a splurge as far as bedding goes, but I have not regretted it a single day!
We have a queen bed, but I decided to go with a king comforter so my husband and I weren’t fighting for the covers every night. I’m so glad I went bigger, because after washing the comforter, it did shrink slightly.
My suggesting would definitely be to size up on the comforter! Also, if you are getting the king comforter, don’t forget to grab a couple of king-size pillows to fit the shams!
Now for the fun part, throw pillows! My favorite way to change up a space is with throw pillows. More speficially, throw pillow covers.
These pink pom-pom pillow covers are from Amazon, and come in a ton of different colors and patters.
Also, be sure to get you some good quality pillow inserts! This is the part you don’t want to skimp on. Invest in quality inserts, and save money throughout the year by just replacing the covers.
Here are a few different inserts that I’ve used:
- Foamily Set of 4 Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Inserts (budget-friendly option)
- Basic Home 22×22 Decorative Throw Pillow Inserts-Down Feather Pillow Inserts (great if you want the “dip” on the top of your pillows)
4. DIY Farmhouse Curtains
Quick question: Are you into window treatments, or nah?
I know so many people who prefer nothing on or around their windows….but I am not one of those people! Gimme all the curtains!
These curtains are actually made from painter’s drop cloths! And quite possibly one of the easiest DIYs you’ll ever do. I’ve detailed the whole $20 no-sew curtain tutorial in a separate post! I also have the exact same curtains hanging in our living room.
Oh, and those curtain rods? Those are also a DIY, inspired by Maison de Pax.
Related: DIY Farmhouse Drop Cloth Curtains
Yikes. That “before” photo! We’ve come a long way, my friends.
The last thing I wanted to add to our farmhouse master bedroom was details and accessories, and I found the best place to do that was on my nightstand and dresser. (Notice how I said my nightstand and dresser, and also notice how there’s not a single photo of my husband’s side of the room. There’s a reason for that. 😆)
“Where do you get your decor on a budget?”
My Insta-buddies know exacccccccctly where I get all my discount decor, because I’m always sharing in my posts and stories! 80% of my home decor is from sales, clearance, resale, or salvaged.
Hobby Lobby has amazing sales throughout the year where they will slash tons of their regular home decor (not seasonal) up to 90% off! I like to stock up during those sales, that way I have plenty to pull from when I go to decorate my entryway table, farmhouse shelves, etc.
Links and Sources
I’ve linked as many items from my photos as I can, which you can find throughout the post or all in one place right here!
- Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- “Let’s Stay in Bed” Sign (my exact sign is no longer available)
- Queen Headboard and Frame
- King Comforter and Pillow Shams
- Pink Pom-Pom Pillow Covers
- Throw Pillow Inserts
- Drop Cloth Curtain Tutorial
- Candle Stand/Holder (seen on dresser)
- Flameless Remote Control Candles
- Pom-Pom Throw Blanket
- Eucalyptus Garland
My Final Thoughts on our Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover
Not only was giving our master bedroom a farmhouse makeover fun, it was incredibly budget-friendly! By painting our existing furniture, making the curtains, and opting for affordable peel and stick wallpaper, we were able to save so much money!
As always, I love to see how you guys are incorporating these tips into your own life! Be sure to find me on Instagram and tag me @herhappyhome with your latest projects inspired from the blog!
For more room tours or farmhouse inspired decor, check out the following posts:
- Home Tour: Our Playroom on a Budget
- 9 Budget-Friendly Builder Grade Bathroom Updates
- DIY Farmhouse Dropcloth Curtains
- DIY Refinished Farmhouse Table
- Modern Farmhouse Shelves
- Farmhouse Entryway Tables
I’ve always loved the farmhouse look, I finally talked Hubby into redoing our bedroom and we both LOVED the look of your room. We’re ordering a new mattress (waaaay over due), painting the bed side tables and getting the carpets clean, then on to my favorite accessorizing with all those pillow! Thank you for sharing!! Now I just need to talk him into the peel and stick wallpaper, BIG fan!! All the love for Arkansas!
Where did you get the light fixture? Its lovely
Her Happy Home says
It’s from Kichler Lighting 🙂
What color paint for dresser? Did you brush or spray?
What kind of paint to spray handles
Her Happy Home says
I can’t remember the exact color I used for the dresser, but I did use a brush to paint it. I just used a matte black spray paint for the handles. Rustoleum is always a go-to for me.
How much was your budget vs. how much you spent? Just curious. I love all the things you’ve done and want to take the plunge but want to know how much I might spend. Thanks!