So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

March 19, 2012

Frugal Treasures Tuesday #4

Well, I finally finished my bedframe, you can find the before shots here Bedroom Makeover Updates. I was very happy with the results and just one day before the delivery of my new mattresses!  I started by removing a plaque from the center, you can see the mark below.  I then primed and stenciled a rose swag using spackling paste.  Then I painted with a gloss royal blue paint I bought years ago from BigLots

 and went over it with homemade chalk paint recipe from No Minimalist Here  using my wall paint (if you missed that post just click the Bedroom Makeover link at the beginning of this post) and then did a little distressing and waxed.   I used Johnson Wax to finish it; smelled so bad, pew!!!  Can't use that one again unless I can leave it outside all day.  Here is the before:

The before with plaque removed.

This is after primer and first coat of paint.

Working on the footboard.

And this if the after.  I love how she looks.
But imagine my disappointment when the new mattresses were delivered yesterday and they didn't fit!  Aaarrgh!!!  The frame is wide enough but the rails are too short. : (
 Ignore the curtains, they're still up from the old look.

A close-up of the rose swag I stenciled on it!

  Apparently, this queen set is a little larger than the usual size.  So for now, my new set is on the floor until I find some rails that will fit.  Will definitely be checking the thrift stores this week.
You can see the rails sitting behind the headboard; only 3 inches too short. *_*  So this is where I'll be sleeping tonight, but it will give me time to sew my bedding and window treatments. : )  Now on to the featured links for the party!
~Frugal Treasures Tuesday~

The link with the most clicks goes to Vicky at Decor & Harmony !  She shows how you can use what you got to get what you want!  Look at her knock off creations using chalk paint!  Great job, Vicki!

Sherry at Decorating With Cents brightened up her kitchen with these cute lamps!

What a fun way to set a spring table.  Maria Elena @ Our Home Away From Home created such a cute, fresh, and yummy look.

Sarah at Alderberry Hill was so imaginative in making this cute little shamrock tree!

Now on to this week's party!  A few simple rules:

  1. I would appreciate it if you'd become my follower so we can keep in touch and share.
  2. Please add either my party button or text link somewhere on your post so others can find the party and you can check back to see if you'd been featured.  
  3. Link up anything you've made, a great find, forgotten treasures or makeovers, recipes, or photographs. (No direct links to etsy shops, please)
  4. Try and visit at least two other links and leave a comment, you may gain a new follower. : )
Add your link below.  I'm linked to these parties:
Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Thrifty Love @ Cap Creations
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Wow Us Wednesdays @ A Couple of Craft Addicts
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground


  1. Hi Barbe...So happy for the feature, thanks so much, I appreciated it!
    I don't see the link up though for this week.

  2. Your welcome, Sarah! Thanks so much for letting me know about the link; don't know why it didn't show but its up now! : )

  3. Your bed looks FABULOUS!!! You did an amazing job. That's too bad about the mattress. It totally sounds like something that would happen to me!! Hope you find some new rails soon so you can fully enjoy that bed.
    Jenn :)

  4. Thanks Jenn and thank you for leaving a comment. I love when readers leave a comment so I can find their blogs also. Hope you'll come back soon and please link to my party! : )

  5. Hello and thanks so much for the invite to participate in your link party! And good luck with those bedrails. Hope it works out for you!

    1. Hi and thanks so much for stopping by! I'm thinking I might have to make some wood ones and paint to match. Think it will be the easiest and most cost effective solution.

  6. Thanks so much for inviting me to party. Love your headboard. Hope the rest falls into place for you!

  7. Replies
    1. Thank you for stopping by! I love the pieces in your shop, awesome! : )

  8. Barbe thanks for featuring my lamps, I was really shocked! I love the colors you used on your bed, you did a beautiful job.

    1. Your quite welcome, Sherry! You did a great job in your choice of lamps. Thanks, I love the color also. I started to paint it white but after using the blue on a tray, realized how much I liked it with my wall color. : )

  9. Barbe,
    You sure are creative in the ways you find to paint! :) We do what we have to in order to create, don't we?
    Your room is going to be so nice. You've done a great job on your bed.
    Strange about the rails, 3 inches is a lot. That surprised me.
    have a great day Barbe!

  10. Hi Gail, and thanks for stopping by. I think part of the problem was these rails didn't go with the frame. I had picked them up at the thrift store and they fit my full size mattress fine. But that 2 1/2 inch difference in length needed for the queen made a big difference. Thanks so much for your kind words! I'm so close to getting my bedroom makeover completed but the sewing machine keeps becoming an issue! : (

  11. Beautiful bed! Thanks for sharing at A Couple of Craft Addicts!


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