Sometimes I get ideas in my head… big ideas… and thankfully, I have an incredible husband that jumps on board pretty quickly (most of the time!) On Christmas eve as we were falling asleep, I asked if he’d be okay if we did a 24 hour bedroom makeover for two of our friends that were away on vacation. They’re good people (the kind of friends you want to have) and they’d been talking off and on for three years about the rough shape of their bedroom. You know how some rooms, you just don’t know where to start, and so you get stuck. They were stuck. So Christmas eve (technically Christmas morning at 1:00am) Eric agreed to my idea of a 24 hour modern farmhouse bedroom makeover and my wheels started turning.
Not to shabby for 24 hours right? Here’s how it all went down… Obviously, we had Christmas festivities and lots of fun planned for our break, but on Christmas afternoon, on our way to dinner at my in-laws we stopped by our friends house, let ourselves in using the key they forgot we had, and snapped our before pics… I love that Eric is straight up whistling dixie or something… it’s true we’re both total whistlers (except I’m terrible at it… I’m a one note wonder, but it doesn’t stop me!)
Dec. 26th I hit the home improvement store early, got my supplies, and that afternoon we brought our kids over, popped a movie in for them and got to work! Clear the room. Install new molding. Build a headboard. Paint walls. Paint doors. We finished all of that in about 2 hours and called it a night.
The next day E and I worked in shifts, he went over to hang some shelves, while I ran to Target for pillows, then we swapped, I went and finished the faux doors, he fed our kids lunch, then we swapped again… You get the idea. It’s how we roll.
We finished the room in record time and then a couple other amazing gal pals came and cleaned our friends’ entire house and Eric and I jumped into a week-long marathon of Mangin Christmas activities with our out of town family!
Here’s some before and after eye candy and tomorrow I’ll get right into things with tutorials!
Before: yeah…issue #1-the mattress was on the floor.
After: inexpensive metal bed frame, cedar shingle headboard (spoiler alert it cost $8.00!) Spray painted their lamps, added a few pillows. Done and done!
Before: The bedroom also doubles as a work space for my friend who is a photographer, so the work station was essential.
After: Planked walls add the farmhouse vibe (and are the least expensive wood!), pine shelf and spray painted metal brackets, an ugly lampshade stripped down to the metal and painted copper.
I’ve gotta say- I deeply loathe the positioning of the yellow mason jar. I must have bumped it at some point. I feel it’s my civic duty to let you know that I do not recommend a mason jar directly in front of a clock. #designerfail
I picked up the stitched floral print at Liberty Thrift and it’s been in my sunroom, but I thought it would look nice here. And I love the Batman printable- “always be Batman”
Before: Brown Hollow Core Doors… need I say more?!? I don’t need to, but I’m going to say more anyhow. These doors are the nemesis of many homeowners all across America (perhaps the world, but I can’t confirm that for sure) I knew building a new closet wasn’t an option in 24 hours, so I had to get creative…
After: How ’bout them apples?!? They’re like the awkward girl from high school that goes off to college and returns a smokin’ hot babe! They’re still the same old girl you knew, but so much cooler. I’ll be sharing the tutorial for these doors tomorrow, but let me just say this:
1 Sharpie + 4 wood planks + 2 handles = Faux Barn Doors
Tomorrow I’ll begin tutorials for this space. Make sure you check back- you can set a reminder in your phone if you need to.
I love this makeover a whole lot. I love that it proves you don’t need a ton of time and a ton of money to create an incredible space (duh, that’s kind of my mantra). But, even more than the space- I love doing stuff like this for people. I’m not a touchy feely, let’s hug it out kind of girl, but I do love making people happy, pulling off surprises, and overall just using what I’m good at (or at least halfway decent at) to encourage people and maybe impact their lives in some small way. That was one of my favorite parts of hosting our first TV show- seeing how much our makeovers really meant to homeowners. I can’t wait to get back to work with my new show and be doing this kind of thing all the time again!
I’d love to know what you think of this 24 hour modern farmhouse makeover!
Would you be freaked out if one of your friends surprised you with a makeover?
(don’t worry, they weren’t freaked out- they were happy, once they determined that they hadn’t been robbed!)