We're both really pleased with the results, even though it is a bit different than the design board. The slight change was driven by the wallpaper that we found on sale at Home Depot, which kept the room a neutral colour instead of bringing in turquoise. This was a good idea because it blended well with the existing beige walls and carpeting in the room, which she opted not to change in order to keep the budget low. We therefore had free reign to use turquoise in the curtains and accessories. We kept it simple though, since it's a small room and she wanted to achieve a calm feeling. The total budget for this project was $500, and we began with only a bed and frame.
The biggest DIY project was the headboard: we pieced it together by cutting six 21" squares from plywood and covering them with foam, batting and discount fabric. Each board was tufted with a large fabric-covered button by threading it through the back of the board and tying it off. Each board is secured to the wall with industrial strength velcro strips.
Next was a bedside table. This was a garage sale find for only $3.50! A little paint and new hardware does wonders. Check out this post for the before and after and details on this.
We also found a wicker stool while garage sale-ing as well as a paddle that we painted white. Another great $1 thrift find was the hurricane lantern that was then filled with sand and shells.
The fabulous turquoise curtains were hugely discounted because of a small tear which is undetectable when the panels are kept drawn to the sides. The bedding was a splurge- after all, you want your guests to feel pampered.
The result is a hugely different room than when we began with a drab blank slate. And it was a truly fun process.