Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DIY Dressing Rooms { Budget Designs }

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Today I am so excited to share with you all a top secret project that I have been working on for the last 12 days!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you have seen some of these sneak peek photos, and last night was night that we finished the room!!

Two weeks ago I got a phone call from a friend who just so happens to own my favorite store ever, Real Deals on Home Décor here in Eugene Oregon.  She was wanting a little input on some ideas for new dressing rooms in her clothing boutique. 

So of course I ran over there and we briefly went over some ideas, and it was literally like our brains were talking to each other.  We both had the same sort of vision for the space. 
That night I went home and created a mood board for her and delivered it to her the next day.  She loved it, and we went straight to work from there!

Once we had decided on the look we were going for, I drew up some pretty lousy yet useful plans for the space. 

We started by enlisting the help of my sweet husband to build us a few walls.  Here are some photos of that process.  Oh and I should mention, all the 2x4's were FREE seconds from the mill!! 

The entire room used to be a playroom for kids to use while parents shopped.  Ummm HELLO!  Have you ever gone to a store where they have a place to drop your kids off??

Well, rest assured, there is still a kids room, it is just a tad smaller!

Once the walls were up Jamie (store owner) and I got right to work with everything that the two of us could do.
I was lucky enough to score some James Hardie exterior siding FREE from the lumber yard next door to my work.  When we grabbed the materials 3 weeks ago from the free pile, we had no clue what we were going to do with them.  But check this out, there is over 100 pieces of this stuff, FREE!

It's got a pretty cool wood grain texture, so I had a great idea on how to make it look like chippy barn wood.  Jamie and I got them all cut to size, stained them using Minwax Dark Walnut stain and then hung them up in the rooms.

Once they were all installed, we used a flat base white interior paint and gave them a nice coat.  It really brightened up the room and looked like white wood planked walls.

At this point we needed to decide what to do with the drab old blueish grey carpet.  So, being a thrifty girl, I grabbed a bottle of Rit Dye and we took a leap of faith and tried it out. 

We mixed 2 Cups of hot water, a couple tablespoons of vinegar and one box of dye and then used a spray bottle to apply.

Can you see the difference?  In these photos, the dressing rooms are still the old carpet.  It turned out so amazing!

Now onto the hard part.  The doors.  We knew we wanted old looking barn doors, and had some really great old wood to work with.  Here is what we ended up with after a few trial and errors.  Note to self... old barn wood does not hold together well..... 

Once the doors were built and installed we got right to the fun part of distressing.  Using an orbital sander with 60 grit sand paper, we went over the entire wall lightly one time.

Here is a picture to show the detail of the siding unsanded vs. sanded.  Talk about achieving the exact look we were going for!

Here is a fun picture of the mess we were constantly tangled up in.  This would be a good time to tell you all that both of us have 2+ children, work full time during the day, and ONLY worked on this at night, sometimes until 11:30pm.  Messes weren't something to worry about!
Once the walls were distressed we grabbed a piece of barn wood and some fun hooks from her store and created these simple clothing racks.  They will have some cute sayings, but we were tired this night.

Using an industrial wire cage that I picked up at our construction supply store for a couple dollars, I  created a temporary light fixture until the electrician can get in to do hard wired lights.  These are so fun though if I do say so myself!

We finished adding a few final touches, vacuumed the floors, stepped back and took one giant sigh of relief.  Our deadline was 2 days away and we DID it!!!
The mirrors that will be in the rooms have not arrived, but even without them, this is the look we desired!
Doors Open:
Doors Closed:

Here is a photo where you can see that the inside wall of each room has exposed stud walls with a couple small shelves.  Really gave it that industrial chic look.
And just for good measure....
What do you think?  Win?  For next to no money and only a few nights of hard work, I would say this was a home run!
Thank you to my readers for stopping by today.   Don't forget to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest, and you can find me on Instagram @OneThriftyChick.



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