House Tour, Sarah’s Vintage Upcycled Bedroom

Even if you have only one room to play with, you can make it your own. Starting with your bedroom in the home you grow up in, is often where many of us get the first bite of the rearranging bug! I spent many an hour creating zones in my bedroom as a teen. This is a wonderful tour of a vintage upcycled bedroom, proving that you can work with what you have to create a dreamy room. Sarah has undertaken to transform her room in her parent’s country home with upcycled and vintage decor, and has done an amazing job! Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration.

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Sarah is 22 years old and when studying her diploma in interior design and decoration, she moved home to her parent’s country home in rural NSW to study and work on some projects. “This house is quite old and rickety so it needed a lot of work” says Sarah, but she found it was easier than expected and that she could use this to her advantage. The look she was going for was a rustic/upcycled country feel.

“Finding my inspiration was easy as I had found an old rusty screen door in the backyard which gave me the idea to use a lot of recycled goods” says Sarah. She began with painting the room in a classic white, as she feels everything looks better against a white canvas! Then she found her pieces for decorating -the old screen door was the perfect piece for a bed head. She painted it with matte black spray paint and attached it to the wall. The bed was originally wooden, which she also painted matte black to make a statement against the white interior.

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Sarah added a few cushions to bring colour and that was the bed done! The rest was simply finding pieces to match her rustic style. “I found an old cupboard which I sanded back slightly, and the old mirror above we have had lying around for years, which just tied in together perfectly” explains Sarah.

The gorgeous vintage curtains were picked up from the op shop for $5 (bargain!) and the wooden tabs on the tops brought the natural look into the room. An old table cloth and a maroon scarfe hanging from the middle curtains gave them some texture. The old table that Sarah has used as a desk was found outside covered in junk, but she could see it had potential, which is the key to an upcyclers eye.

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Sarah found the white cane chair one day on a run to the local dump! She decorated it with a piece of material over a cushion, which tied in nicely. The artwork above the desk is actually a piece of chipboard she also found at the dump and painted over, enhancing the “chips” with maroon and white paint, and all hung by some natural rope. The piece of rusty metal which she hangs her jewellery off she found in the backyard, along with the rusty plant hanger attached to the roof, to bring some greenery into the room. A few old suitcases Sarah’s dad had collected were stacked up to create great storage, as well as a great decorative item, along with the ladder she picked up from a garage sale for $10.sarah vintage home 9

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The metal bedside table came out of her dad’s shed, where it was covered in cob webs and filled with old tools, yet Sarah thought – that is just perfect for a bedside table! The other decorating pieces are Sarah’s before the makeover and were sitting in a pile, just waiting for her to put them to good use. The flooring is a peel and stick flooring from Bunnings, which she laid herself and says this is the easiest flooring she has ever used, and highly recommends.

All in all the only cost for the room was for the paint and the flooring- everything else has been upcycled or reused to create this gorgeous rustic country bedroom! It took her about 2 weeks. Thank you for sharing your stunning project Sarah.sarah vintage home 14

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I adore this room and Sarah’s sense of style. Do you have a favourite part?

 

Helen

xx

**this is an updated post originally shared in 2015

41 Comments

  1. Michelle Ryrie on August 31, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Emma Ericksen – thought this might be a handy tip. 😉

  2. Kaye Woods on September 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    It’s wonderful to see what can be done with a few scrounged items, lots of imagination and a creative instinct. Well done !

  3. Deb Drummond on September 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Beautiful!!!

  4. Carol Jones on September 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Wow so love them.

  5. Janine Frost on September 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Love the mirror !

  6. Jo Semmler on September 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Love it!

  7. Erin McKinnis on September 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Love old mirrors – can’t resist them!!!

  8. Crazylady Kelly on September 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I have that mirror in the bedroom

  9. Agnes Bezzina on September 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Love the mirror

  10. Emily Psaila on September 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Love it

  11. ChiccaCasa on September 2, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Amazing!!!

  12. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    in’t is lovely!

  13. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I love that mirror!

  14. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    it is a great job!

  15. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    me too 🙂

  16. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    she has done an excellent job!

  17. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    me too!

  18. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    she will be a talented designer!

  19. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    you are very talented 🙂

  20. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    🙂

  21. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    me too! my lounge

  22. Recycled Interiors on September 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    me too!

  23. Carol Isabel Strathdee on September 2, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Renee Anita

  24. Deb Drummond on September 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    She sure will be. I just adore that mirror U0001f60a

  25. Jenny Mifsud on September 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Just love your chest of drawers.

  26. Brenda Hill on September 28, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I love the whole room!

  27. Recycled Interiors on September 28, 2015 at 11:50 am

    me too 🙂

  28. Brenda Hill on August 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I love everything about this room!

  29. Tracy Holtze on August 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

    The old tongue and groove walls are such a fave of mine!

  30. Leah Curtis on August 6, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Hannah Maslen is this your mate?

  31. Vera Frick on August 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    steph frick, ideas for you

  32. Hannah Maslen on August 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Haha my mate! Yep that’s Sarah Hardman

  33. Sarah Hardman on August 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Yeps! Das me U0001f609

  34. Recycled Interiors & The Sustainable Home Hub on August 6, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    me too a gorgeous space

  35. Recycled Interiors & The Sustainable Home Hub on August 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I have been tempted to add them to a room in our house!

  36. Recycled Interiors & The Sustainable Home Hub on August 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Sarah Hardman

  37. Leah Curtis on August 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Nice room U0001f44c

  38. Glenda Meyer on August 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Lorina Trayte you know me too wellU0001f600

  39. Lisa Larson on August 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Love the room and what a great idea with the lace tablecloth as a curtain

  40. Recycled Interiors & The Sustainable Home Hub on August 6, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    looks so pretty

  41. Julie-Dianne Gates on August 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Nice to see character & personality in a room instead of just boring matching everything with very minimal decor.

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