How far can you take $100? Check out a global eclectic master bedroom makeover with renter-friendly DIYs and decorating tips.
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What do you get when a military spouse is living overseas in a traditional Japanese rental house? A global eclectic styled small bedroom with boho vibes for $100.
Global Eclectic Master Bedroom $100 Makeover
Howdy! I’m Kathy and if you haven’t guessed it, we are a military family stationed in the beautiful country of Japan. It hasn’t stopped me from participating in fun challenges like this $100 room makeover hosted by my friend at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry.
In fact, it was just what I needed to complete our master bedroom albeit temporary housing but still an important peaceful haven to enjoy our time across seas.
And today’s the day for the final reveal after a month of renter-friendly DIYs and creative room arranging to get the most out of our small space. The $100 Room Makeover challenge is complete! Without further ado, welcome to our global eclectic master bedroom.
Let’s do a quick recap. As I mentioned before, we are in a traditional Japanese home in Iwakuni, Japan. The bedroom is small but has plenty of closet space with floor-to-ceiling built-in closets and lots of natural light.
There’s a beautiful large garden window with a deep windowsill and glass sliding doors that open up to an upstairs balcony overlooking the backyard and neighborhood. Here’s how it looked a month ago right after Christmas!
And here’s the inspiration board I shared with my plans in the first week. I’ve been infusing global eclectic style throughout our home so I knew that I wanted to take that direction with our bedroom too. Inspiration came from Kyoto’s bamboo forest, a silk kimono that I bought second-hand, and boho-global accessories.
image sources going clockwise Bamboo Forest image | Gold Quatrefoil Bed | Woven Wall Hanging | Capiz Shell Pendant | Hanging Planter Macrame | Faux Cowhide Rug | Traditional Rug | Plant | Threshing Basket | Blue African Bowl | Beaded Decorative Wall Basket | Silk Kimono Fabric image
The $100 Room Makeover Reveal:
The first thing you notice is that the sea of plain jane wallpaper is now featuring my DIY basket wall art created with thrift store threshing baskets, paint, and dollar store or rather the 100 Yen store air plant, and push pins.
The brown linoleum floor is covered with a pretty new rug I found at a local home decor store.
I decided at the last minute to move a chair into our room from downstairs and I’m so glad I did. It looks perfect in the corner and helps balance the other side of the room.
I found a pair of them second-hand when we were living in Okinawa and they both fit beautifully in our living room. But this house has a much smaller living space so one downstairs and one upstairs is perfect.
The bedding I already had. I would have loved to throw in a kilim pillow or two (with all the painted basket colors) but it wasn’t in the budget. Maybe down the road… (which I did do later for an Iris Apfel-inspired bedroom refresh!)
I did use thrifted shibori fabric and made pillow covers to mix with the other eclectic patterns.
I found a solution for my husband’s side of the bed which was difficult to work with since I had centered the bed on the wall and his side was the bedroom door.
The side table I placed there is so tiny, I opted for a pretty gold mercury lamp from IKEA and a tall wire basket, both I had brought with our limited household goods, on the wall to fill the empty space. The little wood table was another purchase in Okinawa.
My husband has just enough room for his glasses and water glass now. I moved the tall lamp that was on his side of the bed to my side. Its narrow base opened up more room on my desk-turned vanity with the help of a large mirror.
A new boho wall hanging was a major purchase for this makeover and looks lovely in the vanity corner.
Simple DIY art that I created for a bathroom in our Okinawa house is now on the vanity with a few of my jewelry boxes and of course, the fabulous Daphne wearing my grandmother’s costume jewelry.
We found the perfect solution for the tv (I shared a little peek last week.) with a thrift store cabinet for $50. It was in a cute second-hand shop called Dragonfly right down the street!
I have a feeling we’ll pick up many souvenirs to take back to the states with us from there. They have lots of shibori fabric, kimonos and traditional clothing, home decor, tea sets, and furniture.
This pretty cabinet is the right height and has beautiful carvings and colors on the drawer fronts. A second-hand suitcase and stack of books fit nicely in the top cubby which I think originally had doors. My husband’s neckties are stored neatly inside.
The garden window was tricky because I had planned on using most of our budget for plants but it went towards the cabinet. So instead, I was able to purchase one live plant (with a mix of plants in it) and group it with faux plants and shells I had around the house.
I think it worked out nicely! You really would never know I mixed real with faux and it fills the garden window as I wanted.
And this is the view from our window. Aren’t the Japanese roofs gorgeous? And that my friend, is a bamboo forest right behind our neighborhood. Someone pinch me, please.
The last detail was hanging a shell capiz hanging a friend gave me for my birthday two years ago. It’s my renter-friendly solution for a chandelier as it only needed little command hooks around a pot light.
Here you can see just how small our room is. This is one half, and yes, that is about a foot and half from the foot of the bed to the sliding doors and wall.
And the other half. Surprisingly there is plenty of floor space and all of our clothes fit in the closets and drawers.
I’m so happy with how everything came together. Not bad for only being in our rental for 2 months. We moved in just for the holidays.
Here’s the $100 Makeover to-do list!
What I wanted to add:
a garden for the windowsill
a mix of bedding and textiles from my house free
100 yen store baskets
an eclectic mix of decor elements (from “shopping” the house) free
DIY shell chandelier and appropriate bedside lighting
Wall hanging -$30
TV cabinet -$50
Large plant with basket -$15
Baskets and push pins -$7
I’m so looking forward to seeing all the reveals this week. Enjoy!
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