Before and After: This $1,500 Bedroom Reno Looks Boutique Hotel-Level Fancy

updated Mar 27, 2020
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Credit: Jan Rooney

Most rooms, even when they’re totally out of date, have something going for them: great light, a generous size, or a practical layout. Jan Rooney‘s bedroom was definitely stuck in the 1980s, with dingy mauve carpet, no overhead lighting, and old blinds. But it also was a good size, which Jan knew she could work with. After all, the negatives were just cosmetic. “It was easy to decide to change this room,” Jan says. “I wanted to brighten it, make it more comfortable, and make it our style.” To do that, the old finishes would have to go—see you never, mauve carpet and clunky, light-less overhead fan!

Credit: Jan Rooney

Jan and her husband Matt spent about six months from start to finish redoing the room completely. They brought in an electrician to install an overhead fan—with a light this time, to make the room brighter and more practical. A contractor replaced all of the upstairs floors, including that mauve carpet in the bedroom, with engineered hardwood floors.

Jan and Matt did the painting and decorating themselves, opting for a soothing green color for the walls. All the furniture and decor has a super cozy look, from the upholstered headboard of the bed frame (all the better to lean against with a book) to the cushy boho-look rug underfoot. And now, with new bamboo shades and flowy white curtains, the windows look way bigger and brighter.

In all, Jan says the couple spent around $1,000 on the bedroom renovation, plus guesstimates that the floors for the bedroom alone cost an additional $500.

Credit: Jan Rooney

“I love how crisp and inviting it feels in here now,” Jan says. “I also love how the windows are now a focal point in the room.” No kidding! That tree-filled view is *chef’s kiss*.