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A tour of my second-hand bedroom

When I moved out of our family home last year, I took almost nothing from my bedroom.

I left every piece of furniture (all Freecycle furniture that I painted), the bed, the lamps…I really just took my clothes. That meant I was starting pretty much from scratch when it came to my bedroom here at this house.

tallboy dresser painted black

a freecycle rehab I did for my old bedroom

For a wide variety of reasons, I’m trying to keep all my costs down, so of course that’s the energy I brought to the task of outfitting my bedroom.

In light of that, I thought it would be fun to take a little tour of how my budget bedroom is currently looking!

kalanchoe flowering.

I really should have dusted that table before I took this picture. Oh well. Real life. I don’t dust as much as I “should”. Ha.

Let’s go around the room starting at the door.

First, we have my little nightstand, which a friend from book club was getting rid of.

wood nightstand.

The lamp on top is also from the same book club friend!

lamp on nightstand.

I keep a little dish from the abandoned house on the nightstand to hold my night guard for my teeth. 😉

flowered dish.

My queen-size sleigh bed frame is from my dear neighbor Kate, who was a blog reader before I ever moved into this neighborhood (what were the odds??)

sunny bedroom.


She had some extra furniture that she needed to get rid of, so when she told me about it, I said YES PLEASE.

One of my cousins had a queen mattress she didn’t need anymore, so it was apparent the queen bed situation was meant to be.

My down comforter is one from my old house, but I did buy a new duvet cover from Target for it, and it came with the covers for the extra pillows on my bed.

wood sleigh bed with white bedding.

The small throw pillow is from my Buy Nothing group.

Over the bed is a mirror from the 1960s that someone was giving away on the Buy Nothing group. My dad came over to help me hang it up securely because woo, this thing is heavy.

mirror above bed.

(Don’t worry; we do not generally have earthquakes here, so this thing is not gonna fall on my head while I sleep!)

Next to my bed is a scale that my abandoned-house sister-in-law gave to me because she had an extra one. I mostly use it to help me weigh eBay packages. 😉

scale on wooden floor.

My full-length floor mirror was a Facebook Marketplace find; I am of the opinion that a full-length mirror is a must.

Otherwise, how do you really know what you look like before you leave the house??

wood framed floor mirror.

Also it is very convenient when I need to take clothing pictures for my blog. 😉

Kristen in mom jeans.


Next is a table from my other house, and on top is a plant that I propagated from an Aldi kalanchoe.

kalanchoe on table.


The plant is in a pot that I got from my Buy Nothing group; the pot was spattered with something that seemed almost like concrete, but with enough scrubbing, it came clean.

Three dirty plant pots.

the pot is the one in the middle

And now it looks great!

ikea Matilda curtains.

My curtains are from Ikea; they’re the Matilda ones, and they are only $20/pair. Such a good deal!

white sheer curtains.

If I owned this house, I’d raise the curtain rods. But I rent so…pooled curtains it is!

The dresser in the corner is also from my friend Kate; it goes with the bed frame.

red-stained dresser.

The little dish on top of the dresser is from the abandoned house, and it’s a handy place to put my jewelry at the end of the day.

bowl full of jewelry.

The lamp on top of the dresser came from Facebook Marketplace; I love it so much! The pull chain is so handy.

lamp on dresser.

Sonia pressed those flowers and framed them for me. 🙂

In front of the window is the little Philco table that I rehabbed; the light pink color doesn’t go terribly well with my cherry-colored furniture, but it’s fine.

table stacked with books.

The table fits perfectly there, and it’s really wonderful for the winter, when my orange tree needs to come inside.

tree on a table.

The mirror next to that window is from my Buy Nothing group. Something about the actual mirror is a little warped and wonky, so it’s not that good for accurately assessing your appearance.

Kristen shown in a reflection in a wall mirror.

But it IS good for existing as a free piece of wall decor. 😉

The chair underneath is from a set a cousin was giving away; not all the chairs fit around my table, so I put one in my bedroom, and it actually does kinda match the rest of the wood in my room.

chair under mirror.

And then we’re back around to where we started!

My room would not win me any interior design contests, of course. But considering that I spent almost no money to outfit this room, I feel very content with how it looks!

blooming kalanchoe.

It feels peaceful in there, and sometimes when I hop into bed at night to read, I look around and feel a little bit like I’m in a hotel room.

And I feel really, really grateful for all the free/almost-free things that helped me make my bedroom into a quiet little oasis.


I think I may have told you this before but you know what’s funny?

This is the first time in my life that I’ve had my own room!

I don’t think I want to be flying solo for the rest of my life, but for right now, it’s been fun to have a space that is JUST for me. 🙂

I know some of you out there are also in a starting-over phase of life, and maybe some of you will be in the future.

So, here are my tips in bullet points:

  • Let people know about your situation. Lots of people have furniture/lamps/etc to give away; they just need to know that you are in need!
  • Join your Buy Nothing group and then patiently watch and wait for useful things to pop up
  • Peruse Facebook Marketplace; you can find cheap/free things there all the time
  • Be flexible; if you go into this trying to curate a very specific aesthetic, it’ll be way harder. An open mind will make it easier! I wouldn’t have necessarily picked the dark wood theme I have going on, but I rolled with it, and it’s working fine for now.

What tips would you add to mine? 

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Saturday 10th of June 2023

Hi. It’s me again. I posted way back when I first left my marriage as well in January. I spent almost five months sleeping in a friend’s recliner while I saved money.

I am so happy to say I did what my husband said I could not. I found a three bedroom house of our own. My kids were so excited.

We moved last Thursday. My church family came out in spades to help drive a U-Haul, pack, unload.

I started from scratch too. My friends got me a couch. My church friends bought me a kitchen table set. They went on Marketplace and found a rocking chair for me (I am on the spectrum and rocking is my stim). They found a brand new bunk bed set in the box and when they went to pay for it, the gentlemen had heard some of my story for them and refused to aces or any money for it. They found a free sleigh bed for me. They helped assemble furniture for me. They brought a desk for me to do my work from and a nightstand. I really couldn’t have done any of this without them.

When I went to get boxes off of a couple, they asked if I happened to need a microwave. It was a big ticket item. I couldn’t believe it and thanked them profusely.

Starting over has been so difficult but it is such an incredible feeling and so surreal to know that I did it. This is my house. I was able to bring my three kitties over too!


Sunday 11th of June 2023

Ohhhh, you have a free sleigh bed too! Woohoo! We can be twins. ;)

I'm so delighted that you have successfully moved out and on. Yay you!!!

Fru-gal Lisa

Thursday 8th of June 2023

Love your bedroom! No one would ever know that you didn't spend a fortune furnishing it! BTW, if you don't like the pink Philco table, perhaps putting a tablecloth, placemat or table runner would make it fit in better with the other items, particularly if the linen incorporated the cherrywood brown and black hues. Alternatively, you could put something in the room that picks up the pink color --a seat cushion on the chair, a picture on the wall, or a throw pillow on the bed. But most decorators say not to get too matchy-matchy in your furnishings, so not to worry.

Anita Isaac

Thursday 8th of June 2023

i think you did a great job on your room but me being me. i love new furniture. never had any new furniture as a kid. everything was from a dead relative. i get the stuff now on sale though.

LaNell from Texas

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

You should be proud of how your space came together. It is serene. No drama. I love the orange tree. That pop of orange color is beautiful.


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Very nice! Now I’m just waiting patiently to see the side table/chest you’re rehabbing!

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