Another Vintage Bedroom Mini Makeover

Not long ago I posted pics of my semi-complete bedroom mini-makeover featuring a vintage estate sale pink chenille pom pom bedspread and coordinating bed sheets. I had experimented with leaving my 1960s estate sale orange curtains up but decided to buy (gasp) new yellow curtains. I shopped online until I found thermal lined light yellow panels that I thought would look GREAT! But like so many new things these days they were outgassing a caustic chemical odor (GASP) so here’s what I did next.

They were machine washable so I followed the instructions yet the chemical smell lingered on. Not OK! I returned them. 

While I liked the idea of a cheerful pink bedspread through the winter we sleep with a wool blanket. Instead of putting the orange curtains back up…

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…or the sheer ones I had purchased new-in-the-packages at the flea market that I had up with the gold bedspread …

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I put up my estate sale 1950s barkcloth panels that are also turquoise, aqua and brown, very similar in design to the ones above that are synthetic and sheer. 

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Unlike the drawbacks of the similar-looking drapes, barkcloth is thick enough to add insulation yet still allows light to come in. The large vibrant pattern makes it look like wallpaper!

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Our wool blanket is reversible, too. This new look feels very much like a warm and cozy cottage bedroom.

(I also have a pleasant memory of when I bought the curtains. I was in an upstairs bedroom of the estate when I saw what looked like a hamper, and lifted the lid. Inside was a heaping pile of vintage linens with a pair of panels of the barkcloth set and was thrilled, yet that wasn’t enough for my bedroom. I went through another pile in a second bedroom and there was the rest of the set! I felt like I had won the lottery. I machine washed them in the gentle cycle when I got home and they held up beautifully. It’s happy memories like these associated with my finds that add warmth.)

The white sheets were a find at the same estate sale where I had purchased the orange curtains. I found five new old stock (with the tags) queen sized sheets that are as thick as a light blanket and silky soft.

We’re really happy with the way it all came together.

And there you have it, another “makeover” that cost about $20: $10 based upon what I paid for the vintage sheets and curtains plus $10 for new pillowcases.

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