Did you see all the room reveals from last month’s $100 Room Challenge? Oh. My. Word! They were incredible. I could not believe what people were able to do with $100. (Just in case you missed it, you can find the link-up at the bottom of this post.) During the month of February, I thought I’d do something a little different. Instead of working on another room in my own home, I thought I’d work on rooms in your homes. I asked readers to submit images of spaces in their homes that they’d like to spruce up a bit, without spending a lot of money. I’ll share images of the room and tell you how I’d spend $100 in that space. (Want to submit some of your own photos? There’s information on how to do that at the end of this post 🙂 )
This week we’re working with a beautiful space, but right now it’s a little plain. Let’s take a look:
First Impression- Love the built-ins… and that ceiling?! Gorgeous!
First Impression- I envy the bay of windows… and the sunshine 🙂
First Impression- Wondering about re-positioning the couch to open up the room a little more.
First Impression- I love this shot. It’s real life with kids 🙂 Yay for toys! (I actually asked Christie to send one more shot from the back of the room so I could see the space between the couch and wall.)
Goals for the Space:
Remember, this is not my space, so I’m not going to create the goals. Here’s what Christie said were her goals in this family room.
1.) Incorporate Some Light Silvery Blue Color
There are a couple ideas that popped into my head right away for incorporating a little of this color… Right now, the room is a sea of white, and while I wouldn’t go too crazy with color, it might be nice to paint the back of the built-ins with a light blue/silvery tone. Here are some ideas for color:
The walls below are painted in Iceberg by Benjamin Moore:
The blue in this bedroom is Cascade White by Benjamin Moore:
Or this: Raindance. Also by Benjamin Moore. (A little bit more of a green undertone.):
Although not the color we’re looking at, here’s the idea for the end result:
*Cost: Free- $13
If you have a recycle center nearby, find out if people donate leftover paint. If they do, you might get lucky and find a color you love (That’s how we painted our entire Master Bedroom. Completely free!). Another option is to search the “Oops” paint section at local hardware stores. Sometimes paint doesn’t turn out quite the right color, so they deeply discount it. If neither of these options are available, you can always buy a quart of paint. I typically go with Behr, as it’s a little more budget-friendly, and you can match it to any color you can find, even if it’s another brand.
Another option is to line the back of the built-ins with wallpaper, which can add both color and pattern. Wallpaper is pretty expensive if you have to buy it, but this is a smaller space that might not cost too much. Here’s the idea:
Although this idea wouldn’t be for everyone, you could also paint the ceiling in between the beams with the light blue color. This would require more paint, and a lot of work up on a ladder, but would certainly add a pop to the room. Here’s the concept:
Christie told me that she actually has some throw pillows, but they were old, so she removed them. Here’s a cost effective way to add some color, pattern, and texture without having to buy new throw pillows: you can simply buy the pillow covers, and use the old inserts. Here are some ideas (Click on the image for more detail):
If you are like me and have a hard time putting together colors and patterns that work well together… no worries. You can buy sets of coordinating covers without much thought. Of course, you can add additional pillows with a picture or saying; and others to add a bit of texture.
Another idea, if you have fabric scraps lying around, is to create your own pillow covers. There’s even a no-sew way to do this.
3.) Spice it up
Christie described this space as “drab”. Truth? This space has a whole lot of potential, it just needs a little bit of color and/or pattern. Some of this can be achieved with paint and pillows, but here are a few other ideas:
Change up the items in the built-ins. We become accustomed to seeing the same things day in and day out and it gets a little boring. Instead of buying a whole bunch of new items, try “shopping your house” to find things that might work on the shelves. Collect a bunch of stuff: Vases, frames, books (this is another way to add some color), metal containers, items found outside (not just florals, think “small branch dipped in a paint color that compliments the room”), momentos, small baskets, jars, canisters, wooden items, etc.
Once you’ve complied a nice collection, clear everything off the shelves and start trying some configurations. I, personally, like bookshelves that are a little more clean and streamlined, but to each their own 🙂
Sure, you could go out and buy items to style your bookshelf (and maybe you do), but many items can be found around the house. Remember to think about incorporating nature into the mix: Pinecones, feathers, branches, flowers, acorns, leaves (press them in a frame or add some to a vase), rocks, stones… the list goes on. Be creative.
Re-Position the Couch. When I first saw the location of the couch, I thought it seemed to close off the space, but I am no interior decorator, so I wasn’t sure if there was a better location or not. What’s a blogger to do? Contact her blogging friend who happens to actually understand interior design and get her thoughts. Thankfully, Sharon, from Sharon Joyce Interiors, was happy to help me out. She suggested moving the couch to the opposite corner:
This should really open up the space. While neither of us loved covering up even an inch of those gorgeous windows, we thought the change in couch location would do wonders. Sharon also suggested adding another chair to the space. This, obviously, couldn’t be done with $100, but if you have an extra, this would balance the room. You can always try a different furniture arrangement, and if you hate it, just move it back.
Coffee Table. Since this is not my space, I’m not sure how much that ottoman gets used. If it’s family staple, keep it. But, here’s another idea: Add a coffee table. It will add a bit of warmth to the space. I, personally would go with a wood tone so as not to add anymore white; and wood has a way of cozy-ing up a space as well. There are multiple idea for coffee tables:
- You could make one, depending on how handy you are and which tools you already have on hand. Love this one (with free plans included).
- You could buy a simple one, like this one from IKEA, and stain/paint it; even add a little embellishing. (Search IKEA Coffee Table Hack on Pinterest for some amazing ideas.)
- Shop Goodwill or the ReStore for a coffee table. These are often affordable and you can always repaint/restain them to your liking.
- Check Craigslist or “Garage Sale Groups” on Facebook (I did a quick check of my local FB online garage sale and found many options for $20 or less).
- Buy a coffee table. This is a little difficult with only $100, but here are a few ideas that are all under $125 (a little over budget, but use a Target Redcard to get 5% off your purchase… and free shipping 🙂 ) Click on the image for more detail:
*Cost: Free- $100+
If you had all the wood, stain, tools, and skill for building your own, you could do it free, but most of us don’t have everything we need. While I’d probably beg my husband to build the coffee table, my second choice would be shop at local thrift stores or online garage sales in my area, and repaint/restain it to my liking.
Christie was wondering about curtains in this space. Here’s the deal with curtains on a rounded wall: You’d probably have to add curtains all the way around for it to look right. This would take you far beyond the $100 budget, and it would cover the architectural detail around the windows. If you don’t need curtains for privacy, I’d leave this area open… less work, less money 🙂
I only say this is free because I wouldn’t actually hang curtains 🙂
- Paint- $0-$13
- Pillow Covers- $20-30+
- Change up the items in the built-ins- Free (Shop your house or yard for items you could use)
- Reposition the Couch- Free
- Coffee Table- Free- $100+
Here’s what I’d budget for: $13 of paint for the built-ins (but if you can find it cheaper or free, even better). $30 of pillow covers (buy a set of 4 and add one or two more for texture). This leaves you with $57 for the coffee table, which I’d try to find at a thrift store/online for around $25, and use the remaining $32 for supplies to finish the table, whether it’s sandpaper, paint, stain, or embellishments.
*All costs are estimates based on standard retail prices. This could be higher or lower depending on where you live.
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- Your goals for the space. What do you want for the room?
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Enjoy the upcoming weekend-
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