It’s time for another $100 Room Challenge reveal!!! Very briefly (in case you’re just joining in), the $100 Room Challenge involves taking one room and giving it a complete makeover, in one month’s time, with $100. Others bloggers have joined in, and it’s been a blast. (Everyone’s rooms are linked at the bottom of this post, so make sure to check them out.) This month I chose to work on my living room. I was a bit terrified because it’s a large room, and I knew July was going to be busy. But, here we are, reveal day, and I’m happy to say it’s (almost) done.
Let’s start with a “before shot” to see what this room looked like at the beginning of the challenge (and, if we’re honest, what this room still looked like a week ago 🙂 )
And here it is today…
There’s a ton to talk about in this room, so feel free to read about the things that interest you (and skip over what doesn’t 🙂 )… or just look at the pictures. Here were my goals from week one, and how they were accomplished on a very tight budget (Cost break-down at the end of the post):
1.) Take Down the Valences
Done. Easiest thing I did. 🙂
2.) Pillow Refresh
My original thought was to buy a pillow cover set and cover my current (outdated) pillows that are no longer my style; and have chewed corners from our little furry friend. You can see some of my ideas in last week’s post. BUT, in the end, I didn’t truly love any of the options I found. I am a farmhouse-style girl, and I felt like I wasn’t being true to what I really wanted, so I made my own! I don’t even sew! About a year ago, I bought some flour sacks from a vintage shop in town. At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with them, I just thought they were interesting. Well, my pillows just happened to fit perfectly inside, so they became no-sew pillow covers. You can find the tutorial for making these here.
3.) Rug Refresh
If you have been following along, you know that I did, indeed, purchase a new rug. I found it on sale during Amazon’s Prime Day, but once I got it in the room, it didn’t work; it was just too light. Sadly, I don’t have a replacement yet, but I did take the old rug is out. We definitely need a rug in this space, so I’ll keep looking.
4.) Mantel Refresh
For a few of our spaces, my husband has created wood overlays for our wire shelving. (Here in the laundry room and here in our coat closet.) I have always wanted a wood mantel (vs. tile), so I asked if he could create the same concept for the fireplace. He came through and it looks ah-mazing!
Here’s the before:
… and here’s the after!
I also blew my budget at IKEA on knick-knacks to decorate the mantel and hearth (as you may recall, all I had before was the tobacco basket).
5.) Wall Décor
We had some black and white floral prints on our wall, and I actually liked them, but then I found an image on Pinterest, and I knew what I had to do. (Unfortunately, it appears as though the original creator of the pinned project doesn’t have an active blog anymore, so I couldn’t link directly). This is what I came up with and I love it!
My father-in-law happens to be the owner of his own construction company. One day he was ripping out some old wooden windows from a home he was working on, and my mother-in-law (bless her) knew I’d probably want them (versus sending them to the trash). They’ve been sitting in my garage just waiting for a project, and their time has come. I broke out the glass and made a little farmhouse wall treatment. (Click here for the full tutorial.)
I also love the ever-popular farmhouse signs, but to buy one would blow my budget, so, what do we do? Make one… for about $9. Click here for the tutorial.
6.) Curio Cabinet Out or Redo
“Out” is the answer here. I haven’t been able to find exactly what I’m looking for yet, but I’d love to do something like this, from Twelve On Main…
Via Twelve On Main
… or this from Bre Purposed.
7.) Fill in Screw Pops and Paint
I spent two days filling in holes and screw pops, and painting this room. I had found a 5 gallon bucket of Agreeable Gray paint at the recycle center a little over a year ago. (You can read about it here.) I also had some paint left over (same color) from the office makeover, so I was able to paint this room for free! (If you follow on Instagram, then you know the biggest dilemma to painting was trying to work around the stone on the fireplace. One follower suggested aluminum foil, and it totally worked!)
Here are some more pictures of this living room reveal:
I’m thinking of adding one more long, thin sign above those windows to fill the space a bit more, but time got away from me 🙂
As noted above, I was a total slacker until this week. I had bought a rug for $55.99, but decided against using it in this room, so my budget going into this week was still $100! I hadn’t spent a thing. No worries. I spent it, and here’s the breakdown…
Paint & Supplies: FREE
- Paint: FREE (Already had… Some from the Recycle Center. Some leftover from the office.)
- Paint Supplies (Brushes, Tape, Etc.): FREE (Already had)
Window Wall Décor: $6.95
- Old Chippy Windows: FREE (As noted above, my in-laws gifted these to me versus throwing them in the trash 🙂 )
- Polycrylic: FREE (Already had)
- Chalk Paint: FREE (Already had)
- Painting Supplies: FREE (Already had)
- “Milk” Jars: FREE (These are actually Starbucks Frappuccino bottles that I save… because I use them in projects all the time 🙂 )
- Faux Plant: $2.99 (50% off at Hobby Lobby). I just bought one faux plant and cut it into pieces to put in the jars.
- D-Rings (Pack of 2) x2: $3.96 ($1.98 each)
Love You More Sign: $9.07
- One Piece 2×4 Underlayment: $6.49
- Barn Wood Frame: FREE (Taken from our barn wood stash in the garage)
- Chalk Paint: FREE (Already had)
- Vinyl: FREE (Already had)
- Black Paint: FREE (Already had)
- Paint Supplies (Sponges Brushes): FREE (Already had)
- D Ring Hangers: $2.58
Wood Mantel Overlay: $14.18
- 1 x 4 x 6 Cedar Wood: $4.99
- 1 x 8 x 6 Cedar Wood: $9.19
- Stain: FREE (Already had)
Pillow Covers x4: $3.98
- Flour Sacks: FREE (Already had)
- Fabric Paint: $3.98 (One cost $2.49 and the other $1.49 after using a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby)
- Vinyl: FREE (Already had)
- Painting Supplies (Sponges Brushes): FREE (Already had)
Miscellaneous Décor: $46.92
- Ceramic Planter: $1.99
- Faux Plant: $3.99
- Small Ceramic Pitcher: $9.99
- Larger Ceramic Pitcher: $14.99
- Faux Eucalyptus Stems x4: $15.96 (Already had 3)
Total Spent: $81.10
I can’t even believe we came in $18.80 under budget.
Another $100 Room Challenge done. If you want to take a peek at the other rooms I’ve completed with just $100, check out this page (all rooms are at the bottom). And please check out all the other bloggers participating in this challenge using the link-up below the “Pinterest Image”.
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