Like many of us, I often find myself looking around my house, wishing I could win the lottery so that I could instantly transform every room with a limitless budget! Don’t get my wrong, I love our home and we purchased it intending to spend the next several years renovating it room by room. However, patience is not a virtue that I have and just one year in, I want to do more, faster!
Enter the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. I have been watching this Challenge unfold for a little over a year and have marveled at what people can accomplish for $100! If you asked my husband, he would tell you that it costs $100 for me to drive by a Home Sense store! Needless to say, sticking to such a strict budget was really daunting to me. That said, having just finished an overhaul of our backyard, which you can read about here, and throwing in a new roof for good measure, the home reno budget has gone into recovery mode. We still have lots of plans and generally, don’t sit still for long, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to push ourselves and try to keep up our momentum while continuing to save for some of our larger, more expensive projects.
So, for this month, we have chosen to make over our eat-in kitchen. Given the open concept layout of our home, this has always seemed like an unnecessary space – we already have the island and the dining area within arms reach of the kitchen for eating options so have never really considered using this as another space to eat. When we moved in, we just put an old mirror on the wall and have been using the room as toy storage while we worked on renovating our living room (which you can read about here). This is what it looks like:
We have tossed around the idea of extending the kitchen cabinets into this space and building a bar area, but haven’t fully committed to re-orienting our kitchen as part of a future planned renovation (and this particular project is still a couple of years down the list).
As we began furnishing our completed living room, I started searching for a console to place on the wall behind our couch. I ordered a sleek white table without measuring first (a common occurrence in our house) and when it arrived, I hated it in the space. My husband, noticing my frustration, commented that it looked like more of a desk than a console, and suggested we try putting it in the eat-in kitchen to make a homework space for our son instead. I instantly loved the idea, and quite honestly, wondered why I hadn’t come up with it myself!
We planned to create “Max’s office” over the summer in order to have it ready for the start of the school year but the backyard project took longer than planned, we spent two fabulous weeks in Europe, and frankly, we just needed a break! Add to that the plans I have started working on for a master bedroom makeover in the Fall and there really wasn’t any money to dedicate to this space anyway.
Enter the $100 Room Challenge! This is a perfect opportunity for us to really roll up our sleeves, get this space done and keep it on a tight budget. And while we missed the ideal before school starts timeline, we are now aiming for being done before the official start of the hockey season and in our house, that’s when things really get busy (and the challenge of getting homework done kicks in)!
Now let’s talk about the plans! We are going to replace the dated baseboards and door frame, paint the walls, upgrade the lighting, and create a desk area that will (hopefully) help our son stay organized throughout the school year. There’s no shortage of inspiration to be found on Houzz or Pinterest and here’s what I’ve come up with:
See that whiteboard calendar? Yeah, it’s $125… just a little sign of how challenging this budget is going to be for me!
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