Welcome back to the final week of the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. Over the last four weeks, a group of bloggers (myself included), have been making over a room in their home while sticking to a $100 budget, sharing progress along the way.
In week one, I showed you our unused eat-in kitchen and shared my plans for converting it to a homework space for our son. Let’s just take a moment to remind ourselves just how useless this space was…
In week two, I showed you the work my husband had undertaken to repaint the room and replace all the trim (carrying the new trim we had recently installed in our living room into the space). Last week, I showed you a few DIY projects that I had underway, and in the blink of an eye, it’s now week four!
When I left off last week, I was a bit frazzled. I mean really, what was I thinking taking on a challenge during the month of September? Between school, work, hockey tryouts and an 8th birthday, we had little to no time to sleep, let alone makeover a room! After posting my week three update a few days late, I was ready to throw in the towel. But then I came home late one night to find my handyman husband sitting at the table, painting some picture frames for me, trying to help me along. That gave me the last little bit of motivation I needed to finish the room off (and say goodbye to a crazy month)!
What frames was he painting you ask? Well that would be the third DIY project I had planned for the space that I didn’t quite have time to finish in week three!
Anytime I am decorating a space for kids, I love using fun and subtly inspirational quotes. I just think it’s a nice way to give them a little boost of positivity throughout the day. Like the well known Wayne Gretzky quote, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, which we put on the wall in our son’s room when we gave it a bit of a hockey theme, which you can read about here. With this in mind, I wanted to make some prints for the wall beside the calendar whiteboard. Old me would have purchased the prints pre-made from Etsy and spent hours searching for the perfect frames online. However, new me printed sayings at Costco and purchased some budget-friendly frames from Ikea and repainted them with leftover Hale Navy paint from our living room.
Now the frames match the crayon caddy I finished in week three, creating a subtle link to the living room, which is open to the kitchen, by using the color from our accent wall.
A quick trip to Ikea for a couple little accessories (a set of two magazine holders, a cute felt basket for crayons and a hook for our son’s bookbag) and I had everything I needed to create a perfect little space for our son to do his homework!
Now here comes the big splurge in the space. A few weeks ago, I learned that we Canadian bloggers actually get to spend $125 for the Challenge, which accounts for the exchange rate. This my friends, was a game changer for me. We promptly decided to remove that awful builder-basic light and replace it with a brushed nickel potlight, matching the ones we had installed in the living room a few months ago. I am beyond thrilled with how streamlined and clean the space looks now, and with the trim, paint and light, it feels like an extension of the much larger renovation we had done in the living room, getting us one step closer to making over the entire main floor.
Now let’s talk numbers. I am so excited to tell you that I came in on budget (and by “on budget”, I mean $0.43 over, when factoring in the exchange rate!), and think that I have a fantastic little space to show for it! As an admitted online shopaholic / overspender, I am pretty proud of myself!
- Desk – free, compliments of a failed attempt at ordering a console for behind our sofa on final sale.
- Paint & trim – also free, purchased in bulk a year ago when we bought the house
- Whiteboard – $19.99
- Gridline sticker – $9.92
- Alphabet stickers (2 packs) – $10.98
- Wine rack – $13.50
- Ikea frames – $9.98
- Bookbag hook – $3.75
- Magazine holder – $14.99
- Felt basket – $2.33
- Potlight – $39.99
Total spent: $125.43
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed following along – this has been quite a learning experience for me and I expect that it will have lasting impacts on future removations and room makeovers, as I take a harder look at my online shopping habits and reconsider what I could perhaps do myself! Make sure you stop by again soon – we have another project planned that I am exciting to show you!
But before you go, make sure you check out what my fellow bloggers were up to this week!