Don’t let a small budget stop you from creating a big makeover you’ll love.
Pull up a chair at my dining room table and let’s chat room makeovers. I’ll pour the coffee.
I know you see these “budget” makeovers in magazines and Pinterest and roll your eyes at the enormous “budgets”. I do, that too…
For everyone who tells you that you that you’ll need a hefty chunk o’ change in order to makeover a room with high impact, I openly scoff. Don’t listen to them.
I tell you what, sweet friend…if I needed a chunk of change every time I wanted to makeover a room, I’d still be living with rooms covered in dated wallpaper…and ladybugs. (oh, yes. Ladybugs. missed that post? Check it out here.)
In the spirit of total transparency (because that’s the only way I do things), I’ll tell you for almost every single one of my other room makeovers under $100, I’ve been able to use leftover paint. That has saved me a ton of money. Well, that was not the case this time.
This time, I had to buy paint – and I really wanted to try Behr Marquee in “Limousine Leather”. So that took a bite out of my budget right away…*however* – it is also what gave me the most impact. And it’s my new favorite brand of paint for walls. (and no, this post isn’t sponsored by Behr).
Notice my chippy “rebel chair” here in the bottom right corner. She’s still my fave. 😉
1915 House tip: if you’ve only got a little money to spend, and you want the biggest impact possible, paint is your answer. Nothing transforms a room faster or more efficiently than paint.
How to decorate: small budget, big makeover style
Always, always, *always* shop the house for pieces to pull into a room. You know shopping the house is one of my most favorite ways to decorate – and the most economical. 😉
First off, I
brought had Mr 1915 and our eldest son bring this bookshelf down from the play room that never gets used – and gave it a fresh coat of paint 20 minutes before we ran out the door to a meeting. (Never underestimate what you can do in 20 minutes.) The giant chalkboard was a $10 thrift store find I transformed here.
Wanna know a secret? My 6 year old son’s leftover birthday cake is hiding underneath the lid of that silver cake plate on the bottom shelf. Never be afraid to use you “decor” for real life situations. Just sayin’.
*The following link for the candles is an affiliate link. See full disclosure here.*
Then, I moved this little side table in from the living room and set some candles on top – some real, some great fakes.
And yes, I already changed out the artwork from the post when I painted this room. This piece is one my incredibly talented cousin painted for me – and I love it. The beautifully detailed feathers, and the verse underneath remind me where to go when life throws me a curve ball.
Think outside the “norm”
How about a beautifully aged, rusty garden obelisk brought in from the outdoors? Why not? It adds height, texture and a fun, unexpected element to an indoor space.
And let’s talk curtains…
These gave me a run for my money – and I ended up running to IKEA for curtains. Turns out, no matter where you go or what you choose to use for curtains, when your rods are hung 9′ from the floor, and you have windows 10 feet wide, they’re bound to take up a chunk of your $100 budget.
You see, the curtains that were there were “ok” when the walls were white – but once I painted the walls black, the cream color was just….no. I wanted super-crisp white to balance the black and woodwork in the room.
What made this whole deal a little tricky is the radiator cover that runs most of the length of the window. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than looking at the bare-naked radiator. I chose to use two longer curtains at each end of the window (these are 118″) and then shorter curtains for over the radiator (98″). I made them all puddle ever so slightly – and I love the relaxed look they give.
Side note: I LOVE radiant heat. We’d never had it before this house and now that I’ve experienced it, there’s no going back. It’s amazing – especially for our bitter cold winters. So despite the hassle of window treatments, I still love it.
Ok – back to decor.
Simplicity is always a good thing. Something as simple as a pretty chair with a recycled jug and some faux branches stuck in it can be the thing that brings a smile to your face. (or even skip the faux branches and just use ones you clipped from right outside your back door.)
Free (if you use cuttings) – and easy.
So have a seat, sweet friend. And let’s toss out that idea of rooms costing a fortune to flip. All you really need is a gallon of good paint, *maybe* some new curtains, and a quick shop around the house.
Move pieces around from room to room and have fun with the process. You might be surprised by how much small changes can make a big impact.
Here’s the cost breakdown:
- 1 gallon Behr Marquee: $42.73 (though technically, I only used 1/2 a gallon)
- new curtains: $60.98
- clip rings for curtains: $9.48
- grand total: $112.89
Twenty lashes with a wet noodle! LOL!
I knew this room was going to push my budget. And it did. Maybe I should have tried bleaching my cream curtains? But they were still too short. Maybe I should have bought cheaper paint? But I’m really happy with Behr Marquee.
Overall, even though I stretched a little beyond my budget this time, I’m going to count it a wash since I’ve not even come close to $100 with my other rooms. That’s my “small budget, big makeover” story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂
For our September challenge, we’ve taken on (once again) the $100 Room Makeover!
All it takes is $100, and 1 room needing an overhaul, update, refresh, restyle, or makeover.
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1915 House – Small Budget Big Makeover Dining Room
Duct Tape and Denim – $100 Bathroom Makeover
Pearl Street Designs – $100 Home Office Makeover
My Thrifty House – Glamper Living Room Makeover
Shop At Blu – $100 Bathroom Makeover
Farmhouse Made – Affordable Dining Room Refresh… for $100
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