Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week One

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I have signed on for my third $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here.  So far I have redone my laundry room and my younger boy’s bedroom. If you would like to see my previous makeovers they can be found here 

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and here.

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For this month I have chosen to makeover my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s going to be quite a challenge. Ready to see why???

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Basically because I can’t stand this disaster!!! The door stays closed most of the time because just looking at it gives me anxiety! Clothes on the floor while the laundry basket is empty, garbage just hanging around, Legos and other projects everywhere. It’s what mom nightmares are made of! Does your teen have a messy room too? My brother’s room growing up got out of control at times but mine was never like this!

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The blanket and sheets have been washed but not put back on the bed! Sleeping on the mattress cover is not ok!!

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What is going on with the closet? He can’t even close the door because stuff is just falling out everywhere! And the corner? Who knows what is under that crate!

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Not sure how you can do homework on a desk that’s piled full of Legos…

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I’m kind of scared to see what’s lurking in that corner! And yes those are Legos taped to the wall. He had some massive Rube Goldberg machine going on that he disassembled (but did not put away obviously). My son is very creative and while I appreciate that we need to come up with a balance we can both live with.

If you’re still reading thank you. I hope these before photos didn’t scare you away! Here are the goals I would like to accomplish in his bedroom.

  1. Replace the bedding. His old set has seen better days.
  2. Display shelving for all of his creations.
  3. New art work
  4. Lighten the walls with a fresh coat of paint. I do love the paint color but the dark color is too much for this room.
  5. New storage options for both the closet and bedroom itself.
  6. A functional organized desk area that is conducive to completing homework.

I have to get creative with my $100 budget! Check back next week to see my progress. Please visit the other bloggers below that are also participating in the challenge. It’s so much fun to see everyone’s plans!


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Top 10 Posts of 2017 from Jersey Girl In The South

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It’s the end of 2017 already! Can you believe it? This year has been a great one for me and my family. 2017 has been a year of firsts. My first business venture in a boutique, my youngest starting Kindergarten, owning goats for the first time and a road trip to Ohio to attend their first wedding. I am looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for us!

Blogging has been another fun adventure that I pursed in 2017. Today I am sharing my top ten most popular posts of the past year! Are you ready?

First is my Spring at the Farmhouse Home Tour. I teamed up with some very talented blogger friends to give tours of our homes. You don’t want to miss these!

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Second is my DIY Powder Room Makeover. My husband and I added a shiplap accent wall to bring some farmhouse charm to our boring powder room. I also used chalk paint to transform the vanity.

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Third is my Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Decor. Neil makes a cameo appearance in this one.

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Fourth is my Touch of Fall Home Tour. I teamed up with some fabulous ladies to show you how we celebrate fall in our homes.

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Fifth is one of my personal favorites! It’s the reveal post of my Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I’m happy to say the room is still clean most days, which is a huge improvement! Not only did we make over the hideous floor and organize the space, my husband built the sliding barn door!

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Sixth is my Summer 2017 Home Tour. Readers love to see tours and they are one of my favorite posts to do!

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Seventh is the reveal for my Boy’s Bedroom Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I am excited to share that I will be participating again! This time I am making over my teenager’s room! Wish me luck as the before is REALLY bad!!!!!!!

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Eighth is my Patriotic Front Porch. I love decorating for the 4th of July!

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Ninth is my kitchen table and chairs makeover. I am pleased to say they have held up amazing to my three messy boys!

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And last but certainly not least is my sewing table makeover. I fell in love with this sewing table when I found it. The table was purchased for me to resell but after the makeover I could not part with it!

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Cozy Farmhouse Style Living Room Design

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Today I decided to have a little fun today and design a farmhouse style living room using Arhaus furniture and their new line of paint. Arhaus makes it easy to build your own room on their website. I was able to go to their Living Room page and find all the elements that I needed in one place. So convenient!

Let’s start with the wall color. Blue is my favorite color and I use it in several rooms in my home. It has a soothing quality and just makes you feel relaxed and welcome. There are so many shades of blue but I decided to go light and airy with the paint to set the tone of the room. When you have guests you want to them to feel at home and blue is the perfect color for a cozy space. I imagine the room with bright white trim and moldings. The color I chose is Stream in an Eggshell finish.

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Moving onto the seating. I love pieces that you can just sink in to and cuddle up. The Rio Upholstered Chair in Check Please Lakeland fits that bill. Buffalo check is a fun blue print perfect for an accent piece that makes a bold state. Just look at those legs! For the sofa I chose the Outerbanks Upholstered Sofa in Hampton Oyster. Choosing more neutral pieces of large furniture will allow you to mix prints and fabric easily. I like to change my decor seasonally.

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Next I chose some gorgeous tables. Thick and solid wood pieces are perfect in this space. The Hudson Rectangular Coffee Table in Natural and the Hudson Rectangular Console Table in Natural tie in nicely with the wooden legs of the upholstered furniture without being too matchy.

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Speaking of fabrics I had a little fun with some pattern mixing using throw pillows. I love using natural elements combined with different textures, colors and fabrics. Keeping with the blue theme I chose the Batik Motif Blue Square Pillow and paired it with Chestnut and White Hair on Hide Pillow Nothing says farmhouse style like farm animal prints! For the flooring I selected the Theo Jute Rug in Camel to bring more another neutral element into the room.

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Now let’s talk accessories to finish up the room. Good lighting is important for any space. How fun are these lamps? Brass is in right now and these have amazing style. For the table lamps I chose the Franklin Brass Weighted Task Lamp. They coordinate well with the floor lamp I selected, the Sorbonne Floor Lamp in brass. For the walls this gorgeous Teak Arched Window Pane Mirror would look amazing! The coffee table I chose is large and perfect for a vignette. I am loving this cloche, the Pasca Dome in Antique Brass.

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I hope you enjoyed the room I designed. You do not to live out in the country to love farmhouse style. It’s cozy and informal which is perfect for pretty much anyone no matter where you live. Let me know what you think!

 

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Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint: Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know I love a good bargain. My kitchen table and chairs were a huge score! Years ago I found the table at a yard sale for $10. It was in sad shape and filthy. After cleaning it up and painting the legs white it moved into my craft room as my scrapbooking table. That was in my last house two kids ago when I had the luxury of having an entire crafting room to myself! Now my work space is the dining room table.

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When we moved I used the kitchen table for an actual kitchen table. Originally I had different chairs but have since given them to a friend. Browsing Goodwill one afternoon I found these ladder back chairs. All four chairs were only $35!! They just needed a little love. Someone had spray painted them black but they got pretty beat up from use afterwards. Luckily Amy Howard at Home offered me free paint for a makeover project in exchange for an honest review. This set was the perfect project! I went with the One Step Paint in Black.

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Our little mini pig Neil caused a lot of destruction the few months he was living indoors. He would drag his puppy playpen around the kitchen making black paint marks all over the white table legs. It looked horrible! Instead of repainting the table base white again I decided to go all black with the set.  I’m glad I did as I’m loving the look now! This paint requires no prep work which makes life so much easier. Of course you do want to start with clean surfaces. The paint also has no odor so I am able to use it indoors. Huge plus for me as I don’t have a garage to work in.

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Before I got started I used brown paper grocery bags to protect the rush seats on the chairs. First I cut them in half and then I clipped the corners. Using painter’s tape I secured the bags to the seats of the chairs.

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Per the instructions I opened the paint and let it sit out for 20 minutes to thicken up. The consistency is great as it’s not as drippy as regular paint. Using a 1 1/2″ paintbrush I got started on the table.

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The first coat covered the white well but the second coat really finished it off nicely. I love that the dry time is only 30 minutes. Finishing a project quickly is very important to me!

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One of the chairs had a crack in the top rung. I decided to use a matching chair I also found at Goodwill for $8 to replace it. In two coats I was able to take the brown chair and transform it black. This picture was taken during the first coat of paint. The coverage is great! You are unable to tell which chair it is now after two coats. The rest of the chairs only received one coat just to freshen them up. When they dried I did not feel that a second coat was necessary.

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Just a few hours after starting my project the kitchen and family room were back to normal. I had minimal cleanup too!

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Here is the before and after. I am loving the black! What do you think?

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Summer 2017 Farmhouse Home Tour

 

Welcome friends! It’s the first official day of summer! Today I’m sharing my home tour with you. Enjoy!

Let’s get started on the front porch. I went with a patriotic theme as red, white and blue just scream summer to me. You can read more about my front porch here.

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Moving inside you step into my teeny tiny foyer. I found this free Land of the Free Because of the Brave printable on Pinterest. You can print out your own from Loving Mountain Life here. Using free printables is one of the ways I save money on seasonal home decor. Another fun updates is my crock is holding a faux fiddle fig plant from Michael’s. My name is Tracy and I am a plant killer. Faux is the only way to go indoors for me!

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Step into the dining room. I kept it super simple in here. Combining natural textures like the wooden bowl, twine balls and linen table runner keep it light and airy for summer. For the table, Kirkland’s had this centerpiece for a steal! The glass bottles and my faux peachy pink ranunculus are the perfect pairing! Don’t look too closely or you will see the “art” my 5 year old left for me. A new tabletop is now on the to do list!

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Come on in to the kitchen. Fresh cut chives from our herb garden in a simple ceramic pitcher adorn the table. Yes they are real but I won’t feel as guilty when they die since they were free. The shelves were changed up a bit to incorporate the cute copper tea kettle I found at an estate sale.

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My kitchen counters are usually pretty clear as I am an anti clutter person. Our coffee maker and Rae Dunn collection take up one small section leaving the rest of the countertops open for food preparation.

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Every summer the kids and I do a bucket list and try as hard as we can to mark everything off. We have a very busy summer planned this year so it’s going to be close if we get everything done in time!

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Last but not least is the family room. Did you notice my new antique sewing machine table? It’s the Mother’s Day gift I bought for myself. I saw it in a local boutique and had to have it!

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This past month I made a new purchase (the buffalo check rug) since my naughty little piggie Neil ruined the sisal one I had in here previously. I planned to buy another natural fiber rug (I am in love with Jute) but was out voted. The kids and husband said they needed our new rug to be soft. Overstock had a great selection of wool rugs and it was so hard to choose!

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So I started with the rug and I ended up buying new pillows too. It always seems to snowball for me!

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And no, I did not clean the shoe mess up for you. It’s real life over here. We are constantly switching between our flip flops and farm boots throughout the day. I was more than happy for the backpack mess to be put away for the summer though! Next house a mudroom is a must!!

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I hope you enjoyed my home tour. Check back in with me to see all of the makeover projects I have planned for this summer!

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Farmhouse Style Patriotic Summer Front Porch

 

 

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This is the first house that I have owned with a true front porch. I love to style it for the different seasons. The navy blue rockers give the house a down home country feel and look great paired with Americana decor. Our family looks forward to Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations every summer and I would like my home to reflect that.

First new pillows were purchased for the rocking chairs at Tuesday Morning. Their selection of outdoor pillows were all too brightly colored or too expensive for my small budget. Instead I purchased these adorable American flag pillows for $15 each. I loved the brass star button details!

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I wanted them to hold up to the elements so I purchased Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield from Amazon. It is supposed to protect outdoor furniture and fabrics. This is the first time I have used this product and so far so good. We had a bad rainstorm last night and the pillows repelled the water well.

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Following the directions I coated both sides of each pillow letting them dry fully before flipping them over. I wore gloves so I did not get it on my skin and used plastic bags to protect the grass.

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This cute little chalk painted table remains on our porch year round and I change up the decor seasonally. It was a flea market find from NJ and I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Provence. By shopping the house I was able to save some money! The sign was left over from last summer, the flags were a Hobby Lobby clearance find and everything else I already owned.

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Besides the pillows the only other thing I purchased was flowers. Costco had the lavender topiary for $20! I had to drive to two stores to find it but it was worth the hunt.

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The fern was from Lowe’s and just screamed Southern front porch to me! My husband was not thrilled when he saw it as we have a whole woods full of ferns in our backyard… I could have dug some up for free. Oops!

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On the front door I hung up my patriotic heart I found at Christmas Tree Shops last summer. I love that store for seasonal goodies.

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I am in love with the way our front porch turned out and I can’t wait to spend time on it all summer sittin’ and sippin’.

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Spring style: JORD Wood Watch

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As you all know I am a huge Instagram fan. I have been seeing posts about these cool JORD wood watches pop up and instantly fell in love. They are truly statement pieces.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I have been given this wood watch by JORD in exchange for a product review.  Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

My husband is not a big jewelry guy but when I showed him the wood watches he was really impressed. Their collection of men’s watches is unique compared to other watches I have seen before. JORD watches are stylish enough to wear to work yet also casual for weekend wear as well.  Comfort is important to him as well as style. It’s a perfect addition to his spring wardrobe.

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Ultimately he chose the Dover series Olive and Acacia. JORD makes the ordering process so easy. All we had to do was measure his wrist using their guide, send in the measurements and our custom fit watch was on the way. My husband likes the fact that you can see the gears at work inside of the watch. JORD watches are splashproof and the face is made of sapphire crystal glass. He does not need to worry about it getting wet or damaged while playing with our boys or working around our little farm. One thing I like about it is there is no battery to be replaced.  They also provide a cleaning cloth and oil to maintain your watch in the packaging.

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JORD really has thought about everything! The wooden boxes are perfect for both gift giving and storage. I am very picky about our home’s style and the storage box looks like part of our decor.

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Ladies we have not been forgotten about! JORD also has a line of women’s watches. They would be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday gift or just because. I am going to purchase one for myself! The Zebrawood is my favorite but I can not decide between Rose or Turquoise. What do you think?

I have an exciting offer for you! JORD is offering my readers a $25 off gift code on the purchase of their own watch. Use the code: j17jerseygirlinthesouthblog25 at checkout. You can visit the site here.


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Easter Decor Farmhouse Style

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I love spring and all of the soft pastels surrounding Easter decorations. Any holiday that allows me to decorate with more bunnies is perfect for me! Egg hunts, dressing up and attending the Monument Avenue Easter on Parade in Richmond are just some of the things we look forward to as a family during this season. My kids love it because they know the bunny is going to bring them candy and some goodies!

I haven’t changed the porch since I put up my spring decorations but I did add this cute Easter bunny sign to the door.

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As you come into my  foyer you will see the cute new goodies I found. I love my ceramic egg! Can you believe it was only $6 at TJ Maxx! Those sweet Victorian style eggs were on sale for $.59 at Michael’s! I want to go back and buy more.

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Easter decorating farmhouse style entryway

My dining room always changes with the holidays. I love styling my buffet for the different seasons. Rae Dunn Easter platters go perfectly with the sweet little chick and bunny decorations. The garland is from the Target bargain area last year and the burlap carrots were this year’s finds.

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Next stop is my kitchen. I kept it simple in there using fresh eggs from our chickens and a linen table runner for a natural look. You may have noticed that I have different kitchen chairs. While browsing Goodwill for outdoor decor to make over I came across these chairs. One of them is damaged so they sold me all 4 chairs for $35! Can you believe it? They need a fresh coat of paint and a little wood glue but that’s it.

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Lastly I added a little Easter fun to the family room. A cute ceramic bunny from the Target bargain area joined my tray on top of the green dresser (also a Target bargain score!).

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I did not add much to this room besides some jelly beans in a candy dish (which lasted all of 2 minutes in the jar before my youngest devoured them).

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Spring time and Easter make me think of the outdoors and baby animals. Bunnies, baby chicks, ducklings, spring flowers are all part of the season to me. My son talked us into buying two sweet Rouen ducklings at Tractor Supply. Sadly we had to rehome them after only a week because I was severely allergic. I had no idea or I would not have bought them. The ducklings grew so fast and my kids were in love with them. They understood we had to give them away but there were plenty of tears from the little one.

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My picnic basket was purchased to resell but I couldn’t part with it. Luckily Bun Bun willingly participates in my photos. She’s the sweetest!

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The yard is blooming and I love it!

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One last tradition is giving our teachers fresh eggs from our chickens. Last year’s teachers loved it so I hope this year’s do as well! The printable is from Eighteen 25. It’s meant for a sweet treat but I think it’s perfect for eggs too!

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I hope you enjoyed Easter at our house! What traditions does your family have?

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 5

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It’s week 5 of the $100 Room Challenge, the big reveal!!! Are you ready to see my boy’s new bedroom makeover? If you are not familiar with the challenge it was created by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry  You have $100 budget and one month to make over a space in your home. At the end of this post please visit the other challengers to see their final reveals! It has been so much fun following along every week with the progress photos.

If you are new to my blog you can find the before photos and previous week’s progress in these links.

Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four

For this challenge I took on my boy’s shared bedroom. I had several goals I was hoping to accomplish during this makeover.

  1. Add seating
  2. Change out the bedding for something easier to manage. Bunk beds are hard for kids to make themselves!
  3. Update the artwork
  4. Book storage
  5. Add character with a wood feature wall

Most of them were able to be completed exactly as planned. Number 5 was the exception. Unfortunately I am terrible at measuring and did not have enough leftover wood to complete that project. Instead of a wood feature wall I decided to do a chalkboard for the boys! I had leftover paint from the chalkboard wall in my kitchen so it was no additional expense. My husband cut 4 boards into 3 foot long pieces. Then I used the rest of the leftover red chalk paint from the bookcase project to paint them. I took our sweet little ducklings outside for a little time in the sun while I was painting. They are so curious and watched everything that I was doing!

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Now that the frame boards are finished drying it’s time to move inside. First I got out the level and traced out the size I wanted the chalkboard to be. I decided 3×3 would be perfect for that spot. Next using a foam brush I painted the outline of the chalkboard. Once that was done I used a paint roller to complete the chalkboard. After everything was nice and dry My husband framed it out for me using the nail gun and painted boards.

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We hung a sign that I had made a few months ago for my hallway but never put up. Timber Trace Farmstead is the name my son chose when registering our Silver Fox Rabbits with the ARBA. We are no longer breeding rabbits and the parents have been sold but the name remains for our little farm. The boys are so excited to have a chalkboard in their bedroom and it will get so much use.

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Now for the room reveal! The before picture is pretty bad. What a mess!

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And the after! Ahhh, much better. Let’s hope they can keep their bedroom this clean on a regular basis!

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A fun little gallery wall is so much cuter! Originally I planned to use the vintage locker basket in my oldest son’s bedroom. I want to do an industrial modern makeover for him but he prefers his bedroom the way it is now. The basket looks great in here turned on it’s side as a shelf instead. It holds the boy’s trophies and a set of antlers.

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Nice neat bedding! No more sloppy blankets!

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We also decided to rearrange the furniture to change things up a bit. The boys will not be so crowded when they are taking clothes out of their dresser.

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This week I managed to only work with what I already owned. As a result I did not end up spending anything! The final numbers:

Budget $100

Money spent:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($ 40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints (2) $7.98

American Flag pillows ($2.49×2) $4.98

Total spent: $97.87

Under budget by: $2.13!!!!

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 4

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It’s week 4 of the $100 Room Challenge. If you are not familiar with the challenge it was started by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. You have one month and $100 budget to transform a space in your home. My plans and progress so far can be found on these links.

Week One Week Two Week Three

The plan was to cross off #5 on my list by adding some character with a wood accent wall this week. We completed our master bedroom makeover a few months back. My husband used wood planks to cover our dated textured ceiling. He overbought and neglected to return several packages of wooden planks. Sadly this is typical for us. Instead of letting it just sit around and collect dust I decided it needed to be used. The boys love my bedroom and said they needed a “cool wall” of their own.

This how my ceiling turned out. More on that makeover can be found here.

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Unfortunately the wall treatment did not happen this week. Once we got out all of the extra wood we realized it wasn’t going to be enough for the wall treatment we had planned. My husband suggested a trip to Lowe’s to buy one more package of wood. The cost is $15 per package.  Since I had $7 left in my $100 budget I was ok with going over by $8. It was still going to be an expensive makeover. Well that didn’t quite pan out. Lowe’s no longer sells that wood! Now we have to come up with a new game plan.

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I was trying to brainstorm ideas for the wall treatment so I told my husband we will complete it tomorrow. Then life happened. We had two kids come down with strep this week and I also have a bad cold. My plans got postponed to this upcoming weekend therefore no “in progress” pictures this week.

Since I still had $7 left and money burns a hole in my pocket I decided to buy these flag pillow covers on Amazon.

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There were two more items I found to add to the room that were free! I won the wooden buck head in an Instagram giveaway from Jars of Clay Co. Katie has so many cute farmhouse decor items in her shop. Take a peek! The antlers were another freebie from Cottage By The Bay Finds. I had purchased a vintage locker basket to use in my upcoming older son’s bedroom makeover. When I told her of my plans she sent me the antlers as a fun bonus. Wasn’t that sweet of her? They match the younger boy’s bedroom theme more so I am using them in here.

Here are my totals for the makeover so far!

Budget $100

Money spent so far:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints (2) $7.98

Pillow covers (2)  $4.98

Total spent: $97.87

Budget left to spend: $2.13

Boy's farmhouse bedroom makeover

Boy’s farmhouse bedroom makeover

Stay tuned for the final reveal next week!!! Visit my fellow bloggers in the challenge to see what creative ideas they had this week!

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