Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge The Reveal

 

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Welcome to  Week Five (the reveal!!) of the $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. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One , the closet makeover can be found in Week Two , the new paint was debuted in Week Three and the organized desk was revealed in Week Four.

Let’s remember what the room looked like before. Filthy, disorganized and general chaos. I really don’t know how he managed living in that mess. It stressed me out just looking at it!

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And now here is the after!!! I am happy to say that I checked off every goal! Here is a reminder of what I had hoped to accomplish from week one.

  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.

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Ahhh!!! It’s clean, bright and organized! I am no longer having anxiety when I have to go in! My son is much happier now too!

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The new wall color made a huge difference in how the room feels. While it’s never going to be filled with natural light due to having only one window it is much better with the new wall colors.

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I shopped the house and found some new decor that was a bit masculine for his bedroom. While he still has Legos displayed it feels more grown up now.

I was also able to knock off the last item of my initial goal list this week: storage. This bookcase was found at Goodwill for $20.25. From donating frequently I was able to buy it for $16.20 using my 20% discount card. Every time you donate you receive a stamp on your card. Once it’s full they allow you to use it towards 20% off of a $20 or more purchase.  Luckily I found out that tip from a fellow blogger and it has saved me quite a bit of money.

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All of his “creations” can be displayed properly now instead of taking over his desk and anywhere else he could squeeze them in. I also purchased another storage piece for the room, these awesome old lockers. They were purchased from the store where I have my vendor booth for $25. I knew it put me over budget buying them but for the coolness factor it was totally worth it. He keeps his massive book collection inside.  His friend had him over to his house one afternoon and they painted this piece of art together. Perfect for my budget!!!

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Let’s talk budget.

Budget $100

Money Spent

Closet Lights $23.99

Paint and Supplies $32

Bedding set $13.49

Lamp $5.99

Desk Organizer $1

Lockers $25

Bookshelf $16.20

Money spent: $117.67

Sale of Lamps +$15

Money spent total $102.67

Overspent by $2.67

I think it was worth going over budget for this room! What do you think? This challenge has been so much fun and I can’t wait until the next one!

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

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Welcome to week four of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! Next week is reveal week! Woohoo! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One , the closet makeover can be found in Week Two and the new paint was debuted in Week Three.

This week we worked on item #6 on my list, a functional desk area. Having a quiet and organized place to study is very important! Before I started the makeover the desk the desk was not being used at all. Instead it was covered in Lego builds and trash. Not exactly conducive to studying… Here is a horrifying before photo.

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His desk was an afterthought and he never used it except to “clean up” by picking up stuff off of the floor to put on the desk. I don’t consider that cleaning… Plus the lamp was way too big and better suited for an end table instead of a desk. He had two of these lamps in his room so in order to purchase some new items I listed them on a Facebook Yard Sale Group selling them for $15. I am adding that sale to my budget.

And now for the finished result! The new lamp is from Target (from the inexpensive Room Essentials line) and is only $5.99. I was expecting to spend much more! The only other item that was purchased was the metal organizer from Dollar Tree. The desk was also relocated to a different corner of the room from where it has previously been.

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Shopping the house really saved my budget this week! The letter board used to be in my vendor booth before I had a banner made. The letter J and Lego Architecture were buried among the previous disaster and the cork board was also reused from our old playroom. No, he has not seen the message on the letter board yet but I know he agrees. 😉 I’m sure he will have fun changing up the sayings.

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Now he has no more excuses not to complete his homework with his new study space.

Let’s talk budget.

Budget $100

Money Spent

Closet Lights $23.99

Paint and Supplies $32

Bedding set $13.49

Lamp $5.99

Desk Organizer $1

Money spent: $76.47

Sale of Lamps +$15

Money Left to Spend $38.53

We still have a lot left to buy for storage and display shelves and not much money! Come back next week to see the full room reveal!

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DIY Desk Makeover Using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Paint Sprayer

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Today I am sharing with you a desk makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Luxe Gray. If you have not heard of the One Step Paint before it’s fabulous! It requires no prep work (which is my least favorite part of painting furniture!) and dries to a soft chalky finish.

While shopping for items to stock my vendor booth I found this desk at our local Goodwill. It wasn’t pretty but the price was right. The problem was it was covered in scratches and badly needed a makeover. I knew it was the perfect project for my new paint sprayer.

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At first I was a little nervous about using the paint sprayer. I had never used one myself before and when my husband used a different brand at our last house it wasn’t pretty. Our siding ended up with little speckles of deck stain all over it! A friend advised me to watch some of the videos on Amy Howard at Home’s Facebook page. I’m a visual learner and this worked out really well for me. The sprayer is easy to use and put together. Thinning the paint with 10% water (I used a red Solo cup for this part) makes it the perfect consistency for the sprayer. Clean up was a breeze! A little dish soap and warm water did the trick. It was very easy to disassemble and I liked that they include a lid for the paint cup in case you need to use it again later.

I started out by practicing my spraying technique on the drop cloth until I adjusted the stream to my liking. Using a back and forth sweeping motion I applied the paint to the desk. The coverage was so good that I only needed to use one coat of paint!

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The over spray was not as bad as I expected but I definitely recommend wearing safety googles. I wore my glasses and ended up with speckled lenses.

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There was extra paint left in my sprayer after I refilled the cup so I also painted this little half moon table. I went back over one spot where I did not have an even coat and you can’t even tell that it was completed afterwards. One Step Paint dries very quickly and the paint sprayer gave it a nice smooth finish.

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When I was done I thought the desk needed a little more. Using a sand paper block I distressed the edges and used some leftover dark antiquing wax to add in more character.

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The paint sprayer saved me so much time and effort. It’s a game changer and I will be able to complete many more projects in a day! Now I am looking around my house to see what else could use a little freshening up!

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It doesn’t even look like the same desk! I am so happy with how it turned out! What do you think?

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Farmhouse Budget Laundry Room Makeover: $100 Room Challenge The Reveal

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Welcome back to the final week of the $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. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. In week one I introduced you to my laundry room. The second week I shared some of my progress. Last week I got some more work completed. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

When I left off last week I had so much that needed to be completed. It took me an extra two days to finish! Seeing the results, it was worth the wait! The first week I introduced to the goals for this makeover. I’m happy to say I was able to check off all of them but one. I opted to install a barn door instead of a folding table. Unfortunately on my tight budget I was not able to do both.

  1. Flooring. This hideous floral beat up vinyl has got to go.
  2. Add a washing machine drain pan. The pan is more of a need than a want as we don’t need a flood!
  3. Paint. The walls are really dingy and marked up.
  4. Functionality. I need some sort of folding countertop or table. Currently I fold clothes on my bed and I would prefer not to transfer laundry into my bedroom. Sometimes it ends up not leaving!
  5. Organization. Right now things are haphazardly thrown onto the shelves and on top of the machines. A few things, like my old Cricut machine, do not belong in this room.
  6. Make it pretty.

Let’s take a look at the before pictures. Messy, disorganized, and chaotic are all words that come to mind when thinking about my laundry room in its previous state.

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And now for the afters! I would say it’s bright, clean and a place I will no longer be embarrassed for guests to see! The barn door was a labor of love and came with a learning curve. Pinterest was very handy when looking for design ideas but we ultimately went with our own made up plan. Incorporating wood that was left over from my master bedroom makeover was the only way to make it possible to add the barn door without killing the budget.

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I was planning to paint the barn door the same color as our trim paint but after discussing it with some friends I decided to leave natural like my bedroom ceiling. Staining it would have been another good option but I did not want the area to feel too dark with the flooring. Plus I’m kind of lazy and this required no additional work.

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Luckily I did not have to take down the entire gallery wall. At the top we had to remove a few pieces to fit the barn door hardware on the wall. The barn door has enough space behind it so it does not hit the picture frames.

I can guarantee I will never come to love doing the laundry but having a pretty space to be in will certainly help! Now let’s talk numbers. Unfortunately I went over my budget a little bit but I think it was worth it!

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Screws $2.67

Door handle $2.97

1×6 Wood for the door $25.57

1×6 Wood to mount the hardware $6.07

Mendplate $1.67

Total Spent: $103.70

Over budget by $3.70

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Farmhouse Budget Laundry Room Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Three

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Welcome back to week three of the $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. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. Two weeks ago I introduced you to my laundry room. Last week I shared some of my progress. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

It was another week of not getting all of my tasks completed! This one was totally my fault! My husband measured out what we needed for our barn door. We are using leftover tongue in groove wood we have from our master bedroom makeover ceiling. My part was going to Lowe’s and buying four 1×6 pieces of pine. The wood smelled a little funny and I thought that was weird. Well I bought the right size but the wrong type. The label said Ground Pressure but I had no idea what that meant. Apparently it means pressure treated wood that is only for outside use. Oops. Since moving out to the country Lowe’s runs end up taking over an hour round trip. We were working on the door in the evening after he got home from work so I didn’t have the time to go back. IMG_3382

 

Now for the progress I did make! I was able to knock item #3 off of my list, paint and item #5, organization! When I mentioned that I was using the leftover white paint from my powder room makeover my husband made a face. He’s not as big of a neutral fan as I am. Since I’m the one doing the labor I get the final say, right? Plus using leftover supplies means more money left in my budget to spend! There was just enough paint to finish the room so it worked out perfectly. Our laundry room looks fresh and clean now, not to mention brighter!

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The shelves were restocked with only the essential items for this room. Lightbulbs went into the crate and everything else found a place on the shelves. A Ball jar was reused to hold my Oxiclean. I purchased two mason jar drink dispensers from Walmart to hold the laundry detergent and vinegar. Vinegar is used instead of fabric softener and also helps to freshen towels.

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I was also able to complete item #6, make it pretty. The shelf was rehung along with my antique washboards and other decor items. My oldest son traded hampers with me so I can use this fun farmhouse style one he had in his room instead of the plastic one that was in here prior.

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Let’s break down what I have spent so far on this makeover.

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Total Spent: $64.75

Money Left to Spend $35.25

Next week is the final reveal! We need to get to work! Our new flooring will be put down, an overflow pan will be installed and our barn door will be completed. Before you go check out what my fellow bloggers were up to this week.

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Farmhouse Laundry Room Budget Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Two

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Welcome back to week two of the $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. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. Last week I introduced you to my laundry room. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

This week I did not make as much progress as I had hoped to. My husband was out of town for 4 days, I’m dealing with a child who has a dislocated elbow and the heat index is over 100 degrees! Painting the room was on my to do list but with this weather it was not happening. Unfortunately I have had to push that back to next week. Instead I took the time to work on item #6 on my list, make it pretty!

First I emptied and cleaned out the entire room. I’m embarrassed to say it had been a very long time since I had done this and it shows in my before pictures! This crate was purchased a few months ago at a yard sale for $3. It fits the width of the shelf perfectly.

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My husband took the door off for me to make it easier to paint and I love having the additional space to move around. Our laundry room looks so much bigger now! I have decided not to put it back up. Instead we are going to build a sliding barn door. Pinterest has several tutorials on how to build your own for cheap! We are still deciding which plans to use. My first stop to shop for hardware was Amazon. Luckily I found many inexpensive hardware kits to choose from so I placed an order. It should arrive in a few days (thank you Prime!!!). The only downside is this eats up the budget that was set aside for making a folding table. Oh well. You can’t have it all!

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The only other thing I accomplished this week was gathering accessories from around the house. Underneath the mess in the laundry room I had some treasures hiding that I never got around to displaying properly, including my washboards. Antique washboards are fun laundry room decor and fairly easy to find in antique shops and flea markets. My collection includes 2 larger wooden and metal washboards and one all wood washboard. They are well worn and I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to have to use these for my family’s laundry. We do enough with the washer and dryer. I would be washing clothes all day long!

 

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The Be Joyful sign came from the half bath and it is a reminder to myself to be happy no matter what I am doing, including laundry! I have had this heavy cast iron antique iron sitting on the shelves but it was hidden behind all of the cleaning supplies. Instead it needs to be better displayed.

The flooring and drain pan are on the list for next week along with paint and starting on the barn door. I was lucky enough to have an almost full box of leftover peel and stick vinyl flooring from my boy’s bathroom makeover. Huge budget saver! You can see that makeover here. Let’s break down what I have spent so far on this makeover.

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Total Spent: $48.99

Money Left to Spend $51.01

 

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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.

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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 2

 

It’s week 2 of the $100 room challenge by Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. Last week I introduced you to my boy’s bedroom. This week I am having fun with a little chalk paint. I have some big makeover plans for a more functional bedroom. The post can be found here.

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I was able to cross off item #4 (book storage) this week. We had this bookcase in my older son’s closet that is from the same furniture set as the dresser. There are some scratches and dings which is not surprising since I purchased the furniture set in 2008 for my older and middle son when they briefly shared a bedroom at our last house. Sharing a room did not last long so I lost my crafting room to separate them. It was worth the sacrifice not to listen to the fighting! This is why the middle and youngest share now (we only have 3 bedrooms upstairs) instead of them despite the 5 year age difference.

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I had leftover chalk paint from my red dresser makeover that was completed a few months ago. The chalk paint I used is Americana Decor in Romance. Soft varnish was used as a protective coating. My blue dresser in the foyer was painted using the same steps. That post can be found here.

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The knob is the same one that was used on the dresser. Hobby Lobby has the best selection of knobs! I purchased it using a 40% off coupon bringing it down to $2.39.

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First I cleaned the bookcase well. Second I started painting with chalk paint. I love that there is no sanding or other prep work involved. Projects can be completed so much faster! I like to pour out some paint onto a paper plate or bowl instead of dipping in the jar.

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I quickly paint and then go back and drag the foam brush the full length of the surface in one smooth line. That will remove any brush strokes. Sometimes I like the look of brush strokes and will use a real paint brush. My preference is foam brushes. Foam leaves a nice finish and since they are so cheap I don’t feel guilty throwing them away. Perfect for lazy people like myself.

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Normally I would do two coats of chalk paint but since I wanted a little wood grain to show through like the dresser I only did one coat. This bookcase did not receive any distressing but a little sandpaper or a sanding block could be used to rough up the edges if that is the look you are going for. When I started painting it was nice and bright out but a rain storm rolled in and it got dark quickly! The overhead lights had to go on making it harder for me to see! I like to paint in natural light so I get a better end result.

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Once the paint was fully dry I went over it with a coat of Americana Decor Soft Varnish. The varnish protects the chalk paint from chipping off. This product is clear and does not change the color of the chalk paint. Other waxes can be used if you wanted an antiqued look.

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Budget $100

Money spent so far: Knob $2.39

Budget left to spend: $97.61

Stay tuned to see what I accomplish next week! The final results will be posted at the end of the month. This challenge has been so much fun!

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DIY project: Upcycled wall art

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Normally I am the donater/thrower outer type but something told me to hold on to this piece. I love a good DIY project. I knew I could transform it into something new even though it took me 6 months to figure out what it would become… This framed W came with two other picture frames that were used in my gallery wall upstairs. The grand total for all 3 pieces was $4! They were on clearance from Kirklands during one of their green tag sales. If you have never been to their green tag sale they mark things down to 75% off the original cost. I always check the clearance section when I stop in. I have found several great pieces over the years for a fraction of the original cost. (For my NJ friends Kirlands is not related to Costco. It’s a separate company. Check out their website!)

Anyway, since our last name starts with an S  the W wasn’t going to work for us. I was going to find a W last named family to give it to but since I’m a fan of burlap and liked the wood look frame I changed my mind. I am glad that I did! In addition to being cute and easy to do this was a quick project to complete. This entire DIY project took me a grand total of 5 minutes which is important for those of us with little ones. It took me longer to write this post!

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The W was easily removed using a flat head screwdriver. Luckily it did not tear the burlap underneath. It did pull it out in a few spots so I tucked it back under using the tip of the screwdriver. No big deal. I could have recovered it using holiday themed scrapbook paper if I was not able to salvage the burlap.

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This cute rustic Christmas tree ornament was on sale at JoAnn’s for $5. Here is the link if you want to purchase one. http://www.joann.com/makers-holiday-wood-tree-ornament/15039118.html#pmax=10&prefn1=collection&prefn2=type&pmin=5&prefv1=Natural&prefv2=Ornaments&start=1

Using scissors I just snipped off the hanger part. A little hot glue secured it to the frame and it’s done! Normally I dread using my glue gun. This is the first hot glue project in a long time that I completed without missing any fingerprints!

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I think it turned out great and I’m very pleased. This year I changed over to a more rustic Christmas decor in the family room. The ornament goes perfectly with that style. You could use any kind or style of ornament in this project as long as you have a flat spot to attach it to the frame. Anything round or heavy would be extremely difficult to attach with hot glue. Stronger adhesives like E-6000 would probably work.

The next time you are out shopping look for inexpensive or ugly wall art to upcycle. Places like Goodwill and yard sales have plenty that need to be rescued and given a makeover!

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I will be posting a tour of our house decorated for Christmas soon! Be on the lookout!

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DIY Chalkboard Tray from an old frame

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I love re-purposing old items into something new and functional. I used to have this wall art from Hobby Lobby hanging in my old house. It had a plaster fleur di lis cemented to the middle of the wooden frame. Unfortunately it did not survive the move and came unglued. I decided to throw away the fleur di lis as it was not really my style anymore and kept the wooden frame knowing I would eventually figure out what to do with it.

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Inspiration finally struck the other day. I love trays. I own several already but they are all very large and bulky. This one is the perfect size and weight for the kids to carry. I also made it into a chalkboard so I can write a little message if I choose to.

Here is how you can make your own:

One large frame or lightweight piece of wood

Chalkboard paint and foam brush

Painter’s tape

Handles and screws

Sandpaper

I only needed to purchase the handles and screws. Everything else I already had on hand. The total out of pocket cost for me was $8 and I still have a bunch of screws left for other projects.

 

First I took my sanding block and smoothed down the board. I also sanded off the old glue until it was flat with the rest of the wood. It left a stain on the wood where the glue used to be but that’s ok. The chalkboard paint covered it.

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Next I taped off the bottom part of the frame with painter’s tape. If you are a neat painter (which I am not…) you can skip this part. If you are using a piece of wood instead of a frame you can tape off a square or rectangle to paint. The rest of the instructions will be the same.

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Then I painted the bottom using my chalkboard paint. It took two coats for this project. This picture was taken after the first coat. For this project I had a sample size pot of chalkboard paint. It was just enough paint in the little jar. I bought it at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago and had in my craft stash. I always use a disposable foam brush and disposable bowl for small painting projects. The foam brushes are inexpensive and do not leave brush marks when dry. It’s also a plus for lazy people like myself as there is no cleanup involved.

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After that I put the handles on. I decided where I wanted to place the first one and used my ruler to make sure I had the same exact placement on the other side. I normally try to eyeball things but there was no margin for error on this project. If I messed up it would not be an easy fix.  I found these handles at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Bargain tip: Never buy knobs and pulls for full price unless you need them right away. Every few weeks they go on sale for half price. Hobby Lobby has a huge selection and I always find what I am looking for there. If they do not have the quantity that you need in stock an employee can order more for you. They will honor the sale price and call you when your order arrives at the store. I had to do that for my son’s dresser that I chalk painted. Unfortunately these handles did not come with hardware so I had to buy screws at Lowe’s to use with them.

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Repeat the same thing on the other side and you are done! Wait for the paint to dry and it’s ready to be used.

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This tray is the perfect size to sit on the bench in my family room. It will be a great coaster for when we have parties or to bring snacks into the family room for the grownups. I’m a mean mom and only my husband and I are allowed to eat in this room unless we have company. White couches + kids with food=giant mess.

My kids told me that they will be delivering me breakfast in bed using my tray on Mother’s Day.  They are very excited to use it.

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