My favorite part of the $100 Room Challenge is here: Reveal Week! I love seeing how everyone’s projects turned out, and I love the satisfying feeling of finishing my own project. (As opposed to all the other unfinished projects lying around my house at the moment.)
Before I take you on a tour of the finished office/guest room that I’ve been working on, I just want to take a minute to thank Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for dreaming up such a fun challenge, and for including me in this group of bloggers, each of whom are a complete inspiration to me. If you’re new to the challenge, take a minute and check out her website for the background of what we’re doing here.
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$100 Room Challenge Office Makeover
I’m always amazed at how much I can get done in a month, with $100 and a little creativity. As I was planning for this month’s challenge, my husband asked if I would pretty please finally get around to finishing his office. It’s a functional little room that gets the job done, but without much style. (Actually it gets two jobs done: office and guest room.) He’s a patient man to put up with all my decorating shenanigans, so I enthusiastically agreed and started thinking about what the room needed.
When we moved into the house almost three years ago, this room was a tiny, dark bedroom with funky carpet. (And by funky, I mean stinky.) We immediately ripped out the carpet, put down vinyl flooring, and added cabinets and basic furniture so he could use the room as an office, and we could turn it into the guest room whenever friends or family stopped by. (It’s the perfect guest room because it’s right next to this guest bathroom.) But that’s where it ended.
Here’s what the room looked like before this challenge:
And, in a nutshell, here’s what it looks like now:
My favorite project of the challenge was this poured acrylic painting. It was so fun!
I made this painting, and then put it in a frame that I already owned. It makes the perfect statement piece to go over the couch on this big, blank wall. You can see all the details about that project in Week 2.
My second favorite project was creating sunprints with my kids. They collected leaves, seed pods, and other bits of nature and we laid them out on special sunprint paper and watched it magically change color.
Once the prints were dried, I framed one in this cool metal and glass frame from Hearth & Home at Target.
Then I painted one wall a vibrant deep blue, called Indigo Cloth by Valspar.
That was a little scary, because the room doesn’t get much light, but I’m so glad I did it! The blue makes it feel so much cozier in here, and makes a much better backdrop for the painting and couch.
After creating the shelf over the computer, I decorated it with one of the sunprints, a photo, and a few other items that needed a home.
After putting it off as long as I could, I braved my sewing machine to sew together four cloth napkins from World Market into two pillow covers. They add a pop of color that this couch really needed.
Finally, I had one square shaped grayish lamp shade that was really bugging me, so I replaced it with a nice clean bright white shade. Now the lighting is so cozy in here when we turn off the overhead light and just turn on the lamps.
This room finally got some personality to go with it’s functionality! Now I feel good about offering this space to my guests, but most of the time, my husband can feel cozy and comfortable while he’s working in his office.
It’s always interesting to see which disappears first, the time or the budget. In this case, I definitely struggled getting the projects done in time, but I did pretty well on the budget. Here’s how it breaks down.
- $35 Paint
- $10 Paint Pouring Supplies
- $10 Lamp Shade
- $10 Mirror
- $10 Sunprint Frame
- $11 Shelf Brackets
- $5 Pillow Covers
Grand Total: $91
I don’t know whether to be proud of myself, or disappointed that I could have bought something else! Oh well, since this is my husband’s office, we’ll go with acing the budget since that’s something he always appreciates. You’re welcome Honey!
$100 Room Challenge Office Makeover Resources
If you’re interested in trying your own projects, such as the paint pouring, the DIY shelves, the pillow covers, or the sunprints, check out my previous posts for more details. Or if you’re just ready to jump right in, here is where you can find the supplies you’ll need.
- Wall Paint – Valspar “Indigo Cloth”
- Paint Pouring Art – Paint, Pouring medium, Canvas
- Shelving Brackets
- Sunprint Paper
I’d love to hear from you if you try your own paint pouring project, or have questions about any of the projects in this challenge! Just drop me a comment or question below.
And now I’d be a little sad that this $100 Room Challenge is over, if it weren’t for how excited I am to see everyone else’s reveals! Check them out here: