It’s finally here!! It’s reveal week for the $100 Room Challenge! Y’all, this has felt like a project that wouldn’t end. I think that the hubs being away a couple times during this project and starting back with homeschool is the reason for that, but I am SO GLAD it’s done! Mostly because I completely LOVE it! (Note the use of capital letters! And exclamation points!)
The $100 Room Challenge is a chance every September and January for bloggers and home decor enthusiasts to makeover a room in their home for, you guessed it, $100. This is such a fun challenge and has been the catalyst needed for getting my rear in gear to spruce up some spaces around our house (check out our playroom/sunroom and our laundry room). I second guessed myself so many times this go-round. I kept thinking that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew with this room, but once I had committed to doing the master bedroom, I kept telling myself “I won’t back down” (thanks Tom Petty…wink).
I am so glad I went out of my comfort zone and did our bedroom for this challenge because I.absolutely.love.it. I can’t believe the transformation. Speaking of which, let’s take a look back at where we started. (I mean, everyone loves a good before and after, right?)
Bedroom BEFORE Pictures
Cha Cha Changes: What Got Done
Bed Accent Wall
The bed isn’t in the same space anymore. Probably the biggest change in this space is the new accent wall we did over the bed. All it took was nailing several pine 1x2s to the wall and it gave the bed a whole new look. It’s amazing how dramatic this inexpensive DIY was; the boards we used were only $0.98 each. I didn’t want to paint or stain the wood either, so this accent wall was a quick and easy project!
New Lamps: DIY Lamps for the WIN!
I know this is a little thing and is SUCH a “first world issue” (so I am a tad embarrassed to admit it, but the lamps that I had next to the bed were not my “cup of tea” and for some reason they just irked me. Clearly not having your “most favorite” lamps is low on the list of priorities, but I love the new ones SOOO much! They give the space a completely different look! (Just humor me here if you don’t think so too.) Last week I did a sneak peak of the room. See the old lamps? (I’ve had them for 20 years, so I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth. Thank you J.C.Penney’s.)
Now check out what the space looks like with the new lamps!
Big difference, right??? Both were made from glass jugs I had already and some light kits. I swiped the lampshades from our living room (The old lampshades look a tad silly on our living room lamps, but I’m completely fine with living with them like that for a little while!) This might be one of my favorite details in the master bedroom.
Bedroom Dressers: Chalk Paint Anyone?
This space included a LOT of painting. Basically if it could stand still, it was painted. Walls, dressers, mirror, curtain rods, drawer pulls, the master bedroom got a fresh coat of paint on most surfaces.
I had thought in Week 2 that I might paint the dressers a different color, but ended up going with white because #budget. I’m kind of glad the budget made me stick with the white paint I had on hand. I can be kind of fickle about decor, so having things in white makes it easier for me to do a little switcheroo at a later date (if I want to- right now I have no desire to switch anything!)
Inexpensive Bedroom Wall Art
We added some of the same 1×2 lumber that we used above the bed as a frame to the old mirror. You can see how awkward it looked like here (It was even off-center. Glam. Huh?)
Frame Magazine Photos
The little bicycle picture above my desk is actually from a Serena and Lily catalog. Gotta love free art!
I actually have another picture from the same catalog that is now downstairs- I stole the cloud painting (you can spy it on top of the white cabinet above) from down there, so it seemed only fair to replace it with something. I feel justified in pillaging from my own home- especially when it’s just something I painted myself; it wasn’t something that was actually purchased for a particular space. This little bit of recycling is a prime example of keeping your eyes peeled for things that interest you that you can pop in a frame. It could be from a catalog like I did, or it could be from a calendar, a playbill, a brochure, a postcard, anything that strikes your fancy.
Baskets and Placemats as Wall “Art”
Opposite from the pillaged cloud painting was quite a big space- a big empty space…. on another one of my “pillaging escapades” (aka “walk around the house and think about how you could use what you have”) I raided my placemat drawer and came up with 7 of these little woven circles. I also had 3 baskets that I thought might work as wall decor. I thought for SURE my husband, Mr. PearTreeHome, would turn down this idea. Sometimes I come up with things to try that are a little too “out there” for him….but he was on board!
A little painter’s tape let me visualize and play with where the different circles would go on the wall before making any nail holes. I really like the way it turned out- completely fun and unexpected. I also love the texture and the way it subtly ties into the wooden accent “headboard” above the bed.
Work Space and Workout Space
If you remember from my original post for this challenge, I had said that I needed different “zones” in the bedroom. Specifically, I needed a little desk area to work and also an area for my elliptical. Well, I was able to find a spot for both of these areas! Yay!
I ended up moving my desk from it’s “trial location” ( from Week 2) in front of the window.
I like the idea of having it near the window, but most of the time I am working at my computer is at night, so the blinds are closed anyway. Placing it in the little “nook” is the perfect spot. I also like that I can have the little bike picture and the beach painting above my workspace.
The elliptical was a bit of a challenge. I looked online for room dividers and screens, but could not find anything close to what I had in mind for the right price. (It seems that dividers are starting to become popular again- who knew? Not this gal!) After some pondering, I decided to try it out in the little space where a bathroom sink should be (that’s another story for another post). Since my husband was on the other side of the country (we live in Richmond and he was in San Fransisco) when I was trying to decide where to put the elliptical, I decided to try it right beside his closet. Ha! It’s not the most beautiful thing to look at, but I like that it’s tucked away and not in the middle of the room like it was at the beginning of the challenge.
Doesn’t it look better in the new space! You barely notice it now. Not like where it was in it’s old spot- you woke up and BAM. That’s the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes. (Some might find this motivating-to get up and get ready to workout…I, however, did not.)
$100 Room Challenge Takeaways
Each time I complete a space for the $100 Room Challenge, I swear it becomes my new favorite space in my home. I think it’s going to be hard to top this bedroom makeover though.
This refresh is truly a testament to the power of paint. I don’t know why I am always amazed at what a transformation paint brings about, but it always blows me away! I love that this challenge highlights all the things you can do with what you already have.
$100 might sound like a good bit to work with, but for redoing an entire room, it doesn’t go very far- that’s where being creative and thinking “out of the box” comes in! There are points when you wonder if the “box” you were thinking “out of” was Pandora’s (ahem), but when your room makeover comes together at the end, it makes it all worthwhile!
I’m so excited to see how the other bloggers’ spaces turned out! Scroll down to see more reveal posts and get your before and after “fix” for the week. You won’t be disappointed!
Where I Ended Up At: $100 Budget
- Wall Paint: $29
- Paint roller: $3.52
- Chalk Paint for Dressers: already had
- Spray Paint (for knobs): $4.99
- Spray Paint (for curtain rods): already had
- Yarn (to make tassels): $1.69
- light chord kits: $9.60 x 2= $19.20
- Moravian star:
$3from yard sale: my mom reminded me that this was the $1 EPIC deal!
- s-hook and ring hook (for Moravian star above desk): 0.56 + $1.50
- lamp shade adapters: $7.99
- lumber: 0.98 x 18= $17.64
- rope (tie backs for curtains): $7.99 (have tons extra for another project!)
- TOTAL: $95.08!!! Where are the car keys? I still have $4.92 left to spend! 😉