Ever have a space in your home that you absolutely loathe? My guess is yes, you probably do or have at some point in your life. For me, it was my living room. I desperately wanted to do a complete living room makeover. Ya know, the kind where you get to buy a new luxurious velvet sofa, install a new wormy chestnut ceiling, and build a large wood burning fireplace. However, a complete living room makeover was out of the question and even more so out of the budget.
We are gearing up to do a COMPLETE remodel of our home. Like tear down walls, rewire, new insulation and windows…new wood burning fireplace.(Can you tell how excited I am about that part) Doing a complete living room makeover was not only impractical at the moment but not the best way to spend our hard earned money!
Being the determined woman I am, I decided that even though I couldn’t do exactly what I wanted, I could at least do a living room makeover on a teeny tiny scale and an even teenier budget.
I gave myself a budget of $150 and set out to solve two of the things I hated most about my living room.
The mess and total lack of serenity.
Our living room is where we usually spend our evening winding down from work or reading books and playing games with the girls. But our living room was far from relaxing!
I was so tired of the constant mess. The living room also served as our children’s playroom and those girls can make a mess faster than I can blink. I needed a living room that was easy to keep clean but also child friendly. My decor was sparse or random, nothing had a place, and the overall vibe of the room was chaotic. See??
So how you ask? How will I do a living room makeover for $105?
Let me tell you.
First thing I did was convert our dining room in the playroom. We only used the dining room at dinner time and converting the room to a playroom was a much better use of the space. This took care of the constant mess in the living room and my girls LOVE having their own space.
I had an old wall mural laying around from my days of working as a Lowe’s kitchen designer that I have always wanted to use. In every house I lived in I could never find the perfect place for it, so it stayed wrapped in its box for YEARS. However, in this house it fit perfectly on the TV wall! So up it went!
New furniture was obviously out of the budget so all the large pieces were reused. But I needed two end tables. My solution; the speakers from our record player. They aren’t the prettiest but I already had them and they serve the purpose! My husband chopped off the top of our entertainment stand and worked his carpenter magic on it so I would have a low TV console for maximum view of our gorgeous new wall mural.
So I still needed a few accessories that I knew I would have to purchase. With my slim budget in mind, I was very intentional in what purchases I made. I only purchased decor items I knew that I would reuse after we remodeled.
Here is what I purchased:
Rattan candle holders:$14
Macrame plant hangers 3×3.49=$10.47
Mini succulent $4.99
Explore sign: $10
Himalayn salt candle holders (pk of 2) :$7.49
Metal and macrame plant hanger:$12.99
Wooden wall hanging $3.99
Natural fiber placemat- $3
Metal plant hangers: 3x 7.47=$22.41
So what do you think for $105 living room makeover?!
I will be making a few adjustments down the road when I have more time, such as adding a peach throw to the couch and painting two large abstract paintings for over the couch. AND covering the hideous pipes and radiator. But for now my living room is easy to keep clean and totally relaxing. The best part is turning on the lamp in the evening and relaxing in the warm glow of the “sunset”.
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