Total room redo with furniture & decor for under $450

Hello friends!

I am currently neck-deep in purchasing our next flip house, so I’ve been preoccupied with that deal. I’ll be sure to share more details about that as soon as the deal closes. I’ve been this.close to buying several different properties this year, so I’ll believe it when the deed is in my hands. Until then, I’m cautiously optimistic. šŸ˜‰

Today, I wanted to share with you a recent room makeover I did for a wonderful local non-profit organization, Crossroads Pregnancy Center. A dear friend of mine from church who serves with me on ourĀ praise and worship team is the director there.

CrossroadsĀ purchased a house in town, with the intent of moving to that location and having a bit more space for all the services they provide. This house needed some updating and, although I didn’t have the bandwidth to help out with the entire project, I really felt led to get one room completely updated, furnished and ready for them, at no expense to them.

I volunteered to tackle the renovation and furnishing of a counseling room, and they graciously agreed to let me have free reign in making over the space. This project was so much fun! Below is what the space looked like before:

A great space, but it felt a little dated. I didn’t want to mess with the knotty pine walls, the brick or the floor, so I focused my attention primarily on the ceiling and furnishings. I also gave the space a really good scrubbing. It’s amazing what a little elbow grease and squeaky clean windows can do for a room!

I painted the ceiling a bright white (I love ZinsserĀ® Ceiling Paint) and added an inexpensive light fixture that, I felt, matched the period of the home.

From there, it was time to do some thrifty shopping to furnish and decorate the space with what was left of my budget (I spent about $60 on the light fixture. I had the paint on hand).

I picked up these two wicker wall hangings from the Salvation Army Thrift Store for $4 total.

I spray-painted them Tranquil Blue.

I deglossed this chair in my basement and spray-painted it a satin black. (I had all the paint on hand for this project, so no money was spent.)

The chair on the left below was rescued from the side of the road a few years ago. I paid $50 for the rocker on the right at a local consignment furniture store. The pillows in the room were scrounged from my basement.

The 5’x8′ rug was a steal at Gabe’sĀ® for $29.

The clock on the wall is from my basement. I bought the couch at a local furniture store for $250 on clearance.Ā Oh yea … I did pay for one pillow. The pillow on the left is from T.J. MaxxĀ®. I couldn’t resist that gorgeous pattern. It was $20, I think.

The mirror art on the left I bought on clearance at T.J. Maxx for $7, I think. The painting in the center of the room and the faux palm plant was scrounged from my basement.

The curtain rods were $1 at the thrift store and the four curtain panels cost me under $25 total at Gabe’s.

Overall, I think the space now looks like a wonderfully inviting and updated room, perfect for counseling clients. What do you think?

Total cost of all updates, furniture and decor for this project? Under $450!

Spring decor: DIY candle holder, cheese tray and more

Hello, friends. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring!

Today I thought I’d share a few thrifty spring decor projects anyone can tackle in one afternoon. (This is part of the Creator’s Studio Blogger Challenge. You also have a chance to win! By ā€˜likingā€™ your favorite submission – ooh, I hope it’s mine šŸ˜‰ you’ll be entered to win a package of the same 8 Rust-OleumĀ® products bloggers received. Voting is open now until February 22, at 5 pm CST.)

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These projects are derived mostly from this junk pile inĀ my backyard:

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Yes, when shopping for elegant dining room decor, what better place to start than the garbage heap? šŸ˜‰

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The first piece I snatched from the pile was a block of wood, a leftover hunk from one of our porch posts, I believe.

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I used my 1.5″ forstner drill bit to cut three holes in the top. Then I sanded the whole piece really well. (Note: As a safety precaution, use a respirator mask and work outdoors when cutting or sanding pressure-treated lumber. More info. here.)

I gave the piece two coats of VarathaneĀ® stain, first with Bleached Blue, then Briarsmoke.

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After the stain dried, I applied the Royal Design Studio Springtime in Paris Stencil, using the Pearl Oyster Stencil Creme, to the front and back of the wood block.

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Finally, IĀ filled the holes with votive holders and tealights. Done!

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DIY cheese tray

For my next project, I began with a piece of plywood, which I cut into about a 12″x10″ cutting board. I sanded it really well, including rounding the corners.

Plywood-cutting-boardI sprayed the board with a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray paint.

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After that dried, I coated the piece with a few layers of food-safe mineral oil. Finally, I added chalk labels and cheese. Voila! A trendy cheese tray.

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Spring centerpiece

For my final spring decor project for the dining room, I began with a few dusty rattan balls I found in the basement.

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I gave them a coat of either Rust-OleumĀ Mirror Effect (Gold) or Specialty Metallic (Copper) spray paint.

I also created my own moss balls by using spray adhesive to stick faux Spanish Moss onto craft foam balls. All materials again were found in my treasure trove of a basement. šŸ˜‰

DIY-moss-ballsI added a coat of Gloss Spring Green, followed by a light coat of Metallic Dark Copper spray paint.

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I displayed the pieces in a wire basket, creating the perfect spring centerpiece for my dining room table.

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What do you think of my upcycled spring decor?

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Have you DIYed anything spring yet? I’d love for you to leave a comment and tell me about your project.

Disclosure:Ā Iā€™m thrilled to help spread the word about Rust-Oleum products. I was provided the products featured in this post at no charge. As always, all thoughts, opinionsĀ andĀ projects are 100 percent my own. Ā 

Hot tub redo done! (How to make an old hot tub look new)

Hello friends! I hope you had a blessed holiday season. It was definitely one of my favorite Christmases ever. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. The older I get, the more I cherish these moments together.

Today I wanted to share photos of our finished hot tub project! A few months ago, we purchased a used hot tub for $600 from a friend of a church friend.

We installed a paver patio for our “new” hot tub first. Then I stained the outside of the hot tub cabinet and did some landscaping to finish off our new backyard oasis. I chronicled the specific details of how we did these projects here:

Here’s what we started with:

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hot-tub-base staining-hot-tub And here’s what we’ve got now:

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In addition to doing the paver patio ourselves, we also tried to keep the landscaping budget as low as possible. We’ll still need to bring in a little topsoil and seed in the spring to get the area looking its best. The cost breakdown to date is as follows (approx.):

  • 4-6-person California CooperageĀ® Hot Tub – $600 (purchased used from a homeowner and picked up)
  • Stain for hot tub cabinet – $12
  • Paver patio – $1,000 (We have extra pavers on hand to do some more hardscaping in the future.)
  • Landscape fabric (already had on hand)
  • Edging – $20
  • 2B (that’s the size) river rock – $60
  • Trees and shrubs – $300
  • Electrical supplies to hook up hot tub – $150
  • Stumps and large rock accents (already had on hand in our woods) šŸ™‚

Total project cost = $2,142

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Below you can see where we decided to end the paver patio and allow some room for landscaping against the house.

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While this project definitely cost us some significant time and money, we feel it was well worth the effort. Our family gets in the hot tub together nearly every evening. It’s a great time of bonding for us, and it sure beats watching TV! Plus we know we saved a tonĀ of money purchasing a used hot tub and installing it ourselves. A new hot tub of this size would begin at about $5,000, not counting the cost of the patio, landscaping, electrical supplies, etc.

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What do you think of our “new” hot tub?