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$100 Room Challenge Family Room Reveal Life on Kaydeross Creek

$100 Room Challenge -Family Room Reveal

Hey friends! I’m so excited because it’s finally time to share the reveal of our family room and wrap up this edition of our $100 Room Challenge! I love how this room has really come together and is not so “scattered” anymore. It’s actually calming now to sit and watch TV. Imagine that?

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In case you missed it, you can catch up and get all the details on my updates here:

  • Week 1 – The “before” and my plan
  • Week 2 – organizing the electronics, farmhouse style
  • Week 3 – updated wall decor
  • Week 4 – “new” old lighting

Up until now I’ve tackled a lot of the big stuff in the family room so this week was just a bit of tweaking. Oh yea, and doing something about those really outdated sofas. I really wanted to get a slip cover for each of them but I couldn’t find one that actually fit the right way that didn’t cost a fortune so I decided to go a different direction. I took the slip covers off and viola, so much better already.

There were a few stains that had gotten through so I covered each one with a polyester table cloth I had purchased for a party a few years ago. I just tucked here and there and pinned where necessary. They’re not perfect but they brighten up the space and cover the spots for now.

What I thought was going to be an easy project was, well, not. I wanted to update the coffee table because it was leaning more cottage-y than I wanted so I decided to paint the bottom and re-stain the top. I stripped the top and sanded it and it turned out to be a wood that I have never worked with. I’m still not sure what it is. When I applied the new stain it went on way to dark and very splotchy. What made it worse was that I chose to paint the bottom black (using the same paint as the wash stand) and it was just awful. My husband said,  “You’re not going to leave that like that, right?”

No. No I am not.  So, I strip the top again, sand and sand and sand some more. Finally got to where I could stain but this time I used a wood conditioner. It’s better but not the best. Oh well, not everything always works like you want, right?

After the coffee table debacle, I spent some time accessorizing and moving some pillows and finally was happy with it. So one more time, here’s the before…


$100 Room Makeover Challenge - Before - Life on Kaydersoss Creek



$100 Room Challenge - Our Family Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek



$100 Room Challenge -Family Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek


The cabinet in the corner was a piece that I had painted a while ago and also where the doors hanging on the wall in the picture below came from. You can see that project HERE.


The corner before:


$100 Room Makeover Challenge - TV Room Before - Life on Kaydersoss Creek




$100 Room Challenge -Family Room - sofa - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek



$100 Room Challenge Family Room Reveal - Life on Kaydeross Creek



$100 Room Challenge Family Room Reveal - vintage corner - Life on Kaydeross Creek



$100 Room Challenge- Family Room Reveal - view to kids room - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Electrical components before:


$100 Room Makeover Challenge - TV Room Before - storage - organization - Life on Kaydersoss Creek




$100 Room Challenge week 2 - DIY Farmhouse storage - wooden with crates and industrial shelf - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek



$100 Room Challenge - Our Family Room TV and Components - Life on Kaydeross Creek


After a good clean, some organization and a few DIY projects, here we are. The family room is much brighter and has more of a cohesive feel. Here’s where we ended up with the budget:

Week 1: $0

Week 2: $20.27

Week 3: $34.00

Week 4: $0

  • Stain for coffee table – already had it
  • Paint for coffee table – already had it from hutch
  • Table cloths used for slipcovers – already had them from party
  • Accessories – already had everything

Total project: $54.27  Even if I counted what I spent on the garage sale light fixture ($5.00) and the table cloths ($22.00) It still would have only come to $81.00.


$100 Room Challenge Family Room Reveal Life on Kaydeross Creek


Paint and stain are magic. 🙂

It’s amazing what you can do with them. It also pays to shop your own house and move things around for a fresh look. Do you have a room that you would like to makeover? What projects would you do and how would you tackle a $100 challenge?

Happy DIY’ing!


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  1. Patti says:

    Great job. Slipcovers are hard to do but the white looks so fresh and crisp and totally makes the room. Love all your other pieces, especially the wall hanging with the wreath!

  2. I absolutely LOVE the space you created! Just moving some things around made a huge difference. I love the “slipcovered” couches as they look so bright and cozy. All your added wall decor and storage is just perfect in here. I am so glad you decided to join the challenge! Enjoy your space!

    • Colleen says:

      Thanks so much, Erin! The challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to really get in there and get it done. We’re so happy to have participated! Can’t wait for the next one. 🙂

  3. Emy says:

    Your living room looks amazing! Slipcovers are rough. Yours look amazing!

    I recently had a staining fiasco too. The wood was maple and gorgeous, but it just wasn’t taking the stain well. So I used gel stain and it’s much better. Some projects are easier than others. 😉

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you, Meredith! I liked this challenge so much because it made me concentrate on one area at a time so it helped me stay focused. Usually it’s “SQUIRREL!” 🙂

  4. Melissa says:

    I love how this turned out – it’s so fresh and bright now with those pretty slipcovers. And I completely feel your pain on that coffee table (which I think looks pretty fabulous now!). I’ve got a coffee table that was the same way and I couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t stain correctly – I finally painted it white and I hate it. You’ve inspired me to tackle it again!

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