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$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 Oh yea, and doing something about those really outdated sofas.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:

 

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Now…

 

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Electrical components before:

 

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After:

 

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$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.

 

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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!

Col

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$100 Room Challenge Week 4 – Budget Friendly Lighting

We are almost there! Hey Friends, it’s week 4 of the $100 Room Challenge! So far we tackled storage in week two and wall decor in week three  and today we’re working on budget friendly lighting. Lighting can really make a statement but, unfortunately, this fixture is not sayin’ much. It’s pretty but it’s just too small.

 

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So clearly we needed something a bit bigger and with the whole matte black thing goin’ on, I thought why not black (or something close)? Where did I turn to find such a thing, my stash of course. I know you’re not going to believe this but I picked this old wrought iron chandelier up at a garage sale about 3 years ago for $5. The woman who sold it to me said she was selling it for her nephew and thought that the wiring didn’t work. He wasn’t there to ask but I got it anyway because I planned on putting it out on our deck with candles so it would have been perfect.

 

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Fast forward to the $100 room challenge and I remembered I had it stuck in the basement. I dug it out and asked my husband to see if he could re-wire it and how much it would cost if he could. (gotta stay on budget!) He said, are you sure it doesn’t work?  Hmmm, no, I’m not sure.

So he hooked it up to this tester thing I had never seen before and, lo and behold, it actually worked. Lucky me!!!!  The only problem was that it looked like someone had the same idea with the candles and each light socket had wax in it.

 

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I took the caps off each socket and dug all of the wax out with a small screw driver.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 4 - new lighting with a garage sale light fixture makeover - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once it was all out, I scrubbed the whole thing down including the caps above, yuck! It took almost 45 minutes just to clean the thing up.  Then I gave it a coat of my go to spray paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze, which is just about black. I used it on the light fixture in our dinging room, too.

So, I love it! The size is much better and the color is perfect and pulls everything together.

 

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In addition to the chandelier, I added this dark lamp I got at a thrift store for $4. I was using it in our great room throughout the holidays but I moved it to the family room because I like the addition of the dark base against the wooden table. The white shade was a bit boring so I added a simple black ribbon to it on the top and bottom.

Tip: I simply used  tape to hold the ribbon in place just in case I want to go with a different color or just remove it down the road.

 

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Here’s the corner before:

 

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Here’s the after…

 

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I picked up this little wooden table several years ago at a garage sale for $10. The pictures above were a project last year. You can see that HERE.

One last addition is the sheers on the windows. We don’t need curtains out where we are in the woods for privacy but I added the curtains to prevent the glare on the TV and the sheers just add a soft touch.

 

 

It really does pay to “shop” around your house to see if you can swap or move things to different rooms. Your pieces may have a much bigger impact in a different space. Also, don’t forget you can paint pretty much anything so if it’s not the right color, you can always change that. 🙂

The budget this week:

  • Garage sale light fixture $5
  • Sheer curtains $29.00 on sale at Target
  • Black ribbon – already had it
  • Oil rubbed bronze spray paint – already had it
  • Lamp – already had it

So far so good. I’m super excited to finish up and share the completed room with you next week.  Just a few more details and it’ll be ready!

Do you have a favorite light fixture or some creative lighting going on in your home? Please share in the comments below or on our group Facebook page. DIY & Budget Friendly Decorating.

Happy DIYing!

Col

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Farmhouse Wall Decor – $100 Room Challenge Week 3

Hey everyone! It’s week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge – family room edition. If you are just joining, welcome! You can catch up easily buy checking out Week 1 and Week 2. Today is all about DIY farmhouse wall decor projects. I didn’t have anything up on the walls really before so anything is an improvement at this point. 🙂 I’ll start with this corner…

 

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

 

Fixer Upper Style Windows

I wanted something taller to fill in the wall by the doorway and since I was on a budget I went to my “stash” of goodies. Some call it hoarding, I call it planning ahead.  Anywayyyyyy……A while back I shared my makeover of this old cabinet where I had removed the doors and used the cabinet without them.

 

 

$100 Room Challenge - Antique Cabinet makeover with Country Chic Pait - before - Farmhouse wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When the $100 Room Challenge came up I immediately knew what to do with them. Farmhouse wall decor.

I got them out, dusted them off and got to work. I stared by removing most of the hardware so that I could strip the old dark stain off which was really thick and splotchy in areas. Not pretty.

 

$100 Room Makeover Week 3 Farmhouse wall decor with old doors - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the detail on the windows.

 

$100 Room Makeover Week 3 Farmhouse wall decor with old doors before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I applied stripper to each one and scraped it off with a putty knife. It took a couple of applications of the stripper and a bunch of sanding with my palm sander but they turned out pretty.  I have to tell you, this is not super easy in the Northeast in the winter. It was freezing in our garage working on this project!!

 

$100 Room Makeover Week 3 - DIY Farmhouse wall decor with old doors stripped before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wiped them down to remove all of the dust and then applied a coat of stain in Minwax Dark Walnut with a piece of cotton cloth (aka an old cut up white t-shirt).

LOVE…

 

 

We used “D” ring hangers to hang them on the wall.

 

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Then I added 2 faux boxwood wreaths I already had to give it some color.

 

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They fit in the spot perfectly. I think I may take it one step further and do an antique mirror effect on the glass. We’ll see how much time I have before the end of the challenge.

 

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Antiques Sign

To fill in the space a above the doorway, I also made this sign out of a leftover piece of wood we had in the garage. I just used stencils and craft paint I already had and also used “D” ring hangers to hang it.

 

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Rustic Wall Vase

My husband made this wall vase from leftover flooring we had, some scrap metal, a small piece of wire and a mason jar.  I’ll do a detailed post on that project later in the month.  You can see a larger, similar project HERE.

 

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For the wall behind the TV, I simply hung the screen I picked up at the Brimfield Antiques Show and Flea Market last year with a larger faux boxwood wreath.

 

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$100 Room Challenge DIY Farmhouse Wall Decor

It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of leftover stuff and a challenge. The budget for this week was easy.

  • Antiques sign – free – had the wood, stencils and craft paint
  • Old doors used for wall decor – $5.00 for the stain and I had the doors
  • Antique flooring wall vase – had all the junk already to make it, left over flooring and some roofing metal
  • Sifter screen and faux boxwood wreaths – already had them, re-located from other rooms.

I have a few other pieces of farmhouse wall decor to put up but it’s all coming together. I am loving the matte black and wood combination! Next time will be week 4 and I’ll share the coffee table makeover and lighting update.

Do you have walls that need filling? What kind of decor will you use and will it be a DIY project? I’d love to see it!   You can share in the comments below or on our DIY & Budget Friendly Decorating Group on Facebook.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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$100 Room Challenge Week 2 – DIY Farmhouse Storage

Hey everyone! It’s week two of the $100 Room Challenge! If you missed week one, I shared what the room looked like when I decided to take on this challenge and went over what I wanted to accomplish in the space. This week is all about storage, mainly for DVD/Xbox games and getting rid of those unsightly cords behind the TV.  Here’s the before:

 

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

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What a mess! First, we can get rid of the speaker because we don’t even use it anymore along with some of those wires on the floor. Second, I pulled out all of the DVDs and sorted them into keep and donate piles. That eliminated a lot. I actually found an old VHS tape in there, LOL.

I planned on storing the DVDs and games in these crates. I picked them up at Michaels with a 25% off coupon on top of the sale price so they were only like 8.00 each with tax. I love using crates and old boxes for storage like in our mudroom makeover.

 

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To get the most out of the space in the crate, my husband added a shelf in the middle with thin plywood we had left over in the garage. He attached it with small brackets on each side.

 

 

I got ahead of myself and started staining them before he added the shelves.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - shelves added to the crates for storage - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I finished up staining them using Minwax stain in Espresso mixed with a bit of Watco Dark Walnut stain. Full disclosure again, this was time consuming but they turned out pretty.

 

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Originally I was going to place the crates back on top of the blanket chest but decided that I really wanted to try to conceal the electrical components. I purchased a gorgeous hutch on craigslist for $50 to use the buffet portion of it for this project but it just felt to heavy in the space. She’s a beast! Don’t worry, that’s a project for another time. 🙂

 

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So, plan B. I have this old wash stand that I picked up at a flea market years ago that has been kickin’ around my house in different rooms for years. It was in our dining room for the longest time but was just replaced by the new painted hutch I did not too long ago.  We had moved it to the basement and I happened to walk by it one day and thought I could use it for an end table. Then I realized we could use it to hide the components.

 

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The first step was to remove the top drawer to make room for the electrical pieces. There was no shelf there so we had to make one. My husband used the same thin plywood he made the little shelves for the crates with. Before we could put it in, he had to cut off these little dowels using an oscillating multi tool.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - adding a shelf to the wash stand for storage - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once those were removed I slid the shelf right in. I glued it in place with wood glue and covered up the raw edge with a left over piece of pine my husband had on hand and cut to size, which was the same material as the brackets for the crates.

 

$100 Room Challenge - Adding a shelf to the washstand to make room for the electrical components - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

He also cut a hole in the back for the cords.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - cutting a hole in the wash stand for the cords -farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the shelf was in, it was time to paint.  I had already stripped the top because I wanted to stain it a darker color to tie in the top of the coffee table and the wood end table already there.

 

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This thing has been several different colors over the years and although I really like the current sage-y green, it doesn’t really go in this room. I decided on black because of the gray cabinet, the dark gray of the print in the curtains, and the new light fixture (coming soon).

 

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It looks navy here but it’s black. I distressed where it would normally wear by the handles and some of the edges and then gave it a coat of dark wax.

 

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Truth be told, I need to re-stain the top and give a coat of poly. I rushed it and didn’t get the exact finish I wanted. It’s always better to take your time. 🙂

Since the wash stand couldn’t hold all of the DVD/games and I didn’t want to stack the crates on top of it, I needed a place for them. All I had to do was move the Industrial shelf that we made from the other side of the room and adjust the shelves up to fit the crates on the bottom. The stain matched perfectly.

 

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Tip: Use surface protectors on the bottom of crates or baskets that sit on shelves to protect the paint or wood.

 

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$100 Room Challenge - stained crates to hold DVD's, Blu Ray and Xbox games - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the corner all put together.

 

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I love the way the black ties the tv with the wash stand and industrial shelf.

 

 

Don’t want to see the DVD’s/games? Turn the crates around…

 

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$100 Room Challenge - DIY Farmhouse Storage - Before and After - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the breakdown of the budget so far:

So far, so good. It really does pay to look around at what you already have in your home and think outside of what it currently is to what it could be. Ask yourself, would it look good in a different room,can I use it in a different capacity or should I paint it?  Next week we’ll tackle the wall decor!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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$100 Room Makeover Challenge

What better way to kick off a new year than with a decorating challenge! How about a challenge to decorate a room for under $100?? The $100 Room Challenge started over at another blog called Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. She’s got some super cute ideas so stop by for a visit if you have a chance. The challenge is for anyone who wants to update a space but is on a tight budget with the goal to really get creative and think outside the box. Bloggers and non-bloggers, too.

So friends, today I’m sharing a room in our home with you that you’ve never seen before. You’ll understand why once you see it. 🙂

Ironically, it’s the room we spend the most time in other than our kitchen. I think most people would call it the Family room. We call it the “TV room” for obvious reasons.  It’s the perfect room for a $100 makeover.

 

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Let me start by saying this room is not horrible.  I love the wall color and it’s a nice size with plenty of light but it’s boring, outdated and nothing really “goes”.  It’s like the youngest child that gets all the hand-me-downs. It has all of the furniture that doesn’t really fit anywhere else or some of the projects I’ve done like the antique cabinet in the corner that needs a permanent home. Or pieces like the coffee table we picked up for $10 when we first were married 20 years ago. It’s kind of a hodge-podge.

 

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I know, 1995 called and it wants it’s sofas back. 🙂

I have had those since 2002, well before children when I was into more of a country kinda cottage thing. They are way outdated, dingy and ripped in a few places but so darn comfortable! All 4 of us can still fit on the couch to watch TV together, although that won’t last much longer. Not sure how far down the road we’ll get new furniture, though.

 

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I know the TV is painful to look at, but again, it works really well and still has a great picture, at least to us. It’s not quite as old as the sofas but close. Our friends teased us at our Christmas party that they knew we liked antiques but that was ridiculous. I said we don’t need a new TV and they joked they were going to start a go-fund-me page so they could buy us one. Hilarious.

The TV has to stay, for now.

 

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The room is usually more full of miscellaneous stuff than this but I cleaned it out after the holiday. The industrial shelf in the corner was a DIY you can see HERE and the wall art in the corner was too, which you can see HERE.

OK, so how am I going to pull all this together and transform this room with less than $100 you ask?  With a good cleaning, some re-purposing and definitely some creative DIY projects.

Here’s the plan:

  • Clean up the TV area by creating better storage for the Blu-ray/DVD’s and TV equipment and hide the cords.
  • Update the current sofas
  • Fill in some of the empty wall space with some fun farmhouse wall decor
  • Add a new light fixture
  • Add the right accessories
  • Create more of a cohesive color scheme and consistent overall look and farmhouse feel.

Fortunately, the curtains are fairly new because we finally decided to do something about the sun and glare on the TV this summer. Yes, they are hung a bit high because of the heating ducts.

This is a 5 week challenge so each week I will share one of my projects with you and I’ll share the reveal and the breakdown of the budget the last week. I’m also going to share some decorating tips along the way.  This weeks tip is simple.

Tip #1:

It doesn’t matter if it’s a furniture makeover or a room makeover,  always start with a good cleaning. If you don’t, it’s like putting makeup on without washing your face or baking in a dirty pan. Ewww.

Coming up:

So between now and next week, I’ll remove all the furniture, clean the carpet and wipe down all the trim and walls. I’ll touch up any scuff marks with paint where necessary. That way, we can start with a good foundation. I’ll also share the first of my DIY projects to spruce up this space and get organized.

If you want to see the type of projects I’m planning, I challenged myself to do this same thing with my laundry room a while back and you can see that transformation HERE.

One last look at the BEFORE…

 

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

 

Do you have a space you’d like to makeover on a budget?  Comment which space you would like to do below or share on our new community board, DIY & Budget Friendly Decorating on Facebook.

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Master Bedroom Closet Makeover on A Budget

Hey everyone! I’m soooo excited because today is the day we finally get to share our master bedroom closet makeover! We’ve been working on it slowly for a couple of months around other projects and, well, life.  It’s been 8 long years living with these pieced together racks so it’s time to get organized. I can’t say that I’m not embarrassed to be showing you this but here’s what needed to happen:

 

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Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Organizational to do list - Life on Kaydeross Creek

OUCH, holy cow, that hurt. So, here’s what we did to make the most of the space we have. I started by measuring out how many inches of clothes we each have (tops and bottoms) and then added a few inches to be on the safe side. For example, I needed about 60″ of hanging space for my shirts.

We also had stuff in there that does not need to be like heavy fleece jackets that can go downstairs in the mudroom closet. This was also an excellent opportunity to purge the stuff that we don’t wear anymore (let’s be honest, none of us are getting any smaller around here 🙂 ) Once I knew exactly how much space we needed for hanging stuff and folded stuff, I made a plan on paper.  It’s a bit crude, but it was definitely effective! Truth be told, I worked in retail for over 20 years so that may have had an impact on my design. 🙂

 

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I also drew out plans for the other two corners of the closet but they are much more simple. My brother, Jamie, who is a builder, helped us get started and suggested we build  each section in a cubby or “box” and then attach them all together. We used birch plywood for the boxes, MDF for part of the base and pine for the rest of the trim.  The other thing he suggested was that we use a dado blade (a special blade for a circular saw) to make grooves in the plywood where the shelves would slide in and also connect the corners of the boxes more securely.  As the dado set spins, the two outside blades cut the dado walls (grooves) and the chippers remove the waste material in between and smooth the bottom of the dado (groove).

We wanted the boxes to be 20″ deep so we had someone at Home Depot cut the sheets of plywood that come in 48″ in half for us. That way they were easier to transport and to rip down (cut) at home to 20″. Then hubby measured and marked out where the grooves would need to be. One at the top to connect the pieces and one 12″ down for the top shelf.

 

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Once the pieces were cut we started assembling the first box. You can see the notch at the top where the other piece will fit and be glued and nailed together.

 

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Here’s the first box installed…

 

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We learned a lesson with this one because we built it downstairs and then had to carry it up. Um, not smart. We decided to build the other three boxes upstairs. Here is the storm before the calm. Holy cow, what a mess!

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - The storm before the calm - building the boxes in our room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We added a few more shelves to two of the boxes and then started placing them in the closet. Hubby used 2×4’s to attached them to the floor which also provided a bit of a toe kick.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - installing the boxes - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When all of the boxes were placed, he screwed them all together and to the walls. We’re almost there with this master bedroom closet makeover!

 

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Then he added a 1.5 inch pine trim to the front and crown molding to the top. Let’s just say I spent A LOT of time spackling all those nail holes and caulking the edges.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - built in cubbies with the trim added - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After it was primed and painted twice (I went through a gallon of paint just on the cubbies and trim and pretty much didn’t leave the closet for what seemed like days) it was time to put the bars in. We bought a long metal bar and then cut it to the size we needed for each hanging section and then I spray painted the pieces to match the cubbies. They were installed with little metal cups.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - side wall completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

OK, so you can see the new light fixture in this picture. I really didn’t want to spend any more money on this project and I had this old fixture in the basement which I had used in my store. It’s the match to the one I used in my daughter’s room.  I just needed to remove the “crystals” and give it a good coat of spray paint.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - new light fixture -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The last thing to address was more storage for linens and a place for the laundry. To make the best use of this space, I decided to go up. We picked up this old TV armoire at the Salvation Army for $20 some time ago.  I planned on using it for storage somewhere and then the closet project came up. I love using these old pieces for storage and you can see one of my other armoire transformations HERE.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Armoire used for storage before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The problem was it was too short. We didn’t need any more shelves so it would have been wasted space above it if we used it as is. Since we still needed a place for the laundry baskets we decided to build a base to put the armoire on top of. That way they are much more accessible on the bottom.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - adding the base for the armoire - birch plywood - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We made it out of the same birch plywood and trimmed it out with the 1.5″ pine trim to match the cubbies.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - the base for the armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After giving the armoire a good sanding,  a couple of coats of paint and new glass knobs, here’s what it looks like all assembled.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - More storage using an old TV armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I know, right?!? I think it’s my favorite part. 🙂

Here’s the other opposite side.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Hangbars in for more storage and dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - full view - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I. LOVE. IT! Here’s the best part. We spent less than $500.

The birch plywood, trim, paint and bars/cups cost about $400. We spent $20 on the armoire and I had the dresser that we put in the side cubbie. You can see that project HERE. We also had to purchase the dado blade set which I think was about $55.

I have to admit it was A TON more work than I thought it would be but it was worth it!  I still have to add hooks to the wall for my scarves and a rug but it’s so nice to walk in there and be able to actually find what I am looking for. Now let’s just hope we can keep it neat.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - closet organization with built in cabinets - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover for under $500 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Not sure you want to build something but still want organization. Here are my Amazon picks to make the most out of your space:

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today! Do you have major project or mini projects in the works? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

 

 

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Laundry Room Organization For Under $100

Today I’m sharing our long overdue laundry room organization for, believe it or not, under $100! When we were building the house almost 10 years ago, a huge beautiful laundry room just wasn’t in the budget. It’s more of a laundry closet really. Regardless, I still spend quite a bit of my time in that space so why not have it be enjoyable, am I right? So after looking at a not-so-inspirational space for so long, it was time.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Eeekk. So not only was it a bit dreary and boring but it was also not the best use of space. Here’s what we did to make it crazy functional and much more interesting. First things first, a new coat of paint.  I had this paint left over from a project we had done a few years ago. I think it’s called Embarcadero by Valspar.  It was just what the space needed to brighten it up. It looks a bit purple-y in this picture but it’s really like a cement block gray.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To add a bit more personality and interest, I decided on stripes. I used a 4 foot level and a ruler to outline 8 inch stripes in pencil on the wall and then used painters tape to mark off the lines

 

Laundry Room Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding personality with stripes

 

Truth be told, I ran out of painters tape and had to free hand some of the stripes. That is when a really good quality brush comes in handy 🙂  This shade of white is called Creamy White by Behr and it is the trim color you see throughout our house.

Here are the completed stripes. Crazy better, right?!

 

Laundry Room Organization Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So to make better use of the space we wanted to take advantage of the height and added more shelves. We used MDF which comes pre-cut in 12″ x 8′ boards from Home Depot. I think they are in the closet section. We’ve used MDF on prior projects like our Mudroom. Now, the thing about MDF is it bubbles when it gets really wet so I gave the boards a thick coat of primer and then 2 coats of the Creamy White paint just in case the laundry detergent leaks or something.

For the shelf brackets, I picked up these inexpensive white ones at Home Depot and spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze for some contrast.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Add Shelves to make better use of space

 

Here they are spray painted…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding the shelves

 

I also wanted to add a space to hang shirts straight from the dryer so I used an inexpensive wooden towel bar I picked up at Walmart mounted upside down on the top shelf. It was a bit too long at 18″ so we cut it down to fit the space and then I painted it to match the stripes/shelves.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Hanging space using an inexpensive towel bar

 

The space would not be complete without a DIY sign so I made this cute little sign out of an old piece of wood and some stencils. I always write it out on paper before I paint so that I can make sure it will fit and the spacing is correct.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Another key element of good laundry room organization is storage so I added some baskets for storing cleaning supplies. I threw in something pretty for a pop of color and with everything installed, here’s the final product…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

So much nicer to open the doors and see a bright cheery space when you have to do a chore. I thought about adding cute beverage dispensers with the little spout for the detergent but, honestly, I have read that they just get clogged and I really didn’t want to spend the money. Here is the breakdown of what this update cost:

  • (2) 8′ MDF boards – $22  (I already had the short one)
  • (6) metal shelf bracket $24
  • Wooden towel rack $10
  • Paint – Free – had it
  • DIY Laundry Sign – Free
  • Washboard – Free
  • Baskets – already had these but if you had to purchase them at Michaels you can get them at 50% off for like $10.
  • Glass jar with chalkboard label – had it but if you had to purchase it you could find it here.

So even if I had to buy the baskets, the entire project would have cost $76. What it really cost me was time. It took about 12 hours to complete but it was worth every minute. 🙂

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100!

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Using Paint and Creative DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint, DIY Projects and Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any room updates on a budget in your future? How do you save money on your projects?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Farmhouse Mudroom Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Mudroom Organization – Farmhouse Style

I’m so excited to be finally share our completed Mudroom with you today! It’s been a long time coming for this mudroom organization project which we actually started in February. You can see the original build here but this is what it looked like when we started…YIKES.

 

Mudroom before renovation - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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No where to go but up, right? First things first, we needed more light so in goes the window. It was harder than we thought it would be but so worth it.

 

Adding much needed light to the mudroom with a new window - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now for the organization. I wanted each of us to have our own space so we built cubbies.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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For organizing our “stuff” I picked up some baskets to put on the shelves we planned on adding and crates to go on the bottom of the cubbies at Michaels. The baskets will, hopefully, make it easier to find hats/gloves etc. and the crates corral our shoes.  The crates were unfinished when I got them and I wanted them to be darker so I stained them with Minwax stain in Early American.

 

Mudroom organization using crates to corral shoes - Life on Laydeross Creek

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The bottom of each crate is a bit rough and I worried they may scratch the cubbie so I added self adhesive chair pads to the bottoms.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now that the organization part is done, it’s time for the fun part. What’s a farmhouse mudroom without a few farmhouse touches?

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up the empty window frame in someones garbage. I’m not above dumpster (or side of the road) diving. The poultry farm sign is not a sign at all but was a pleasant surprise when we pulled out the bottom of an old dresser to replace it. The dried hydrangeas are from my neighbors yard and the shoe form is just fun.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I am SO in love with this egg crate basket. It’s definitely not something you see everyday. We picked it up at the Warrensburg Garage sale back in October and it goes so well in our home. The cutting board someone gave me at different garage sale. It was broken and dirty but cleaned up nice. The pitcher I got at Marshalls years ago but you can find a similar one here. You can never have too many white pitchers. 🙂

 

Farmhouse Mudroom Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The stain on the crates matches the baskets and the wood flooring we used for the background.  The larger spaces underneath the shelves that the baskets sit on are perfect for big school backpacks.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The chalkboard on the right I picked up at a garage sale and the little gray stool underneath it is a previous project you can see here.  The EXIT arrow is from Hobby Lobby and while it’s not part of the mudroom organization, it’s quirky and unique and i love the personality it adds to the space.  The paisley rug is from Target.

 

Farmhouse Mudroom Organization and Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s hard to see the sign above the doorway on the left but you can see it better in this picture above. It’s actually the side of an old crate.

 

Farmhouse Mudroom - DIY Projects and Garage Sale Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I LOVE the way everything turned out! I think it will help us stay organized as long as I can get everyone to put their stuff where it goes. One can only hope.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my final mudroom organization project!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Mudroom Update Part 1

Hind site is 20/20, right? Of course it is! When we were designing our house I was 7 months pregnant with our daughter and working full time, trying to get our old house ready to put it on the market. (i.e. a little busy) During some key moments I may or may not have said yes to something on the plans that I may or may not have really thought through, so there are a few things that I would go back and change if there were “do overs”. Wouldn’t that be great?! One of those changes would be in our Mudroom…

So, long story short, there is no window in our mudroom. It is very dark in there without the light on and only one light switch on one side of the room. Who does that? Me apparently…

 

mudroom rs

 

Oh, gosh, it looks even worse in a picture. In addition, it was never finished to include any real storage or organization. It’s an awkward layout too, with the staircase that leads to our basement off to one side. There is a closet at the end of the hallway for the stuff we don’t use that often but we need to add more hooks for the coats we use more frequently and raise the hooks up for the kids now that they are getting bigger. I threw the cheap shoe cubbies in and the small bench to make due until now.
So we’ll put the window in, add some cool storage, new rugs and decor over the course of the next month or so. We have ordered the window which had to be just the right size so that we could still put the hooks high enough for longer coats to hang. We ended up choosing one that can open as well for when it gets a little well, shall we say, stuffy in there with all of the shoes.

So the window will go in in a few weeks once hubby has some time after he finishes the fireplace and in the mean time I will share some of the other little projects that will complete that space. The first is this cute metal arrow I picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby. I really like the industrial, raw feel of it and it’s quirkiness.

 

arrow rs

 

Hubby thought it looked a little plain so I decided to stencil the word EXIT on it. I think it looks really cute next to the door. I like that it’s different and it will go really well with the rest of the industrial/rustic decor for the mudroom (hint).

 

arrow cropped

 

I hope you’ll stay tuned for the next phase of the mudroom project!!

Happy DIYing

Col

Farmhouse Boy’s Bedroom

This farmhouse boy’s bedroom is the biggest transformation in our home! When I decided to re-do my son’s room I clearly needed a “jumping off” point or a place to start. I had planned on keeping the paint color the same as well as the furniture, but needed a direction to go in with all new bedding and accessories. Then I saw these quilts on line and fell in LOVE with them! They are so classic boy, they had great colors to work with and they are so reasonable!

 

Farmhouse Boys Bedroom using classic plaids with navy and red. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When my son was 3 he was obsessed with SpongeBob. I am not a fan of decorating a child’s room in anything to “theme-y” so I had picked up these inexpensive stickers thinking that the would be easy to remove when he got over it, which they were. The comforter was a gift and we kept it after we changed the room to use for sleepovers and it can always be used with a duvet cover.

Before… Yes, it’s sad, but it’s also so very temporary!

 

Seans room before

 

Sean's room before

 

Once I found my “inspiration piece”, this adorable plaid country quilt by Nautica, the rest was easy.  It’s perfect because it has a touch of the sage green in the walls along with navy and red.  I pulled the navy out and started by painting stripes on the walls for some visual interest. It was one of those things that I saw in my head long before I decided which colors to use.

I used a level and painters tape and it took some trial and error with the spacing but it was well worth it. I found that if I drew the line with the level and then put the tape on along the pencil line, it worked really well. To get it even around the windows, I simply measured down from the ceiling. Honestly some of it is just “eyeballing it” too. I did have to touch up with a tiny paint brush in some spots at the end.

This shelf below I had from my first apartment years ago. It has been several colors, most recently green in my daughters room. It cleaned up nicely and looks great in navy.
Fortunely, I had used these curtains in our old house in our living room and they were a perfect match. I have to admit I had forgotten about them in a box in the basement until I went looking for something else one day. What a nice surprise! You can find similar curtains here.

 

sean's room shelf rs

 

Some of the accessories, like the super cute red clock, I found at Hobby Lobby. You can get a similar one here. Many of the pieces I made myself but, unfortunately, I didn’t take before pictures of most of them. The bulletin board was originally just a plain one with a thin piece of wood trim around the edge. To make it more personal my husband used some leftover window trim from our house to make a frame and I stenciled on different size S’s. The picture frame, which was the inspiration for the travel theme, came from Hobby Lobby and the red bin on the bottom I picked up at the Salvation Army for $4. The cute lantern lamp is from Lowes but you can get a similar one here.

 

Sean's room dresser rs

 

I also made the N,S,W,E signs on the side wall. They are just pieces of old tongue and groove flooring that came out of my Father’s old shop. Great color and digs/marks from wear and tear. The stars I have had for years and painted them navy as well. You can get one here. The dresser is an antique and so is the chair.

 

Sean's room star directions

 

The travel theme continues with the cut out map and car fabric , both from Hobby Lobby, and the globe which my Mother-in-law gave us. The base was a weird gray blue color so I spray painted it Oil Rubbed Bronze. I framed some cute car and truck frabric in a $1 frame and used the rest to make the pillow on the chair. No sew here, I used fabric glue!

The red S was a brown paper mache piece that cost about $1.5 which I painted red and distressed with some antique ink. I also painted and stenciled the No. 2 bin and my husband and I made the shelf out of plumbing pipe and reclaimed lumber. I would love to do the closet like that someday.

 

Sean's room whole rs

 

So here is the result…I LOVE IT!! I like that it is a mix of old and new and I was able to create some of the decor myself.

 

How to create a Farmhouse Boy's Bedroom with DIY projects, old and new items. Classic Boy's Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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The nice part is it will grow with him as his tastes change. Someday we’ll take down the teddy bears and put up his sports stuff but for now he is still my little boy!

Happy DIY’ing!
Col

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