To achieve mission #1, I painted the walls in a Valspar paint matched to Waverly’s Cafe Cream. Using a light color on the walls really opened up the space. This is such a departure for me, as I am usually drawn to dark colors; but I was going for a light and airy feeling here. It is a warmer, slightly darker color than the trim so it still highlights the picture frame molding that I just love. Also in order to make the room feel “roomier”,
I the hubs hung the drapes high; almost touching the crown molding.
This gives the illusion of a higher ceiling and makes the room feel larger. Also by selling the old china cabinet and buffet and swapping tables with our eat-in kitchen we were able to make better use of the space we had. Sometimes, not all the time, it is just better to let things go rather than trying to make them fit. While I still love a traditional china cabinet in a dining room, having more space around the table works better for our family and also helps to take the stuffy, overly formal feeling away.
– faux hardwood floor $79
– area rug from Lowe’s $399
– light fixture from The Home Depot – $200 minus $70 gift card = $130
– drapery panels from Bed, Bath, and Beyond $110 (they were $69/panel and I had 2 coupons for 20% off) *These are the most expensive window treatments I have in the house, but I fell in love with them and had to have them. They are lined and interlined taffeta – need I say more? That’s my justification 🙂
– 3 Dollar store frames for the family art wall $3
– plate hangers from Michaels $35
Everything else in this room we already had from the furniture to the plates to the mirrors to the drapery rod etc.
Total Expenses = $756
Subtract income from selling furniture – $475
Total out-of-pocket expense = $281!!!!!!!!
You saw the before pics right? $281 didn’t break the bank especially because it was spent gradually as we had the time to get this room finished. My advice for any redesign in which you are planning to sell furniture is to start the project by selling the furniture first. It not only gives you a budget to start with, but also frees up the space so you can better visualize what you want the room to look like. Also, pick a budget and stick to it. I was planning to stay under $300 for my out-of-pocket expenses, and I came in just a little short!!!! YAY!
We got this room finished just in time to have a cocktail party to celebrate our 10 year anniversary! Perfect timing!
Do you have any tips on how to stay under budget? I’d love to hear them!
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