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$100 Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Final Reveal

A couple of months ago, I decided to take part in the $100 Room Challenge by redoing our master bedroom on a tight budget. To say that I dropped the ball on that is partially true. Yes, I took a super long blog/social media break (more on that in the next week), but we did actually finish the makeover back in August. Anyway, I’m here to share our Master Bedroom Final Reveal!

Master Bedroom $100 Makeover

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Doing a room makeover on a tight budget of just $100 can get pretty tricky.

before after master bedroom

We only made a couple of purchases for this space before all of our money was totally eaten up! So we had to come up with some creative ways to update this room using items we already owned!

Wood Turned Lamp Base

All of the money in our budget went towards these pretty turned wood lamp bases and shades, which we picked up from Target. Even though they were on sale (36.09 each for the bases and 18.99 each for the shades), we still went slightly over $100 when it all totaled up. However, I really like the look of the lamps and how they bring in some warmth to the stark white of the room, so it was definitely worth it!

Creative Unique Nightstand

In my last post about this room, I shared how my hubby and I fashioned this DIY barn wood headboard. It is so cool to have such a sentimental piece (the wood is actually an old barn door from my grandparents’ house)!

Dust Ruffle Bedskirt

Also, on this side of the room, we updated the knobs on the left dresser/nightstand with a little Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. A few accessories from other parts of the house were also pulled in to help the space look more finished. Oh, and I can’t forget the addition of a dust ruffle to hide all of the items stored under our bed.

DIY Barn Wood Head Board

On the other side of the room, we really made an impact with paint! Lucky for us, there was plenty of leftover white paint from previous projects, so that did not affect our budget at all.

New Dresser Drop Pulls

The white dresser fits this room so much better and those drop pull knobs now pop against the white backdrop.

before after master bedroom 2

After removing the old tv and sending it to live in storage, it was time to bring in a few accessories to this space. To keep things simple and add a bit of color, I grabbed one of my ferns from the front porch. Yes, the scale is a bit off, but I didn’t want to clutter the dresser with knick-knacks. Plus, we already owned the fern, so it was a freebie addition to the bedroom.

Ikea Hemnes Dresser

I also chose to keep the spindle glass candlesticks because I liked how they emulated the lamps at the opposite end of the room. This is a lesson in working with what you’ve got!

Fern and Glass Candle Holders

Let’s check back on the to-do list to see how we did!

  • Buy/Replace the lamps
  • DIY a headboard for the bed
  • Add a few accessories to each side table
  • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
  • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
  • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted)
  • Relocate the TV
  • Accessorize the dresser
  • Paint the dresser

Yay! It looks like we were able to complete everything on the list and stayed pretty close to our $100 budget. (It came it at roughly $110 and change.)

Ikea Dresser Painted White

How do you think we did? Would you have taken a chance and spent all of your budget on just a couple of lamps? Or would you put your money to use on something different to makeover this space? I would love to hear your thoughts!

$100 Room Challenge Week 2 -Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom

So, I have decided to again join my friend, Erin, from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for her $100 Room Challenge. I’ve tackled this challenge once before when we gave our bathroom an overhaul on a budget.  This time, we are attempting to revamp our bedroom using the same small budget, but hopefully making a big impact. We’re also working against time since I’m joining up at the end of week 2. EEK!

Here is my long term plan for our Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom.

Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom

Now, of course, a full room makeover could end up costing us quite a bit of money. (Way over the $100 limit!) Especially if we purchased all of the items in the mood board above. So we are going to have to pick and choose which items to purchase, which projects can be DIYed, and what will have to wait until a later date.

Doesn’t our bedroom look kind of meh?

Master Bedroom Before

Yes, of course, everything consists of neutral colors, but each side of the room is the polar opposite of the other with bright whites/creams at one end and a black hole on the other.

Dresser Before

I don’t know about you, but it seems like our bedroom is always put to the bottom of the list when we are working on projects, storage, and cleaning. Seriously, it is the place where stuff comes to die, especially when we are trying to speed clean before company! So we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to spruce things up just for the Mr. and Mrs.!

So what exactly are we going to focus on to dress up this space and make it a bit more cohesive? Well, here is the checklist:

Master Bedroom Makeover Ideas

  • Buy/Replace the lamps
  • DIY a headboard for the bed
  • Add a few accessories to each side table
  • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
  • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
  • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted
  • Relocate the TV
  • Accessorize the dresser
  • Paint the dresser

Dresser Makeover Paint Hardware

Wowza!  That is quite the list and we only have a little over 2 weeks to complete it! I bet you are wondering how we are going to pull this off with only $100. Well, to be honest, our budget will probably be eaten up by the purchase of lamps. Then we will have to shop our home for accessories, DIY a headboard, and use paint we already own to makeover the doors/dresser. Wish us luck!!!

Stop by and read more about the $100 Room Challenge by visiting     Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry.

You won’t want to miss these other awesome participants’ projects!  Click the photos below to check them out!

 


Kitchen Happenings: Room by Room Summer Series Week Two

Today kicks off week two of the Room by Room Summer Series and this week we are dealing with the kitchen. (Last week I shared our entry. Click here to view that post.)  It is time to head to the heart of the home, we meals and memories are made. Check out the latest kitchen happenings at The Country House.

Kitchen Happenings

Kitchens are always fun to work on because it can make a such a huge impact on the look and feel of a home. However, our kitchen hasn’t changed too much from when we moved in. It is still pretty plain, but we plan to fancy it up in the coming months. That is, once our budget allows.

Here is the kitchen when we first moved in.

Country House Home Tour Before Kitchen

We’ve painted some trim and the doors, which has really really brightened up the space.  We also added some new pretty door hardware and replaced the faulty oven with a temporary garage sale find.

Brightening the Kitchen with Paint

To add a little farmhouse flair, we painted the peninsula/bar area and framed out an X along the front with 1″x 4″s.

Farmhouse Island Peninsula

And of course, we installed new flooring.

Painting Farmhouse Cabinets

There is still so much we hope to do to this room!  Let’s do a rundown of our to-do list:

  • Paint the cabinets
  • Add cabinet hardware
  • Replace the light fixtures
  • Paint the walls
  • Buy new appliances
  • Make a space in the pantry to hide the microwave
  • Redo the counter-tops

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

Wood Cross Pattern

Dont’ forget to stop by and visit the links below for more kitchen before/afters, tips, and to-do lists from the other amazing home decor bloggers in this series!


Entry Evolution: Room by Room Summer Series Week One

Summer is in full swing around our house and I think I’m finally getting into a groove. It is a good thing too, because my friend Amy from My Life From Home is hosting a new Room By Room Summer Series that I’m super excited to be joining. Each week, bloggers will share a space in their home and talk about what they’ve done, would like to do, or tips decorating for that area. Our first week is all about the entry of the home. Check out our Farmhouse Entry Evolution!

Farmhouse Entry Evolution

If you are new to the blog, WELCOME!

My name is Erin and I live with my handy husband and two crazy kids in the middle of nowhere, aka, the country.  We’ve been in our fixer upper for a little over a year now and it is slowly, but surely becoming our home. Let’s step inside!

Farmhouse Front Door Mat{Modern Farmhouse Decor Finds For Under $100}

Last year, I posted a tour of before photos of The Country House, which included this pic below of our living room and front door entrance. BLAH! It really needed some help, so with a little paint and new flooring, we were able to give it a fresh new look.

Country House Home Tour Before

TA-DA! Painting the trim and doors white really brightened the space up! Also, back in February my husband, Chris, redid all of the floors in our home. {Learn more about our floors here.} Adding some fun decorative and functional pieces to the space helped define it as more of a separate area from our living room.

Farmhouse Entry Foyer

The black console table was a piece we scored years ago on Craigslist. On top of the table are a few decor items we love. The vintage typewriter belonged to my maternal grandmother and the white milk glass piece was my paternal grandmother’s. Underneath, we placed two storage ottomans from Ikea which hold shoes and also serve as video gaming stools for the kids.

Vintage Typewriter Farmhouse Entry

The big ol’ cable spool clock was something that I whipped up a few years ago and a piece we still love to this day. Even though it doesn’t function as a proper clock, it is always a conversation piece when people come to visit.

Cable Spool Clock Farmhouse Entry

The boxwood wreath on our coat closet gets moved back and forth from the front door during inclement weather. I just love green wreaths and how they can dress up a space.

Boxwood Wreath Decor Farmhouse Entry

It may look like this space is finished (or maybe not), but we still have a few changes we would eventually like to make.

Here’s what we are thinking:

  • Paint Doorbell Box.
  • Replace almond outlet/switchplate/thermostat.
  • Paint the wall, although we have yet to decide on a color.

With my tendencies to change things up on a whim, who knows how this space will look when it is finished! Or if it ever will be finished. *WINK*What do you think of our entry? I’ll be back next week with another room in our summer series: THE KITCHEN. Make sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, you won’t want to miss these fun and creative entrys below!

What do you think of our entry?

I’ll be back next week with another room in our summer series: THE KITCHEN. Make sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, you won’t want to miss these fun and creative entrys below!

Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

Room by Room Summer Series