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Redecorating on a budget

March 10th, 2013 at 06:34 pm

We hit a milestone here last month. DD1 moved in to her own apartment. She graduated last may with her BSN. Took her boards in July and started a new grad program in August. Her leaving means only 2 kids to go until I'm an empty nester.

It also means I can't finally convert her room to a craft room/guest room/office for me.

So I'm starting by cleaning the room from top to bottom. I love the kiddo, but she was definitely a piglet. Her carpet is pretty bad. I was going to hire a company to come out and clean it, but the cheapest I could find was $140 for 2 rooms. I borrowed a Bissel from my mom instead. It's a lot of work, but definitely will be worth saving $120 (after spending about 20 for the cleaning solution). I'm taking a break right now and blogging, then I will get back to scrubbing.

Once that's clean, it will be time to paint. The room and bathroom aren't that big, so paint will be a relatively inexpensive spruce up. After that, I plan on "shopping" my basement for things to furnish and decorate the space with. My current craft table is a door on two wire book shelves in the basement. Not pretty, but functional. I think I'm going to take some of my fabric stash to make a table skirt to beautify it, as well as hide supplies underneath. The guest bed is going to be a tougher item. It may take awhile to come up with something for that, but I'm not really in a hurry.

Lots to do, but my plan is to convert it from a kids room to my new space for less than $100.00.

Wish me luck.

6 Responses to “Redecorating on a budget”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Good luck...and great plan!

  2. Carolina Girl Says:

    Wishing you the best. I am in that process as well and it's been fun repurposing items. Hope it turns out to be a wonderful retreat for you.

  3. snafu Says:

    I needed to redesigned a bedrm to a home office with a minuscule budget and suggest looking at how best to manage stuff. It's a big project. While I wanted the Rubbermaid wall/shelving system, I went with what was at hand. Painted the desk with 2 coats of the left over wall paint + rolled on polyurethane for protection. I had a piece of glass left over from another project and had it cut to fit the desk top.

    I substituted a daybed frame for bed bought from an on-line seller like CraigsList . Didn't care as it always has a quilted cover. I moved cu t-out squares of paper [represent pieces of furniture] around a piece of graph paper to figure out placement relative to electric outlets, natural light, windows, doors and open drawer space requirements.

  4. snafu Says:

    sorry one sentence disappeared...Bought the mattress from the manufacturers outlet dirt cheap because it had the ugliest fabric as cover. I didn't care as it always has a quilted cover...

  5. Ima saver Says:

    Good luck with your new room!

  6. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    I love the challenge of home decorating for peanuts. One of the best tips I used for craft storage = use clear bins for supplies. Seeing the stuff makes a world of difference being able to access and use what you have instead of buying more.

    Clear bins are not too expensive especially with a coupon from Joann/Michael or Bed Bath Beyond. They also have them at Lowes. Wait until it is a deal you can't pass up.

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