Reveal of my $100 studio makeover
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Hello, friends! I’m so glad today is finally here. I’ve been working on my studio makeover all month and honestly, am ready to be done with it and start creating! It’s all part of the $100 Room Makeover Challenge, hosted by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry. Be sure to scroll the to bottom of the post to see all of the $100 room projects.
It’s been a lot of work in here because it had become a dumping room. It was not at all inspiring, but was an eyesore and made me sad! Nobody was to blame but me, so I was ready to tackle it and make it a space that’s light and bright and full of inspiration.
You can see the progress of the room in these posts:
- Week 1 – Inspiration rooms and plans
- Week 2 – Free Project Planning Printable
- Week 3 – Painted Paneling and New Ceiling Tiles
- Week 4 – No cost 9′ Linen-Look Bulletin Board
Here are the goals I had and how I accomplished them. And since I used mostly things from my stash or my shop, I actually came in a little under budget!
1. Make the space lighter and brighter
This is a basement room with one small window so it tends to get dark in here. Although the previous turquoise color was lively and energetic, it didn’t’ do much to lighten the space. I used some White Dove eggshell finish paint I had leftover from a previous project on the walls and trim, so no actual dollars were spent for this.
And I had purchased new ceiling tiles last summer for this room and a couple of other basement areas, so I’m not counting that into my budget since I already had it. I wasn’t planning on replacing the tiles as part of the project, but once I moved everything out of the room it was an ideal time to do it. The tiles were $62.50 per box of 8 and I used a couple of boxes, just FYI.
2. Clear the clutter and get organized
This was a major chore, as you can see by the before and afters.
Here’s how the left wall looked a few weeks ago. I’m embarrassed to even show it, but so glad it doesn’t look like this now.
And now it’s much more organized and brighter.
This vintage China cabinet that belonged to my late in-laws has been in the garage for several years. It had seen better days before we acquired it.
It wasn’t really my style, but with a fresh, fun coat of paint it fits right into the space and makes a great storage piece. I mixed the green shade of paint using several colors from my stash. And I had the wallpaper in my stash as well. Zero dollars spent for this project.
I dried the hydrangeas from the bush in our yard. And the old wooden crate came from an estate sale several years ago.
The old artist’s box also came from an estate sale years ago. My youngest made the crayola art a couple of years ago.
The metal tool caddy is one I’ve had for a few months and came from my shop. It’s been all over the house and is perfect for organizing various things.
I already had everything else that you see here, including the wire baskets, milk glass, and vintage art supplies. My oldest bought me the 2 artist pads for Christmas and I can’t wait to fill them up.
Above the counter, I added these cute little buckets and rod for holding markers, pens, etc.
I love them because they don’t take up any counter space. Plus the colors are so much fun!
3. Set up an area for my new cricut and supplies
I bought myself a cricut machine during black Friday and needed a place to set it up. I’m using a commercial printer cart that I gave a facelift to several years ago. It’s perfect and matches the counter almost exactly. No cost for this.
See the cart before and after HERE.
This little key holder rack was previously hanging on the opposite wall with scissors and a hole punch on it. I moved it above the cricut machine and it looks like it was made for the tools. No money spent on that either.
4. Make the space inspiring and a reflection of my personal style
Here’s how the room looked when I redid it almost 6 years ago. (notice that the ceiling tiles don’t match and one of them has a stain on it). The turquoise wall color, although pretty, wasn’t helping to lighten the space.
And sadly, here’s how it looked at the beginning of this month. I have no idea how I let it get this bad in here.
It looks so much better now. Most of the things didn’t come back into the room. Many of them are still in the basement living area so I’ll be sorting through it for the next few weeks, deciding what to donate and what to sell. If you need supplies, let me know and I’ll probably give them to you!
The shelves in here are pretty much just for decoration at this point and I had fun styling them with items that fit my personality. I wanted the room to be white with little pops of color. I added things that inspire me like the watercolor cards and printable, one of my favorite photos, and the letterpress art. And I wanted some whimsical things as well. The crown and little wooden figure gave me that.
The only things I spent money on here are the little preserved boxwood topiaries and the buckets hanging from the rod. All of them are from my shop, so I didn’t actually spend the full retail amount. I got them at cost.
And the large, linen-looking bulletin board above the counter is one that I made last week using leftover materials.
You can see the full tutorial HERE. It was a no cost project for me as well!
Here are a few of the whimsical details I added. My oldest gave me the paper crown a couple of years ago at Christmas. Is she trying to tell me something? I guess if the crown fits, wear it!
I created this fun typewriter printable using several different graphics. If you want to download it for yourself, you can join our subscriber group and it will be yours for free! It can be used for Valentine’s day or any time of the year.
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The wooden figure came from the same estate sale as the wooden artist’s box and the easel several years ago. I got a ton of art items for next to nothing. I already had the milk glass and wine crate. And the metal house was part of my Christmas decor. I added some of my velvet ribbon for a pop of color.
And do you see the little vintage football player Valentine’s card? I found a bunch of them that were in a box of items that came from my in-laws’ house. Sometimes you find treasures when you’re sorting through junk!
Here’s a glimpse at what I want to do in here now that’s it’s more of an inspiring space:
Paint or draw
Make paper crafts or mixed media projects
Learn watercolor lettering
And I’m happy to say that I’m on my way to being more creative since my youngest and I started an art class at our local art center last week. It’s a mixed media class and we’ll be learning all kinds of techniques. I can’t wait to learn more!
As a recap, this is what I’ve done in here:
- $0 Remove everything from the room ✔
- $0 (I already had them) Replace the ceiling tiles ✔
- $0 Paint the walls ✔
- $0 Paint the trim ✔
- $0 Make a bulletin board ✔
- $0 Paint the vintage china cabinet ✔
- $0 Add wallpaper to the back of the cabinet ✔
- $0 Bring in a table and or a cart for my cricut machine ✔
- $0 Add storage for fabrics and other supplies ✔
- $0 Install window shade ✔ (I used one that was leftover from a design job)
- $117* Add “fluff” to the space with decor ✔
Here’s where my money went:
- $39 Rod with hanging pastel pails above desk/counter*
- $65 3 Preserved Boxwood Topiaries*
- $15 Oval basket for paper and yard sticks next to China cabinet
*Since these items are from my shop, I didn’t pay this much for them. I got them at cost. So, I came in under budget!
And here’s my original mood board. I’ve got a different bulletin board and cart, used picnic baskets instead of the crates, and decided not to use the rug from the master bedroom. But the overall look is the same.
- Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore Eggshell Finish in White Dove
- Cabinets – Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Waterborne in Olympic Mountains
- “To Market, To Market” tote bag
- Drawer Pulls
- Cabinet Knobs
- White Metal Decorative House
- Wire baskets
- Vintage picnic baskets
- Small artificial plant in China cabinet
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Glass Glitter
- Wall mounted key holder
- Cricut tools
- Venice watercolor print
- Wallpaper on the back of the China cabinet (similar)
- Black Office Chair
- Metal Cart (similar)
- Ceiling Tiles
I’m sure I’ll be doing more in here, including organizing the double closet which I haven’t shown you yet. I’ve already started on it but have more to do. I’ll share updates as I finish various projects, so be sure to join our newsletter.
Here are 2 room makeovers that I completed last year:
Modern Farmhouse Guest Bedroom Makeover
Go HERE to see the details.
$100 Laundry Room Makeover
For the details of this room go HERE.
Tutorials for previous projects in this room:
Now it’s time to see everyone else’s $100 room makeover projects. Scroll down a little further and get lots of ideas on how to makeover your space with a small budget.
Thanks for dropping by!