Room redesign for under $100

What do you all like to do when you visit your relatives?  Go shopping? Go to museums, or the zoo? Go to the beach?  Well, I like to redesign rooms for my family.  When I visited my sister and her family in Texas for two and a half weeks, we transformed four rooms in her house!  How’s that for a productive trip?

I took ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of their guest room to show you just how easy and inexpensive it can be to make dramatic changes in a room.

This room is the guest room, and although it was quiet and peaceful, my sister felt that it was a bit boring and lacking in color.  The room has a fantastic window, the largest I have ever seen in a bedroom, and it is the focal point of the room. The walls were painted a neutral beige, and there are matching nightstands and lamps on either side of the bed.

There is a nice small desk on the right wall, with a folding chair to sit on.

We chose to paint that window wall a deep olive green to play up the window even more, and to accentuate some of the great art that my sister already had. Green is a favored color and is present throughout the house in various shades via pillows, sofas, kitchen, bathroom and laundry room walls, etc. so it flows will with the rest of the home.  Although I usually recommend choosing fabrics before paint color, we lucked out when we found a new black and white duvet with a bit of green that picked up the wall color perfectly (remember, you really don’t want a ‘match,’ you just want it to go together) .

A white and green throw pillow, a full length mirror, a new desk chair, and a few buttons were the only other purchases for the room.  I ‘shopped’ in closets and other places around the house for accessories to personalize the room and make it even more comfortable and relaxing for their guests.  A silver bed frame will be moved in from another room eventually, to help keep the pillows from scooting off toward the window.  I can personally vouch that the room is already an even cozier spot for guests to rest and relax comfortably.

Here is a breakdown of what we spent on the guestroom:

Paint $9.97 (no-VOC Olympic paint from Lowes)
Duvet $39.99 (from Home Goods)
Pillow $14.99 (from Home Goods)
Chair $19.99 (from IKEA)
Buttons $3.98 (from Hobby Lobby)
Mirror $5.00 (from Target)

Total $93.92

There are some things that really make a difference when redesigning a room on a budget:

  1. Use no-VOC paint.  You will love not having to live with the smell of paint for the next few weeks, and you won’t have to worry about your kids breathing in the toxins.
  2. Think about some of the things that make a room more comfortable to you, and add them to the room.  The mirror, towel hooks, desk chair, note pad and books or magazines are all items that we thought would make the room more homey and relaxing.
  3. Reuse objects from around the house to give them a fresh perspective and save you some money!  You might be surprised at how nice that vase in the back of your closet looks when you dust it off and pair it with a stack of books.  We found the chair cushion in a hall closet and sewed bright red buttons on it to give it a polished look.
  4. Pick up similar colors and tones throughout the room.  Our olive green wall looks great with paintings done by our mom and grandma, along with some prints from Target and some paintings my brother-in-law’s family brought over when they visited from Africa.
  5. Have fun, be adventurous, and work with what you already own as much as possible!

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