Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
I am so excited! Today is the day! The last few weeks have been such a good experience for me. It pushed me to learn new skills and I love the outcome. I am so grateful to the One Room Challenge team for helping all types of decorators feel like they have value in their creativity. So many are revealing their spaces today on the One Room Challenge Blog – I can’t wait for you to see them all! Are you ready for mine?
Project One – Shiplap COST $92.00 Read all about that project here
Project Two – Window Valences COST $45.00 Read all about that project here
Project Three – Custom Shutters COST $15.00 Read all about that project here
Project Four – Blinds COST $200.00 Read all about that project here
Let me remind you where I started:
This was my living room wall. I wanted to renovate it and add some character. Since I am a DIYer on a budget, everything had to be created by me. I gave myself $500 to renovate this space – and I did it! You can read about my initial ideas here on my first post with the One Room Challenge. This was my sketch of what I wanted to have happen.
Follow along to see how close I can get to my original idea!
You can read the full blog post here, but lets recap. I spent $92 on my materials from The Home Depot. I used tongue and groove pre-primed shiplap. I always paint my first coat before I install, and I loved partnering with HomeRite Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer. It was super easy to use and made my life so much better! You can order one here on Amazon for a great price point.
Install was fast and super helpful with my TackLIFE laser level and laser measuring tape. You can grab tons of TackLIFE tools for a great deal on Amazon here.
Here is my final shiplap look:
I love the wood window valances that the Shanty2Chic sisters made here. So I created my own style and love how they turned out. You can learn the whole process and how easy it is here. Total cost was $45 (grabbed clearance curtains from TJ Max and curtain rods from Walmart).
Here is my final window valance look:
I have always wanted some of these and decided on a look I wanted after scanning Pinterest for days (kidding). They were only $15 to make and add so much to the room! Find out how to make yours here. Additionally I added a family portrait that I had made previously so that is very inexpensive, you can read all about that DIY here.
Here is my final farmhouse shutters look:
I love SelectBlinds and have used them for 15 years. They are super EASY to order, EASY to install, and EASY on the pocketbook. Did I mention they were easy? Ha. Ha. Wink. Wink. I ordered FAUX WOOD, you can get them for a great price with all the sales they run here.
Here is my final blinds look:
Such a fun adventure. I learned so many new things, how to make new DIY’s and use tools I haven’t tried before. One item that I added last minute was the Wood Mantel. It was a quick addition and I love the character it adds to the room. Here is the final look:
I had some more GREAT companies that I used to finish up my decor. Niki is a great friend and makes amazing wood word signs (from Carpenterfarmhouse).
I ordered her THIS IS US sign from her Etsy shop here, the sizes start at only $15!
Next I grabbed some darling pillows handmade from Megan at DoeRaeMeDesigns. I love her taste and style! I grabbed two Staple White pillow cases that you can order here.
Finally I had an amazing time working with Danielle from The Rusted Carriage. She helped me pick out some items for my mantel and I finally got some cotton stems (I have always wanted some!). Her Etsy shop is closing for the summer so she can spend time with family, so all her deals are on sale – you will love her stuff! Grab some here.
My lanterns were from TJ Max and I made the Family Name sign many years ago.
I honestly can’t wait for the next challenge. Laundry room time!
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Where did you get the hanging lanterns?
I am so glad you stopped by! I grabbed them at TJ MAX – which I know doesn’t help at all. But I have seen some similar at Wayfair, Amazon and Overstock!
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I built it using pine wood then stained it!
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I know I need to write a blog post about it! I do share the process on my Instagram and it is saved in my highlights if you want to watch it!!
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I so appreciate you being here! It was a built in from the builder. I am so sorry that doesn’t help much! I did add the wood mantel top and have that saved in my highlights on IG. I hope this helps!
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