Thursday, November 12, 2009

Redecorating on a Zero Budget

Have you ever watched that show on HGTV where they redo a room without spending any money? They just move things around from different rooms to create a new look. The results are usually quite impressive. I have been using this method here at home lately because I really do not want to spend a lot of money. The time to REALLY redecorate will come...but for now it is all about using what I have. So here are my two largest projects...
First, is what I like to call the Morning Room. It is the space right off the Kitchen. I had all the toys for the kids in there for the past year-and-a-half and I was tired of looking at it. We also have been needing another place to sit. The living room does not have a lot of seating and is consumed with a big TV. So this area is now a quiet place for people to relax while I am cooking, read a book, or (as I am doing now) working on my laptop.

I was starting to move to patio furniture into the garage for the winter when I thought...hmmm. lets just see what it would look like in the Morning Room. Sure enough, it gave a sunroom type feel and I think it is very cozy and welcoming. I still plan on painting the room, adding new curtains, etc. But for not spending a dime I thought it turned out well.

The next project was the dining room. I really disliked the orangy oak color of the table we had. It gave the table a dated country feel. I have really appreciated this table (My Aunt and Uncle gave it to us a few years ago). However, I wanted a updated feel. So we refinished the top in a Chestnut color and painted the base and chairs black. Here is a look at the table while my mom and I worked on it this past weekend.

Here is the finished project in the dining room. I also added my Grandma's Corner cabinets that were in the garage. They had ugly brass hardware, so we changed them out to a brushed bronze. For the Hardware, paint, stain, and supplies I spent $63.00.

Murphy's Dog Dishes slide right under the corner cabinet when company is over too :)

1 comment:

  1. When I first was looking at your top "sunroom" picture before I was reading the text I couldn't figure out what room that was! It looks sooo different. What a great idea. Very cheerful. The dining room table and chairs look amazing!!