The $978.34 Makeover

My final total spent was $978.34.  I love coming in under budget!  Hit play and we where we spent it!

But first a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have accompanied me on this journey, You have been inspirational to me during this process.  Let me know how you think it came out!

Let's review the Mood Board again.

This was the Mood Board we developed initially; how do you think I did.  Remember, we used the Mood Board to keep us on track with the style, mood, and colors –  not try to repeat that exact look; we used it for inspiration and kept on track.

Also, let’s look at a before picture to remember where we started.  (There are lots more before and after photos at the end of the blog)

Before and After


The Room , in pictures

It's a WRAP!

Again, I want to thank everyone for following on this journey;  I appreciate your support!

I hope this inspires you to take steps toward elevating your own space, no matter how small.  You can do it.  You’ve seen the process; now you can do it yourself.

You can design your space and come in ON BUDGET if you make a plan.  Follow it!

If you have any questions about your own spaces, let me know; I’d love to hear how you’re doing.  And if you have any topics you’d like me to dive into for future blogs, please let me know!

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14 thoughts on “One Room Challenge – FINALE”

  1. This room is soooo gorgeous!!! I love how you incorporated all the colors and love the moss in the pot.

  2. As always I am blown away by your vision and enlightened by your process and your ability to use the budget so creatively! I had a very similar bed when I was first married. If I had the guts to paint it black, I would still have it! So bold and clean and I love the fact that this bed was made in the 1890’s! I love all of the natural elements. I think the whole room is a place I’d want to see if I came to stay!

  3. It’s heartbreaking to see beautiful red oak bleached and repainted. All you had to do was strip the varnish and refinish and the gorgeous glow of the wood would have created such an intimate feel. If you wanted modern furniture, you didn’t need to destroy a piece of 100 year old craftsmanship – just sell it and buy something from Ikea instead.

    1. Thanks for your comment, David. The furniture isn’t destroyed. All the pieces are still intact, although we chose not to use them, the mirror and cabinet on the gentleman’s wardrobe, the towel rack from the washstand, and the bed frame and footboard. The set was in desperate need of restoration as finish was in terrible condition, and the drawers were falling apart, and some severe warping. So the integrity of the original items is not compromised, and the owners could have the entire set refinished and assembled to the original appearance, I made sure of this. (it had already been refinished in the 1980s, which removed the original finish) although it seems that wasn’t clear in my blog which is my error. The owners were considering sending these pieces to the dump because they had been trying to sell or even give the set away for years, but could find no takers, and I convinced them not to get rid of them. A simple strip the varnish and refinish would not work as there were water stains on the tops and the wood tones within each piece had about 4 different tones, so bleaching would have been part of a quality restoration regardless. (I have 2 quality refinishers that I use on many old pieces we restore and this is often the case to get these antiques back to a consistent color.) These pieces were actually mass-produced, not craftsman-made. The carvings were machine-made and glued on in the assembly. These were among the first furnishings to be made after the industrial revolution, which is a great historical significance of these pieces. The wood is quarter-sawn Red Tiger Oak, so it’s a quality you don’t easily find today, and I appreciate that. I’m glad to know there are people out there like you who see the value in these antiques! And I thank you for spending time to review my blog, and hope I have relieved a little of your heartache by this reply.

  4. I just popped over from AT article and needed to see more of this beautiful room…i have an antique bedroom suit and am looking for inspiration, you’ve totally inspired me. I love what was done on such a minimal budget(which is definitely a plus). Everything looks wonderful and I’m sure they love it!

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