Since I spend a good deal of my life in an office setting, I like it to look pretty. No boring grey cubicle for this working mom! I recently started a new job and have been sprucing up my new office space with a new lamp, some plants, family photos and some pretty free printables from Pinterest.
Since 2016 is just around the corner, I thought it’d be nice to share some of my favorite printable calendars – I usually keep two or three different calendars concurrently – one for work (outside the home) one for freelance, and one for budget/household information.
Once my living room redo was finished I turned my attention to my sitting room, which is located on the northwest end of my Farmhouse on Boxshop. The sitting room was originally going to be my home office, but after a year of living in the house I realized the space functioned much better as a sitting room. Everyone naturally congregates there in the winter, because of the woodstove.
I’d held off doing any work in the room because I couldn’t decide on the color. Warm or cool? Finally I opted for a calming duck-egg blue (that changes color, depending on the lighting). Along with new paint I made my rather neglected window seat a focal point by adding a custom cushion (which I made myself) and new throw pillows. I opted for a color palette of deep browns, gold, beige and pops of coral red, which all contrast beautifully with the smoky blue color of the walls.
Once all the walls and window seat were finished, I added the fun details:
I upcycled my favorite armchair with a Surefit slip coverI bought at Target and added a gorgeous twin-sized velour blanket for a luxurious throw.
I repurposed an old TV stand into a desk for office supplies. I added a new reading lamp and picture frames for additional details.
I added an additional coat rack by the door.
Using some of the leftover fabric from the window seat, I recovered the cushion of this wrought iron chair I picked up for next-to-nothing many years ago.
The result is a wonderful family friendly gathering place that is beautiful, while also highly functional.
Cost of my Sitting Room Redo:
Paint (wall and trim and supplies) $41
Throw pillows $65
Picture Frames (4) $56
Throw Blanket $16
Window seat cushion $25
Coat hooks $7
Total Cost: $336
Bop, our 16 year old cat, loves the sitting room more than anyone.
As part of my living room redo, I wanted a larger TV stand. I’d seen the dresser-converted-to-entertainment-center all over Pinterest and decided that’s what I wanted. So, when a friend of a friend was cleaning out their garage, I scored this dated laminate dresser that would make the perfect TV stand.
The outdated dresser has been sitting in my garage for two years, waiting to be upcycled into something better. Originally, I was going to turn my dresser into an open entertainment center, like theses popular Pins, (my favorite is from At the Parks)
However, once I had removed all the hardware and other dodads from my dresser, I decided to leave it as is, adding just a fresh coat of paint. This is saved me from having to borrow a saw from The Better Half and it saved on measuring, cutting, and other likely mistakes. I also wouldn’t have to buy anything besides new hardware – those wicker baskets can get expensive!
Painting was easy-peasy.
I primed the dresser with a latex wall primer, leftover from my living room redo.
I then gave everything two coats of semi-gloss white latex paint, also a left over.
I Let it sit and dry for a few hours.
I then Sprayed Modge-Podge clear sealant, which I pilfered from my daughter’s art supplies.
I let the dresser sit on my porch for a few days to ‘cure’. If you don’t want to wait a few days, 24 hours will probably suffice. I just didn’t get around to moving inside until the following weekend.
I added the new hardware, bought from Wal-Mart.
I actually like the look of my upcycled dresser better. Our DVDs and video games fit perfectly. I also stuck our VCR (used to watch The Shining at Christmas) in one of the drawers, rather than having it sit out all year long. Bonus, having everything tucked away into drawers instantly decluttered our living room.
Since I already had white primer and spray sealant, this DIY project was definitely budget-friendly.
Upcycled Dresser Cost Breakdown
Original dresser – free
Primer – free
Paint – $14
Sealant – Free
New hardware – $20
Total Cost: $32
Because I used a latex based primer and paint, instead of oil-based, the dresser is more prone to scratches and scuffs. That’s fine with me. All it takes are a couple of dabs of white paint to touch it up if needed. I wasn’t trying to create an heirloom piece of furniture. I wanted a TV stand that was functional AND attractive, and within my shoestring budget. It’s Far From Perfect, but perfect for me!
Do you ever upcycle furniture into something new?
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