Today I’m really excited to share with you my Creative Room makeover! Actually, I think a better name would be my Creative Room takeover because that’s literally what happened in my house. I took over my girls’ old bedroom and created my own little retreat. I wanted a space where I could dream, imagine, create and laugh all in one place. I also wanted a space that would be conducive to seating more than one person because I have a lot of projects that are a team effort. Now, before you start to worry about where my kids are laying their precious little heads, relax. We moved their room across the hall to give them more space. See? It’s a win-win for everyone! Now back to my Creative Room. Why didn’t I do this sooner?!
Well, to be honest, I thought it would be too expensive. But you know what happens when you REALLY want something? You make it happen! And friend, that’s exactly what I did. I made it happen for less than $100. I repeat, less than $100!! So, I’d like to share with you a couple of tips on how I did it.
Tip #1: A Closed Mouth Doesn’t Get Fed
It’s so true! You would be amazed at how many retail stores throw pieces of furniture outside for trash pick-up. But if you don’t ask, you don’t know. Case in point, my desk came from a local retail store that was throwing it away because they had one too many of them. Do you want to know how much I had to pay to take it off their hands? Not one pretty little copper penny! If you frequently shop at the same location, start paying attention to some of the fixtures on which they display their products. Lots of retail spaces do floor resets when the seasons change and you never know what they need to get rid of. Introduce yourself to the manager and ask them how they recycle their old fixtures. See my glass water bottles? I was at a “fancy, smancy” restaurant a couple of years ago and the waiters used the glass bottles to pour water into our glasses. Out of curiosity, I asked if the bottles were reused and found out that they just trashed them after one use. Honey, I proudly walked out of there with six glass bottles that night. Moral of the story: it can’t hurt to ask. The worst thing they can say is no.
Tip #2: Use What You Have (Or What Someone Will Give You)
Don’t go out and spend your life savings on decorating! Old mason jars I had on hand became great tools for organizing pens and colored pencils. Don’t have any picture frames? Create frames using washi tape, super cheap! Change things up a bit and move furniture around to different rooms. The chaise lounge chair was located in a guestroom at my mom’s house and wasn’t utilized at all. Mother may I? Thanks! My point: save your money and repurpose or recycle what you have.
Tip #3: Don’t Sleep on Dollar Stores
As much as I love Pottery Barn, Pier One Imports, and even Target, my bank account doesn’t share the same affinity. But like I stated earlier, when you want something bad you make it happen. I scored a great accent table for $30 from an online yard sale. Between Family Dollar and Dollar General, I scored some more great finds. Look at the two charts for a break down of my costs.
Add up the $23, $46.50, and the $30 for the table, the total cost of the room takeover was $99.50. Less than $100!!
Are you about to start a room makeover? We’d love to hear and see what you’ve done! Tag us, @honeyflavoredlemonade, on social media using the #HFLtakeover and let us see your special space.