I completed the bedroom makeover for under $100 for the $100 Room Challenge.
The $100 Room Challenge is a bi-yearly challenge that is created by Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry. A group of bloggers have to completely transform a room but must not spend more than $100. This small budget demands creativity, DIY projects, and bargain shopping. When you think that one can of paint can cost almost half your budget, you have to really brainstorm to make this budget work. I spent $75! This is my kind of challenge and it is the fourth time that I have participated.
I chose to makeover my son’s bedroom. The only items that are staying are the thrifted chest and side table.
He will be going off to college next year and I thought it is past time for a new room.
Three walls of the room were painted White Dove with leftover paint from the living room. I was lucky in that I had barely enough paint. If I do not have enough paint, I can always purchase more and not go over budget. I know I want to paint the wall behind the bed a dark moody color.
Lowes usually has paint that has been returned to the store and the price is greatly reduced. It is usually priced at $9 but I found a can of paint in the color New Black for $5. Painting the wall black makes me nervous but I know that I love the rooms that have a black wall behind the bed. I had to talk myself into going for it and I am so glad I did. I had to tell myself that if we didn’t like it, I can paint over it easily.
The Plan for the Room
The first thing that I do is create an inspiration board. I screenshot and pin pictures of what I want the room to look like and save them for my inspiration board. Next, I choose items that I want for the room. This makes it so much easier to go into thrift stores and find items that are similar. The items may need to be painted or changed in some way.
My plan is to go to a few thrift stores and look for a metal bed that I could repaint.
I could not believe that someone had donated a Savannah headboard that appears to be new. It is not metal but it is beautiful and it is priced $30!
For the end of the bed, I wanted a throw blanket that I had seen all over Instagram. It was way out of the budget so I knew I had to DIY the blanket. I have a step-by-step tutorial for the DIY Throw Blanket with Chunky Tassels. The blanket is made with thrifted scrap material that I had. The stripes are ribbon that I attached with fabric glue. I made the chunky tassels with yarn. The blanket cost me a couple of dollars to make. I also found a new white Buffy Cool Comforter at the thrift store for $9 and it retails for $160. The Buffy comforter is under the throw blanket with tassels.
The bedroom needed a wood bench for the end of the bed. I made the bench from scrap wood from our recent deck repair. I also have a tutorial so you can make a DIY Wood End of the Bed Bench. This project was so easy!
I restuffed two velvet thrift store pillows with down inserts that I already had. The striped pillow is a pillow that I recovered with fabric scraps that I had. The horse art was purchased at Hobby Lobby 90 percent off because it is damaged. Price $4.99. My husband was given the cow skull free and I have seen these cow skulls at HomeGoods for $100.
The two pieces of art are painted by myself. This art is so easy to do.
Wall planter was found at the thrift store for $3 and I think that it is perfect for the room. Hanging triangle piece was purchased at Hobby Lobby 90 percent off for $4. The stool is one of my favorite things in the room.
I love the wooden stools from West Elm, All Modern, and Serena & Lily. These stools can cost over $50. After brainstorming, I decided I could make one from an old bar stool. I walk into the thrift store and there she was for $3.99.
The stool looks perfect after sanding, staining, and cutting down the legs.
I found the curtains months ago at the thrift store for $5 for 4 panels. They looked brand new and they are lined. The curtains are also 9 feet long and I never see curtains this length at the thrift store so I purchased them not knowing where I would use them at the time. Turns out, they are perfect for this room.
The difference in the before and after of this bedroom makeover for under $100 is amazing. The best part is that my son loves it. I am very thankful for the $100 Room Challenge because it keeps me on budget and I do not put my family in debt from overspending.
Total Price for the room $75
Paint $5 (Lowes)
Bed $30 (Thrift Store)
White Comforter $9 (Thrift Store)
DIY Throw Blanket with Tassels $5 (ribbon from Michaels and thrifted yarn)
Velvet Pillows $5 (Thrift Store)
Horse Art $5 (Hobby Lobby)
Curtains $5 (Thrift Store)
Lamp $4 (Thrift Store)
Stool $4 (Thrift Store)
Wall Planter $3 (Thrift Store)
My other $100 Room Makeovers
Elizabeth Jones | Jonesville says
Paint makes such a difference! It looks amazing, I know it’ll be enjoyed for a long time! Great job.
Terrie Tipler says
Your son will not want to leave for College. The room looks amazing. I love the bold black wall. Very well done!
Rebecca | R&R at home says
Ok- that headboard was an AMAZING find!! This whole space turned out BEAUTIFUL!! I absolutely love it!!!
So good!! I love the transformation and for $100!! Great job!
Cindy Richter says
I’ve always wanted to paint our entry wall black and now you’ve given me the gumption to do so. I love this room. It’s perfectly styled and so on-trend! I think your son will be coming home more often from school just to stay in it. Which in my mind, is fantabulous. Whatever it takes! 🙂
Wow, I am so amazed! It looks wonderful. You had some incredible thrift store finds! I love the crafts and DIYs you did at almost no cost. Cutting down the stool is an awesome idea, I want to do that for a plant stand for our home.
Lauren | Mom Home Guide says
Your room looks amazing!! I am so impressed with your thrifty finds!
Kathy A says
What a lovely room for a young man! You did an awesome job!
The room looks classy and grown up so you’ve definitely hit the goal on that one. And that headboard is a fantastic find!
Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry says
You are seriously amazing when it comes to these challenges!!! I love your DIYs that you make for (less than) half the price of buying new. The black wall looks amazing! (Aren’t you so glad you went with it?) Absolutely stunning… as always! I am so so happy you decided to join in the challenge again!
Meredith at The Palette Muse says
It looks amazing! I love the black wall and all the decorative touches you added! It looks so modern and masculine, your son may never want to leave. Great job on the budget too!
Morgan Murray says
What a remarkable transformation! I’m sure your son thinks you are just about the coolest mom around! I love the dark accent wall and the beautiful headboard you were able to find! It looks amazing- GREAT job!!
Oh em gee, this is amazing. Every time you reveal one of these challenges, it’s better than the one before…and the one before is always a jawdropper. You have such a way with clever decor that’s fresh and fun. Big, big Kudos. ~~ Susie from Chelsea Project
Love the black wall. You are a very clever shopper. I’m taking notes. Your son must be so proud of his new room and the love that went into it!
You must have all the best thrift stores in your area and there are none in mine. Good for you, you really transformed the room and made it beautiful on a peanut budget.
Lindsey at HilltownHouse says
That bench at the end of the bed is one of my favorite things ever! The perfect rustic touch and super function – win win!
Michelle Leslie says
WOW!!!!! Gobsmacked with what you did to the room Sherry. OMW, what an incredible change and all for way under $100. So lovely
Maria Brittis says
I love the southwest theme. the black wall is gorgeous.
Lynn Spencer says
You ALWAYS blow me away with your projects and thrift store finds. I love that end of the bed bench! It really is perfect. Can’t wait to see your next projects.
This looks so much more modern. I need an accent wall, it really changed the look.