Okay, so the photos didn’t turnout as well as I had hoped, but here they are. This room was done for only $336!!! I used things I already had, shopped Craigslist and made a trip to IKEA. There are a few finishing touches I need to add, such as a rug and some candles.
Here is where the room started. Typical room. White walls and blue plush carpet.
Because this room was done on a tight budget, I scoured the garage for paint. I found a partial gallon of a soft green from my last house. Luckily it was still good and even luckier I had just enough to get the room done. The carpet was probably about 15 years old,so it had to go. I have always wanted white floors in my studio and I found some at a great price at IKEA. I will itemize my purchases later.
I already had the drafting table, and I knew I wanted to place it under the window, flanked with bookcases. I made a shopping list for IKEA (because it is a 3 hour drive each way, you have to go with a plan!!). I wanted white bookcases. While on IKEA’s website I found the perfect ones for about $70 each. I decided to click over to Craigslist…..just in case. The very newest post in furniture were the exact bookcases I wanted for only $15 each!!! They were black instead of white, but they were only a year old and in perfect condition. I removed the backs to let the paint color show through.
The next thing on my list were magazine file boxes. I wanted these in white as well. Guess what?? Sold out! So again I had to settle on black. But that’s ok. Each bookcase has 4 of these boxes. I also have some pink ones that I had bought on a past trip. I did buy a few other accessories. I found some black and white metal tins, and pillows with a similar pattern. Then I found a cute pink blanket. It was only $4,so might as well!!n I also purchased the black and white striped boxes to hold computer cd’s. The little black “table” in front of the loveseat, used to be a TV stand in my son’s room. Great example of repurposing furniture!! The candlesticks on top were purchased at yard sales if I remember correctly. And the black candlesticks placed on my drafting table were “stolen” from my sister at our Christmas Party.We do a white elephant exchange.
Here is a breakdown of my budget:
Light Fixture Free
Candle Holders Free
Window Treatments 80.00
Magazine Files 16.00
Pink Blanket 4.00