When we moved into our house 3 years ago everyone had the pleasure of having their own personal space and room. I had not fathomed what I would do when my adult kids finally struck out on their own. Ok I’m lying! I have briefly imagined what I would do with the empty space. So my nest is (almost) empty and since I work from home I decided to convert one of my empty rooms into my personal home office/guest room.
I did it all for under $50… CHECK IT OUT.
I wanted colors that complimented my favorite color (pink) but I also wanted to have a very eclectic feel with a little San Francisco hippy vibe. I am a native Californian so it was imperative that had something that reminded me of the ocean. I selected a “Glidden” quick dry wall paint described as “Aqua Seawind” (only $15 a gallon), more than enough to cover the walls. Actually it has more of a Caribbean vibe.
I am not as cheap as I am resourceful so a recycled some items I already had around the house; like picture frames, unused candles along with other knicks and knacks to create my room’s accents. I purchased some decorative masking tape from the Dollar General store and guess how much it cost! You guessed it! $1!!!
Now the original bed in this room sat pretty low to the ground a little to low for my taste, so I wanted it to sit higher. So I crated a “crate” frame.
I wanted milk crates for storage purposes but found some Coca Cola crates that had a really cute design at the bottom. They don’t offer the storage I was looking for but it definitely served its decorative purpose. So, I got two cans of spray paint in colors that would coordinate with my accent items. 2 @ $3.67 a can. (a grand total of $7.34.)
If you are like me (all artsy and crafty) you probably have a lot of odds, ends and trinkets to enhance your space. If you don’t I always suggest checking out your local thrift stores and garage sales. I was really going for a more vintage look so finding inexpensive items was pretty easy and quite fun.
Finally, I needed to really focus on my work space. I had been previously been using a large wooden desk that was set up in the midst of my living room area. It really worked for the time
I was there but it was a bit imposing on my living room space when I had company over. This room had been minus closet doors for quite a while and I wasn’t hard pressed to replace them but what to do with that space? I know!!! Let’s turn it into my office space! AWESOME IDEA and it works perfect.
I actually have a little more space to fill so I will keep you posted with updates as they develop. I am not interior decorator although it is something I have thought about. I really was excited to share my new personal space. If you have to work from home like I do, you want your space to feel comfortable and I think I have achieved that . So enjoy and please share you ideas with me
Budget: Paint ($15,37) + Crates Free + Decorative masking tape ($1.00) + Other Knick Knacks ($7.50) + Spray Paint x 2 cans ($7.34) = $31.20
My goal was $50 so I still have a few more pennies I can spend.