Okay, so it really wasn't THIS BAD, but close. I snapped this pic after I started moving all the furniture out of the way. This room has been the "catch-all" for our unwanted furniture, kid's toys that are never played with and after moving the sofas, lots of dirty socks and candy wrappers (yuck!)
I had NO budget for this re-do (which is ALWAYS a fun challenge!) so I shopped my house! I'm always amazed at what I find hidden away in closets and boxes.
Here are the results!
I still need to figure out window treatments, but not bad for $0, eh? See that rug? That was a "trash day" find! I can't believe what people will throw away! After a dousing of Febreze and a good vacuuming, it's as good as new!
I had these prints from our old house, when I was in my "green & red" phase.
The gray blanket under the TV is temporary until I can find a cool runner. Our old TV stand was scratched up and the drawers were broken, so this is another trash day find! It weighs a ton (looked to be from the '70's!) and had a "dungeon-like" door in the middle which I quickly removed.
I consulted with my most favorite blogger Lindsay at Living With Lindsay on how to rehab this piece, since the veneer was all bubbly. She suggested sanding down through the veneer (which, by the way, took about an hour and some "choice" words!) and then priming the heck out of it (I did 3 coats of primer!) I spray painted it Rustoleum Colonial Red and then used a dark walnut stain with poly built in to "antique" it.
A big thank you to Lindsay for the advice. It worked like a charm!
I moved the bookshelves that flanked the old TV unit. This wall has a small inset, so the shelves ALMOST look like built-ins. The yellow chenille wingback chair was a Craig's list find for $25. The door you see in the picture goes into the attic. I like the fact that it's blocked off now (visions of my son playing in the insulation!)
These are the Kassett storage boxes from Ikea. I love them! They are cheap and more durable than photo boxes. I printed labels to organize all the boys stuff. Let's hope it stays that way!
This was another Garden Ridge find. They look like lotto balls but they are ceramic. I got them for $5 for a pack of 18. Again, they were sitting in my garage waiting for a home!