Home gyms are where its at these days. See how I transformed my home gym for $50 and now am motivated to get off the couch and start moving!
$50 Exercise Room Makeover
I actually like to workout. I have been doing home workouts for the past 8 or so years. I use to have a gym membership for years before that but found every time I went to the gym, I didn't know how to use half the equipment and the ones I did know how were usually taken and you had to wait your turn to get sit in someone else's sweat...eew!
I had my weights and equipment in my bedroom and for the past two years have really worn out my carpet in a couple of areas. We decided to make a switch out and utilize the guest room that never serviced guests and to make it into a room we would actually use.
To start, I love to bargain shop. There are a couple of stores near me that I hit frequently because they sell discounted items from Costco and Target that didn't sell in stores. As I was at one of these stores, there have been five rolls of wallpaper I had my eye on. Every time I went I would see if the price was ever marked down. Originally, they were $29.99/ roll and the new marked down price was $17.99 / roll. Still a little to high for me. Well, one day I went in and the same rolls were finally marked down to $5/ roll. To be honest, I didn't love the print but at that price I could surely use them somewhere and all five rolls still cost less than a gallon of paint.
I decided to buy it and thought my exercise room would be the perfect place for it. Again, I didn't love the print and was not my style at all but again, I hate painting and if I hung the wallpaper and hated then taking it off would only be a $25 loss.
I had just got done hanging wallpaper in my laundry room which I will share in another post so I have become an expert when it comes to peel and stick wallpaper...or so I thought! One accent wall I thought would be a piece of cake but one thing I have learned is, not all peel and stick wallpaper is created equal.
In my laundry room I used some Property Brothers Scott Living that I got at Lowes for $30/ roll. It was great. This was a brand I got from Target for $5/ Roll and I will tell you it was the quality of $5 / roll.
It was thin, the green color got all over my hands, it kept rolling up on itself and creating creases and it air bubbled like crazy!
How did I do this all for $50? Well the wallpaper like I said was only $25, the artwork I printed at home for free and put them in frames I already had lying in a box in a closet and the mirrors I got for $6 each from Walmart.
I went with a Rocky theme room! There is a background story to this theme. Growing up with three older brothers in the 80s, they had a "Rocky Club" in our basement so this is an ode to my brothers. I am motivated when I see that "You're gonna eat lightning and you're gonna crap thunder" poster! haha!
I do not miss the gym when I have this personalized room just for me. I actually love the black cat wallpaper now! I hope this inspires you to keep moving during this quarantine and you don't have to break the bank to do it.
Aimee on Apr 20, 2020
Love the new design!
Tamara McAllister on Apr 21, 2020
Sounds like the wallpaper was a challenge but it came out great!
Thea on Apr 21, 2020
Looks great, I need to do this too. If I were you I would get rid of the carpet. I couldn't figure out where the smell in my guest bedroom came from - then figured out it was the carpet beneath the husband's stationery bike.