Eat-In Kitchen Nook Redo $300 - #30DayFlip
When it comes to projects, sometimes getting started is the hardest part. And, sometimes..it's sticking with it until the bitter end. The Challenge was organized with just these kinds of problems in mind. At the beginning of April, a group of DIYers came together to support each other as we each refreshed a room in our own home. This is where I started.
It took a day just to strip out the old, out-dated elements so the area was ready for the love coming its way.
Then, to start the flip, I stripped out, resealed, and painted the windows. OK. Not glamorous, but a repair that had to be made. After that, I added my own version of board and batten that doesn't require mitering or nails.
Simply use screen molding and lattice molding. Then glue it all into place. The molding cost about $35 for this area.
After that, draperies were sewn from ready-made panels. Eight panels were required at a total cost of $160. The rods that the panels are attached to are scrap pieces of furring strips and 4 eye hooks per rod. The entire rod assembly for the bay cost $5.00.
Remember the big unit in the before picture? Well, that was an old-time TV cabinet. It was taken apart (halved), the bottom refinished, and installed as a kitchen cabinet. The original hardware was reused so there was zero cost for this upcycle. And yes, this glorious mahogany top was present as you see it when the two pieces were separated. *Happy Dance*
New table linens and seat cushion covers were sewn to custom-fit this non-standard sized table. No fabric was purchased. I upcycled old fabric out of my remnant bag. The dishes had been collected over-time from the clearance rack at HomeGoods.
Then new flower arrangements ($20 for all new ingredients) were specificially made to blur the lines between indoors and out.
I love terrariums, but really needed some height and woody elements. So I mixed up all of these into the blooming terrarium. I know it's a stretch, but ....work with me here. *wink*
...my pet turtle seems to like it..... He smiles all of the time.
Anyway....then I abandoned traditional lights except for one can light in the ceiling. The sconces on the sides looked like this when I found them lying under other rubble in the garage.
They got the scrubbing of their lives and screwed into the wall as an accessory. I opted to save money and not have an electrician hardwire them during this project. This way the cost is zero dollars. More happy dancing. :-)
However, to help with lighting, if it's needed, portable lights were added thoughout the area. I like to call it my $10-day-to-night-light-drama.
And, when all of the receipts were added together, this little makeover clocked in at just under $300. I love it and my family is thrilled. So yes..it was worth all of the hard work and upcycling.
I hope you've enjoyed this little journey as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you. For more details....cause I am rather long-winded....about how to make anything, please, just pop over to the blog. There's lots of info and pictures to walk you through 4 different tutorials. http://thechelseaprojectblog.wordpress.com
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