A Designer Living Room on a Budget by a Garage Sale DIY Junkie

My mom had been an interior designer as long as I could remember. I could never figure out how she just "knew" where everything went.....
Until one day I did too. The difference was that I made or re-designed most everything in my house.
Before
My couch was a 30$ craigslist find that I painted and reupholstered with a drop cloth from Home Depot, painting the back with my favorite stencil and backsplash.
After
The coffee table I made completely from scrap wood I've collected over time. The finish was done by painting the wood white, then sanding it until the wood grain started to show. Then I wiped it with a Kim's stain to make it look like old wood, then a coat of wax finished it off.
The tray sitting on top was also made with scrap wood.
The chair and table were re-designed Craigslist finds and I paid 20$ for each.
The storage cart/ bench was also a scrap wood project.
All in all, not one thing in my living room was purchased for over 30$ (Even the mirror and chairs) and if I didn't make it or redesign it, I bought it second hand from Craigslist.
You don't need to hire a designer, and you don't need to spend a fortune. Just believe in yourself and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do these projects. You can!
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  • Vc Blackwell Vc Blackwell on Mar 23, 2016
    1st, you my not be a "professional", but you are a Genius! If you found directions on "how to upholster", could you advise where you got the info>? Thx.

  • Patti Britt Patti Britt on Mar 24, 2016
    The French signage is fantastic. Were these stencils/ If so, where did you find them. BTW, I love everything that you did is this wonderful room.

  • Debra Debra on Oct 14, 2017
    is oh my goodness! Looks amazing! My eyes darted from one thing to another-absolutely love it all!! Do you have a blog or anything we can follow? Do you have other ideas/projects posted here or are you on pinterest? Love all you did here-terrific-thanks for sharing! You got some great buys, savvy shopper! I am drooling-this is the best makeover I have seen!

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