Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Living Room Details

If you recall my summer-long project of updating my living room, I mentioned that I wasn't going to use any "new" money.  (We can have a whole separate conversation regarding "new money" and "old money" here in the fancy neighborhood, but that's for another day.)

By "new" money, I mean that if I needed to buy something, I needed to sell something and couldn't spend more than I made.  Fortunately, I have the booth spaces that generate some cash flow, and I sold a couple of bigger items in June.  Since I didn't need to purchase much, it worked out well. 

Budget: $462.50 from the booths

Expenditures:  $120 on paint -- 3 gallons of wall paint, two of floor (one was
                                               oops and I already had trim paint from the

$70 for the coffee table, which was a pretty ugly 1970s pecan piece, until I gussied it up.

The typewriter, you may recall, has an interesting pedigree.  I just had to buy the little typewriter pillow at the Pottery Barn Outlet--$11.

The liquor cabinet cost me nothing--just used a little of the floor paint on it!

And the new window treatments had been stored in the garden house.

(Find out what I did with this $6 Craftsman toolbox in a subsequent post.)

Total: $207.

What???!!!??? I have money left over?

(Natch, I took this opportunity to run to see Nekkid Dave, who carries an awesome line of fun home stuff, and this is what I found)--

A very cool hanging sign for the hallway over the chalkboard (I mounted this a little bit more scientifically than I did the chalkboard, just FYI),
A zinc cutout sign, which I didn't realize would be too hard to read against the wall color until I actually hung it.  It will be moving into the loft room when I get some heat and air in there.  It says, "Enjoy yourself.  It's later than you think."

And anyone who's had a senior coffee moment will surely agree.

Total for the living room makeover?  $295.  Having it done?  You know.


suzyq said...

Wow!!! Amazing finds - can't believe you have money left over - and I definitely have to make a sign
with that " senior moment " sentiment!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Well I'd say you did a great job of sticking to your guns on the not spending any new money! I adore both of those signs! Great finds indeed!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

next time i redecorate your helping me stick to a budget! great job. For your cutout sign have you considered ( for now until you move it) to layer it over a darker piece of wood so the letters will really pop?

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Love the budget ... and the results ... and love that sign! I'm digging that saying ...



Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love that raven sign!!!! SO fun!

Bliss said...

That was a lot of math for my bird brain, but the raven is awesome.


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Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Way to pinch a penny and still end up with an awesome room!
xo Heidi

Kim said...

Holding my breath for the Craftsman toolbox update. Why? ...because my husband leaves his tools laying around instead of keeping them in his toolbox. Since he obviously doesn't need his, you might inspire me to steal it from him and put it to better use.

thistlewoodfarm said...

I wish I had a Pottery Barn outlet near me! The room looks great!

Have a great day rock star!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Sorry chickie, but until I see a full room shot I won't believe it is done... just sayin. Love the typewriter pillow.

collarcitybrownstone said...

I love the typewriter. You have me thinking now that I should buy one. I just love the look of the really old ones. I would never use it so it would be for decorative purposes only.

It is great that you stuck to your budget with money left over. Okay, when are we going to get a full room camera shot?

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