The changes that I felt would make a huge difference -- without breaking the bank -- were the following:
1. Stain Desk Darker
2. Replace Old Lamp Shade
3. Add a rug to break up the area
4. Desk Chair- Either find a new one or re-upholster my old chair
4. Figure out something to update the boring wall.
I set a budget of $100.00 and went to work!
Here is the Before Picture of the Office (use your imagination on table LOL)
My 1st Stop: IKEA. During one of my previous visits there I saw a rug that caught my eye. I thought it would be perfect for the office. I also like their variety of lamp shades. I felt this lamp shade's (shown below) pattern tied in nicely with the pattern of the rug, so I added it to my cart. After finding my first two items in a dash, I quickly searched for a chair but thought to myself, "for these prices, there isn't a chair worth buying here." Moving along, I proceeded to scour through their fabric and curtain section for material to re-upholster my chair. Again, nothing really caught my eye.
Damage: Rug $19.99 + Lamp Shade $14.99 =Total w/tax $37.52
My 2nd Stop: Target. My goal here was to look at their chairs and curtains to find some fabric. Again, the chairs were OK but nothing worth blowing my budget on. I headed over to their curtain section (looking for material) and was starting to feel a little discouraged -- nothing there was what I had envisioned in my mind. After walking over to the shower curtain section, it all turned around! I found material that I loved. The color, size, pattern, and weight of the material would be perfect for re-upholstering 'my old chair'. As I was headed toward the check out I happened to walk through the isle where they have pictures and wall decals. I thought a wall decal would be perfect-- no holes, no painting and when I am bored with it...it comes off easily! So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and went with a Chandelier decal with rhinestones!
Damage: 1 Chandelier Wall Decal $12.99 + 1 Shower Curtain $19.99 = Total w/tax $33.60
My 3rd Stop: Lowes. Here I purchased a Staple Gun, Staples, Stain and a Paint Brush for staining.
Damage: Staple Gun $9.97 + Staple $2.98 + Kona Stain $7.97 + Paint Brush $12.98 = Total w/tax $36.36
Grand Total: $107.48 I was only $7.48 over budget!
Now that I had all my supplies, I removed everything from my area and did a quick cleaning.
While everything was out of the way, I felt it was the best time for the wall decal to go up.
Stop back later today (11am to be exact) to see my DIY Desk Stain and Chair Re-upholstered along with the finished product!
With Love From the East Coast,