We moved in, repainted it, and used it as a small living room:
I enjoyed it for a morning coffee, but it was mostly ignored.
Sooooooo I decided to transform that front room into a craft/homeschool space on the cheap.
I started looking for a shelving/storage unit that would work for storage in this room. I found this beauty on Facebook for $40
My husband was not thrilled with the purchase. He thought it was not even worth what we paid for it, but I promised him I had plans for it.
All things considered, the paint worked well, and adhered well without sanding or priming. I put on two layers of polyacrylic to protect it.
It is still not the $1,000 IKEA unit, but I’ve been able to store all of our homeschool stuff, preschool crafts and projects for the twins, educational games, and coloring and craft supplies. I already had that small yellow shelf where I am keeping our printer and some other office/craft items.
I purchased some new curtains 2nd hand on Facebook marketplace
And notice the light in the middle of the room with no glass shades? If you follow my Instagram (send me a follow request @mycornerofjoy), you may have seen that I purchased that new light fixture at the Habitat for Humanity REstore for $15. It had these shades on it, and I considered replacing them for a bit, but decided to just keep them as-is....
Until my husband accidentally dropped the old light fixture onto this new light fixture and broke all of the glass on both (Ahhh!).
After going back and forth, we decided to use a table and chairs we already have that was in our basement. It needs to be refinished, which I don’t have much time for right now, but eventually I will get to it.
We were close to donating this dining set, but I was having a hard time parting with it because that table has 3 leaves! It will be perfect for our family as it grows. Someday I may purchase some new chairs to go with it, but for now we decided to just go with it how it is in this space.
This room just goes to show: it doesn’t take much money to make a big difference! I spent only $165 total making this room function and look better, including a new light fixture. Sometimes it just takes figuring out how to make something work that isn’t ideal, or using nooks and crannies of time in your day to transform an ugly shelving unit into what you want.