Finding The Right Paint Color and Keeping Costs Down
Last week when I was writing about my One Room Challenge post, I felt so confident about my plan, and how easy it was going to be to execute. WRONG! The brakes came on and the project came to a screeching halt when I realized that the Martha Stewart Living paint colors that once graced the Home Depot paint aisles were no longer in their computer system. WHAT?!
I was dead set on Martha’s old “Sultana” color - a color we used in our last house and a color I LOVED! Four trips to my local Benjamin Moore retailer and 1 completely wasted (expensive) gallon of paint later I decided on Benjamin Moore’s “Timothy Straw” color. While it’s a little shocking to have a very saturated color in my mostly white home, I love the moodiness and richness of it!
During this week of the challenge I was able to get the entire room (all 25 square feet of it) painted and I began installing the shelving and board and batten. So far those projects are going smoothly and looking good! I am always surprised by how expensive simple lumber projects can be - all of the lumber I have used so far came to about $150. Not bad, but still more than I anticipated.
While I was out buying lumber, I took a peak at butcher block slabs for the desk top, and I could not believe how expensive they were for just a small piece! Way more than I budgeted for - even at Ikea! I then decided to turn to my tried and true home decor resource, Facebook Marketplace! After a few days of browsing on there, I came up with the idea of buying an inexpensive solid wood table and cutting it down to the size I need. Pretty genius if you ask me! I found the “perfect” table for $20 in the next town over. It will need a good amount of sanding and staining to get it to look how I want, but it will be well worth it for the money I am saving! It even has a little drawer opening (I will need to make a replacement drawer) that will act as a cute pencil drawer!
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