To follow up to the first reveal post of Jennifer's office redo, we wanted to share the breakdown of where we found the items, how we re-purposed them, and how we worked with a $100 budget (ok we went over it a bit...with extra money from Jennifer's husband). To refresh your memory, the office went from this:
So hold onto your seats ladies and gents...its about to get ca-ray-zy (dogs and cats living in sin...you name it).
We started first by scoping out items at various places. Our first stop was The Trading Post, a great thrift/junk shop that requires serious digging but pays off with great items. Occasionally you also have to dodge water spewing out of a broken ceiling pipe. Yup, that totally happened while we were there but we didn't let it stop us...we were on a mission after all.
|Laura found this glass jar for $3!|
A few days later, while going for a run in Holyoke (to all you mom's out there, I was running in the Highlands- the safe part of town), I stumbled across a bunch of free sidewalk treasures- or trash to some people, considering they were out with the garbage bins. Not being shy of snagging other people's junk, I finished my run and looped back to pick up 2 uuuugly brass curtain rods, a plant stand, and 2 vintage windows- all free.
|Yup- that's a tie dyed t shirt. I don't go for glamour when I run.|
After a quick hi to Sherpa, Jennifer's dog, Laura and I started gettin' 'er done. We spread out on the front lawn and starting painting, sanding, and fielding questions from very curious neighbors.
And this is what the lawn looked like around 9 p.m. Yup- we used our headlights to give us enough light to finish painting.
About 8 hours later many of the items were totally transformed. Here's the breakdown.
Trash Barrel and Plant Stand
|Ugly brown plant stand in the midst of|
spray paint- free on roadside.
|Blue basket from Brimfield- $1.|
|The end result....priceless (Mastercard- you|
really should think about advertising here).
|$4 from Goodwill.|
|A little pewter spray paint and she looks fiiiiine.|
|Uuugly brass curtain rods- 2 free on the road side.|
Old sheets make great drop cloths by the way.
|Again...pewter spray paint and they're good to go.|
|A $3 find cleaned up and paired with some free Beech tree branches.|
Salvage Windows Turned Message Board
|Salvage windows- free on the roadside.|
|Our awesome friend Sarah who was a lifesaver and worked|
her bootay off on this. Thanks to Sherpa, we were
nearly walking on broken glass at one point (cue Annie Lenox).
|After many hours, the window became a cork message board and chalkboard.|
Pack of 4 cork tiles - $4. Chalkboard paint- free (Laura had it already).
|$5 chair from The Trading Post- the 3 inches of dirt|
and grime were free.
|White paint we had on hand transformed it into a beauty.|
|Just grazing the floor, the curtains really frame out the|
room. We scored some pewter U hooks at Target to
act as holders for the rods. The brown chair was free
(I never used it anyways) and the small wooden table
was already in the room.
|A $30 find at Ocean State Job Lot.|
|The "J' pillow was a $7 find and we snagged a yellow one for the desk chair,|
both from the Christmas Tree Shops.
|Originally a $4 place-mat from Target, Laura ripped open one seam, |
stuffed it and called it a pillow.
|Jennifer's last name begins with a "H". At $10 from Brimfield,|
this salvage metal "H" was a perfect addition to the room.
|I bought this wooden tool holder at Brimfield for $1 right before I left, not|
knowing what I would do with it. Luckily, Laura had a flash of
brilliance around 1:30 a.m. and did this.
|The closet chaos needed to be contained so we cut a curtain (say that 5 times|
fast) out of a tablecloth and used a tension rod to hold it up. The tablecloth
was $7 at the Christmas Tree Shops and the tension rod was $3.50 at Ocean State.
Gun Cleaning Kit turned Desk Organizer
(yes you read that right)
|Scored this hideous gun cleaning kit for $5 at Brimfield right before I got to|
the car. Oh just you wait and see...
|After some creative thinking, spraypaint and sanding, this baby became|
quite the star of the office.
|It holds all the necessary desk items in one central place.|
|It even has a drawer to boot!|
|And a pull out tray, complete with a bill sorter. Oh my, I'm getting weak in the|
knees just looking at it...
Desk and Accessories
|Jennifer and Andrew built this desk out of an old door and made these saw|
horses out of scrap wood. Lucky for us all the work was done.
|The lamp was a $13 find at the Christmas Tree Shops, along|
with the green glass jar for about $2.50. The magazine rack
was free from my parents house and got a coat of white paint.
|More green and yellow glass jars tie in the overall color|
scheme of the room. We found them at the Christmas
Tree Shops for about $2.50 each.
Total Cost = $130.20
(including odds and ends and an extra $20 kicked in from Andrew...what a good husband!)
Will your office be next???.....Be careful who you let house-sit!
(cue end credit music)
|Check out those finds baby!|
|Look really closely and you'll see that Laura cut the paper so that Jennifer|
would be greeted by a naked cherub each time she opens
the drawer....how thoughtful!
|And this was right about when Laura's car battery went kaput.|
|Just screwing around...|