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Affordable Family Room Makeover

When I first started planning for the One Room Challenge this time around I knew that cost would be the biggest factor. I wanted to share an affordable family room makeover that would show others it’s possible to make a room look different and beautiful without breaking the bank.

Don’t miss the complete financial break down at the end of the post.

The goal has always been to create a home that our family will love not a room that the internet will love. My goal as a blogger though is to make sure I share home decor ideas, tips, and tutorials that will give you the courage to be the decorator I know is in all of us.

Make your home the place you love to be. I personally gravitate towards cozy, rustic, and casual decor. I like new things that look old and worn. That’s why I made my own shelves instead of finding old barn wood.

So many different projects went into making this affordable family room makeover. That is such an important thing to remember, in order to save money you must be willing to do some work. Creativity will pay off.

Affordable Family Room Makeover Under $1000

If this is your first time visiting the blog see the entire process of this room makeover week by week.

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5

I know you’re here to see the family room makeover so let’s get to it. I’d like to say, I do all of my own photography and this room is so hard. It is on the back of the house with the foyer light shining on one side. It cast hard shadows. I worked hard for these photos but man I sure wish I had a professional here for this room.

BEFORE:

One Room Challenge Family Room Before

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover After

ANOTHER BEFORE:

To be clear, the DIY Fireplace makeover was completed last year. It looked like this when we bought our house. The second photo is of the fireplace before we painted it for this makeover.

Family Room Mantel White

DIY Fireplace makeover and mantel.

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

As you can see I decided to paint the mantel. I am so glad I went with a lighter color than I shared in the inspiration photos but I love it!

MORE MANTEL DETAILS:

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

 

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

I get so many questions about the rug. It is linked at the bottom but I found lots of other options that you can look through that would give a similar look but one many be better for your space and style. Click on the rug to see up close options as well as sizes. Click the arrow to see all 12 I found.

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

These wood shelves are a great addition to our family room. I tend to prefer keeping most things to a minimum but I really needed some shelves for a few special things.

For the record, I couldn’t complete these shelves alone. Ray came to the rescue and helped me. All the details for the Rustic Wood Shelves are in this post. He was a genius at getting them level.

Plus, it was the perfect little spot for Ranger.

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover including custom DIY wood shelves

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover

In order to share all of the details about the DIY projects I will be sharing each of those post separately over the next couple of weeks. I will come back to this post to add the links to those projects in the area below. (This post contains affiliate links)

One Room Challenge Family Room:

I sold some home decor items on Facebook and made $150

TOTAL COST  with new rug $996.55 

TOTAL COST without a new rug $357.55

I would like to thank NuLoom for sponsoring my room with a new rug.

Also, thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting this challenge. It gets my butt into gear every time.

I’m so tired from finishing up the room and the election. If I missed anything important just let me know.

One Room Challenge Affordable Family Room Makeover Under $1000

 

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45 Comments

  1. Ray Barker says:

    I love it!

    1. Johanna Wise says:

      What stone did you use for the fireplace?

  2. Sonya, it looks great! The fabrics that you chose are gorgeous! I love the ottoman, curtains, pillows and that you did so much of the work yourself! I love how you shared the cost too! I should do that with mine. I did a lot of mine myself also, but materials and supplies do add up quickly don’t they? Anyway…You’re living room looks comfy and cozy, I love it! Way to go!

    1. Thanks so much Karrie. Yes, doing work yourself helps save money. ~Sonya

  3. Such a comfortable and cosy living room! Love the choice of curtains and the shelving looks so good! Enjoy your newly updated living room; it came out really nice!

  4. You did an amazing job on a budget! The new curtians really make sofa pop, and makes it look brand new! Also, I love the antlers on the fireplace…I have a pair of deer antlers I picked up at a vintage store I was going to use on my fireplace, but my husband thought it was weird and that people would always ask if we shot it- and he’s probably right since we live in Wisconsin. Ha! Anyway, great job!

    1. I love my sofa and it is 16 years old! Thanks for your kind words. My daughters boyfriend gave me the antlers. We didn’t shoot ours either, lol.

  5. Your room turned out beautiful! Great job showing that it can be done affordably!

  6. Julie Cyriacks says:

    So refreshing! Love that rug! Great job!

    1. Thank you! The rug made a nice change with the color palette.

  7. Sonya! This is just beautiful! What an amazing reveal!! I am seriously swooning over your shelves and I’ve always wanted one of those rolling laundry carts. You should be so proud of your efforts and budget friendly results! Brava!!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you! You’re really not going to believe it but that laundry basket was $5 at a church yard sale.

  8. Hi Sonya! What a gorgeous space! Love love love the black and white ottoman!! This makes me want to makeover my living room. 🙂

    1. Funny because I am working in my master bedroom today clean and scheming, LOL!

  9. What a difference!! The architectural details you added to the mantel are amazing!!! Well done, lady!! xx

    1. Sometimes it’s the simple things that can really change a room. Thanks!

    1. I’m so glad I didn’t leave it white like I was trying to persuade myself to do, lol.

  10. Sonya! So warm and cozy and lovely – and your fireplace is a show stopper!! Gorgeous job!

  11. Joan Miller says:

    This room is TERRIFIC! Great job!

  12. So, that fireplace transformation is AMAZING. I can’t believe you completed that and the rest of the room for less than $1k. Job well done!

    1. Thanks so much. Just wanted to be clear, for this part of the room makeover I only painted the fireplace. The DIY Fireplace with stone was completed this time last year.

  13. I love your space, Sonya! Really love the fireplace transformation! Also love the pretty use of blacks, whites, and grays around the beautiful leather sofa and rug. Your artwork is beautiful and so is that lamp!

  14. Sonya, your new family room is beautiful! I love that you were creative and did so much of the work yourself. The best makeovers, in my opinion, are done when budget forces you to think outside the box and use your imagination! I love that you shared your entire budget and that you subtract your facebook sales! Those shelves are stunning and I love your new coffee table! Great job!!!

    1. Girl, those facebook sales are what make my husband happy, LOL! Thanks for your sweet compliments. I really appreciate it. LOVED your entry/hall makeover, it is beautiful. ~Sonya

  15. Great transformation! I love the fireplace’s new color; the entire room looks wonderful. All 3 of our ORC have been budget, but this last one was practically non-existent, so I was happy that it turned out to be our easiest change ever. Lol
    Thank you for doing a real room, on a real budget – you did a great job!

    1. You are the sweetest Holly, thank you! I have always appreciated seeing real cost when I am decorating so I thought it would be great to share with my readers to. ~Sonya

  16. Sherri S. says:

    So lovely. I just love your coffee table!!

    Thanks for sharing…
    Sherri

  17. Sonya your room makeover came out so great! I love the new fireplace color and your rug is gorgeous! The coffee table, new curtains, and awesome shelves look amazing too!

    1. Thank you Lisa…The fireplace is my favorite, ok the rug is too 🙂

  18. This came together just beautifully! I think my favorite part might be the little spot for your pup. I too made over our family room- it was a hodge podge! It was the elbow grease that got me a room I love- not a big budget. I’m always inspired to see how others creatively get a look they love without spending a ton! I love the paint color you chose for you mantel. Well done!! xo

    1. Thanks so much Ashlea! I can’t wait to check out your space. ~Sonya

  19. Looks wonderful! Love the color you ended up choosing for the mantle – makes the stone pop and the contrast is great with the wall color.

  20. Marlene Stephenson says:

    You have a beautiful home and you and your husband make such a good couple for making it amazing. Love your family room makeover.

  21. Your room came out beautiful. Love the colors and your budget was small but you did awesome things with it. Congratulations!

  22. Your fireplace makeover is amazing! And I love that you kept your sofa & spruced it up with great curtains behind & pillows – but I think the gray chair & ottoman would have to become my “mommy spot”. 😉
    I also love the basket holding your pillows & blankie. It reminds me of the old fashioned laundry carts.

  23. Beautiful! What color did you paint the walls?

    1. The walls are Gracious Greige from the Sherwin Williams HGTV collection.

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