One Room Challenge Family Room Week 5

This weeks update is going to be pretty much like all of the rest, a little of this and a little of that. I have been really pleased with how things have went this time around and I have not felt any stress at all. Then I realized at 5:00 today (Wednesday) I need to write my One Room Challenge Family Room Week 5 post so it can go live by midnight tonight! Say what?!

Thank goodness I had a reserve of my yummy taco soup in the freezer. Now I can write this post and still feed my family! Perfect meal for blogging while hubby and I watch the world series.

If this is your fist time visiting us here at the Barker house, WELCOME! Be sure to catch up on all of the progress of our family room makeover for this go round of the ORC.

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 

In our previous room makeovers there were lots of projects that included Ray’s help. I decided this time to make sure there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do alone. In the shed makeover he built a porchbuild the benches and the serving counter. The kitchen makeover included the really tall wood plank wall.


This time all of the projects were on me. This week I hung the easy sew curtain panels I made. Basic rod pocket panels. Sewing my own panels allows me to keep the budget low.

Learning to sew has really saved me money over the years. Simple Sew Curtain Panel Tutorial



Easy sew rod pocket curtains for family room makeover. One Room Challenge Family Room Week 5 on a budget.

Sewing curtain panels allows for a budget friendly room makeover. One Room Challenge family room budget makeover.

It is my goal with this room to keep the budget as low as possible to show you how much change is possible when you don’t have a lot of money to spend. As you can see from the list below, there is lots of DIY projects.

One Room Challenge Family Room Plans:

  • Paint Mantel (possibly)
  • New Rug (that came in today, see my Instagram video HERE)
  • Restain/Paint end table 
  • New coffee table (decided to redo a bench I already owned)
  • Sofa pillows
  • Reupholster chair and ottoman (bought new chair)
  • Window Treatments
  • New Lamp
  • Ceiling Fan Update
  • Build Shelves
  • Accessories and Styling

I can’t believe this has went so fast! Next week is reveal week. I will include a cost breakdown and a source list.

Week 6 REVEAL: Affordable Friendly Family Room Makeover.

Learning to sew has saved me lots of money through the years. Click to see these easy sew curtain panels.




  1. I love your curtain fabric! That’s the best thing about sewing your own – you can pick what ever fabric you want and still be on budget. I sewed six lined panels for my room. It took a full day but it was totally worth it. I can’t wait to see your reveal.

  2. You are always so sweet Marlene! Thank you for reading my blog. I will admit, I don’t like to sew with patterns, I don’t have the patience. ~Sonya

  3. I love your curtains you did a great job, i also sew my on curtains,so easy. Am anxious to see all you have accomplished, i know it we be wonderful,you bedroom was certainly an example of what you do.

  4. Of course I love nothing better than a black and white theme so I am ready for your reveal!

  5. I am so excited to see the finish!! I have a 60’s bathroom I am trying to figure out what to do with till I can gut it. I am at a complete block right now and anxious to do something!! I know your room is going to be amazing!!

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