Family Room makeover / Another $100 Room Challenge begins

Follow the makeover of my family room during January as part of another $100 Room Challenge.  Only 1 month and $100 to makeover this room.

This challenge was created in 2015 by Erin of  Lemons, Lavender and Laundry.  She thought of renovating one room, during one month for only $100. Then, exactly one year ago, Erin opened the challenge to other bloggers. It will be the third time that I participate in this challenge and really love it. I previously updated the bathroom and my daughter’s bedroom.

From the first time I participated in the challenge, I decided to convert the $100 USD in Canadian currency since my purchases are made in Canada. I think it provides a better equivalence with the projects of American bloggers even though they thought I was very funny at first! 😛 My budget will then be 125 $ CAD 🙂

My family room

My family room is located in the basement. It’s a large room at the bottom of the stairs. It includes a home theater, a fireplace, an office and a foosball table . The office area will not be included in the challenge. I will instead focus on the home theater and fireplace section. A girl must know when to stop and set limits!!!

So here, in all humility, is the state of the family room. 🙁 You will quickly deduce that the first stage of the challenge will be to pick-up, discard and tidy up !!!

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We had some misadventures with defective appliances in the next room so this place soon became a major storage, or more like a dump !!

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And the view when coming down the stairs … oh boy!

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Even the exterior of the house needs shovelling if I want to be able to see outside the windows by the end of February!

Family room makeover Goals

Since every post will be on Wednesday, this January will be a 5-week challenge! I’m in luck! Here’s what I want to achieve:

  • Week 1: Introduce the room and the project (you are here);
  • Week 2: Bring order in the room (no choice there!!!);
  • Week 3: Installing a floating shelf above the fireplace; (** Update: there was a slight change of plan!!!)

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  • Week 4: Mount the TV to the wall and install shiplap behind the TV. No, it will not be a Lauan panel cut into strips as seen everywhere. I’ll tell you all about it in week 4! (**Update again!: This challenge didn’t go as plan AT ALL!)

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  • Week 5: Layout of the room and reveal time!

Well, have to go, I have lots of picking up to do !!!

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34 thoughts on “Family Room makeover / Another $100 Room Challenge begins

  1. Hi Natalie,

    What a beautiful room to work with. That stone fireplace is so pretty and I love that you have so much light in your basement. Can’t wait to see it all.

  2. Yes! I can’t wait to see what you do with this space! What a great area to have and it’s so light and airy. You’ve got some big plans and I can’t wait to follow along with you friend!

  3. Can’t wait to see what you do with this space! It has so much potential and looks like a fun makeover is ahead of you!

  4. Oooh I’m curious to know what you are doing for shiplap! What a great space though! Love all your plans.

  5. Your family room looks like mine right now! Your plans look awesome, and I can’t wait to see how you pull this off. (I’m still in envy of your window seat from the last challenge!)

    1. Thank you Meredith! Got a table saw for Christmas! haha! Lots of projects to come! 🙂

  6. Is it terrible that I LOVE before pictures like yours?! Real life is never neat and tidy. I have loved your previous $100 Room Challenges and I’m sure this one will be no different. So glad you are joining in for another round!!! Can’t wait to follow along!

    1. I know! I love seeing other people’s before pictures too! I feel less bad! 😉 Thanks for your nice comment Erin!

  7. Your basement gets the nicest light! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the space!

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