As you can tell by the title, our second bedroom plays a lot of roles. What started out as a guest room slash office needed to morph into a third category when we found out last November that we were expecting a wee one come summer. As money has been tight for us newlyweds, we’ve had to get creative when it came to furnishing the room. So, we built things. Lots of things. And refinished a few hand-me-down pieces on the cheap. So starting from the top, here’s our big, heavy daybed.
Built With: Little SIL Julie.
Cost: $60. We were gifted more salvaged lumber from my dad, and while it helped keep costs down, it definitely wasn’t the greatest for this piece. I think I need to give it a bit more of a rustic look, rather than trying to make it look slick and polished when it will never achieve that.
Built With: Me (again!) By this point I was getting more confident in my building abilities. I had to have the hubs help me out a bit with ripping down the mdf, but other than that this was all me. And it was the first time I used our Kreg Jig! Fun stuff.
Cost: $20. I already had the MDF gifted from a friend, so I only had to buy a few 2×2′s, and those run pretty cheap. Plus, the glass top was also free as it was leftover from the previous desk, and the fabric was made from remnants of my DIY duvet cover you see on the daybed.
Built With: Bestie E. It was her first build, and I think we did a really good job together!
Cost: $15. Again, the shelves were made with MDF I had on hand, so I only had to buy a few 1×2 and 1×3 furring strips. I already had the paint and cording too. What can I say? I like being thrifty.
Built With: Just me again.
Cost: $15. One 4′ 1×12 and a 50% off tray from Hobby Lobby did the trick. I used fabric scraps and splurged on some Oops paint from Lowe’s that really matched the coral-red shade from my fabric.
Made With: The Husbane.
Cost: Free! I’m including this because even though it’s not “hand-built”, we did a lot of work on it without buying a new piece. We painted his grandma’s old tv in a fun bright lime, then painted the inside blue, added a shelf and a chalkboard door on the front. The dial still works too, which is fun. It’s been great storage for a lot of my craft supplies and some of the baby things we’ve already been given. It’s actually quite roomy, and also serves as a great tv stand!
Made With: myself
Cost: $45. Again, this wasn’t a build (I can do lots of simple looking pieces, but nothing quite so fancy as a turned-arm rocking chair) but I did have to rip off all the old fabric and take it apart to give it a whole new look. Rocker’s are big-ticket items for nurseries, so $45 for one is a total steal. Plus I got to customize it entirely to our decor. I’m so happy that not only do we get a cheap, comfy, cute piece, but that it’s the same rocker that not only my husband was rocked in, but his mother as well. That’s a lot of history, and we get to keep that tradition alive.
So what’s the damage on this giant lot of furniture?
Grand Total: $200. That’s right, folks. For less than the price of a Walmart crib, we have an entire room of furniture. That’s pretty flippin’ sweet. And since we scored our crib at a resale shop for $85, we’re still under $300 for the whole shebang. Now that’s something I can be proud of!
To keep the tally running, here’s the cost of our master bedroom, the other room in this post series.Master Bedroom Total: $158
So our current cost is $358 for the house. I’ve got one last (great)room to cover, and it’ll be exciting to know just how much we spent on furnishing our home!