We’re so excited to share the after photos of our cabin reading nook today, as well as the budget breakdown and how you can win $1000 to kickstart your own room redo, too! The beautiful, raw, warm wood (part of which was a complete surprise to us!) really ended up being the star here, I think.
We taped off all the trim and ceilings and were left with this incredible contrast between painted wood and raw wood with sharp paint lines thanks to FrogTape®.
Now the nook looks like this!
As a reminder, it used to look like this!
Here’s a gif to save you a scroll:
When we started this project, we wanted to give this space a cozy feel, but also a purpose and a function. Now we can imagine ourselves and our guests curling up with a good book, or bird/bear watching for hours from right here. And that ceiling! Gah. Read more about that discovery here. This has really been the perfect project to kick off our cabin renovation.
Here’s another before and after straight on:
The other eyesore that we wanted to address when tackling this space was the the breaker box. To conceal it, we painted it with a few light coats to match the walls. And then hung this macrame wall hanging from Urban Outfitters I ordered to decorate our intern’s dorm and they accidentally sent two (and told me to just keep it! score!). It really adds interest to this wall, conceals the breaker box and is easily removed if we need to access it.
We’ll definitely share the rest of the room with you soon. Paint is magic, truly. And I love the mix of this color (Valspar’s Victorian Tapestry) with all the wood throughout the room.
Here’s how the $1000 budget we received from FrogTape® breaks down:
pendant light: $109 (with 15% off coupon)
5 yards of fabric for bench cushions*: $59 (with 20% off coupon)
5″ foam for bench cushions: $79 (with 40% off coupon)
pine tongue and groove for ceiling: $90
lumber for shelves: $60
2x4s and Plywood for building bench and framing out portions of the ceiling: $68
paint (Valspar’s Victorian Tapestry): $40
pillows (leather + indigo) $383: (splurge!)
mini resin antlers: $38
terra cotta planter: $20
*If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I was DIYing my own fabric very similar to this! It came back in stock at a good price and I thought, for the bench cushion, it would be nice to have something perfect, but I plan to use the fabric I made for curtains on the other side of the room. I’ll share more on that soon!
Obviously the pillows were a big splurge, but we were so under budget that we could swing it. (I had the gray faux fur one in my stash. along with a lot of the little decor pieces I lined the shelves with.)
Now for the fun part! FrogTape® has turned this into a friendly, charitable competition among the 6 bloggers participating in the FrogTape Paintover Challenge®, with perks for you, too! You can vote for your favorite makeover (fingers crossed it’s ours!) every day through June 1st. When you vote, you’ll be entered to win FrogTape® product and a $1000 Visa gift card to kickstart your own room makeover. And whichever blogger’s room wins–gets $10,000 to donate to the charity of their choosing! (We have chosen the Dave Thomas Foundation, if you’re curious). Vote right here!
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