How To Transform Your Living Space for $100

One thing’s for sure – paint can go a long way! In just two days, we have a new and improved, open and inviting family room all thanks to a can of paint.  Check it out!

I’ll be the first to admit that home projects are not typically my strong suit – I have more of an eye for aesthetics and no clue how to use the tools in a toolbox. But, I am eager to learn and find home projects to be stress-relieving and lots of fun. So, with the help of my mother-in-law, we tackled painting the cabinets, bookcases and seating area in my family room.

While the dark brown espresso color was pretty, I felt like it made the space feel smaller and a little outdated. I love our wall color (Benjamin Moore, Thunder) which is a light grey so I decided to paint this area to match thinking it would open the space and make the area look more cohesive. I originally got our contractor to come for a quote but $2,200 for both areas was out of my budget. So instead, we went to Lowe’s and $122.38 later we had what we needed to get the job done.

With a few pointers from our friends at Lowe’s, we learned the steps to get going: sand, clean, prime, paint and seal. Easy enough right? After one priming coat and two coats of Thunder, we left the paint to dry overnight. The next day, we added another coat of Thunder and then a final protective matte cover. Voila!


Looking to do a little project of your own?Here’s everything you need to transform your space:

All the supplies you need!

Living Space Beforefamily-room-before

Priming & Painting

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Living Space After

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9 thoughts on “How To Transform Your Living Space for $100

    1. Thanks, Jen! I know, I can’t believe how it turned out πŸ™‚ I may have to do a few more of these or even perhaps the kitchen next?! Eek! πŸ˜‰

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