A Mid Century Inspired Makeover for $1500
Project by: Kaycee
Location: College Park — Orlando, Florida
An old colleague and friend of mine recently moved into some new office space for his growing creative agency, and reached out to me to help decorate the waiting room. The rooms had already been painted, and I was given free range to do as I like. I didn’t have a strict deadline, but completed the room within about 3 months from start to finish (installation happened over a weekend). I had a $1,500 budget, and am happy to say I came in under that.
I couldn’t be happier with how this project turned out. It’s a comfortable inviting space, and I still get butterflies every time I stop by!
I am a Mid Century collector, and I wanted to find a show stopper piece to add to the room. I found the Kent Coffey Perspecta credenza on Craigslist for $250. It was in dire need of some love, so it got a deep cleaning and I refinished the top. The coffee table was also a Craigslist purchase for $20, and I switched the glass top for a more industrial wood top that I made myself. I sourced the area rug and curtains from Target, lighting from West Elm, and most everything else came from garage sales or thrift stores. The sofa and tabouret chairs were provided by my friend. The navy blue chair, plants, and wall frames are all from IKEA.
I used a tutorial I found online for the pallet wall that used v-grooved pine planks instead of actual pallets. I didn’t want to go through the trouble of finding all the pallets and taking them apart. The total for the entire wall came to $143. That includes the wood planks, 4 tiny cans of stain (it was plenty!), and the nails. We cut the boards to 4 different lengths with my $30 jigsaw. Afterwards, we stained the planks and as soon as they were dry enough, we nailed them onto the wall. It was a fun project, and I was grateful to have a small team of people helping me install it.
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