$100 Room Challenge

$100 Room Challenge – Week 4

Hey everyone!  It’s week 4 of the $100 Room Challenge!  Hosted by the lovely Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry.  I don’t have a ton to update you on this week.  Of course, my weekend got filled and I wasn’t able to get as much done as I had hoped!

No big deal though because thankfully we have an extra week!  Phew!  I was struggling with motivation to get it done and I even had a small glitch in the plan.

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What is the $100 Room Challenge?

If you are new here or haven’t seen my previous posts about the $100 Room Challenge….let me fill you!  You have to makeover one room, in one month, with $100!

Seems pretty simple right?!  It’s not too bad but sticking to a budget can be tough.  And, man the month sure does fly by!

Previous Weeks of $100 Room Challenge:

Inspiration  |  DIY Octopus Wall Art  |  Board and Batten Prep Work

MDF and Cutting Issues

I went to Home Depot to buy some MDF boards and they were out.  Who knew that they were a hot commodity?!  There were a few more errands I needed to do before I got home.  While in the car I called Lowes to see if they had MDF in stock.

The next day I went to Lowes and talked with a couple guys about using MDF for the board and batten.  The first guy said that the MDF would work and I mentioned needing it cut into 4-inch pieces.  He said that 2 cuts were free and then it was $1 a cut from there on out.

I’ve had things cut at Lowes multiple times in the past without being charged.  So, I said thank you and walked away and called Home Depot.  They said the first 5 cuts free and 50 cents after that.

I went to talk to another guy about other possibilities at Lowes.  He said the MDF was going to be the cheapest option and that he would give me a deal on the cuts.  I needed that because this room challenge is all about spending $100 or less!

Good People

He was just getting off work so I asked him if he would be working the next day.  Thankfully he was, so I purchased the 2 pieces of MDF and left them at Lowes until the next day.

I got a few things done around the house and then I headed over to Lowes around 10 am.  I walked in and found John.  He confirmed that I only needed 4-inch cuts and nothing off the length.  I agreed.

He then told me that he already had it done for me and was on a cart by the doors!  He was so nice and helpful!  And….he didn’t even charge me!  It really is a breath of fresh air when you meet a good person.  Sometimes I feel like that’s hard to come by these days!

I was originally thinking of getting a thinner wood for the board and batten because my baseboards are thin at the top.  I didn’t want to replace all of my baseboards.  When I went to Lowes I just didn’t like anything except the MDF.

Baseboards + Molding

So, I had to come up with another solution.  I decided to go look at the moldings and see if I could find anything that was thin on one end and 1/2 inch thick on the other.  The MDF I wanted to use was 1/2 inch thick.  I found it!

So imagine this pine glass bead turned upside down and placed on top of the baseboards!  I can’t wait to show you how it turns out next week!

Once I got home I had my husband immediately help me put up two boards.  I couldn’t wait to see how it looked!  And unfortunately, that is all that has gotten done.

$100 Room Challenge Budget:

Total so far: $100.10

Well, I guess I’ve already hit my budget.  Here’s to hoping I don’t need any extra caulk or paint for next week!

I’m having a little trouble with my nail gun so I hope to get that fixed quickly so I can get back to work!  I’m so excited about the final reveal next week of my first $100 Room Challenge!  Stay tuned!

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View Comments

  • So glad it worked out for you! It's going to look great when it's done! Also, I love that rug- are you going to use it in the finished space?

  • So far our local Home Depot isn't charging us for the cuts unless it's on a huge scale. I'm loving board and batten and am looking forward to seeing how the pine glass bead works.

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