DIY / Painted Furniture

Media Room Reveal, A Budget Makeover

Today I’m so happy to share a complete look into our Media Room.  This room previously was used only by our growing teens as a “playroom”.  And even though this transformation happened a few months ago, I still slip up occasionally and call it the “play room.”  That’s okay we still kind of play in here.


Each of the tutorials for my bargain DIY projects found in the room are linked.   Enjoy the tour!

This is the main area with enough room for the four of us and occasionally the dog sit and watch our favorite TV shows and movies.  And yes, the dog definitely watches TV.

Opposite the sectional is the media console I created from an old scary dresser, topped with antique movie reels I found at an antique mall about year ago. See the total transformation from clunky dresser to media console.

I knew from the beginning, I wanted striped curtains.  I achieved them in quite a different way than most I’ve seen recently. It was a very inexpensive DIY and I think the results were worth the effort. Behind the sectional, as kind of a visual divider between the two areas of the long room, I wanted a sofa table.  When I couldn’t find one, I enlisted my hubby to help me build this one.  See how we built this table with new wood and old legs. 

Because the room is very long and kind of narrow, the other side of the room is designated for fun and games.

One of the other elements I knew I wanted from the very beginning stages of the room design, was a round table with a map on top and colorful mismatched chairs. A lot of thrifting, scouring Craig’s List, some patience and a little luck is all it took.

Executing this map table transformation (link to tutorial) required me to recall my awesome geometry skills.  I promise you Geometry was the only math in high school I excelled at. 😉

The other item on my checklist of must have’s for the room was a navy chalkboard wall (tutorial link).  I didn’t realize the amount schmoozing I was going to have to do to get the right color navy, but it was worth it.  The way the closet it situated on the wall next to this area, the chalkboard wall is hidden from view until you come fully into the room. I love that element of surprise!

This corner provided a good spot for a conversation area.  The frames on the chalkboard wall finish this vignette.

We debated on adding a chair rail as a chalk ledge, but decided against it in favor of a little shelf and this antique piece of pottery I picked up for a few dollars at an antique mall. This is on the little wall that sticks out because of the closet.

The center pillow was the fabric I found with all the colors in my original color palette.  It also included a pretty yellow, which I decided to add to the room. You can see the inspiration board here.

Here are a few close ups of other projects in the room.

Believe it or not, this little table is the only piece of furniture, other than the small fuse ball/game table, that survived the re-design.  It is sturdy and it fit perfectly in the center of the sectional, so it was meant to stay, but not without it’s own major makeover. See how here.

This super cute side table, previously from Target, was picked up for $8 at Goodwill. Did you know your local Goodwill sometimes receives new items that might be only slightly damaged from Target?

This was definitely the case with this table.  Can you say “lucky score”? There is some damage to the top corner that I was going to fix by either gluing the piece in place and re-staining or painting a color, but honestly it’s hardly noticeable. I might eventually do something else to it. Who knows?

To fill the space between the two sides of the room I made this extra large wall clock.

You can see how to make your own here.

As far as storage, the room is blessed with a very nice sized closet opposite the table, so the vintage shelving unit provided a space for “pretty storage” and decor.

I hunted for quite a while for the right shelving unit.  I found that shelving is one item that can be pricey at thrift shops and on Craig’s List. After a bit of hunting I found this one on Craig’s List, of course it got a coat of paint.  That’s the great thing about collecting a room on a budget, if you had the money to just go out and buy something, the room would be totally different, dare I say, off the shelf and boring.

I met the lady in a parking lot and she handed me some boards and a box of dowels. Ugh!!   It was a doozy to put together, not going to lie. While it isn’t what I initially had in mind, I think it’s so fun and whimsical.

But on the shelves, my happy heart just swoons over my new collection of globes.  Both these were under $15.

And on this shelf is one of my most favorite little things in the room. The thing that means the most to me.


While most kids who visit the room are drawn to the retro Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and can’t wait to challenge someone to play, the thing that means the most to me in the room is held inside that antique blue jar being used as a bookend.


Those are just some of the Lego people who lived for many years on this side of the room.  They had their own village constructed by the little hands, that are no longer little, that used to play in here. for hours on end. Each little Lego person represents a character they created who had a house, a family, a job and a life in that amazing village that our kids built.  I think I need a tissue.

I’ll be back with mini-tutorials of all the DIY projects found here.  Be sure to become a follower, either through Blogger or Facebook, so you don’t miss a thing!

If you want to see the before photos and how I designed the room, check out this previous post.

I hope you can see that a budget makeover is truly possible.  You just need to shop smartly at thrift stores, garage sales and Craig’s List and apply your DIY skills. Thanks for taking the tour!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Wall Color: Maison Blanche by Sherwin Williams
Fabric:, Wal-Mart


  • Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)
    April 19, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Your room looks great! Love the comfy sectional (and that you bartered painting for it -very cool!) Great colours (my favourites) and the striped curtains look lovely.

  • Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)
    April 19, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I'm following now too 🙂

  • Javeriya Siddiqui
    April 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I LOVE the chalkboard wall and the blue table.

  • Brandi
    April 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Wow, what a great room! I love every single detail. Your yellow bookcase with the globes is my favorite.

  • Carrie - Worth Pinning
    April 21, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Great project. I love the greens and blues. The coffee table…the map table- awesome!

  • Krista thehappyhousie
    April 21, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Wow, I LOVE this space. I think we have very similar styles. You did an amazing job. Love all the colour and how you tied them together so well. Love the map table, the tiny coffee table, the upcycled tv stand, the gallery wall, the chalkboard wall, the painted chairs, all the throw pillows are totally fabulous…. I could go on. Amazing job!!<br />Krista @thehappyhousie

  • Cocalores
    April 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

    What an adorable room! I love how bright and cheerful it is. And I totally agree with what you said about scoring things on a bargain, I believe being on a budget boosts your creativity and makes you create unique things.<br /><br />And your dog is so cute!

  • Swimtaxi
    April 22, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I am glad to finally see the finished room. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  • Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam
    April 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    What a delightful room! I love everything in it! I have girls – but they LOVE their legos! They build and build and create and create. I loved your idea of putting the people in the jar – I&#39;m pinning that! I hope I remember to do that when the legos are gathering dust instead of being played with!

  • Dana
    April 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    This room looks incredible! Perfect combination of color, comfort and coziness!! Can I come over???

  • Robin @ Happily Home, After
    April 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Such creative details and DIY projects, looking forward to the tutorials, especially for those horizontal striped curtains. Love me some bold horizontal stripes. Always. I personally know the challenges of decorating a long narrow room as I have one too, you did a great job creating zones. New follower :)<br /><br />Robin @

  • A to Zebra Celebrations
    April 24, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Gorgeous! looks amazing! I hope you share to my party peeps-<br />Nancy

  • Debbie @ MeandMyDIY
    April 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Leslie, this is such an amazing transformation! I&#39;m in love with everything. You really took your time collecting and putting everything together, and it definitely shows. I love the color scheme, the picture gallery on the wall, the antique movie reels, your media console, the curtains, that SOFA TABLE, and, okay, I think I was going to list everything, but it&#39;s true. Can&#39;t wait to

  • Danielle Reeves
    April 25, 2013 at 4:42 am

    This is so darn fun – LOVING all the colors! Fantastic job!!! <br /><br />Be sure to check out my co-hosting &#39;Like Me&#39; on Facebook live today at

  • Sherry Hahn
    April 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    You did a fantastic job with this. I will feature this today. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.<br />Sherry

  • Laurel Stephens
    April 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

    What a cheerful and useful room! I&#39;m visiting from your feature over at The Charm of Home and so glad to be a new follower. I don&#39;t want to miss a single how-to for all the fabulous decor here. Emily&#39;s piano stool table is inspired and so cute. (I suffered from multiple concussions as a young athlete, and I sympathize with what you are coping with. Best wishes for your full recovery,

  • Carrie
    April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful, creative, inspiring, fun, whimsical, thoughtful, detail oriented, kid friendly, colorful, and comfy! Just the kind of space I want to hang out in. I&#39;ll be right over!<br />

  • Carrie
    April 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I love every detail! Just the kind of room I want to spend time in. I&#39;ll be right over!

  • Kathy A Delightsome Life
    May 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hello Leslie, love the accent colors in your media room – such bright, happy pops of color. I love that your room is so beautiful, functional and family friendly – the chalboard wall with frames is inspired. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,<br />Kathy

  • Dawn F
    May 8, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Found you through The Inspired Room. Love this space! Where did you get the sofa? NEED a comfy sectional over here! My favorite is the jar with legos also! My legos live on in new adventures with our neighbor boys. I will NEVER part with them… until my boy wants them back! ;o)

  • Dawn F
    May 8, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Found you through The Inspired Room. Love this space! Where did you get the sofa? NEED a comfy sectional over here! My favorite is the jar with legos also! My legos live on in new adventures with our neighbor boys. I will NEVER part with them… until my boy wants them back! ;o)

  • Samantha Horseman
    May 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Leslie! Your media room makeover is fabulous!I would love for you to join in on my link up that shows off bloggers homes 🙂 P.s I&#39;m your newest follower!<br /><br />XO Samantha<br />

  • Megan Gordon
    July 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Oh my! I just found your blog via an old I Spy Saturday on the Shabby Creek&#39;s blog and love this. I would take everything in this room for anywhere in my house, especially our TV room or our crazy, nasty, unfinished basement that I dream of turning into a man cave/family room. I&#39;m now off to check out your other posts and dream this is all in my house!

  • littlebeemama
    October 7, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Love this room! Do you mind sharing how you made the curtains? You mentioned that you did it different than most.

  • Leslie Davis
    October 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you all for the sweet comments. Here&#39;s a link to the curtains, littlebeemama.<br /><br />

  • […] think one of the projects I am most proud of in our Media Room Makeover, is the sofa table my husband helped me build. Well, he built it and I just assisted and […]


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