Learn how you can achieve an eclectic modern living room style that oozes a relaxed and gathered vibe for around $100 with simple DIY projects.

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Hallelujah, I finally finished – My eclectic modern living room is now a reality! Y’all, January has been a long month. Like many of you, we’ve had:

  • More snow days this month than we usually have in an entire year
  • A child with the flu
  • A child transitioning to a new school
  • The whole family (including the momma) coming down with norovirus
  • A birthday we planned for but had to cancel due to the norovirus
  • A child’s first travel dance competition
  • Enteryourchoiceofnaturaldisasterhere

BUT on the happy side, I’ve been participating in my second $100 Room Challenge, hosted by the lovely Erin of lemonslavendarandlaundry.com!  The first time I participated we made over our powder room, but this time I took on a little bigger project.  Myself and 38-other bloggers took part this go-round, and there is more before and after eye candy than you can even imagine – all for under $100! Be sure to check out all of the other participants completed projects at the end of this post.

On an even happier note, I’m giving away FREE printable art! This Line Art is quirky, fun, and free to you for download!

PIN - minimalist boho line art


But, I digress. Let’s take a quick look at “the before” before we move onto the afters, okay?


And now, the AFTER!

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Are you screaming right now? Because I AM!

Living Room Makeover - DIY Artwork


My living room make-over took a little more than a month to complete and all in total I spent $99.50 – how is THAT for sneaking in under the wire?!

Here are all the things I’d hoped to accomplish – and by some miracle of miracles, I completed them ALL! I haven’t blogged about them all yet, but we’ll get there. ☺

It looks like a lot, but in reality, not one project took any longer than a weekend. Below are the steps you can follow to bring about your Eclectic modern makeover and the costs associated – both mine and what your’s would be, assuming you are not the DIY material hoarder that I am.


Cost: $0
Time involved: A few hours

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Think of your design plan as your visual to-do list. Even if you aren’t a list maker, this will help you to visualize how you want your room to function and look. Planning saves you in many ways by helping you to focus your time, energy and money on the things that are most important to you. In a budget make-over, it’s especially important, as it allows you to visualize your existing furniture and accessories in new ways and different combinations. I use Olioboard.com (no affiliation) to create my design plans – you can sign up for a free account.


My cost: $69.50 – details to come
Your cost: About $120 for materials
Time involved: A weekend

eclectic style - before shelves

The shelving was by far my most significant expense, but it also has such an impact that it was worth the $70! Our room is very long and narrow. Having shelving at one end helps to balance the space – when the shelving is ample enough to do the job. The existing shelving was dark, too small, too short and overall, just wasn’t working. Not to mention, it was falling apart! My good friend April of Uncookiecutter.com and I collaborated to put together a set of plans for this shelving made almost entirely of plywood. It is open, streamlined and the perfect scale for the room. You’ll be amazed how easy they were to make – click here for the tutorial! For information on how I painted the faux metal finish onto the sides of the shelves, click here.


My Cost: $30 for hairpin legs
Your Cost: Around $46 for all materials (not including the coffee table)
Time involved: A few days to remove and apply a new finish and for dry time.

For under $30 can bring an old, dated coffee table back to life. Any table in excellent shape and a removable top is a good candidate for this project. This particular table had a  fun inlay that wasn’t even visible because of all of the dark stain.

The new coffee table is stunning! It’s sleek and modern, and the color is perfect for highlighting that inlay I love so much!

Hairpin leg Coffee Table - After
How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Coffee Table for under $50

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My cost: $0
Your cost: $10-$30
Time involved: An afternoon or two

There are two significant art focal points in this room – a large print above the sofa and a gallery style display above the loveseat.

Eclectic Modern - Before Art Work

In both cases, the art displays were the perfect size for the room, but the art itself was dated and not in line with our current style. I’ll be sharing the details on both of these DIY art projects in the next week or so.

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eclectic modern -DIY gray malin art

In addition, we added some fun, quirky printable art for interest. This print comes in a set and is available for free download in our freebies library, or, you can get it by clicking on this link.


So-Bright- Line Art-printables



My cost: $0
Your cost: $4 for a sample size of paint
Time involved: A half-day

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I took a big chance on updating this fireplace with a bold and unexpected paint color but am SO glad I did! Sometimes you just have to go with your gut!

colorful tray

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My Cost: $0 – I am a spray paint hoarder
Your cost: $7 for two cans of spray paint
Time involved: A few hours

Eclectic Design - Lamp Before

I didn’t spend a lot of time outlining the lamp make-overs as I had a pretty long to-do list, but the long and short of it, you can completely transform a set of lamps with spray paint. This one looks brand new, even when placed in the same spot on the same console table! Never underestimate the power of spray paint.

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My cost: $0 – I had the chalk paint on hand
Your cost: $20 for paint, $25 for a thrifted console table
Time involved: A day

I decided to move my existing end tables in favor of something more functional – a console table that has lived many lives in my home.

console cabinet-Before with text

With a new finish and painted door hardware, the console table is a much better scale for the room, and it has hidden storage! Sometimes what you have in a room isn’t working. Be open to moving things around your home to get the best fit and function.  Do you spy the puppy in the corner? #Titophotobomb

console cabinet - final

console cabinet - hardware painting

The other end table I replaced with a ceramic garden stool that’s been floating around my house looking for a permanent home. It is red, but I decided not to change it – I like that it’s a little unexpected and not so matchy-match.

eclectic modern- garden stool


My cost: $0
Your cost: $0
Time involved: As long as you’d like

Chances are you have some very eclectic things in your collection of all-the-things. Sometimes just moving a knick-knack a new location in your home can update the look of your room – for absolutely nothing!

Somehow a project that is met with all kinds of resistance and mayhem is that more satisfying when it’s completed. Such is the case with this $100 Eclectic Modern Living Room Make-over. It’s taken 10-years and many almost-make-overs to make this living room one I love – Now I never want to leave!

Ready to see that before and after one more time? Me too!

Eclectic Modern - Before and After Collage

For a week by week recap, check out these links!

1-The Plan | Week 2 | Week 3Week 4| Reveal

Again, huge thanks to Erin of lemonslavendarandlaundry.com for creating this challenge and including all of us participants. That’s a wrap, January!

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Be sure to check out all of the other participants for January for budget make-0ver ideas for every room in your home!


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  1. Melissa on February 5, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    This looks amazing!!! I don’t even know which part is my favorite – the layered rugs, the lamps, that gorgeous shelving, or the coffee table. It looks like a completely different room and I love the fun eclectic vibe it has now. You did an amazing job and hopefully February will be much kinder to your fam! Gorgeous room!

    • admin on February 10, 2018 at 7:32 am

      Thank you SO much, Melissa! I’m so glad you are getting the eclectic vibe from the room that I was going for. February is already off to a great – and healthier – start! ha!

  2. Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry on February 6, 2018 at 7:20 am

    I AM screaming with you!!! It looks amazing! I cannot believe everything you accomplished (even with so much going on). I absolutely LOVE the shelving around the opening to your kitchen. It works perfectly in the space. I feel like the room became “lighter”. Out with the chunkier furniture and onto hairpin legs a more open shelving unit. Looks incredible! Thank you so much for joining in another round of the challenge. Enjoy that space!

    • admin on February 10, 2018 at 7:34 am

      We should probably stop screaming – people may start to stare 😉 Thank you so much, Erin! It’s amazing how much bigger the room looks after taking away some of that bulk. It certainly is a pleasant place to be now! Thanks for such a great challenge – I can’t wait for the next round!

  3. Patti on February 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Hi Kim,
    Your room look great. Sorry to hear that you’ve had so many obstacles but that’s life and you’ve done an amazing job none the less. It all ties together so well. I love the way you balanced light and dark pieces and tied them all in together with bold splashes of color. Great job!

  4. the cape on the corner on February 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    oh my gosh, WOW! i love the look of this space…and i feel your struggle as i was also working with 2 big brown couches and wanted a more collected look. well done!

  5. Beth on February 10, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Kim, I am DYING over this makeover! I can’t even believe the difference and all that you were able to do with the budget! I can’t wait to see those plans for the bookcases- I’ve been thinking about something like that for my living room! This is such an amazing makeover! Well done!

  6. Meg Green With Decor on February 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Such a fun space!! I love that white console table and the coffee table! And those bookshelves! Such a perfect room for your family!

  7. Emy on February 12, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Wow! I love how your living room turned out! That rug is gorgeous!! Very well done!

  8. Meredith at The Palette Muse on February 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Oh my gosh Kim, I LOVE this. Eclectic can be hard to pull off but you’ve nailed it! I love the rug, and the shelves. And the fireplace, and all the accents. I could go on forever!

  9. Roxanne on February 14, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Kim, this room turned out amazing! I love it ALL but especially that coffee table!! You really had a rough month, I hope things have calmed down over there!

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