Hallway Makeover on a Tiny Budget

Our upstairs hallway landing makeover is done! I added a new console table, lamp, mirror, and art. Want to see how I did it for just $75?

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This project was part of the $100 Room Challenge that Erin, of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry, hosts twice a year. I love participating because it forces me to be even more creatively frugal than I usually try to be. I enjoy figuring out how to DIY something and using what I already have to make something new. 

Remember what the upstairs hallway landing looked like at the beginning of the month?

Catch Up With All of the Updates for This Project

Week 1 |  Week 2  |  Week 3  |  Week 4 Week 5

So my goals for this space were to give it a console table in a fun color, a lamp, wall and table decor, and a new rug. Here's how it all turned out:

Console Table

I needed a very budget friendly console table for this project, so I made one! It really wasn't hard at all.

I repurposed an old kitchen upper cabinet into a console table. Upper kitchen cabinets are usually 12" deep and perfect to repurpose as a console table or tv cabinet. You can read all about how I repurposed my old kitchen cabinet here

And I went bold with my color choice and painting technique. I had a love-hate relationship with it during this whole process, but in the end, I love it. I described the process here.

To save money, at first I reused the original knobs from my repurposed kitchen cabinet

Once I was done with the project and so far under budget, I bought three new painted ceramic knobs that seemed to be made for it. I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but there are some beautiful options on Amazon.


This lamp was a crazy idea I had while looking through all of the embellished lamp shades from Anthropologie and I fell in love with the Half Moon Tassled Lamp Shade. I thought I could make something similar for my space here. You can read all about how I made the lamp shade here.

I also did a texture and chalk paint treatment to a thrifted lamp base to finish this lamp project off.

Wall and Table Decor

I added a mirror that I already had. It was white so I painted and waxed it since it was going on a white wall. You can read about what I did to make over this mirror here.

I did a little painting to tie all of my colors together. You can see my easy method for painting landscapes here. I was fortunate to find a thrifted frame that fit the painting perfectly. The painting also hides the light switch that is in the middle of this space. 

In the middle I just stacked a couple of books and a piece of pottery I already had. A big air plant finished off the stack.


I wanted a rug to ground the space, as well as cover the 30 year old carpet. I used a hand me down rug that my aunt gave me a while back. Sometimes it pays to say "yes!" when people ask "do you want this?" even when you don't have a spot for it at the moment!

The $100 Room Challenge Budget

So there is my upstairs hallway landing makeover on a budget! I did it for only $75! Here's how I spent the money:

  • Console table - $33.98
    • Repurposed kitchen cabinet - free, already had
    • Furniture legs - $28
    • Console table paint - free, samples already had
    • Knobs - $5.98
  • Artwork - $2.87
    • Canvas - $1.87
    • Paint - free, already had
    • Frame - $1
  • Mirror - free, already had
    • Mirror paint and wax - free, already had
  • Lamp with tasseled shade- $38.42
    • Lamp Shade - $15.97
    • Embroidery thread - $12 (20 x $0.60)
    • 23mm rings - $2.99 ( 2 @ 50% sale)
    • Jump rings - $1.49 (50% sale)
    • Lamp - $4.98
    • Glitter - $0.99
    • Mod Podge and Paint - free, already had

So my grand total is $75.27!

Thanks for checking out my project! Now please scroll down and see lots of inspiration for what you can do for only $100 in your home!

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Jamala said...

It's very nice! I really like how the lamp turned out.. the charming look perfect for the area.

Joy Elizabeth said...

This cabinet makes such a beautiful console table with nthe legs you added! And that lamp shade project is so cool! Great makeover!

Unknown said...

I love it!!! The DIY cabinet totally makes the space.

Wendy said...

Great job on the cabinet! What a great idea using a kitchen cabinet.

Leigh at The Little by Little Home said...

This is so cute! What a fun pop of color and it adds so much personality to the space.

Maria said...

Love the yellow chest it truly makes the room pop, you did a great job finding all the pieces to stay on budget.

The Crowned Goat said...

This yellow chest is so gorgeous Dara! It's such a statement maker and adds tons of personality to the space. Love the stacked mirror and art and your colorful lamp too. It's all fabulous! Hugs, CoCo

Jackie @jackiecantblog said...

This little space came together so beautifully! Love the cabinet and the lampshade! What a great diy project that anyone could do! Great job

Carrie @ lovely etc. said...

This little spot has so much personality now! Great job pulling it all together!

Jen @ Jenron Designs said...

Wow that yellow cabinet is such a showstopper and looks amazing! You did such a great job this season girl!

Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry said...

That console table is absolutely adorable! I love the color... and that you were able to repurpose your kitchen cabinets. The color is perfect and adds so much character to the space. I love the lamp makeover as well! Thank you so much for joining the challenge this (past) month! You created a beautiful space!

Dara - The Roots of Home said...

thanks so much, Jamala!

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