When a blog announces “A Makeover!!” we all get a little giddy inside. There is nothing better than seeing a dull “before” turn into a pristine “after” but that seamless transition takes many hours of research, planning, shopping, and budgeting. In working with clients I have often had to adjust plans to make the vision and budget work together and it’s no different in my own house.
I recently decided to give my sons’ shared room a mini makeover. Our house is pretty limited on space now that we have filled it with three kids (we only had one when we moved in) and all of their stuff so we are always trying to maximize any square footage. I thought it would be cool to create a sitting area in their room so they have a space other than the living room (and my bed!) to hang out.
Last time I shared their room it looked like this:
You can read the post here about how we planked the walls.
You can’t see it in this picture but, I also added a dresser on the wall opposite the toy storage.
I also swapped out the small nightstand for a desk of which you caught a glimpse of during my holiday tour…
To create their sitting area I first needed to find an affordable couch. I decided to take a look at MoveLoot. It’s a great site that makes buying and selling used furniture a cinch. I have never really liked shopping for used furniture online just because I don’t have the patience to look through all of the cryptic ads and I am creeped out by who may lie behind the computer screen. That’s why I love MoveLoot so much. Not only is their site set up much like a big brand online retailer with pretty pictures, they also cut out the possibility of having to meet up with a perfect stranger.
I looked through their inventory of couches and narrowed in on several contenders.
And then I shared my final four on Instagram and asked for your input.
You guys gave me lots to think about but ultimately I chose this one…
This couch was in really bad shape but when you shop for used furniture you have to look more at shape, frame, and potential rather than the current condition. I loved the base of this couch and knew with a little love it could be brought back to life. I reached out to my favorite local upholsterer, Baity’s Custom Upholstery. Mark completely broke down and rebuilt this couch. Giving updates and photos along the way…
And here is the couch after…
Thanks to MoveLoot and a great upholsterer I was able to have a customized couch that looks and feels brand new for a fraction of the cost of buying new! I highly recommend shopping MoveLoot next time you are looking for a budget-friendly piece of furniture. Some pieces are in great shape and would be good to go as-is and there are lots of items that could be transformed like my love seat. They also have home decor and accessories!
And as a special promo to my readers they are offering 15% off your orders through September.
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And stay tuned for more on the progression of this room. Soon I will share more of my inspiration for the room and a reveal by the end of the month!