02 Mar On A Tight Budget? How to Use Bargain Finds to Design A Room
Several months ago, I was asked by a local, Christian-based company to create a prayer room in the workplace for their employees. It needed to be comfortable, non-denominational and most of all “very budget friendly.”
Well-aware of my love for rescuing and selling antique items, they also knew that I spend a lot of time hanging out at junk sales and thrift shops looking for the latest treasures.
The plan was for me to incorporate some of these items into the space for their employees to keep costs down and to give the room a “homey” feel. The room had no windows so bringing in some of nature’s colors to warm and brighten the space was imperative.
I decided to paint the walls a soft tan, added in some colorful art & then picked up several classic, second-hand, furniture pieces to make the room really functional.
Adding some stenciled biblical phrases on the walls really made the room’s purpose evident and added a new dimension to the walls.
The finished room was a huge hit with both management and employees. They can now use it individually or gather in groups for bible study before or after working hours.
I was able to stay well within the fixed, small, budget because the room was done entirely with my “finds” or what I like to call my “treasures.” New rooms don’t always require new things. Sometimes, gently-used items are just the things you need to make a space really work.