Here comes the sun, do do do do… Here comes the sun and I say… It’s time for a music room reveal!

As I said in this post a couple of weeks ago, this makeover has been a long time coming. We moved into this house in November 2013, and basically plunked things down in here and left it at that. The time for a more permanent (and aesthetic!) set-up had definitely come.

Since this is a music room: drumroll, please…………………………

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Since the music room is in the basement, I went for a nice bright white on the walls (Ben Moore’s Simply White) and lots of sunny yellow accents. I’m so excited to get working in this room, now… Which was the whole point of this exercise!

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One of my favourite details are the ombré labels on my file folders. I used paint chips, collected from various hardware stores (because, you know, they kinda frown on you making off with their entire stock of yellow chips), which I cut to fit the front of my file folders. I’m so happy with how they turned out!

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Another of my favourite little details are these two framed travel prints of Spain and Mexico City. Can you keep a secret? They’re both greeting cards! One is from my family in Mexico and the other I bought at Omer deSerres yesterday for $4.50. Oh, and the frames came from the dollar store. Budget-friendly decor for the WIN!

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All of the yellow boxes came from Ikea, from their Tjena series. They’re really reasonably priced, so I got three large boxes, two small ones, a large box with insertable dividers, and two file folders for $24.

I decided to forgo new furniture and just use what I had. The two small white bookshelves are hand-me-downs from my parents. They’ve definitely seen better days, but they’ll do the trick for now (the bookcases, not my parents).

The black bookshelves are care of a colleague of my mom’s. Again, they’re holding up my music and not falling down, so that’s good enough for now. 🙂

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The little potted yellow plant came from Home Depot and cost a whopping $1.90. I mean, come on: I had to buy something to justify taking off with all their yellow paint chips!

All of my “styling” stuff are things I already owned. It’s amazing what you can come up with when you shop you own home. Plus, knick-knacks don’t come cheap these days. I must have wandered seven different decor stores looking for tchotchkes, only to realize that I had a pretty good (and free!) selection waiting for me at home. Plus, HomeSense doesn’t really approve of drinking wine and shopping in your PJs…

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The “Parapluie – Revel” print dates back to my university days, and graced the front hall of our apartment for a few years. I’d kind of forgotten about it, until I went looking for decor for this room and discovered it in a box that we hadn’t even unpacked! Free decor is the best kind of decor.

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The rug came from my parents (thanks, mom and dad!) and of course I already owned the drums, piano, and general music paraphernalia. In fact, the only things I bought for this project (so far) were the paint, blind, yellow boxes, greeting card, and plant.

Now for the ol’ budget breakdown:

Paint & Supplies   $80.00 (We have a lot left over for another project)

Boxes                   $24.00

Plant                     $1.90

Blind                     $57.00

Spain Card           $4.50


Total                     $167.40

Not bad at all! I still plan to purchase a new light fixture (the current one is actually broken, so that has to happen sooner rather than later). I also need to recover the piano bench (more about that ongoing saga on Wednesday), and either buy an office chair, or make a seat cushion for the one I’m using now. It’s one of the chairs I made over last spring for our deck. It’s slightly off-white so I’d like to either get a white office chair, or maybe paint up another chair to match the piano bench.

All in all, I anticipate that this project is going to cost around $250. I guess we’ll see how close I come in! For now, I think I’ll kick back and enjoy a glass of wine write 300 report cards. At least I can write them in my pretty pretty new music room. Sigh…

P.S. Thanks, everyone for the blogiversary wishes! If you missed that post, you can check it out here.


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