$100 Room Challenge: Window Seat

$100 Room Challenge: Window Seat

Welcome to Week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge:Window Seat. We made a few changes from our original vision board, but love where we are headed. 

Hi everyone, welcome to $100 Room Challenge:Window Seat. If this is your first time seeing the $100 Room Challenge it is a bi-annual challenge sponsored by my friend Erin, from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry. So, let me give you a little back ground on what the $100 Room Challenge is all about. This challenge takes place twice a year.  January and September is when Erin invites us to redo a room in our home using only $100. As you can see the premise of this challenge is real simple: one month, one space, and $100. If you want to know more about the $100 Room Challenge, check out Erin’s post to see how the concept was inspired, and it’s colossal growth since she decided to start it! This season I have decided to work on a Covered Patio, located just outside of the basement. 

Weeks at a Glance:    

WEEK  1         WEEK 2        WEEK 3       WEEK 4

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The Scheduled Plan: 

Week 1: Pressure Wash Patio & Painting 

Week 2: DIY Refurbishing Lights & Installing Existing Sting Lights  

Week 3: Window Seat & Container Garden

Week 4: Accessorizing- Shop You Home & Reveal 


Truck Bench Cushions-

Okay so this week we worked on cushions for our existing Truck Bench, from TJ Parten of Parten’s Projects a local artisan.  I lucked out and was able to to use an older set seen below from some patio furniture that we recently got rid of the majority of the pieces this spring. I held on to the cushions thinking I might use them for cat beds, but they were actually the perfect size for this bench. (Free) in case you are keeping track. 

Patio Pavers FireplaceI ended up just cutting off the ties and I only had to divide one of the sets of cushions. Which was super easy, all I had to do was cut the fabric between the two cushions out and it created individual box cushions. This is such a great tip or trick especially if you shop the end of season summer clearance shops. Even if you do not need a double cushion you can divide a cushion like this to get two separate box cushions. So now the truck bench has a nice plush 3″ thick foam cushion for sitting which makes it super comfy like a bed swing. Which we have thought about converting if the legs ever rot out, just putting that idea out there for later. I decided while sitting on my newly created bench, that I really wanted a conversation area and would prefer a window seat as to a window box. Plus since the area does not get any sun or water I think a window box would just suffer. I remembered I had an old bench basket that used to be in our closet until one of cats, that shall remain nameless, peed on it. Yep it happens. Needless to say it no longer lives in my closet and was exiled to the basement for a rework or to be given away or burned, just kidding we were not going to burn it. It no longer had a cushion due to the incident, so I found an end of summer cushion on 75% off at Lowe’s while doing a little plant shopping and hoped it would work. Turns out the length was perfect but it was 2-3/4″ too wide, so it over hung the baskets.So I just cut the excess off the foam and folded the extra fabric back over the back side and tacked it up  with a few quick stitches to hold it in place.

I also found these great pots at Lowe’s the same day marked down to $8.85 and with our additional discount off with our Lowe’s credit card I walked off with them for $7.97 each, from a regular price of $19.99 each, which is a total steal. I did not love that they were black since that tends to burn up plants here in Georgia, so I fusion painted them with a pretty blue gray color I already had leftover from a previous project. 

I was also able to to score a ton of clearance plants for them as well.  The Lantana, Coleus, and Sweet Potato Vine’s were all marked $1 a pot. I snagged the pepper plants marked down to $3 and the Rosemary $2. I was able to recycle the Begonias from my front porch containers and I able to plant each beautiful urn for $8.00 each.To create the rest of the window seat I found these amazing shutters at my local Hobby Lobby during the 50% off wall hanging event. So I scooped them both up for $49.99. Which I admit that is half my budget but it is worth it considering what I am saving on everything else. Ron easily installed them directly onto the wall with deck screws, which I touched up with a little of the city loft white paint to make them disappear. The only adjustment we had to make was sliding the hardware around, since they were designed to be a one off decoration and not actual doors there hardware did not line up when I flipped one of them upside down. However it was an easy fix to unscrew and slide further down the door then fill the holes with a little dry wall mud.

The Budget: ( $100 Available) 

Week 1:

Pressure Washing was already being done on our driveway and rest of home- Included in Home Maintenance Budget (free)

Week 2

Paint- Left Over Trim Paint from Painting our Deck & Screened Porches 2 years ago (free)

Various Paint Supplies- left over pieces from previous painting projects/sponsored posts/etc  (free)

String Lights- Previous Owned- Picnic Under the Stars (free)

Porch Light- Refurbished/ Repainted originally from the garage door light  we replaced (free) Craft paint/brush owned (free) 

Week 3:

Truck Bench Cushions – Old Outdoor Furniture Cushions Reworked (free)

Window Bench- Repurposed Piece of Furniture (free)  

Window Bench Cushion- Lowes $25.00 – 75% off = $6.25 (Lowe’s Card addition 10% off ) $5.62

2 Planter Urns-  Lowe’s 20.00 marked down to $8.85 (Lowe’s Card addition 10% off ) $7.97 x 2 = $15.94

2 of Each Plant-  Pepper Plant $3  & Rosemary $2

Lantana, Coleus, and Sweet Potato Vine $1 ea. = $16.00 (Lowe’s Card addition 10% off ) $14.40

Window Shutter Wall Hanging $49.99 each x 2 (50% off Sale Hobby Lobby) $49.99

Total: $85.95

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  1. I love the truck bench and what a great way to repurpose those old cushions. Love the window seat. Your shutters made a huge statement. Love it all and look at your budget. Great going!

  2. Your truck bench is amazing!! It was so smart to hang on to the cushions because cushions are so expensive. I love everything you have done so far.

  3. Those shutters are so unique! Love them!
    Your whole project does a good job of showing what you can create by using what you have. Fantastic job so far! Can’t wait to see what you do next week!

  4. The window area and seat came out beautifully. Nicely chosen colours and furniture and of course, the throw pillows! Lovely!

  5. This is such a fun post! I love the truck bench & the shutters. Also such a great idea to repurpose the cushions. And just look at that budget! Awesome job!

  6. I’m loving everything about this space! I think you were smart to make the window seat instead of a planter. This will be such a nice spot to hang out!

  7. I absolutely love the windows as shutters!!! So so cute!! Cannot wait for reveals next week!!

  8. So cute and clever. Perfect for that little spot. And shout out to the bandana Rambo look that your helper is sporting. LOL… aren’t hubbies great? God bless ’em.

  9. Absolutely love your style! thanks for sharing your budget details, and proving that sometimes we don’t have to spend tons of money to make our house design better!
    -The Handy Journal-

  10. I am in Hobby Lobby all the time and ours doesn’t have those shutters. I would have definitely scooped them up if I had. Everything is looks so good! Two thumbs up!

  11. I love this idea! I tend to get overwhelmed by decorating, worrying about pulling details together without spending a fortune. I feel like if I gave myself a $100 budget, it would actually free me to be more creative and look for cool, affordable options. Speaking of which, those shutters look amazing!

  12. I LOVE the pillows you chose! They’re so perfect for the fall months! Great renovation!
    -Madi xo |

  13. Such a cool idea and a lot of thought to make the $100 stretch far.

  14. Ron truly is a huge part of JENRON Designs, and is a fantastic hubby….but that bandana…LOL! I hope that your hubbies back gets better soon, sending you all prayers for a speedy recovery.

  15. Oh, I love this. It’s wonderfully done. Keep it up.

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