I hope you guys had a chance to watch the show last night. If not, maybe you can watch it online. I totally cried watching it last night. When those kids saw their rooms! Man, I lost it. And Nate was fabulous as always. Is it possible his hair has gotten even better?
Before we get to the room that I chose, let’s chat about the show itself. I LOVED that they chose families that were multigenerational. It is becoming more common and while it is a beautiful thing, it creates some unique challenges. I also loved this episode because we are a family of 6 living in a tiny cottage style home so we know a thing or two about how hard it can be to make a small space function well.
As far as the contestants go, I will just say this….. The reason we all love Nate so much is because he is humble and KIND. You do not need to be pushy to be heard. You do not need to be harsh to get a point across. And you do not need to push others under the bus to be validated. There were some contestants I liked more than others and it will be interesting to see if any of them grow on me or if my first impression sticks. Okay, okay, let’s get to why you all are here :)
Here is the room I chose to recreate!
I picked this one over the other children’s rooms because I loved the colors, the layout, and the window seat. I didn’t know at the time that I chose this room, that it was done so last minute. It was suppose to be the den. I think they pulled it together really well.
Here is what I found….
And here are the items I found to re-create the room for less money. In some cases I tried to pick different options at different price points because I have found “a good deal” is all relative.
I couldn’t find a headboard that had a coral/orange geometric pattern but I found some fabric that was perfect. And making an upholstered headboard is a simple DIY. Plywood, batting, fabric, a staple gun and maybe some 2x4s is all you would need. The second fabric pattern (the one of the right) is the closest I could find to the actual headboard featured in the show. This fabric is an outdoor fabric so it is sure to hold up well with kids. It is more expensive though. If you want to splurge in order to have it be closer to the original, this one will cost you $84 a yard (54″ wide). The first fabric shown is not the same as the American Dream Builder’s room, but it is more budget friendly. It is only $8.85 per yard (55″ wide).
These type of tables are popular right now and you can find them all over. I could not find one online that was exactly the right color and a good price. But I found this silver one from World Market for only $34.98. A simple can of spray paint would solve the color problem.
Grasscloth wallpaper can get pricey. This first one (the one on the left) is $90 for a 396″x 20.5″ roll. The second one (the one on the right) is faux grasscloth. It is only $29.86 for a 396″x 20.5″ roll. I have never had grasscloth wallpaper but I have heard from those who do have it, that it is hard to clean. You may want the vinyl look-a-like version so you can wipe it down. I have 4 boys, so I know I would want to be able to scrub it!
The pillow I pictured above in the collage (the one on the left) is as close as I could find to the one in the show. It is the more expensive pillow priced at $90. If you don’t care if the pillow is a close match, the pillow on the right, is a better buy at $54. And if you want an even better deal, the pillow cover on the bottom left is only $19.99. The turquoise/teal pillow is from Target and only costs $16.99.
The gumball machine is kind of a focal point in the room. It was one of the first things I noticed. And if you are willing to drop a cool $600-$1,300 on a 5 foot to 6 foot machine then all the more power to you. But if you can’t, then this 3 foot machine from Toys R Us that sells for $59.99 is a good option. It even comes with 200 gumballs! It is metal and so it would be easy to spray paint the parts that are red (and add some rope lights) to match the one from American Dream Builders.
If it were me, I would build a custom window seat. And here is a good tutorial from Centsational Girl on how to build one if you want to go that route. But if you are not comfortable taking on a big DIY project like that, you could always buy a storage bench that was the same size as your window area. I like this one from Target that is $49.99.
When it comes to vintage items, I can’t just say “everyone can buy it here” with a nice little link. But, in less than 5 minutes I found 3 or 4 greenish blue metal boxes that would totally work. And they were all less than $25. I bet you could easily find one on etsy, ebay, Craig’s list, or or local thrift stores.
Oh my! I didn’t know throw blankets could be so much money until I did a search for “coral throw blanket”. One was $496 people! But don’t fret. I found a couple of other less expensive options. They may not be cashmere, but they have a fun texture that will add to the room. The first one pictured is $80 and the second one pictures is $37.87.
I had no idea dart boards cost as much as they do until I had to look them up for this. I was able to find one with similar coloring for $40.72 at Walmart of all places.
The chalkboard would be a super simple DIY project if you wanted to go that route. Chalkboard paint, plywood (or hardboard), and some 1×2 for the frame around it (or use an existing frame). But if you want to just buy one, this 24″ x 18″ one is only $20.
I was actually able to find the fabric they used for the valance in the room for the show. It is pictured on the right and costs $40.60 per yard. While I was looking for it I stumbled on this other fabric (on the left) and fell in love. I like that it has similar colors as the room. It is less, costing $26 per yard. Both are more than I normally spend, but if you are doing one small window valence you wouldn’t need very much at all. It would be worth the splurge. Or, since there are millions of fabric choices out there, you could find something you are more comfortable with.
I wanted to show you what it would look like to add the other fabric to the window. I think they both work. The original ties in the rug and the other matches the fun orange and turquoise colors. Which do you like best?
So there you have it! There are the items you would need to recreate the look of the room from American Builders. I can’t wait to show you the next room :)
What did you think of the show overall?
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