$100 Audubon & Botanical Dining Room Makeover: Week 2

IKEA docksta table paired with ghost chairs and a small loveseat bench in a dining space.

It’s week 2 of the $100 Room Makeover Challenge hosted by Lemons, Lavender & Laundry! If you missed my week 1 post detailing the plans and inspiration for my dining room revamp, you can check out all the botanical and audubon inspiration right here.

This week I accomplished a few things: I got the rug laid out in the space…and it’s definitely just a hair too small. Whomp, whomp. It’s an 8×5, so I think a 6×9 would be better OR a 6 foot round/square rug. But for now, this will do.

IKEA docksta table paired with ghost chairs and a small loveseat bench in a dining space.

And truthfully, once the few furniture items are in place, it looks decent enough for now. Honestly, long term I don’t know what kind of dining table we’ll have in here. The IKEA docksta is such a simple and classic table, that I hate to get rid of it, but maybe getting the Dayna dining chairs from Ballard Designs that match our Dayna counter stools would be a good idea. Not an expense I want to absorb anytime soon though. 

IKEA docksta table paired with ghost chairs and a small loveseat bench in a dining space.

I also got a replacement curtain panel for the space at no charge thanks to some awesome customer service from Bellacor and Half Price Drapes, so I suddenly have a lot more room in my $100 budget! I had budgeted spending $50 on a new panel, and now I don’t have to.

In this space, we have a patio door and the wall next to it looks sparse. In my head I envision some audubon prints, a plant stand, and a gorgeous green plant in the gold planter I already have. Do you think I’d need two or three prints in that space? Something about the space has me leaning towards two, but I also like things in sets of three.

Also, if you have any suggestions for a gold plant stand that would look good in this corner, I am all ears! I found a perfect one at Ross this weekend- it’s lucite, brass and had a black glass top…AND of course one of the legs was broken. Just my luck. I also need suggestions for what kind of plant to buy that will do well indoors. 

Patio door and bare wall in a small dining room space.

Last week I shared my most favorite source for free audubon printables, and I printed a few of my faves and put them in these black frames I bought a few years ago at Big Lots for $10. They are fairly large, have a nice mat, fit an 8×10 print, and are STILL available in store if you’re so inclined. You can even check stock online at their website.

Free audubon botanical bird printables that look gorgeous when framed as wall art.

I’m excited that this space is taking shape, and once we have the curtains back up, some prints on the wall by the patio door, and a vibrant and floral tablescape, it’ll really feel inviting. 

A small dining space gets an audubon and botanical makeover for only $100

What’s left to do and how much have I spent of my $100 budget?

I still need to:

  • Hang up curtains
  • Hang up art prints
  • Find some fun accent pillows/decor
  • Find a plant stand
  • Buy a plant I won’t kill in under a week
  • If possible, find a console table to fit under the large bird print- a simple white or black parsons console would be ideal, but I can’t find one under $100!
  • Paint the ottoman and recover the seat 

And I’ve spent nothing so far. Not one cent! I’m going thrifting this weekend to see if I can snag some unique pieces for this space. I love the thrill of the hunt.

To recap, here’s the inspiration board for the space:

A small dining space gets an audubon and botanical makeover for only $100

And product sources (some links may be affiliate links):

Curtain Panel || Rug || Fabric || Gold Planter Stand || Ginger Jar || Chinoiserie Dinner Plate

Free Audubon Printables || Picture Frames (Similar) || Dining Table (Similar)

I’m also making over my office if you’re interested, 

and you can see my progress this week in organizing my home office on the cheap.

DIY home office organization ideas that are nearly free! This gold vittsojo shelf looks fabulous!

I will catch you all next Wednesday with hopefully some awesome furniture/decor finds. The pressure is on!

Check out all the other fabulous and thrifty makeovers happening and get inspired:

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  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    January 10, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    I love how it is all coming together. Just one suggestion. If you turn the rug the other way, it will fit the chairs better and look wonderful. You don't have to have the bench sitting on the rug for it to work well.

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 10, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Why didn't I think of that? Thanks, Marty! That may actually solve my problem. 🙂

  2. Patti Estep
    January 10, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    You have lots of great ideas. I love the balance of gold with black and the nature prints. Can't wait to see the completed room.

  3. Monica Benavidez
    January 10, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Thank you, Patti! I hope this all works out like I planned.

  4. molly | awfully big adventure blog
    January 10, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Your space is looking so good!! I looove ZZ plants for indoors – they do great with no sun and minimal watering, and they are super affordable. I hadn't seen that cute gold plant stand at Target…I might need it… 😀

  5. Meredith @ The Palette Muse
    January 11, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    This room is already looking great! And I love that rug enough that I don't even think it's too small.

  6. Emy Flint
    January 11, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Your room is looking amazing so far! For plants, Mother in law's tongue is supposed to be indestructible, but I killed one. So…. pothos, jade, ferns (if you can handle them dropping leaves) are all pretty easy. Tropical plants can be easy too. Just don't overwater them.

  7. Maria - House by the Preserve
    January 13, 2018 / 1:42 am

    It's looking great! Love your inspiration. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

  8. Nicki Parrish
    January 13, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    those botanicla prints are beautiful. I love your plan for this room!

  9. Wendy Duffy
    January 13, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Those prints are gorgeous! I will definitely be checking that site out! Good luck hunting! I can't wait to see what you find.

  10. Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry
    January 16, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    How nice that you got the curtain panel free! YAY! Wish I had a suggestion for indoor plants, but I kill everything, so I always go with fake plants. I love the ones at IKEA. The look great for the price, and I never have to worry about watering them. Looks like you have an amazing start to this challenge!!!

  11. Krista
    January 19, 2018 / 11:40 am

    I love everything so far and it's really coming together nicely. Snake plants are my favorite and I haven't killed one yet! I also like Christmas cactus for their shape and size. Where did you get your pillow from? Sorry if you already said that but I didn't see it noted.