Recently, and by recently I mean last week, I started watching The Nate Berkus show again. I used to enjoy Nate's designs and ideas when he would come as a guest to the Oprah show, and when he got his own program, I tried to catch every episode but then life kind of got in the way. It's been a year. Then last Monday I decided to start watching it again.
On that very episode he had two very frugal designer girls who, from what I understood, are pretty frequent on his show. So he gave them an assignment to decorate the whole room for $250. It's not surprising that they went to a thrift store. They bought a couch,a dresser, lamps, chairs, side tables, you name it. And they only spent $248.50. They did an amazing job, the revealed room looked absolutely stunning.
What bothered me a little though is that the $250 did not include the price of any materials they used. From my own experience, I can say that almost every DIY project we started in this house turned out to be way more expensive than we planned it to be. I can probably count on my fingers the amount of projects that went smoothly from the beginning and did not require us to spend any extra money.
On the show the girls painted,primed, waxed, re-upholstered, stenciled, added new cabinet pulls and other hardware, decorative pins and did a million other little things that made the room look beautiful but did not come cheap. Just a few examples of prices (based on Home depot website):
Behr Premium High-Gloss medium base interior/exterior paint 1Qt- $13.96
3-pack paint roller covers- $8.34
Zinsser water-based all-surface primer 1 Gal.-$18.97
Minwax Polushades stain and polyurethane 1 Qt.- $12.87
It all adds up!! DIY projects can be very rewarding, unique and even save you a load of money ( if you make a knock-off from Pottery Barn catalog) but they do require lots of planning. And be very generous with your estimations for all those decor flops and extra trips to the hardware store.
And wouldn't be nice if Nate told us how much those remodeling projects really cost? Do you hear me, Nate? Love your show, by the way :)
Did you ever tackle a project at home that turned out to be a lot more expensive than you planned?