Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Monthly Budget Breakdown ~ April 2014

In an effort to challenge my contentment meter and stay within a budget,
I have $50 per month to spend on Decor & DIY projects for around the house. 
On the first Tuesday of every month I'll show you how I spent it 

Here is the monthly break down for April...

Starting Balance = $65.42 (you can check out here to see what was spent in March.)
Income: April $50 + Starting Balance = $115.42 left to spend

A lot of projects were done in April...a lot. I learned a few valuable lessons like why I'm not a full-time blogger. While the work was intense and I probably should have broken up the projects a little bit more...here is the outcome and budget breakdown of what was done. 

Spoiler Alert: I went over my budget this month (ouch!)

It all started with installing our plank wall in the hallway. The total cost for that project was $63.94. The breakdown of materials can be found at the bottom of this post.  While a lot of effort was put into the project I will say that the wall turned out better than I had ever expected!

We did however run into a few unexpected projects along the way. Almost all of our vent covers were falling off and so we decided to patch the holes and replace some of the covers that we could find the right size for. The rest we painted and re-used. We also made the decision to paint the trim in the hallway and living room so that moving forward eventually it will all be on the same page. I ran into snags in doing that because a lot of places needed to be caulked. I actually still haven't finished the wall in the living room with the big window on it. I'm recuperating first! Things like replacing the vent covers and painting the trim came out of our housing maintenance envelope.

The next project was our guestbook wall. While I did buy another can of chalkboard paint for this project I ended up being able to return it and used up the can I purchased last year for the coffee bar display. That means that this project was almost completely free!

The only thing I ended up buying were two chalkboard markers from Michaels for $3.99 a piece.

In the living room I patched, caulked and painted one wall white so far. For that I purchased a gallon of flat interior paint from Home Depot for $23.96.

That gave me a blank slate to put the Ikea grandfather sticker and clock up. The cost of the sticker was $9.99 and the clock was $19.99.

One last project that got added on last minute was painting the hallway doors yellow. For that I purchased a gallon of Behr paint from Home Depot for $38.75 (I'm not sure why I didn't just go with a quart...I guess I'll have to figure out what else I can paint yellow.)

All in all a lot got done to transform our living room into a space that is inviting, one of a kind and fun to be in!
Final Breakdown...
Beginning Balance $115.42 - $164.61 (April purchases) = $-49.19

Going into May I am in the red so we will see how the rest of the month goes! Last week my potholders got lost at a potluck we attended. After a week without them (and almost burning myself multiple times!) I headed to Target to pick up another pair. Now maybe this Instagram picture makes a little bit more sense. :-) With nothing left in my decor budget I stayed clear of the decoration section! It was HARD, but I'm learning my limitations. 

How did April go for you? Any fun projects completed? 

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  1. DIYing can be addicting and I find there's always another project to do so I can definitely see why a home decor budget would be important! :--). Love the chalkboard wall and all you have going on in that room! Great work!:-)

    1. Thanks Tamara! You are so right, it can definitely add up. :-)


  2. I started a $50 a month project budget too! :) One way that helps me stay in budget is to use cash and put that cash in a special project envelope. It really forces me to prioritize what can get done, and find ways to re-purpose things, or borrow tools from my brothers (who don't use the tools anyway, haha). :)

    1. Yvonne, that is great that you do a budget too! Using cash is definitely a great way to stay on budget. :-)



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