Home Gym Mini Makeover on the Cheap | Unfolding Beautiful

by fitness journalist

How to transform a small, unused room from cluttered space to a practical and pretty home gym on the cheap for only $150.

I considered calling this post “The Room You Almost Didn’t Get to See Because it Sat 90% Finished for 4 Months,” but it didn’t quite roll off the tongue.

It all started last July, when the dust had settled from master bedroom reveal and I was itching to do a project that had a “wow” factor without spending all our extra $$ AND I really wanted to start exercising to take better care of myself. Thirties are no joke, ha!

That’s when I knew it was finally time to create a home gym on the cheap that I’d been dreaming of for months.

Now, Jon and I aren’t avid fitness junkies so we knew we didn’t need a huge space with room for tons of fancy equipment. Just give us some open space, a yoga mat, and some weights and we’re good.

Since we have a large two-story outbuilding with a garage and several smaller rooms that have basically been acting as an oversized storage building (AKA wasted space), we decided that the room next to the garage would be the perfect size for a small, but mighty home gym!

We also knew that we didn’t want to spend a ton on something that is basically a bonus room when we still have major renos ahead for things like the exterior of our house and the kitchen.

A home gym is really 80% about function and mayyybe 20% aesthetics, but I knew if I could use accessories I already had that I could make a cheap home gym that was both practical and beautiful.

So, roughly $150 and a few weekends later (except for those 4 months where I totally paused (name that 90’s movie!), here’s what it looks like today:

Ta Da! It’s like a breath of fresh air in here now.

First, we used a gallon of leftover paint in White Dove by Benjamin Moore to create a clean slate. It has certainly become my “go-to” creamy white paint color. After that, we swapped out the barely functioning track light for something that better fits the character of our charming 1930s Tudor.

We kept the same TV stand we bought at Ikea years ago and scored a FREE TV from my mom (who had 3 to get rid of). The only electronic purchase was the DVD player, which we got at Wal-Mart.

Later on, I brought in a tiered wooden side table that I scored for $1 at a yard sale, and lots of necessities like trays for holding jewelry, bottled water, and towels to keep dry, and of course I had to add a huge plant and a lavender scented candle.

The only significant home improvement project we had to tackle in here was that faux brick wall you saw earlier. Whoever put that thing up had it pieced together like a reallllly bad jigsaw puzzle. Unfortunately, there was no way to salvage it and make it look good, so we replaced it with a couple of sheets of classic white beadboard paneling. And I must say, I am so glad we did it because it completely changed the feel of the room.

Thankfully, we already had an elliptical machine which was a cheapy from Wal-Mart, but it has held up for nearly 10 years (probably because we never really used it much before now, except as a clothes hanger).

See that wooden sign with the hooks? I made that!

It was such an interesting piece of wood that I just had to do something with it. It actually came from Africa! The couple who lived here before us were missionaries in Africa for nearly 12 years. I’m so grateful they left a few cool things behind like this sign. This was a super simple DIY project. It only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.

This might be my favorite spot in the whole room. Meet my new ballet barre! Jon and I DIY’ed this ballet barre ourselves and added this $5 floor mirror we found at a garage sale to create this little corner. I have some really cool plans to frame that mirror someday in the future.

Of course, I had to add some vintage art because it makes my heart so happy, especially since I’ve been learning to paint. This particular painting is special because it reminds me of the Texas Panhandle(where we currently still live, ha).

You might also notice that block of wood behind the bracket, there. That was a clever solution to having two different wall depths to anchor the ballet barre to. I actually love how rugged and organic it looks.

The Deets:

If you’re looking for sources, here’s a list of things we used. Most are similar substitutions since we mostly used things we already had/thrifted:

One More Before & After:

Just for kicks, here’s one more before & after. Because who doesn’t love those?!

There it is! That’s how we created a super cheap, yet chic home gym in a small space on an even smaller budget. I hope this has given you some inspiration and ideas on how you can transform any room inside (or outside) your house with a little bit of creativity and a whole lotta TLC.

Now if you need me, I’ll be outside doing cartwheels in my new favorite room!

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