Real Estate and Design Tips
Six weeks for a makeover seems long enough until you start the project. If you had someone working around the clock in the room, 6 weeks is easily a good estimate. For some of us, that's only a handful of Sundays to truly makeover a room. The great thing about setting a date and a timeline for a makeover is the planning. Not to mention the One Room Challenge by Linda and House Beautiful and all the participants always encouraging you to succeed! Planning out the room and the materials allows for lots of research for the right piece. Then executing in steps, gives you time to reflect on your next move, and the need to change it;) Here is the room before and the plan.
First step was rearranging the furniture, which was so much better. The ugly chairs were not the center of attention! Next was painting. Then we realized crown molding would be great. Insert the new sliding glass door (which pretty much got this project rolling) and the installer who does crown molding also, we now have crown molding! Not in the original plan, and I had to paint the crown molding, 3 coats, but still a good addition.
Moving the chairs to the wall, and the sofa by the sliding glass door gave me space to add my much needed corner office. The only way to tackle this long room was to divide it into functional spaces. With the office being in the main living room I will have to be diligent in keeping it tidy. Keeping the color scheme throughout the room still allows a cohesive look.
We decided to wait on the new furniture and rug due to our new puppy! Yes cute but he is definitely in the toddler stage! So to avoid having new furniture with teeth marks we will wait. Meantime we are in full puppy-training mode! I did find some awesome ottomans at Home Goods and my rug went on clearance so had to get it placed for photos! Found some great accessories and wall decor from Kirklands to add texture and personality to the space. I tackled those DIY projects that consumed 2 weeks of my free time to execute, the curtain rod and the wood mantle. You can see my ORC Week 4/5 post to see instructions on these DIY projects. My feature wall with my handmade mantle is my favorite makeover. I have been doodling my plans on paper for that wall for months! Collecting just the right color (SW Indigo Baltik) and wallpaper (removable wallpaper from Walls Need Love) accessories (Home Goods, Peir One, and Kirklands) and pillows (JoAnns Fabrics and Pier One). And of course my first wood build! Now my beautiful navy settee has a great back drop. Ok, Here are the before and after shots of the room below!
The art of Redesign. Color scheme: Dark blue, teal and gold. Use what you have in new ways. Define your space and style, identify 3 colors, repeat colors throughout room with accessories and art work. Your room becomes a work of art.
Thank you to everyone's support and encouragement through these 6 weeks. The puppy training has gone well, and my rug went on clearance, so waiting was a blessing in disguise. The pop of teal is the icing on the cake.
gina t graham
Real Estate and Remodeling Blog
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