Remodeling and decorating are really exciting but can be expensive and daunting to say the least.
Do you know what it is like to walk into a room and just feel the comfort and want to stay? That’s my goal.
I need to begin this with- I am not a decorator. In fact, I have trouble hanging pictures straight or at the right height.
My idea of decorating has been to buy a piece of furniture, a lamp, pictures, rugs, etc- but never at the same time! I am never sure if what I have is still in “style’ when I buy something new.
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A couple of years ago we had a fire in our home resulting in every room being remodeled, and my skills at list making became more of a necessary “system.” All of a sudden I was forced to put my lack of creative skills to work.
I admit I had lots of advice from family and friends, but they didn’t always agree with each other. Then, throw my husband’s suggestions in and you can quickly understand my confusion.
On the day of the fire, my daughter set up a Pinterest board for the two of us and told me to get started looking for rooms and ideas I liked. It really was very helpful and the beginning of my remodeling plan.
Making a Remodeling Plan
Thankfully, You don’t need a fire to remodel. You will need to set some goals, prioritize and complete a plan.
When you want to start making big changes in your house, it can be very scary because you know it will be pretty expensive and you want it to look wonderful. It isn’t like you can start over if you make a big mistake. I am always a little nervous about what others will think of my choices. I know that shouldn’t worry me, but it is real.
Remodeling isn’t a project that is going to happen overnight but over time.
Actually, having a plan in place makes it fun because you know where you are going and can set your own pace for getting there.
Using the free decorating planner, walk from room to room and start making a list of everything you need or would like to replace for that room, and what you would like to keep.
Don’t worry about style, color, etc. Just make a list. For example a family room list might look like this:
• Flooring (wood, laminate, carpet, tile, stone)
• Area rugs
• Ceiling fan
• Furniture for sitting
• TV and stand or mounting
• Ceiling lights
• Table lamps
• Window coverings
Do this for every room.
Paint, Paint, Paint
Remember to look into hallways and where rooms connect so you can have paint colors “flow”. I LOVE paint chips. Paint chips can help you keep colors coordinated but yet have soft and bold colors at the same time. I have well over 100, and carry the ones I chose in my purse all the time, just in case.
You probably already know you can buy little jars of sample paint. This is great because you can put a little on your walls to see the color in all light.
I swear, I had the living room ⅓ painted with samples before I finally settled on colors. But in the end, it was even prettier than I imagined.
Painting is something you can start with as soon as you have a plan for each room.
Research for Ideas
This next step is the most time consuming but also the most fun. You get to shop and shop without spending any money (yet). You already have a plan, so you are ready for details. Depending on your personality, you may look at the whole project together or take one room at a time.
You will need a page to work on for each room. I have created a planner for you and will make it available as a printable and electronic.
Pinterest is Your New Best Friend.
Make a board on Pinterest for each room OR make a board for each topic. ( flooring, furniture, paint, etc)
Start looking at all choices available to you.- Pin and take notes.
You will know when you have choices narrowed down to the “top 3 or 4 in each category.
Finalize Your Plan
You now have a list of what you like for each room with vendors. item numbers, colors, and prices. Finalize your choices.
You have likely been aware of your budget along the way, but now is the time to re-calculate and make adjustments.
Pick any room and go!
Knowing you have the “big picture” planned you don’t need to feel overwhelmed or a sense of urgency. Just enjoy changing one room at a time.
The other nice thing about this plan is that it can go as slowly as a budget allows or quicker if need be.
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Please send me questions and suggestions. I would love to hear if the planner works for you.