How this particular service works is that the client is to provide me with clear face-on photos of each wall in her chosen room. The client also provides me with the following list: items that must stay in the room, what the client hates about the room, what the client loves about the room, what the client's short term goals (what the more immediate budget can handle), and what the their long term goals are for the room. Lastly, I need the client to provide me with inspiration photos ---- that can be pictures of wall colors, furniture styles, wall decor, trim styles, flooring, just whatever things that you would wish you could have if time & money were not holding you back.
Lindsay was quick and thorough in providing me that information so I was able to get right to work. Here are her room photos:
- She wants the room to be light and airy. (loves the light blues and greys)
- The sofa and loveseat are newer and must stay.
- She has tried all scenarios of layouts and this current layout was the only functional layout for her family.
- She loves her wide window trim.
- She requested more storage.
- She liked her rustic decor elements (star & garlands).
- She was eager to know what could be done within a small budget.
After perusing her inspiration photos, I came up with the following virtual makeover. I sent her the sofa wall photo first for her approval and she loved it so I it was full steam ahead for the rest of the makeover.
- Walls = paint them in Benjamin Moore color "Iceberg"
- Dulux in Moncton often has great sales on paint. I post their deals on my Facebook page.
- Trim = stay white as is
- Floor = repaint in Benjamin Moore color "Natural Cream"
- She has already painted them in the past so knows this process, however, has mentioned there are bothersome cracks that stuff likes to hide away in. I recommend either filling with Bondo (a filler intended for vehicles, but works excellent in these cases) or a flexible caulking so it doesn't crack but you can paint right over it. Dulux has a great floor paint advertised on their site, click here.
- Window = inexpensive faux wood blinds, hand-make white ruffled valance, new black curtain rod, use existing rustic garland
- I have found www.blindsgalore.ca to be the best place for blinds. Read that post here.
- End Tables = watch the local buy & sells or yard sales for side tables with drawers for storage and paint them in the same colour as the floor
- You can check out other blog posts here for how I recommend doing this.
- Lamps = watch the local buy & sells or yard sales for lamps and wrap the base in rope
- Make sure to use a good bonding glue as you wrap the rope around the base. If the shades aren't the right color, you can either chalk paint them or re-fabric them, (or you could always buy new ones the right color, but what fun is that! LOL). There are lots of tutorials for painting or making new shade covers on Pinterest.
- Wall Decor = look for wooden frames at local buy & sells or yard sales or the dollar store and frame a family photo or photo of the kids, watch for stars at local buy & sells or yard sales or even Wheaton's or the decor stores in the Champlain Mall in Dieppe, NB. Don't worry if they aren't the right color, you can always just paint them.
- Toss Cushions: you can find many different tutorials on how to make cushion covers on Pinterest. These ones I used in the photo seemed to be covered in one of those strip rugs like you find at the dollar store. Making your own gives you full flexibility in fabric choices.
- Rug = this rug I found on Pinterest. Isn't it amazing? Click on the photo below to be taken to the tutorial.
- TV stand = watch for the 'right' old dresser on the local buy & sells or yard sales and repurpose it into a tv stand. Then, add simple bookcases to each upper side. I would get two matching cheap bookcases and screw them to the wall then frame them out with trim to make them look built-in and custom. By adding a full piece of trim all the way across the top, that gives it that built-in look plus gives Lindsay another place to put a garland. Then, paint the whole thing the same colour as the floor. You can then fill the bookcases with books or knick-knacks, whatever suits your fancy. If you don't need the the bookshelves, you can always just skip adding those alltogether and use the wall space around the tv for wall decor such as pictures or wrought iron pieces or stars or just whatever.
- TV wall mount = I highly recommend purchasing a full motion wall mount so that no matter which side of the room you choose to sit at, you can pull the tv out and swing it to face you. I found a good price on one at Best Buy. Click here to view.
- The wall clock . . . if you're lucky, you may find one on Kijiji. Otherwise, Bed, Bath, and Beyond has one for $99.99 but if you wait for their 20% off coupon (or sign up online to get one if you haven't already), that will really help. Click on the photos below to be taken to their website listing.
- The shutter/door = I was thinking of an old bifold closet door and screw that to the wall. Most people lean them but I think securing it to the wall is more 'clean' looking. Again, watch the local buy & sells for an old oak coloured bifold closet door.
- The wreath & star = choose any wreath you like and then hang it with a ribbon of your choice then put your large star over the wreath (Lindsay already has a large star)
- The plant cart = you can repurpose a bar cart or make a ladder cart or even buy a corner stand to put plants on (there is a cute one on Kijiji right now locally). One could even get a chest of drawers and leave the drawers pulled out and set plants in them. See some photo links below for a variety of solutions.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.