Okay guys, so it has been brought to my attention that I mainly just share room makeovers on my blog and that I scaled back on projects. I never intended on that happening, it just did. I want my blog to come full circle, so this year I am going to try my hardest to share with you simple tips, DIY’s, and some behind the scene action. I have never shared with y’all the steps that I take to prepare for a room makeover, so I thought today would be a good day. Now, I am not talking about preparation, I plan to discuss how a room makeover comes to mind and the steps I take before clear out or demoing.
Steps I take to Prepare for a Room Makeover
1. Listen to the whispers of that particular space. The very first thing I do before I start a makeover is sit in that room in silence and listen to the whisperings of the house or that particular space (see my post on it, HERE). No, my house does not talk to me, but I can get a sense of direction when I am alone in the space. It is almost like meditating, but instead you are envisioning potential design ideas. You are looking at the bones of the space in a new light. You are looking at detail. You are stepping back as if you are a guest instead of the owner. What do you see? I do this whenever I create. I remember when I was in college my professor said that most men (he gave a percentage) are more imaginative than girls when it comes to design and me being the only girl in my field at that time thought I was in trouble. I definitely had to work harder than the boys when it came to our work especially when we had to draw things from aerial perspective. As I learned to tune out the noise around me, I was able to envision what was right in front of me.
2. Sketch. Once I get a clear idea of the route I want to take design wise, I start sketching ideas and possible room layouts. This, then leads to me sourcing furniture and decor. Since I am always on a tight budget when I am working in my home, me sourcing furniture is me literally walking in my garage or looking around the house to see what I can use in that space. I am basically shopping my house. As long as the sourced item is not taking away functionality and purpose from the place that it already is at, I do not mind moving it. I never move things right away, I normally let it sit and marinate in my mind. The items that I need or do not have, I turn to secondhand shopping or look to see if I can DIY it.
3. Create a vision board. While my plans are marinating in my mind, I like to go online and by using photoshop, Canva, and Polyvore, I create electronic visual boards using similar or the exact same items in the colors and patterns of my choice. By doing this, it gives me a better understanding of the direction I plan to take my space. It also helps to have something visual to present to the mister so he can understand my plans.
4. Gather Samples. If I can, I gather samples and test them out during this time. For example, I will be painting my kitchen soon, I need to test out paint samples in the room that I plan to work on because lighting is different all around my house. Just because a color looks good in one room of my house does not mean it will look good in the kitchen. When it comes to choosing samples, I like to gather between 3-5. If I gather too many, I become to indecisive. If I don’t gather enough, where are my options? Besides paint samples (wallpaper, flooring, fabric, etc…), I typically go with my first choice. Paint is definitely that tricky sample you need to get right the first time. I normally wait about three days to make a decision on paint so that I give it time to cure. You will be amazed how a paint color can drastically change from day one to day 3. For me the paint struggle is real!
5. Re-Sketch. After I create my vision boards and gather samples, I usually re-sketch my space as an elevation. This purely just gets me excited about the space and gives me the confidence that I need to move forward with my project.
6. Research. If and only if I am doing some MAJOR DIY, like installing something, I would research and watch YouTube videos on how to do it. I suck when it comes to directions so…you get my point. If the project is too difficulty for me, we have get help or hire it out.
7. Make it happen. Once I am done with all of my research, we make it happen.
These are the necessary steps I take to help me plan out my space, what are the necessary steps that you take prior to a room makeover?