Sunday, October 2, 2011

31 days {2}: make your plan

Welcome to Day 2 of "31 days to a Remodeled Room!"  Yesterday, you got to see the BEFORE  photos of Becky's space I'm going to be unveiling.  Today we're going to look at making a decorating plan.  I hope you'll start here with me and make YOUR plan - each day you can see what element I feature and consider how making similar changes in your home would help you update your space.  This isn't just about me and my projects - it's about YOU using this inspiration to make YOUR home delectable!

The first step to a remodeled room is to make a plan.  Start by looking around your space and making a list of each element you want to change.  In each of her four rooms, we had a list of about 8-10 items that we wanted to update.    Then, after making a list, I like to prioritize the items.  Sometimes the priority placement is based on the project timeline, like painting the walls before hanging new window treatments.  Other times, priority is given to items that will make the most impact, or items that are not in the budget right now are bumped to the bottom of the list.

The next step is to look for idea photos and create a shopping list.  Browse the internet, magazines, and shop your own house to figure out what new or repurposed items you want to use to make each update on your list.  If you decide to buy something new, compile sources and prices to make shopping a cinch.  Becky gathered much of her decorating likes from Lissa at Humble Pie and The Nester.  Pottery Barn is also a big source of her inspiration, although we looked for cheaper knock-off pieces instead of buying the real thing.  Here are some of our inspiration photos for this project:
Photos from The Nester, Humble Pie, The Lettered Cottage, & (source?)

Photos from (source?), Cherry Hill Cottage, Pottery Barn, & (source?)

You'll also need to set a budget.  Start by adding up all the prices on your shopping list to see where you are.  Determine how much you can spend on your remodel, and if you fall short, get creative.  Our total price tag for this project would have been around $5,000, but we incorporated some hand-me-down & garage sale pieces, bought a few very slightly flawed pieces at discount, and received some generous gifts and trade.  If you have a friend who can help with something, it never hurts to ask!  If you do your own painting and/or sewing, you can reduce the cost as well.  We managed to whittle the cash outlay down to around $2,000, most of which Becky raised by cleaning out and selling items on Craigslist and at garage & consignment sales.

For the rest of the month, I'll share different elements from our list, until we get to the AFTER photos.  I hope this will help you create your own list for YOUR remodeling project!
Coming tomorrow: wall paint colors
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1 comment:

cindy the cottage chick said...

Love a good remodel/redecorate/do-over. Looks like you had your work cut out for you! Anxious to see how you progresses...