In January of 2011 I took on a project for a friend-to help her refresh her master bedroom in just 1 weekend. Before I start with information about the transformation, I have a little bit of background information about me and some inspiration to get you motivated to take on projects around your own home.
I grew up with a very hard working and motivated father.. I have memories of him working out in the garage with the table saw and my sister and I in our pink nightgowns sweeping up the saw dust and helping him any chance we got(Or anytime he asked!) The sounds of hammers, chain saws, table saws, & drills, is comforting to me..I just LOVE hearing them, it is like sweet music to my ears. I am so thankful I had a father who taught me about the value of hard work and how to do things for myself. I’m always trying to do whatever I can myself before I ask for help, it is just in my nature to try,…. that and I get such a good feeling of satisfaction when I know I did something myself. It is such a joy to look back on a project that I completed myself , and to say I DID THAT!!!!
I am really drawn to painting and small remodeling projects, like I just mentioned- I love being able to do something myself and to change something dramatically with just a few simple steps. And you CAN TOO! I challenge whoever you are, to try to change something in your home this year…maybe it’s just re-painting a small wood chair to sit in the corner of the room for an accent (throw a stack of books on it, and set a candle on top of the stack..just an idea) Or maybe just updating your main entry way with a simple change of paint color. You can do it, I promise, it’s not as hard as it looks!
Just the thought of painting or projects might overwhelm your mind, but I can guarantee you, that once you muster up the courage and motivation and get everything set up and ready to go,..
…after that first swipe of the paint brush when you start to see a transformation, the project will draw you in..
…then the next thing you know, you are finished, you can clean up your supplies, and sit back and look at what YOU just did!!! You completely changed a space, made it new again, and gave it life. GREAT JOB!.. now go wash that paintbrush!
In January of 2011 I was given the painting project of refreshing a Master Bedroom. The before color of the room was the usual white, and she wanted her space to define her, to bring her serenity and remind her of beautiful fresh waters. The new color she had chosen was ‘Turquoise Mist’ which is a soft, tranquil turquoise.
Here are some before photos of the Master Bedroom;
This photo below shows a small blank wall between the window and the built in bookshelf. When you first walk into the room, or walk by the room if the door is open, this is the first area you see ..a GREAT spot to place a wall applique. They are easy, low-cost and simple to use (& remove) & a great way to add detail to a space where you won’t be placing any furniture or hanging photos-a great focal point;
Master Bedroom AFTER ;
The wall applique below was purchased for under $20 at a local store. Wall appliques are such a wonderful way to make use of a blank space that can not be used for anything else, to give an accent in an otherwise forgotten place on a wall-especially when it is placed near the lower half of the wall, it draws your eye down instead of just straight ahead. These appliques come in MANY designs & quotes.
The rest of the room decor is left up to the home owner for this project- I think it would look great with wall art above the bed, maybe some natural lakeshore photos and a few yellow, white, & soft purple accents throughout the room-maybe even just a vase of tall yellow flowers in the corner nightstand near the bed. Natural driftwood/log style bedside tables would add some great natural texture into the bedroom which would complete the natural lake-style look.
So, there you have it… a complete room transformation in one weekend-just by adding a new color of paint onto the walls.
This project could easily be done in just one day, but when working hard, I enjoy taking breaks, getting rested and refreshed during my projects. I think it’s so important to take time to refresh your soul, so you have energy to continue on……. below is a photo of the recipe to have a perfect day of painting/projects;
…. and make sure to take time to look around you and see beauty within your projects……
I hope this gives you some inspiration and motivation to try a painting project in your own home! If you decide to work on something, leave a comment-I would LOVE to hear about your project(s).
Have a wonderful day!