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Since moving into our house 6 months ago, I have not done any major redecorating or renovating to customized our home. We mostly just used what furniture and organizational pieces we had before and did what we could to make it work temporarily. I think it was very helpful to wait a few months before we did any projects (it also helped that it was winter and I couldn’t do a lot of the projects I wanted to). Since we waited, I have perspective on how we actually use the house day-to-day and what projects would be most beneficial for us to take on right now.
I started by reorganizing and doing minor redecorating in the master bathroom which made our bathroom completely functional and cute enough where it doesn’t bother me anymore. Another logical space to redo would be the kitchen, but I am waiting to redo that one for a couple of reasons. Reason 1: It works functionally. It’s not great, and there are many inefficiencies in our kitchen but it works well enough right now. Reason 2: We want to have kids soon and infants require a lot of stuff to cram in a kitchen like bottles and baby food and small plastic eating stuff. With an influx of a lot of new stuff I’ll want to reorganize anyways so I’ll just wait and do it all at once sometime in the next couple of years. Reason #3: We won’t be remodeling the kitchen, just redecorating and organizing because remodeling is out of our budget for at least 7-10 years. Maybe I can paint the cabinets, but beyond that remodeling the kitchen is not on our radar for a while.
Since we’re not redoing the kitchen, I want to focus all our attention on the Master Bedroom. Our Master Bedroom is a hodgepodge of furniture from our childhood, garage sales, and Ikea. I don’t like the wall color (currently light beige) and our laundry is constantly covering the floor. We need help in this room badly.
With our tax refund and a year-end bonus flooding our accounts, my husband agreed we can spend a bit on making the bedroom pretty (not his words) and functional. I went on Pinterest and saved pictures of what I want the room to feel and look like and saved them onto a page on Canva like this:
Then I printed that page and put it in my Designer in a Binder so I can reference it when I’m out and about shopping. Next, I looked up ideas of items I could buy for our room and saved pictures of them to a “vision board” that I made on Canva here:
Putting a page together like this is helpful because I realized – there will be too much grey in this room. I changed out the color of the chair to blue and will add some colors in with art and accent pillows.
I already own the nightstands, the mattress, bed frame (DIY’d), the duvet & cover, the curtains, and the faux fur blanket that I’ll put on that chair. My plan is the paint the bedroom a light grey and have an accent wall of a darker gray against the wall with the headboard. I’ll buy or DIY a tufted headboard, buy the dresser that matches our nightstands (Ikea MALM series), and buy the remaining accent pieces to complete the room. I’d like the change the light fixture, but Shane and I haven’t come to an agreement on if we’ll have a fan or not. There is an overhead fan in the room right now, and I hate it, but Shane likes it so we’re at a standstill. What’s your vote: Bedroom fan or no bedroom fan?
I’ll use the large dresser to organize the clothes we want to keep in our room, and everything else will go in our closet (a future project). My plan is to use the cute wire basket as a cute laundry basket to hold just the clothes we took off that day and just do laundry more often or sort clothes in the laundry room, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking?
I didn’t include any art for the wall in my plans or small pieces because I want to see how the room looks without decoration before I add some in. I am trying to decide between DIY-ing oversized abstract art, doing a gallery wall, or doing a gallery shelf of pictures.
Total cost for what I have planned out here will be around $350. This could vary depending on what kind of sales I can find and how much I can DIY for wall art but at least I have a starting point!
I will update throughout the process on Instagram and do an update post in May to show what we’ve done!