When I’m getting ready to tackle a room makeover, I start with a list of things I want to accomplish, big and small. I like to put mine in a casual outline format in a notebook. No special order, just a collection of ideas, inspiration, design and plan.
Here is the one I started for our family room renovation in progress:
Room: Family Room (before)
Function: Watching tv/movies, entertaining, family game night, kids’ hang out, studying, crafts, puzzles, reading, etc.
- Empty the room
- Patch and sand walls
- Wipe down walls
- Clean windows
Color scheme/ideas (even just words help develop a direction for your design)
- Vacation photos
- Comfortable farmhouse, eclectic
- Neutrals with navy and turquoise accents
- Subtle beach cottage feel
- remove baseboards
- bamboo – distressed, wide plank, antique java (Calibamboo.com)
- new area rug
- board and batten or plank wall feature
- framed windows
- built in bookcases
- prime and paint
- frame windows
- board and batten
- flat finish, paint
- Lamps from master bedroom
- New ceiling fan/light fixture (palm leaf blades) or love this one:
- Slip covered sofa
- Find end tables (thrift store)
- Paint console table/plant stand
- Build console table for behind sofa
- Paint/repurpose table in basement for work space/game area
- Buy bar stools for work space area
- Spools – DIY coffee table project
- Paint thrift store found school desks?
- New tv – hang on wall
- Keep existing wood blinds (stain?)
- Drapes – DIY?
- Curtain rods
- frosted glass panels
- new door knobs/pulls
- Accent Pillows
- Area rug
- Gets a TON of light – take our plants into consideration.
- Gather paint swatches and fabric samples or magazine pages.
- Write down website urls, blogs, Pinboard or design board (Olioboard.com) to refer to.
- Keep receipts filed with notes.
I prioritize from my to-do list. I knew I wanted to paint the ceiling first, before the floor installation. Floor installation was next and this week, I’ll be painting. Until I decide for sure what I’m doing with the walls, I will paint all of the wall. Then I’ll move onto baseboard and window trim and plans for plank walls (Mr. DIY’s vote) or a board and batten treatment. (Then more painting!)
Not every item on the list makes it to completion as I often change my mind due to budget or style but dream big. It’s easier to have the ideas listed and cross off what won’t make the do-it-yourself project list than it is to remember what you had planned.
I keep my notebook within easy reach so that when an idea comes to me, I can jot down a note. I also grab it on the go. Having measurements and swatches on hand is helpful for last minute detours and shopping.
Do you have any additional tips for starting with a list?