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?
i’m soooo a list maker and the list is even better when in a pretty notebook, don’t you think? 🙂
Ugh…I really need to be better about doing this Roeshel! Mostly because as quickly as an idea comes into my head it seems to fly right back out. LOL! I’m wanting to make some changes to our playroom and you are inspiring me to get it all written down! 🙂
My lists have lists! I think I have composition books in every corner of my house, I am forever writing things down. Funny thing is, I write things down so I could remember the ideas, colors and such and then I can’t remember where I put the list =)
love that flooring!!
Wow. That’s my next room for a makeover, too. But, I didn’t start with a list (maybe that’s why it’s not getting done). Anyway, love that fan and your color choices, but I like your before picture, too.
I’m normally a list maker too. If anything, they keep a project from spiraling out of control, which is where my latest project is headed. I didn’t make a list for it, just started ripping out.
Don’t forget the highlighter!!! I am the queen of lists. Of course, I usually forget them when I am at the store! Great idea though.
I always have an idea booklet going. My trouble is settling on one look – I’m ADD that way. Haha. I carry color chips and fabric swatches in a baggie so I don’t lose them. Thanks for sharing your process; maybe I can be more organized if I follow your ideas. 🙂