To say I am excited for phase one of my living room makeover would be an understatement. This has been a few years in the making and I want to share how I plan for projects around my home.
1. CREATE A MOOD BOARD
Being the visual person I am, I always like to create a mood board to help guide me when doing a room makeover. Pinterest is my best friend when it comes to finding inspiration. You can create a mood board on Pinterest and pin anything that inspires or speaks to you.
2. MAKE A PLAN
To create a plan of attack, write down everything you want to change/makeover in a particular room. This part is a very basic list. For phase one of my living room makeover, I knew I wanted to install new flooring, paint the walls and door, hang curtains and purchase a new fireplace screen. Once you have a rudimentary plan, you can move on to your budget.
When it comes to budgeting for a makeover, this will vary from person to person. The first thing you will want to do is look at your plan and make a list of the items you already have for the room. For me, I made a note that I already had my curtain rod and curtains so I could leave that out of my budget. Next, you will want to start with the most expensive part of your project. For mine, it was flooring. I went online and price compared at least 15 styles of flooring and narrowed it down to around 10 that I thought would be within my budget. I then ordered samples of the flooring and allowed myself to “live” with the samples for at least a few weeks before deciding which one to purchase.
Once the flooring was purchased, I could use the sample as a swatch to find paint that would coordinate well with the tones. Once again, I purchased several paint samples before deciding on one to purchase. Purchasing samples of paint, flooring, and swatches of fabric will save you money in the long run by helping you choose the best option for your project.
I also wanted to purchase a fireplace screen and it took me close to a year to find just the right one…no joke! I knew I wanted one in a brass tone with double doors. I also had an amount that I did not want to go over so having in mind the amount I wanted to pay along with the style helped me from making the wrong choice.
4. LISTS TASKS + ASSIGN DATES
Having a plan does you no good if you don’t break down the plan into tasks and assign dates to them. Of course, we know that things do arise when completing a makeover so even if you don’t meet your completion date, don’t let it stress you. Just reevaluate what you have already accomplished and revise your dates. This happens to me quite a bit but at least I have accomplished some of the tasks instead of never having started.
I have created a couple of printables that can help guide you with your DIY home projects.
This is the BEST DIY all-purpose cleaner I have ever used. This works great to clean baseboards, molding, and trim before painting.1