I have been trying to redecorate my room for months! As you can probably guess, life happened and time got away from me. I have been saying that about a lot of things lately. Whoops! Anyway, the last time I redid my room I basically changed the wall color and comforter. It was a relatively simple and quick fix. This time around was more of a process, considering a decade had gone by, and I was ready for the adult room I have been envisioning for a while.
Since this process began this summer, I have had plenty of time to think about what and how I wanted things. Obviously, how I imagined things in my head were not quite in alignment with reality, but I must say it turned out looking great for my liking. I am going to hit the highlights, low moments, and some tips and tricks.
This was my first experience redecorating as a solo effort, as far as design and the expenses of said redo. I was not too sure of my interior design skills, but I took my cue from HGTV. Usually, I would scour Pinterest for ideas, but I did not want to get caught up in the overly trendy and expensive designs. I wanted my room to be a comfy and cozy place to come to after a long day at school, so that was my design inspiration. I wanted calming colors that would also spark some creativity when it came to working on homework and writing. My eye has been drawn to everything yellow in recent months, so that was my starting point. I have never been brave enough to mix colors for rooms, but I fell in love with a set of sheets at Macy’s and had to have them. The floral pattern confirmed the rest of my color scheme. My colors for my updated room became pale yellow, rosy pink, and sage green. When I was little, I hated the color yellow, I was not a girl who fawned over pink, and green just was not a favorite. Now, I am head over heels with these colors.
I attacked this project a little backward. What else is new? I was worried I had hastily chosen sheets before I could find coordinating pieces for my room. The hunt for a comforter was on, and I was having no luck. I had browsed the web on Wayfair, Overstock, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Carson’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and could not find anything that matched, let alone something I remotely liked. I had given up for the time being and figured I would just have to shop around some more, and when I saw it, I would know. Fast forward a few months to Kohl’s right after Christmas. I just happened in there because of their larger-than-life-after-Christmas sale. I had no intentions of buying anything, but I could not help myself when I saw a simple sage green quilt set. The sale plus and additional coupon made this impulse buy a no-brainer. Since it was not a bed-in-a-bag set, I had to buy the set as individuals. It did not have a matching bed skirt, but a plain, crisp white box pleat did the trick, and it compliments my window treatment.
With my bed set search complete, I could commit to this project and finally pick out paint colors. I would like to think I have a good eye when it comes to color, but I was not too confident in this. I looked at every pale-yellow paint chip Lowe’s had to offer. I came home with four almost identical, yet somewhat different, variations of yellow. After comparing for a while, I picked “Summer Moon.” I still cannot adequately describe the color, except that I love it.
One of my must-haves and most essential items I had to include in this room redo was a desk, a big desk at that. I have always had a little one in my room, but I had outgrown it long ago. Again, my internet searches returned no perfect matches to what I wanted. Being that I have a handyman for a dad, I sketched out the desk I had envisioned the best I could. I showed it to my dad, and ta-da, a custom desk appeared! This was a huge money saver, and it is special because it was made with love.
This endeavor provided me the perfect opportunity to clean up and clear out. I emptied shelves that have not been bare in years, and I think I finally caught up on all laundry in the process. I went through clothes and made room for more (like I need any more clothes, but I cannot help it). My room got a deep clean and some tender loving care.
My dad was a trooper in regards to moving the heavy boxes of books and rearranging my even heavier furniture before we dove in and painted the walls. Right when we thought the hard part was over with moving furniture, we had a horrible experience with the paint I had chosen. The color was beautiful, but the coverage was awful. I was covering a pastel color with another pastel color with supposedly “one-coat” paint by Valspar. What should have taken one gallon, one coat, and one day, took two gallons, three coats, and three days to paint. I was frustrated. This was taking more time than I really had, and neither one of us was having a good time at this point. Ultimately, the company took care of this debacle, but it threw a wrench in our momentum.
Now that this project was back on track, I could hit the stores again and put the finishing touches on my room. I still needed lamps and some accent pieces. I did not know what kind of lamps I wanted, but I did not care all that much. Anything was better than the plain white ones I had before. I stumbled on pale-yellow porcelain lamps at TJ Maxx. The diamond pattern paired with the squared and squatty base of the lamp made them the perfect fit, and the price was pretty too. A throw pillow, towel as a dresser runner, fabric for my desktop, and a typographic art piece rounded out my shopping spree.
My room came together nicely. After a paint mishap and the overall project taking much longer than I anticipated, I am happy with the end results. I could not have done it without my dad doing most of the hard work, and my mom making sure my colors all matched. It really does take an army to anything done.
Tips and Tricks
Shop the sales! Just about everything I bought was either on sale or the price was low to begin with. I did not set a strict budget, but I certainly was aware of what I was spending. I kept the receipts of my big buys just to keep in check with my money.
Shop with a swatch! I took a pillow case from my sheet set with me everywhere for about a week while I was trying to pull it all together. I hate returning items to the stores, so it was easier to make sure it was right from the start.
Shop or DIY? I am the first to admit that DIY projects scare me. I am intimidated by them because I know I cannot compete with Chip and Joanna. I have no shame in buying things, but there came a point when I knew buying a desk and settling on it was not worth any amount of money. I pulled features from desks I saw and combined them into one dream desk. I hate writing on wood grain, so my solution for this was to wrap the desktop in fabric and lay a piece of plexiglass over it. This added a pop of color at my desk and created a perfectly smooth writing surface.
Reuse, reface, repurpose! Not everything was brand new for this redo, in fact, all my furniture remained. With the new position of my bed, I did not have a use for my night-side tables. I was not willing to give up the storage, nor was I ready to part with them altogether. They became the base for my desk, and that was one less thing I had to worry about and one less think my dad had to build. It was a win-win. Some of my other decorative pieces in my room were still good to use, but need a facelift. The colors needed to be updated, and more recent pictures replaced old ones.
I am still trying to sort through the boxes I packed away, but at least it is functional. I can work on getting everything put back on a rainy day. This was fun to do, but I do not intend on redoing my room anytime soon. I learned what to do and what not to do, but I would not expect anything less in life. As for now, I am enjoying the simple, cozy, and inviting space created by this room renovation.
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