Monday, November 06, 2017

November Room Makeover Challenge 2017

Wow! It's been a long time since I've posted!

The last 1.5 years since my mother passed a lot has happened. I won't go into all the details, but I will tell you that I am more unorganized and scatter-brained than ever! It seems like I have a million ideas, I start 100 projects, and I finish... none!  Ok maybe a couple, but too many things are left "almost done" and it's time to change that!

This month I decided to join Serena from's Naughty or Nice Room Makeover Challenge!  I joined completely spur of the moment, on November 2, and I need to finish by November 29, so I don't have quite a month.  BUT... my room is already started so if I can stick to a plan I should have it done.

Like the other projects in our home, I got the room painted, moved furniture in, a few accessories, then left it alone. Unfinished.  There are no photos on the wall, the thrifted furniture is all different colors of paint or wood, and the fireplace is not functional (note the candles in front of it!).

Here are a few "before" photos. Don't mind the stacks of things just lying around... this is daily life!

The room was just painted (Perfect Greige, SW) and I love the wall color, but even though the room gets a lot of natural light it still feels "heavy". And nothing is really pulling the room together. I don't like the dark brown couch but it's nice leather so it stays. 

Every piece of furniture except for the couch and loveseat were bought used. Which I love! I've always been a thrifty shopper, I love the challenge and joy of finding a great deal. But in this room they are not working together! 

Here are my plans:  
  • photo gallery on wall next to TV ($)
  • painting thrifted furniture ($) 
    • bookcase (was mom's but in BAD condition)
    • tv stand (maybe a gray weather stain?)
    • coffee table - would love to sell and replace with something not so heavy
  • new rug if I find one reasonably priced ($$)
  • update fireplace ($)
    • paint mantel/trim white 
    • white wash bricks (if hubby OKs or goes on business travel!) 
  • change lamp shades? (or line, or...)  ($)
  • declutter. stuff gets dumped where it is hidden, like my silhouette machine. (0)
  • replace shades on ceiling fan ($)
  • ceramic logs for fireplace so we can actually use it. ($$$) 
That's it for now, I will update when I get something done. I would LOVE to hear any ideas you have for bringing the room to life. Just comment below!

1 comment:

Serena @ Thrift Diving said...

Sorry to hear about your mom's passing! My mom lost her mom not too long ago (going on 2 years this NYE) and she also became very scatterbrained and unfocused. I think it's the stress and grief that caused it. I hope that you are able to become more focused, as well, as time goes on. Glad to see you working on this room in my challenge! How about being able to add more color so it doesn't feel heavy to you? And maybe some bright-colored pillows? Can't wait to see what it looks like when you're done!