Five Steps to Decorating A Room

I don’t know about any of you, but I spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Weird way to begin a blog post, right? But stay with me. It’s where I spend an hour each day – sometimes two getting ready every morning. As an aside, I have the world’s tiniest bladder so I’m in there every five minutes just for that, TMI, but sadly true.

Some of this might be true for you as well. Do you spend your mornings in front of the bathroom mirror getting yourself pretty for the day? Who could resist those hot showers when waking up is difficult and the hot water is your only solace?

On Friday, I decided I would go out with a small budget in hand and redecorate my apartment bathroom. I figure, if I spend so much time in there, shouldn’t I enjoy my surroundings? The last time I attempted to decorate the bathroom, it didn’t turn out so great, so I really planned things out this time around. So for this post, I thought I’d share the steps I took to make the room turn out just how I want it.

  1. Decide on a vibe/theme – This was the most important step for me in the process. I want to enjoy the room I spend so much time in. Most of what I do in the bathroom is get ready for the day. I have early mornings most of the time, so I want to feel relaxed  in this space, like it’s a spa or something.
  2. Decide on a color scheme – Deciding on a couple of different colors helps me focus more when shopping for items. Also, once I’ve decided a theme or mood for the room, choosing colors becomes easier for me. I chose blue, green, grey and earthy elements like wood.
  3. Assess what you have that you can still make use of – As much as I love shopping for home decor, I would prefer to save as much money as I can. Before I go out and buy anything, I look at what things I’d like to keep for the room, whether that means keeping it there for its original purpose, or repurposing it entirely. Ask yourself “What works in this room? What is causing clutter? What do I use often and what could go into cupboard storage?”
  4. Make a visual plan for the room – Once you have cleared out the space, try to envision what you want in the room, and where and for what purpose. Doing this helps me put together a shopping list for what I don’t already have that I’d like to incorporate.
  5. Clean the room, and then get to decorating! – A bathroom can never be too clean in my eyes, I wiped everything down, dusted and disinfected before putting the elements together. It’s just a personal thing, but I prefer a clean room before it’s decorated or rearranged.

 

 

 

These are the steps I took to making my bathroom a calm and relaxing oasis, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! If you are stuck trying to figure out how to decorate a room, hopefully this process helps you along the way.

Thanks for reading!

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Table Project – Part 3

Hey everyone, happy Saturday to you all!

I have very good news, I was able to come up with enough money to buy a new computer on Wednesday! It’s actually used, but refurbished, and it’s a 2012 MacBook Pro. So thankfully I can keep up with the blog and put it back to its normal pace!

I have God to thank for this blessing. Kris and I have had times when we are really down to nothing in our bank account, and as soon as we have a bill or some other unexpected expense coming our way, we always end up with exactly what we need, every time. I’m very thankful for how He he has provided, and this week He has done it once again ♥

So with that, I’ll go ahead and jump into part three of this decorating adventure!

These are sketches that I drew up a few days ago, and they are both different ways I might approach decorating the space around the table.

PLEASE excuse the poor quality of these photos! I did edit them so that they would be easier to look at, but for some reason when they carried over to my computer, they got switched back to their original state. I’m new to having an Apple computer, so I’m still trying to learn how to use it. I will eventually post better quality photos.

The photo on the left features a large piece of wall art that would sit on the table and lean up against the wall. Next to that on the left I drew another picture frame that would be sitting on a sliced tree round. To the right of that, on the other side of the table, I’d  take some leftover cans and dress them up to put flowers in them. Then, on the wall would be the key hook art that I posted about in part 1, and then above that would be a fun, floral wreath.

The photo on the right also features a large piece of wall art, only this time with a large vase and a flower to accompany it. Then in the middle, I thought I might try and find a plant box and add that to the table. Next to that would be a container for Nessy’s treats and then above that, again, would be the key hook art.

These are just some general ideas, just to put me in some kind of direction as to how I want to approach the space. So I might end up with a combination of both drawings.

I have to drive through the heart of town almost daily to get to school or work, and I’ve noticed that there are several thrift stores and local decoration stores all over. I was thinking that it would be fun to find my items there. So with luck, I might find a cool new vase or some wall art, those are my specific goals.

I also decided that I’m going to paint the wood in that Serenity Blue color that I discovered the other day. So hopefully, within the next week, I’ll be able to start painting. We shall see!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments below what you think! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Have a great weekend!

 

Table Project – Part 2

Hello all, happy Wednesday! How are you this week?

I’m feeling pretty good today, it’s day 3 of my brief summer break. I’m feeling well rested and excited to tackle this table project I have planned!

I got started on sanding one of the three pieces of wood today, and it is definitely a little harder than I thought it would be. I did some research online to find the best approach with cedar wood.  There was a page on eBay that has been extremely helpful to me, and it advised me to use sandpaper with grit between 140 to 180. This is because cedar wood is soft and porous (the higher the grit, the less coarse the sandpaper). It also said to use tack cloth along with it, specifically after the sanding, to pick up all of the dust and particles sanded off of the wood. You can click here to view the article.

So far this is how it’s looking after the first round of sanding.

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I walked over to Bi Mart for these materials and was able to find sandpaper with a grit of 150, along with some tack cloth. Together these cost me only $4.28, pretty cheap!

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And of course as soon as I was ready to get started, my furry sidekick Nessy was sitting on the table, so properly, waiting to assist me ♥

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While I was at the store, I looked in the paint section to see what my options were and what prices I’d be facing later on. I came across a really nice, soft blue color called Serenity Blue. This light color would allow our hardwood floors to stand out quite a bit I think. I’m considering this as one of my color options, but I’d still like to keep myself open to other ideas. I use blue a lot these days, so it might be nice to break out from that, but we will see.

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I might need to go over the first piece once more, I got it pretty well smoothed out, but I might need to make it smoother. I think I’ll ask my husband first what he thinks and then decide. I haven’t done any wood projects before, and he knows a little more about this stuff than I do.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! Any advise or critique is welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!

Entryway Wall Makeover

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing well and having a good week. I wanted to share with you my recent project in the entryway of the apartment.

One of the first areas that I decorated when we moved in was the entryway wall, and I did it in such a rush that everything looked random and not very well put together (in other words, I was too impatient to wait and needed to decorate something, asap). So I decided to redo this wall and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

 

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This is the finished product! My goal for this area was to fill up as much of the blank space as I could, and to make it the area of the apartment where the three of us (me, my husband and my brother in law) could find things of importance and keep each other up to date on things. We haven’t been very good about splitting up chores for example. We all do them, but sometimes we do the same one while the rest of the house is in need of some TLC, so I made a chart for dividing up household duties.

Along with that is our whiteboard calendar. I have had this calendar for almost a year now, and it has served as a helpful tool in keeping each other up to date on our work schedules and other events.

I think my favorite part of this project was finding the black wire basket. I found it at Michaels (I know, shocker) for about $15. I decided to make it our designated mail box where we keep important letters, bills, etc. I actually found a cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby last winter, and I decorated it and used it as a place for our mail, but it wasn’t helpful. Everyone kept forgetting it was on the bookshelf and mail would get lost and forgotten inside of it. So I figured I would start fresh with this wire basket, and make sure it’s well seen so that everyone will remember to open their mail.

I’ve had the decorative signs you see in the top right corner for a while now. I wanted to add them as the final elements to fill in the small space that was left. I found the “Home” sign at a fun little thrift shop called the Find near my college campus. The “131” drawing was made by me, with printer paper and black pen, pretty simple.

I am so glad I redid this wall, not only does it look more organized and put together, but it serves as a go-to area where all of us can keep up with what’s going on. With all of us having opposite work/class schedules, it can be hard to communicate sometimes, so this serves as another way of doing it.

If you are living with several roommates or family members and life gets busy among all of you, maybe try designating a specific area of your home to keeping each other posted and making sure responsibilities are taken care of.  I chose the entryway for this because it’s a spot that you can’t avoid when you walk into the apartment. I have had this up for a week now, and already my life is feeling more together – as much as it can anyway, I’m only 23 and have no idea what I’m doing.  😉

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!