KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER
BEDROOM BEFORE & AFTER
LIVING ROOM BEFORE & AFTER
GARAGE BEFORE & AFTER
FIVE TIPS TO GET YOU GOING ON YOUR PROJECT:
Need to get inspired for an “after” photo, but you are still stuck in the “before”? Sometimes it is hard to get going because you imagine the task to be more complicated or costly than it might actually need to be. Here are some tips to get the ball rolling when you need inspiration and you are short on cash.
1. Remove everything out of the space. This really gives a clear perspective of what you have to work with.
2. Consider the bones of your space. Oftentimes you can makeover a room simply by diminishing the impact of things you don’t particularly like. For instance, if you have an ugly window, wimpy trim or less than fabulous mantle you don’t necessarily need to replace it to transform the room. Try to blend unattractive features into the background by avoiding big contrasts in paint colors. Walls, trims and doors can all be the same color. This paint technique can be a really effective trick for a quick and clean makeover.
3. Add to the architecture. If you are lacking in architectural features, why not bring in a couple of bookcases or cabinets and paint them to match your trim? With the right paint job and careful placement, your room will look like you splurged on built ins for a fraction of the cost! If windows are small or uneventful, adding a chunky rod hung higher and wider than your windows can feature great curtains that give your windows greater presence.
4. Minimize imperfections and add some focal points. A few imperfections or less than ideal features don’t usually necessitate a complete remodel. Most rooms can be transformed with much smaller changes. Even many kitchens can be redone on a modest budget. The key is to minimize things you don’t like, emphasize the things you love, and invest in a couple small updates to key areas. New faucets, paint, lighting, and new cabinet hardware can be great places to start. With an empty room, it is much easier to visualize what can be done to improve it without breaking the bank.
5. Add only positive contributors back in. With a few cosmetic updates taken care of, you are ready for the fun part. Putting it all back together again. But this time, only put back what adds to the room. Instead of filling it back up with clutter or random things you had in there before, try to unify your new room with items that contribute in a positive way. It would be better to have a nearly empty room than too much clutter or things that don’t really work in the room. Don’t be afraid of empty space!
Speaking of before and afters, we have a little project going on at our house. Remember project #431 on my to do list, the site of the “dead giraffe incident“? Well, there might still be a dead giraffe in there somewhere, but not for long!
That hallway is getting a makeover. It had the dingiest wallpaper ever, and I am happy to say that after this complete mess, the paper is now a fading memory. Now, for primer and paint. Simple makeover, but it will be much fresher and cleaner.
So, how about you this weekend? What projects do you have going on?
Photos: HGTV Green Design