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List your Goals - As with anything in life, it is critical to lay out your goals and a step-by-step process that you can follow. Understand the parameters of your project and if doing something that you are not a professional at, ensure that everything is realistic. Some of the most important questions to first ask yourself are the following:
- What is the budget?
- What room(s) am I working on?
- What is my timeframe?
- What is the desired look, feel, and functionality I want to have achieved?
- Are there any issues or risks?
- Am I the only one involved? Who should I collaborate with?
- Do I need professional help at all during the process
Establish an item-by-item Budget - Of course, depending on the scale and timespan of the project, this figure can drastically change. Sticking to your budget after it’s creation is a totally different challenge. Be cognizant of the fact that you are likely to exceed your budget as certain challenges arise or tasks take longer than expected. Make sure you have enough money to account for this. Make a list of every product and tool needed for the decorating project and research the cheapest yet still most reliable products to purchase.
Bookcase - A bookcase should not be something that is simply overlooked within your home. What is probably located in your living room or another place where you spend a great deal of your time both as a family and entertaining, these articles of furniture undoubtedly showcase some of your most valued possessions. From books to family photos, to children’s trophies and more, adding a pop of color creates a new sense of depth and a focal point for your bookcase.
Interior Door - Just as with the ever popular red exterior door in the United States, adding a bold color to an interior door is not only different but completely changes the feeling in a room. If there is a themed color in a room from the curtains, carpet, couch and more, try to perfectly match this tone on the door as well. A semi gloss or gloss finish is a wise choice here to make the best design statement.
Mirror or Picture Frame - For existing mirrors picture frames that may be white, brown, black, or some other unwanted and perhaps boring color, look to add a splash of color here. This color can complement the painting’s colors itself, or if a mirror, can help tie it in with the color tone’s found in the rest of the room. Use a paper tape outline to the perimeter of the glass, prime the frame, then it is time to paint. Once the paint is dry, adding clear varnish can enhance it’s look.
Stair Risers - How many homes have you been to that have the stair risers painted? This can create a hint of contrast, can hide scuff marks if darker paint is used, and can even showcase a design that when seen from the bottom of the stairs looks like a flowing picture.
- A Piece of Furniture - To really make your furniture pop, add color to a bench, dresser, table, old chair and more. The most successful items to paint are likely to be wood. It is important to first sand these items down, removing any wax buildup with rubbing alcohol. Then prime, and paint with semi-gloss paint. Best of luck, your mini makeover in your home is ready to begin!