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- Minneapolis, MN
- U.S. Owner
- My room makeover::
- My husband and I recently purchased a new home this past June, and although the previous owners lived here for 53 years and kept the house in great shape, every room in the house is outdated. Right away we had a million DIY projects going on at once--tearing down wallpaper, painting our exterior, demo-ing our basement--and I felt we needed to at least just finish one room in order to keep us sane. This was the best decision; it has been so have a "safe haven" of sorts in the midst of an entire house renovation. My mom and I ripped up the carpet on the day we closed on our house, and soon after I worked on tearing off all of the trim, painting walls and woodwork, re-working the closet, hanging a new ceiling fan, and installing new trim and baseboards. Both the platform bed and Ikea dresser makeover were DIY projects I had completed at our old house. The entire project took about one month in the midst of work and grad-school, and only cost about $300!
- My makeover advice::
- In a whole-house reno, I would highly recommend going room-by-room or at least finishing your bedroom first. Once I finished the trim and baseboards, I was so thankful that I wasn't doing trim everywhere in the house at once. Second tip: paint your baseboards and trim before installing. I didn't do that, which made painting them tedious!
- What I love most about my new space::
- The black window trim and the ceiling fan! The decision to paint the windows black was kind of on a whim, and we couldn't be happier with it as it adds a bit of drama to the room. I was so pumped to find this ceiling fan at Home Depot ($120)! I have a love/hate relationship with ceiling fans as they are SO nice to sleep with but definitely can be an eyesore. We love this one because it is quiet, has no pull-chain (controlled by remote!), and is easy on the eyes. One of my husband's requests is that our house have a hint of masculinity throughout. I love how this room turned out in terms of balance--a little vintage, a little glam, a little modern, a little rustic, a little masculine.