I am so excited to share this project with the world! The client of this project just so happens to be my cousin and we had a tight deadline to work with; believe it or not I only had seven days to turn this room upside down and into a place of sanctuary where she could feel relaxed and not reminded of the hardships she's gone through in life. She had struggled through substance abuse and depression, and her space certainly reflected that. On top of the deadline I of course had a budget to work with of only $2500.00.This is our BEFORE panoramic:
As you can see she had many problems with the bedroom that I needed to provide solutions to:
- The room was only a total of about 156 sq ft and all of that space was consumed by clutter.
- Furniture was too large for the bedroom. Not to mention they were all hand me down pieces, they didn't work for the space, and they were never being used.
- Lack of ORGANIZATION.
- The paint on the walls and entry door was unfinished and 3 different colors in an attempt to paint over the writing on the walls with permanent markers.
- One of the mirrored closet doors was painted on and written all over in permanent markers as well.
- Poor use of space.
- Lack of lighting.
The first night we focused on trashing everything. We got rid of I want to say at least 5-6 trash bags worth of stuff; two of which being 36 gallon bags! The large bookshelf on the right, the chest of drawers on the left, the desk on the right, and the chairs you'll see in this 1st progress photo was all removed by local junk haulers; along with that they also took about 3 boxes of old books (she loves to read) and maybe a few bags of old clothes to be donated.
She did her laundry and organized her closet this night as well and discovered that her TV still worked! She was able to go to bed with fresh sheets and a clean floor (even under the bed)! Lookin' awesome already right!?
The next day it was time for PRIMER! My sister actually ended up taking the sleigh bed frame off her hands since it was actually meant for a queen sized bed and my cousin had a full. She wanted her walls to be metallic silver so we used a tinted primer and discovered we'd have to do two coats which ate up 2 of our seven days! We also had to install 2 coats of the metallic paint so that was 4 whole days with out being able to install shelving, decor, or furniture.
After ALLLL of the painting, we soon after went shopping at Home Goods, Cost Plus World Market, The Container Store etc., and I even made her a DIY palette lounger bed that sits on casters so she can move that around her room if she wanted! Here's a picture of me staining the wood, do you like my sexy work gloves and pajama pants?
So the moment every one is waiting for! The final product!!
The solutions to the problems:
- Got rid of all the excess clutter by removing all unnecessary knick knacks, clothes, books and trash.
- Removed bulky furniture and replaced it with smaller and more versatile pieces that doubled as storage and easily moveable.
- Organized her closet, added cool shelving to display her books that she kept and used furniture that doubled as storage.
- Painting the walls correctly.
- Used paint stripper on mirror and saved it from being covered in ink and paint for years by removing it.
- Space planned and opened up the floor plan. Made use of ALL of her space.
- Added 2 more table lamps with brighter bulbs. During the day lighting isn't an issue but it is very dark in the evenings. She was using the hall light to bring light in.
Now originally she mentioned she wanted to go with the moroccan motif and slowy I realized that it really wasn't what she was looking for. So we ended up calling it the "bohemian sea gypsy den" and went for more of a boho style. Here are some more photos! What do you think?
The little clock on the left will soon be replaced with some really cool custom painted ceramic taxidermy heads! Oh the awesome finds of Etsy..
I also made the canopy that is hanging over her bed! Six yards of fabric and 2 yards of each trim and ta-da! It was originally going to be a dark red color but sadly the fabric store was out of the red so we went with a burnt orange! Everything you see was installed by me and I have to say I am awfully proud of myself! I got to use a drill and made plenty of trips to The Home Depot. Girl Power!
This was the lounge I made!
Some of the colors in the rugs I used on the floors.
Phew! In the end she was very happy and grateful for her new space and that is all an interior designer could ask for! Would you turn your bedroom into a eclectic and colorful palace? Allow me to help!
P.S.: All of the above photos I have taken myself and if you plan to use them for any which reason please e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know where you have used them. Thank you! Enjoy!