The turquoise paint was a bit dark for a basement room. I think sometimes we (people) like a certain color, but aren't sure how to pick that color. This can result in colors that are super dark with no variation. Meaning they look like colors one might use on a poster board to make a sign, but perhaps not the best for walls in a home - as they come off too dark or harsh. I remember once picking a brown that looked awesome on the paint chip, but turned out horrid on the wall. To save myself from that mistake (most of the time) I now see colors I like in the store and then google that color on the internet before I buy the paint. Images will pop up of others who have used that same color in their home. Check out a couple of images and see what you think. I never pick a color without googling images on that color beforehand. Houzz.com or Pintrest are great places to search potential colors as well.
This room is pretty large and has some great features, mainly a large window (since it's in the basement, that's a great feature). It has great lines so the room isn't just square and a built in desk that although pretty old and dated turned out great painted. Don't be too quick to tear something out or get rid or something. Sometimes it can turn into an awesome "save."
We pulled up the carpet. This is one of the simplest jobs to do. Just go to the corner and pull it up. Then pull up the pad. You will likely need a metal scraper to pull up the little pieces of carpet pad that are stuck to the glue on the floor. Then you need to pull up the tack strip. Get a pry bar. Place the pry bar until a nail in the tack strip. Hit the pry bar with a hammer. It will pop up the nail-loosening the tack strip. Move along the wall and pop up all of the nails. Then just sweep up. The whole process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, but it's a great way to save some money.
Notice how my walls, don't look very pink. That's good. Once we add the white wainscoting on the bottom of the walls, the pink will naturally pop.
Laying wood or laminate floors is super easy. So easy in fact that I made each of my kids help me do some of their rooms. If you can do a puzzle, you can lay a wood floor. It will save you thousands of dollars. You tube is your friend. My husband and I google everything and watch how-to videos before attempting it ourselves.
The picture to the right is after we added new baseboards. I love the MDF flat 6" baseboards. Easy to paint. Easy to clean. Look great.
The picture above is the new light installed above the desk. We picked out a cute knob and the desk was done. The picture below shows the new bedroom light. I love this Capiz chandelier from World Market. If you wait for a 40% of coupon it's under $40.
It pays to have a husband that used to be an electrician. Here he is changing out all the outlets and switches to white. Huge difference.
No room is complete in my opinion until it has some type of wainscoting or board and batten or some added wood touch. It's simple to do, pretty inexpensive and adds a ton to any room.
Here we chose a simple white MDF (real wood is a lot more expensive-ask for MDF at Home Depot or Lowes if you want to save a lot of money.) Each 12 foot piece was about $8.00. We spent about $150 on new baseboards and all the wood squares. Not bad at all. We also re-used the old baseboards to create a chair rail on the top to finish the design. You can see it below.
Here is the room mostly finished. I spent very little on accessories, but the room didn't need much since the stencil and the wood work is enough.
STAY TUNED for the boys room. :)