DIY Bedroom Remodel Made Easy
If you want to create a sanctuary in your home without breaking the bank, consider a DIY bedroom remodel. Bedroom re-do’s have a great return on investment (ROI) and are typically much less expensive than a kitchen or bathroom update. They also tend to be a lot more fun! Keep reading to get started on your DIY bedroom remodel.
Ask yourself some basic questions about what changes you’d like to see. For inspiration, spend some time browsing online or in brick-and-mortar stores to see what’s new and what appeals to you. What’s your personal style? Country, conservative, chic, hip? At this stage, dream big! You can adapt your dreams to your budget as you move forward with your project. Do you want to change your window coverings? Purchase blackout curtains? Open up walls? Add bathrooms? Or, will a coat of paint and some new bedding be enough to lift your spirits? Gather images for future reference. You can also browse online home decorating magazines for bedroom layout ideas, color pairing options, and playful accent pieces. If you need help visualizing your space, utilize an online room decoration simulator.
Prepare a Budget
Now that you have a good sense of what you want to create, it’s time to figure out how much it’s going to cost. Budget the cost of materials and, if you don’t have a fully equipped workshop, the cost of tools. If you are planning a larger renovation and don’t have specialized tools, consider tool rental options. If you are purchasing new furniture, window coverings, bedding, light fixtures, lamps, and artwork for the walls, be sure to include these items in the budget. Consider adding a 5 percent “reserve” to your budget for unforeseen costs. Decide if you can afford the project in its current iteration. If not, no worries! Your budget can be altered until you have a financially feasible plan.
Now that you have your finalized plans in place, you need to figure out a way to pay for the remodel. Not everyone has that much money tucked away in a savings account, so it might be worth taking out a short-term personal loan rather than using your credit card. Personal loans typically have lower interest rates, and taking out a loan (and repaying it on time!) can help improve your credit rating. ConsumersAdvocate.org says just be sure to go with a reputable lender and read all the fine print with regards to fees and repayment.
Decluttering is the first step in any renovation project. Get rid of anything that you don’t use or that takes up too much space. It’s much easier to renovate an empty room compared to a cluttered one. Consider making a mini bedroom in another area of your home while renovations are occurring. Clutter can distract you from your greater DIY vision.
Once the room is ready for paint, you are getting close to completion. When deciding on a color, consider a calming tone such as light grey, soft pink, or eggshell white. If you want to make your space appear larger, use a light color. Start your painting process from the ceiling and work your way down. When priming your room, consider a paint primer that paints pink, but dries white. Not only will you save time, but you will save yourself the aggravation that comes with painting the same area over-and-over. To ensure maximum drying, consider waiting several days between paint layers.
Once the paint is dry, it’s time to move in. Put-up the curtains, assemble the bed, hang the artwork, and add a few final touches. Once you’re finished, you will likely want to spend a lot more time in your newly decorated bedroom!
Article provided by Ray Flynn from DIYGuys.net.