One would think that when you build a brand new house, everything is exactly how you want it and a room makeover would be years away. But in reality, there are budgets, and therefore sacrifices, you have to make. Or, you can’t agree with your partner on a wall color so you just slap on a neutral color because it should be easier with which to work.
Part of our downstairs includes two rooms, joined together by a wall with a large doorway. When it was built, it was meant to be a formal dining and living room. However, there is nothing formal about our family, so for a long time it never got used. First, it was the kids’ play area. Then it was a stock room when I sold LuLaRoe. When that venture ended, there were large holes in the walls from hangers and shelves so once again, it wasn’t used for a while. Then it became my office because I loved how this area of the house was cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and had amazing views of both our front and back acreage.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this project, so here’s a look at what the room looked like before. When I first started tearing it apart. Before our room makeover, obviously.
It felt dark and depressing. I started tearing apart the room and moving things out. I’m sorry you had to see this 😳
Starting Our Extreme Room Makeover
The first step was spackling all the holes in the walls. Then, I started testing out colors. I found this one very bright blue that I thought would be amazing! On the paint chip in the store and in the tester container, it looked amazing. However, once I put it on the wall, I knew we needed to head in a totally different direction.
I felt like there was a horrific Smurf murder that happened in there. Even my husband hated it. I headed back to The Home Depot for color chips and a few samples.
See the color chip at the bottom? When I chose it, I figured the dark color would be a stretch, but once we had it up there, we couldn’t imagine any other color!
Here’s what scared me about this dark blue… first, when you paint with dark colors, you’re more likely to see imperfections and flaws in both the wall (my spackling job) and in the paint (if you don’t paint it well enough). I also didn’t want to the room to feel dark, even though it has 3 windows and light from the windows in the attached space.
The first thing I did was to start painting over the areas that I had repaired. That way, I could see immediately the places that needed better spackling or more sanding. I also carefully taped off the ceiling and the baseboard. I also taped off the sockets and wall switches; this was dumb. It makes way more sense to take them off.
That was my first lesson in painting. Did I mention that I’ve NEVER actually painted a room before?
Once the first wall was painted, you guys, I was IN LOVE!
It was the perfect color! It looked amazing and my creativity was energized! I finished painting the rest of the room. The color I chose was Durango Blue S5106 by Behr Paint. I used an eggshell finish because I didn’t want something glossy (greater chance of seeing mistakes) but I wanted a finish that was durable and could be gently scrubbed, if needed.
I used Frog Tape to protect the ceiling and baseboard because, in my experience, it’s the best!
So, here it is! Our *nearly* final room makeover! I have a few things I still want done, but they’re minor.
I have my desk set up in the middle so I can use my lighting behind it for live videos and vlogs. I have the rustic reclaimed wood shelves that I built behind my desk for my collection of Marvel, Disney, and Star Wars memorabilia.
I kept the same curtains because, even though I thought I’d replace them, they look amazing against the blue.
I also love the stark white trim against this color. I plan on adding more shelves because I’m so pleased with how they turned out, especially with the DIY rustic shelf brackets.
The only thing I’d change at this point is to maybe replace the carpeting with some hardwood, laminate, or bamboo flooring because I have the worst office chair mat in history.
But, I love the color, I love the shelving, and I’m so pleased with the final result!