Sometimes fixing up a house seems like a never-ending task. And actually that is exactly what it is, if you want to keep your home well-maintained and cared for. Living in an older house definitely has its challenges, but it also has its own unique charm. The house we moved into summer before last is perfect for our family! It has enough room for a family with two teenagers, as well as room for all of my art / sewing / design projects, our Daddy’s music, and even room for my office. But it is an older home, so there are always projects that need our attention. This past weekend we finished painting our youngest daughter’s bedroom, so now we just have some details to take care of in there.
Our next project is the family room with is lovely but rather old-fashioned. Now I actually like the “old-fashioned” look of it all, but I will admit that it is beginning to feel kind of tired and . . . dreary. As I’ve been doing some investigation online (especially on Pinterest, of course!) I’ve noticed that there is a lot of neutrals going on out there in the interior design world, all of which is kind of refreshing and bright. So even though I’ve never been one to follow any particular style trend, I do like to lighter look of black, white, and gray with pops of color here and there. But when you are on a pretty limited budget, you really have to get creative!
The easiest way to brighten up a dreary, dark room is with a fresh coat of paint. So that’s the first step (well, after we remove the wall paper border that has been up there I think since 1987!) and then we will paint the walls a light gray or off white. If we go with gray on the walls then we can do the base boards and ceiling with the off white and use some black accents. Then if we want to add red accents in pillows or cushions or wall hangings, we can! Or if next spring we decide to brighten things up with royal blue or turquoise or even lime green, we can do that too!
The first project I decided to tackle to give me a bit of motivation for painting (which is such a huge, time-consuming, and exhausting task) is to create a few wall hangings. Since the whole farm house theme is pretty popular right now, I decided to take a look and see what that means. And even though we live in a farm community with lots of farms and corn fields all around us, we are actually not farmers and our home is not a farm house . . . but I guess that doesn’t matter except that the real farmers around here might have an opinion about that!
So I found a few thing that will move us in the direction of lighter, brighter, and neutral tones in our family room and I am going to create a few wall hangings for our entry way. With all of the resources available online these days, it is pretty easy and inexpensive to design a few wall hangings with free images and then just print them out on canvas or even poster board, pop them in a frame (or not!) and create your own little art gallery on any room of your house. Here are a few designs that I created to get me started.
I would love to hear any ideas you might have for how you fix up your home on a budget. We’ve got a ton more projects to work on this fall and winter, so I’ll be looking for ideas along the way. Off to the next event today . . . it’s going to be a busy one!