Why you ask?
Well, when we moved in we knew about the lack of overhead lights and knew we’d probably add them at some point so we didn’t want to invest in taller floor lamps since they can be pricy and it would be a cost we couldn’t recoup. (We had ceiling fixtures in our old house.) Given that, the boys’ rooms each got one decorative lamp from our previous master bedroom to tide them over.
Alas, we still haven’t gotten around to adding the ceiling lighting yet, but I figured it was high time to add some brightness to Holden’s room. His room is south and west facing so in the mornings (especially as we head into fall) it can be pretty dark in there with the measly 60 watts. Not to mention we have a few other factors working against us as well…
First up, there were decorative cornice boards left on the windows from the previous owners. They were actually pretty cute and very creatively made with some fabric, PVC piping, and basic wall mounts, but they covered about 25% of each window blocking all that extra light. Also, the lower three quarters of the walls were painted a darker-than-I’d-prefer blue tone which was capped off by some custom 6” oak trophy/memorabilia shelving that spanned the entire room.
So here is my phased plan of attack:
PHASE 1 (this post)
• Remove cornice boards
• Remove 6” oak shelving
• Patch all the holes on the walls from shelving as well as other misc. holes I spotted
PHASE 2 (currently in progress, will be posted later this week)
• Paint; I’m thinking a soft blue-green or blue-gray tone
• Remove old blinds (they were just getting old/dingy and were a mauvy color that I didn’t love)
• Install new 2” faux wood white blinds
• Add some new DIY artwork
• Add re-homed floor lamp I just found in garage that was stored in the depths of our old basement (score!)
PHASE 3 (date TBD, probably a couple weeks)
• Add new drapery rods above windows
• Add new curtains
• Add more new artwork
• Add a cozy seating area for reading books; maybe a fun small bean bag or mini arm chair?
• Spray paint floor lamp a fun color
So let's do this! I got to work on Phase 1 and quickly removed the cornice boards and their mounting hardware and added them to the Restore donation pile. Easy peasy.
Up next was the 6” shelving removal. I removed them all - with some of Eric’s help for the stubborn pieces - by just tapping on their underside to pop them out of the wall mounts they were attached to. I originally numbered and labeled them all because I was intending to store them in the basement so we could reuse them one day when Holden was old enough to be in sports and/or collect other items worthy of display shelves. (For now, the shelves were just a decorating nightmare because you can only add so many small trinkets before it looks chaotic. Because of that, I never even tried to decorate them – just stuck a few random things up there that I had no other home for.)
In the end, Eric suggested we just Craigslist them for FREE to a new home. So up went the CL post and by the next day they were in the hands of another local family who intended to put them in their school-aged son’s bedroom. Since I buy a fair amount of stuff off on Craigslist it felt good to give a little something back to the ol’ CL community and see the shelves go to a good home versus a landfill. If we find ourselves in need of them again one day,
Also, I only primed the blue section of the walls. No need of course to do the upper (already white) part.
Sebastian walked in after nap and said, “Oh, it looks so pretty, Mom!” He’s my biggest painting fan which is pretty darn cute. (Even when it’s only a prime coat!)
Total PHASE 1 Project Cost: $17
Screwdriver: $0, already had
Spackle (for nail holes): $0, already had
Spackle knife: $0, already had
Sand paper: $0, already had
Kilz primer: $17
Paint brush: $0, already had
Paint roller: $0, already had
Disposable paint tray liners: $0, already had
Painter’s tape: $0, already had
That’s a wrap for Phase 1. Stay tuned for Phase 2 coming very soon! Has anyone else ever topped patching 80+ nail holes in one room?