It’s been a year since my husband Austin and I first toured our fixer-upper and it’s been nine months since we moved in. A lot of major changes have happened with our home and our household since January. In a little less than a month, we’re expecting our first child. That news accelerated some giant ideas we were going to wait on (like fully gutting the kitchen), minimized the importance of projects we had planned to do earlier (like resurfacing the family room walls), and some low-priority things (like decorating our bedroom) have gotten tackled between larger renovations when we probably would have put them off for a while longer.
Our bedroom was celery green when we moved in. It was one of the first rooms we painted before our furniture arrived, knowing it would be easy to live in that space without much effort. As bad as some of the other rooms were, this room didn’t require much attention to make it livable. Other than painting, the only thing that had been done to the bedroom between January and July was the removal of small ceiling molding in February. We didn’t have the motivation or time to replace the molding or to fix up the rest of the space. After we demoed the kitchen in August, we found out there was an almost monthlong delay with our cabinets. We had planned to go full-force on a tight schedule but were at a standstill until the cabinets arrived. We blocked off three days that had originally been meant for kitchen projects and refocused on cost-effective changes in our bedroom that would make the space feel finished before the baby arrives.
We repurposed, repainted, and reworked the elements in the bedroom to make them feel more polished without having to rely on new items. Other than a new rug, two bedside lamps and a few plants, the items we decorated with were things we already owned or refinished to work in the space. It’s not the most dramatic reveal, but it definitely has changed the way I feel when I wake up in this space and will be a comfortable, cohesive place to hibernate this winter with our little babe. This project reminds me that the small projects we put off or just live with can be improved with a little dedicated time and some effort. —Lauren