De-clutter and Restyle Your Home

Firstly I owe you an apology for my lateness. If there’s one thing you can be guaranteed of with me it’s that I take too much on, and I’m always late. I owed you Week 9 – De-clutter and Restyle of my Quarantine DIY Home Projects two weeks ago. I hope it’s worth the wait.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen that my husband and I bought our first investment property at the end of July – The Hygge Suite. We couldn’t be happier! It’s a one bedroom condo on a beautiful lake in northern Minnesota, and more importantly, it’s the first step on a path to becoming real estate investors and not just homeowners. However it also came at the same time as my return to full time work, and the tail-end of finishing our bathroom renovation. So things have been a little hectic these past few weeks, as we realize every day how much STUFF you need to set up a vacation rental!

So I will apologize for the lateness of the final two installments of the Quarantine DIY Home Projects, but I’ll hopefully make up for it by bringing you more content on how we set up our vacation rental business and how we completed a full renovation of a tired northern cabin into a modern Scandinavian retreat. Deal!?

Great! Now we’ve got the grovelling out of the way, let’s take a look at this week’s Quarantine DIY Home Projects – De-clutter and Restyle. A pretty broad topic, but another low / zero cost way to instantly make your room feel and look better.

House Doctoring

If you’re reading this and you’re British, like me, you may remember a TV show back in the late 90’s early 00’s called House Doctor with Anne Maurice a Californian Real Estate Stylist. If you don’t, then you’ve definitely missed out on a huge piece of TV gold! The popularity of the show led to the terms “house doctoring”, “curb appeal” and “de-clutter” to be common household terms in British homes. Her mantra was to de-clutter, de-personalize, then add back in some tasteful personality that we know today as home staging. This show had a profound impact on me personally and ever since I’ve styled my homes in this way to make them more sale-able.

scandinavian room interior with mockup photo frame and vase
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

Now I’m not going to make this article all about painting your walls off-white and removing all personal belongings. That might be great for selling your home, but what if you actually want to live there? Having personal belongings and trinkets out is a must to make a home feel like a home, but you can and should be careful about how many and what you place on display. But where to start? Here are some tips to get you going.

1. Tidy Up

A great many of us have now been working from home, or at least in our homes more than we’ve ever been before, and that means one thing – messiness! Even if you’re the tidiest person ever, I’m probably betting that you’ve created at least some more mess than usual. So a great place to start would be tidying up.

If you’re like me and find yourself walking around from room to room in a daze getting distracted and overwhelmed when trying to tidy, read this from Apartment Therapy on 3 Tidying-Up Tricks Everyone Needs to Know Right Now for some solid tidying up tips. (She says while grabbing her laundry basket for all the crap…)

2. Sort

While tidying, you may find things that you no longer need or want, so instead of putting them back on the shelf, toss them to one side to sell or donate. For this task, you’ll probably need to dig a little deeper than surface level mess. What about the dreaded junk drawer? Or (shudder) the closet? You could go all Marie Kondo and throw all your clothes onto the bed to sort through them, throwing any that don’t ‘spark joy’.

anonymous black girl lying on stack of clothes in bedroom
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However if that prospect scares you (yes!!) then at least skim the closet and donate anything you haven’t worn for at least a year. The same rings true with home furnishings. Trends change, and don’t tend to come back into fashion for a number of years. So instead of hoarding old decor in the cupboard ‘just in case’, donate it or sell it. With all the money you make from selling them, you could invest in some new updated decor!

3. Re-purpose

Not everything that you don’t want anymore needs to be sold or donated. What about re-using? Or re-purposing? Maybe that antique mahogany table would look great painted white? Or the floral armchair re-covered in a clean crisp white linen? Get creative! There are literally thousands of DIY hacks out there to inspire you, just try searching Pinterest!

Image Courtesy of Kendra Dare Home

A great DIY hack, and also a great de-cluttering hack is this one from Kendra Dare Home about Nooks and Crannies. Here she re-purposed an old media cabinet to become a tasteful and practical storage cupboard for all her mud room needs, and added tonnes of personality in a seemingly unsuspecting corner of her home.

4. If in doubt… baskets

If you’re not a naturally tidy person (like me), then the answer every time is baskets! Baskets come in all shapes and sizes and are super stylish for an array of different interior styles from bohemian to farmhouse. Toss children’s toys and games in there, dog toys, newspapers, magazines, whatever you have lying around that constitutes clutter. With a basket you can least hide the clutter and make it look somewhat disguised.

For my pick of the best baskets on Amazon here are a few to choose from. Please Pin It!

  1. BlueMake Woven Seagrass Belly Basket
  2. Goodpick 2pack Jute Hanging Basket
  3. Storage Basket Felt Storage Bin Collapsible & Convenient Box Organizer
  4. Sweetzer & Orange Large Woven Cotton Rope Storage Basket
  5. Extra Large Woven Storage Basket
  6. Spectrum Diversified Vintage Extra Large Cabinet & Wall-Mounted Basket
  7. Large Woven Rope Basket
  8. LUFOFOX Cotton Woven Storage Baskets

Thanks for reading!

Jo

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How To Makeover a Cane Chair

In this blog post, I wanted to inspire you with how easily and affordably you can makeover a cane chair, or any chair for that matter. All it takes is some paint, some fabric and some time.

Cane chair after paint and new fabric
Cane chair after

What You’ll Need:

For this ‘how to guide’ I used spray paint and regular acrylic paint, however you can also use chalk paint to makeover furniture. The advantages of this, is that you don’t have to sand or prime the furniture beforehand. To read how to paint furniture with chalk paint read my blog here.

Cane chair before
Cane chair before

STEP 1: The first thing you should do is to give the chair a very light sand with 180 grit sandpaper and fill any holes or damaged parts with some wood filler. Once the wood filler is dry, then lightly sand the filled areas.

Cane chair being primed

STEP 2: Once the surfaces of the chair are smooth and free of damage, wipe the chair to remove all traces of dust. Now you’re ready to apply the primer coat of paint. I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X in Flat White which is a paint and primer. I applied two coats to the finished cane areas, and one coat to the wood. I recommend this product as it creates a nice even finish in just two coats. You can buy it here from Amazon as a 6 pack. I used about two cans of spray paint to complete this chair.

Cane chair masked for finish coat of painting

STEP 3: Once the primed coat on the wood and finish coat on the cane are dry, you’re ready to mask the cane, and apply the finish coat of paint to the wood. I used Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex paint and color matched it to a grey I loved from our kitchen cabinets. However, you could also use the Rust-Oleum spray paint to apply the finish coat.

STEP 4: You should now have a completely painted chair, ready for new upholstery. I cheated here, as I don’t own a sewing machine any more. I took my fabric to a local sewing shop with the old cushion inner and they made a new cover for me for $50. But if you do have a sewing machine, it’s pretty easy to make a new cover. I chose a classic farmhouse ticking stripe fabric in grey and white from Best Fabric Store. However make sure to choose an upholstery grade fabric to make sure it’s suitable.

And that’s it! You now have a beautiful new cane chair!

As I mentioned, you can apply these steps to any chair you decide to makeover. It doesn’t have to be a cane chair. However, watch out for upholstered chairs with fixed cushions, as unless you’re skilled at re-upholstering, it won’t be a simple case of swapping out the chair cushion cover. So my tip is to look for loose cushion options to keep the costs down.

Please feel free to Pin It!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Jo

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Paint an Easy Feature Wall

If you’re like me, you’ve got to have a house project on the go at any one time. I’m literally itching to get started on the next as soon as I complete the last! This week I’ll be sharing ideas of small Quarantine DIY Projects you can do with paint. This one focusses on how to paint an easy feature wall.

Tools You Will Need

This is a super simple DIY project, that I dare even the most inexperienced DIY-er to do!

You need:

  • Paint roller and tray
  • Paint brush (I’d recommend a 1″ angled brush)
  • Painters tape
  • Dust sheets
  • Paint
  • Spackling, fine sandpaper (I’d recommend 180 or 220 grit) and a spatula – only if the wall needs repair before painting

It’ll probably take you 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the size of your wall and your level of experience. Afterwards you’ll have a transformed room for less than $100! Worth a try right!?

My Mini-Makeover

For my feature wall paint project, I used the spare bedroom. These rooms have been somewhat neglected since we moved in. A lick of paint and the furniture from our old house and they were good to go. We kept the Golden Oak windows and trim, but after watching countless hours of HGTV, I’ve come to realize that white is definitely the way to go with trim. So we also replaced it during this mini-makeover.

Spare bedroom before
Spare bedroom before
Spare bedroom after first renovation
Spare bedroom after first renovation – definitely better
Spare bedroom with paint feature wall
Spare bedroom after mini-makeover with a painted feature wall and white trim – much better!
Spare bedroom feature wall before
Spare bedroom feature wall before
Spare bedroom feature wall after
Spare bedroom feature wall after

So that the wall decoration didn’t get lost on the dark wall, I chose to swap the existing decor for some white trophies which were unused from another part of the house. They definitely stand out on the dark wall.

Spare bedroom feature wall after
Spare bedroom feature wall after

Step by Step Guide to Painting a Feature Wall

Here are 7 simple steps on how to paint a feature wall. You can save this to your Pinterest board to find it easily in future.

Step by step guide to paint a feature wall

I’ve also compiled a handy Pinterest board of painting pro tips. You can check it out by clicking on the Pinterest link to my profile or here.

I’d love to see your mini-makeovers of easy painted feature walls. Share them with me in the comments below or on social.

Happy Painting!

Jo @britflipper