Two Day Makeover~Day Two


Welcome back to my Two Day Makeover Series!  In these posts I will take you through a recent room makeover beginning to end.  This project began as a typical online design plan project for Brian and Heidi's nursery.  Until I decided to fly to Denver to install the room, all by myself (no painters, carpenters or design assistants) in just two days (which is where the "challenge" comes in). 

The second day was a little crazy.  The mural project absorbed most of day one which left everything else for day two.  Not only did I need to finish the room, but I also had to shop for a new lamp (the sleeping bag was cute, but not quite as functional).  





I wasted no time installing drapes, hanging artwork and staging accessories.   






 My trip to the store became little frantic.  We didn't know our way around town and relied solely on my GPS.  We ended up in a traffic jam that set us way back.  I learned that my go-to discount home stores are not quite the same in Denver as they are in Michigan when it comes to their lamp selection.  






I'll admit that I broke a sweat at one point thinking that we may not have cute lamp for the reveal.  I was faced with the option to ditch my efforts to find a lamp or ditch my closet painting project that still needed to be completed.







  That was when the Heavens shined a light over our traffic jam onto a Bed Bath and Beyond.  Score.  
I had just enough time to finish painting the closet.








We had a only few minutes to sit and enjoy our hard work before Brian and Heidi came home for the reveal.  We were still covered in paint when they arrived.







This Two Day Makeover series includes:

8. Details About the Space
9.  Easy Step-by-Step Mural Tutorial


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For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.

Two Day Makeover~Day One


Welcome back to my Two Day Makeover Series!  In these posts I will take you through a recent room makeover beginning to end.  This project began as a typical online design plan project for Brian and Heidi's nursery.  Until I decided to fly to Denver to install the room, all by myself (no painters, carpenters or design assistants) in just two days (which is where the "challenge" comes in). 

In an effort to keep the room somewhat of a surprise, I've converted the behind the scenes photos to black and white.  I started day one by opening the boxes and taking inventory.  






Everything I ordered was there with one exception.  The adorable lamp in the inspiration board was shipped in the form of a sleeping bag.  I'll admit I was bummed, the lamp I chose for the space was so cute,  however I knew we could easily find a replacement.  The company that made the mistake apologized profusely and made it right.  







Using my GPS I located the local coffee shop and paint store and headed into town to gather fuel and supplies.  {Since we arrived at night, this was my first glimpse of the mountains.  Amazing.}. 







The design plan I created for the nursery provided two options for a fantastic focal point behind the crib.  The first option was the gorgeous pre-made mountain photo wall mural I showed you in the design plan post.  The second option was a simple DIY painted mountain mural.  Providing two options gave the client the power to decide whether they wanted to tackle a DIY project or purchase a pre-made wall hanging.  Either way, the room would look great.  Since I was there installing the design, and the client requested to be completely surprised by the room at the reveal, the choice was up to me.  

 DIY painted mural it was. 





I gathered all the painting supplies I needed to paint the room and the mural and headed back to the nursery.







I'll be sharing a step by step tutorial on the mountain mural at the end of this series. 







 I started by sketching the design on the wall with chalk.  I went for a simple, whimsical silhouette to keep the room feeling playful and child-like.  






Using detail brushes and regular wall paint I filled in the sketch.  






A few times during the process, Hannah took over to give me a little break.  The mural was the most time consuming part of this makeover, but it went by fast.  Even though it took almost all of day one, I wasn't worried about time.  I could already see the room coming together and having my design plan in hand helped keep the project on track. 

We even had time for a fabulous dinner {in the company of an owl} on Brian and Heidi's patio with a view of the rockies in the distance.





  Since makeovers are my profession, I was able to accomplish a lot in a short period of time.  I realize that painting a room in one day (including a mural) is not a realistic goal for someone that is not a professional.  My advice if you are going to tackle a full room makeover DIY style, is to take your time.  I would give yourself more than two days and enjoy the process.  Especially if it is your first attempt at a mural, it may take a little time and patience to get your technique down.  A simple, whimsical design like this playful mountain silhouette is great for a first time muralist.

After the mural was complete, I wrapped up the day painting the remaining walls.






End of day one, painting done. 
 Next up…I finish the room on day two!

This Two Day Makeover series includes:

8. Details About the Space
9.  Easy Step-by-Step Mural Tutorial


© Copyright 2013 The Yellow Cape Cod
For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.

Two Day Makeover~Game On!


Welcome back to my Two Day Makeover Series.  In these posts I will take you through a recent room makeover beginning to end.  This project began as a typical online design plan project for Brian and Heidi's nursery.  Until I decided to fly to Denver to install the room, all by myself (no painters, carpenters or design assistants) in just two days (which is where the "challenge" comes in). 

Today's post is the official start of the trip. 
The day I packed up my game and headed out west.





My game consisted of my design plan, my thirteen year old daughter, Hannah, and camera-shy sister, Laura, (to snap photos during the makeover).






The two day time frame was a little tight to start with.  My plan was to arrive Thursday afternoon, settle in, take inventory of the deliveries and visit the paint store to gather paint and supplies.  That left me with two full days, Friday and Saturday, to complete the room.  That was a great plan until our flight times changed with an additional flight delay once we reached the airport.




The trip was just getting started and by the time I boarded I was ready for bed. Apparently the random guy next to me was feeling the same way. Good thing my shoulder was there for him.





Goodbye Detroit, 


Hello Denver.

When we arrived, I headed straight for the nursery.  The official two-day-time-clock didn't start until the morning but I had to take a peek. 





My deliveries were there waiting for me to open first thing in the morning.  It felt like Christmas.
All of this…




...in one big pile.  Brian and Heidi kept their promise not to peek in any of the boxes.  This meant it was still unknown if everything I ordered made it there in time. 

Next up… day one of the makeover.

This Two Day Makeover series includes:

8. Details About the Space
9.  Easy Step-by-Step Mural Tutorial


© Copyright 2013 The Yellow Cape Cod
For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.

Two Day Makeover~The Design Plan


Yesterday, I kicked off my Two Day Makeover series.  In these posts I will take you through a recent room makeover beginning to end.  This project began as a typical online design plan project for Brian and Heidi's nursery.  Until I decided to fly to Denver to install the room, all by myself (no painters, carpenters or design assistants) in just two days (which is where the "challenge" comes in). 

The Design Plan

 I started this project the usual way, by having Brian and Heidi complete my project questionnaire.  The questionnaire gave me insight into their design preferences, lifestyle and budget.  It also told me everything I needed to know about the space (including photos and measurements).

Here are photos of the room submitted by Brian and Heidi…


   
After the questionnaire consultation I got to work designing their nursery.  As with all online design projects, I created a plan that included an inspiration board, a shopping list with specific product sources, a true to scale floor plan, and simple step-by-step instructions on how to implement the design.  


Here is the inspiration board I created for them...






Here is an illustration of the room and new furniture arrangement…




Brian and Heidi plan to spend a lot of family time together in the mountains throughout Sully's childhood.  (Sully is the babies name, isn't it cute?)  Heidi mentioned that she loved the "let him sleep…" quote and from that, the mountain theme was conceived.  To get the creative process started, I began studying mountain images.  This image really stood out to me (a photo wall mural found here)  and strongly influenced the design...






From this image, I drew inspiration from the beautiful snow capped mountains and the amazing color palette of gray, dark blue, citrus green and brown. Brian and Heidi chose a beautiful crib, dresser and rocker and had it on order when we began working together.  Based on the budget Brian and Heidi set, I completed the nursery design with drapery, bedding, storage, custom paint colors, art and accessories.  




After the design plan was complete, I ordered everything on the product source list and had it shipped directly to Brian and Heidi's home in Denver.  Since they decided to be completely surprised by the room design at the big reveal, Brian and Heidi had strict instructions not to peek in any of the boxes.   

Next up... I pack up my design plan, leave Detroit and fly to Denver.  

This Two Day Makeover series includes:

8. Details About the Space
9.  Easy Step-by-Step Mural Tutorial



© Copyright 2013 The Yellow Cape Cod
For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.

Real Life Two Day Makeover Challenge

Remember when I announced my plan to fly to Denver, Colorado and implement a design plan I created for an online design client?  (If you missed it you can read about it here, to learn about my online design plan service, click here).  

Well, I did it. 

 It was an amazing experience that I'm so excited to share.  I have to admit, the crazy two day time frame posed some challenges.  Especially since I chose to implement this design all by myself (no painters, carpenters, or design assistants).  Just me, my design plan, my sister and daughter (there to take pictures) and two days.  In most cases, my clients have more than two days and one person to install their custom design.  I set these limits in order to put my online design service to the ultimate test.


{Me, exhausted, covered in paint waiting for the clients to come home for the big reveal}



Today, I would like to kick off a series of posts that will take you behind the scenes of this makeover.  The homeowner's (Brian and Heidi) chose to be completely surprised by the room design, so you won't see them until the big reveal.  

This series includes:

8. Details About the Space
9.  Easy Step-by-Step Mural Tutorial


Stop by tomorrow for the first post, The Design Plan. 


© Copyright 2013 The Yellow Cape Cod
For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.

Client Appreciation Month~Your Art is On Me, One Week Left...

  What an incredible spring!  This year, I've had an amazing response to my online design service.  To show my appreciation to my online design clients, I am hosting client appreciation month.  

Anyone who purchases an online design plan by 5/31/13, will be entered into a drawing to win an awesome piece of art {chosen by me} specifically for their space.  Up to a $400 value.   One entry per space, previous clients that have purchased online designs between 12/1/12 and 5/31/13 will also be entered into the drawing.  The winner will be selected randomly and notified privately 6/1/2013.






Today's featured online design plan had me seriously jealous of the clients space.  This design was created for Julie's fabulous laundry/craft room.  Take a look at the true to scale illustration we created  below.  This space is a gigantic laundry room that boasts a wall of beautiful built in cabinetry, a large sunny window and a multipurpose area that we are claiming as her crafting space.


The furniture I chose for Julie's space is a mix and match collection of crafting furniture by Martha Stewart Living. 




My goal was to give her furniture that not only looks great but is uber-functional for her crafting and sewing pass times.  




Having this dedicated craft space allows her to keep her sewing machine and crafting supplies set up and ready to go when inspiration strikes. 




A fun black and white color scheme is softened with a beautiful wall color.  We gave her two options for paint color, a muted turquoise and a soft gray.  Natural textured storage baskets in the same tone as her beautiful pine floors add warmth to the design. 




An indoor outdoor rug is a practical choice for a crafting area. After reviewing Julie's pinterest boards, I learned she was fond of this pattern, it just so happened to be perfect for her new space. 



Julie requested a discreet way to implement her kitty litter box.  We gave her an option that not only hides the litter but doubles as a cute pillow top bench seat.   We also created a gallery style wall arrangement for Julie that includes an attractive cork board, chalk board and custom art.  Fabulous lighting (including a re-purposed chandelier) and gorgeous drapery round out Julie's design plan.  

If you are considering a room makeover and would like more information on my affordable online design plan service, please click here.  If you make your reservation by 5/31/13, you will be included in my art drawing!


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*There is more to this design plan, however out of courtesy to my client I'm unable to share all the details.  Thank you for understanding.  Please feel free to use this design as inspiration for your space or click here to reserve your very own affordable custom online design plan. 

My Powder Room Makeover Reveal~And a Giveaway!

 
The other day, I shared my plans to make over my red powder room using the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer tool.  I mentioned that I had my color options for the new space narrowed down to three; Garden Gate, Cast Iron and Connected Gray.  Using the Color Visualizer, I was able to test the colors and picture the space before actually painting.   Are you ready to see which color I chose? 
 
First, here is what the space looked like before...
 
{Before}
 
After consulting with my BFFs at my local Sherwin-Williams, I decided to use the HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams brand paint in a flat finish for the walls.  The color I chose is "Garden Gate".  
 
 
Here it is…
 
 
 
 
 
 
Using a neutral wall color allows me to change the look of my bathroom by simply switching out the accessories.  
 
 
 
 
 
Even though this color is neutral, it certainly isn't boring.  
The deep tone provides a dramatic backdrop for accessories.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
I chose to use red as the accent color for now.  
By changing out the towels and my new discreet TP holder, I can change the color palette with the seasons.  I can already picture "Garden Gate" with yellow, orange, green, teal, fucshia…the options are endless.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The trim and cabinetry were freshened up with a coat of "Dover White" in satin finish.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Warm white applied to the trim provides amazing contrast to the deep wall color. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The vanity was originally a medium toned wood finish that was sanded, primed and painted a few years ago.  Giving it a fresh coat of paint made it look brand new again.  
 
 
 
 
 
What I love most about the new wall color is the way the oval window pops against the dark gray background. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That oval window captured my heart the day we first looked at this house 8 years ago.  
It may actually have sold me on it. Using the Color Visualizer tool, I could see how "Garden Gate" would really highlight this feature.  And I was right, the cute window no longer competes with the red wall color for attention.  Another small detail that I am really excited about is the new spot for a real, lit candle.
 
 

 
 
 
 
  Up until now, I have not been able to light a candle safely in this space while entertaining.  Floating shelves were installed over the toilet for additional storage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Filled with bathroom necessities and a few pretty things, it doubles as a welcoming display.


 
 
 Using the Color Visualizer was fun and easy.
I'm really happy with the way the new powder room turned out.  The improvement was confirmed when my son saw it and asked me if he "could use it".  
Thanks, Sherwin-Williams and Blogher.
 
 

For a chance to win a $100 Sherwin-Williams gift card, share in the comments below what room you would like to makeover in your home?

 

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

 

The Official Rules are available here.

 

This sweepstakes runs from 5/20/2013-6/10/2013.

 

Be sure to visit the Sherwin-Williams brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!


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For information on my affordable online design service, please click here
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