So today, I have decided to document all the goodness of "the orange room" on this here blog so that I can look back at its greatness in a moments notice. One day, I may dig through the archives of my website just to prove to myself that I once was a crafty individual.
Let's get started:
Two summers ago, he left for camp knowing that I was going to redo our spare bedroom. Before he left, I bombarded him with 16 trillion questions to gather his decorating preferences, and he eventually caved and said I could do whatever I wanted.
My only guidelines:
- No pink or purple
- Don't knock down any walls
- Don't spend a fortune
You guys, these guidelines were really vague! So, I decided to impose my own $100 budget guideline to give myself more of a challenge.
Here's what I was working with:
- Collect all unused pillows, curtains, and artwork in my house.
- Throw all stuff into a pile.
- Mix, match, and color coordinate stuff.
- Based on the pile of stuff, develop a color scheme for the room.
- Buy paint.
- Find helpers.
- Finish the entire room makeover by Friday.
So, I ran around my house, found some orange, green, turquoise, red, and silver knick-knacks, and decided that orange and turquoise looked nice together.
Next, I drove to Lowe's, purchased two gallons of orange paint, and then called my parents to casually ask what they were doing during the week.
My mom and dad agreed to help me on two separate evenings during the week. (Free help!)*
The rest of the week, I rushed home from work every evening to paint, decorate, and reapply paint. Most nights, I was still painting at 11:00 pm.
Here's what I came up with:
Elephant candle: $5.99
Closet door knobs (set of 2): $7.98
Light bulb globes for fan: $3.98 X 4= $15.92
Blue pillow with orange fringe from Cost Plus World Market: $25.99
Two gallons of paint from Lowe's: $29.97 X 2=$59.94
I also had a $10 off of $50 coupon for Lowes AND a $10 off of $30 or more spent at Cost Plus World Market, for a grand total of: $95.82. Booyah!
After texting him 10 times from work warning him not to open the door, and calling him at least once on my ride home with an additional reminder, I made it home to find him napping on the couch.
I woke him up, dragged him upstairs and said, "after a week of hard work, I hope you enjoy your brand new spare bedroom!" Then I flung the door open very dramatically.
His reaction was quiet, but he did smile, and after soaking it all in he said, "it's bright".
What did I think of his reaction? Meh, good enough.
It is a bright room, it is an orange room, and I have loved it for 2 years!
Now, it's time to build a nursery...