Y'all might remember that I've mentioned wanting to rework my studio space at home. While I'm not willing to invest lots of money in the project, there are certainly a few things I can afford to do to improve the space. Want to help me with my hypothetical reno? Just consider the following and weigh in with your opinions.
Problem #1 - I hate the color.
The easy fix it to paint it. Right now, it's the color that my 9 year old chose when we redid her 'big girl' room. Obviously, deep turquoise isn't my personal favorite. It's bright and stimulating in the daytime, dark and shadowy at night. I'm going for a serene, spa like feel. My instincts say a pearly gray or a creamy white. Your thoughts? (Specific colors/brands are welcome.)
Problem #2 - It's visually chaotic with too much product on display.
There was a time when I wanted all of my supplies on display. I needed to see my supplies in order to use them. Now, it's too much going on and is distracting rather than inspiring. I either need to put things away out of sight, or I need to limit the color scheme of what I do display. Since I don't want to buy a lot of new storage or new furniture, I'm not sure how I'll accomplish this. Right now, I have two sizes of small silver buckets, a hodgepodge of different styles and sizes of glass jars, and white shoebox style storage available to me. How would you address this without spending a lot?
Problem #3 - There's too much furniture and the wrong kind.
I'm already pretty sure that I'll stop using a folding table that I have set up currently. That'll free up some space for sure. I have a chest that I don't love but would be too expensive to replace. I have open cubby storage that holds a lot but adds to the visual clutter. I have four paper drawers, a 3 drawer cube of similar construction, and a 12 hole shoe cubby as well. At least I still like my work table even though it needs a new coat of paint.
Problem #4 - I need to purge, ruthlessly.
Too much stuff. Too much stuff. Too much stuff. Too much of what I don't use. Too much of things I only use rarely. I either need to reorganize to begin using it more consistently, or I need to get rid of it altogether. Would you put the purged items into secondary storage temporarily or just purge and be done with it? Would you purge item by item or by current storage area or by new organizational zones? Why?
Problem #5 - I'm overwhelmed about how're start and proceed with the project.
So, how would you begin? Would you start by painting? Or purging? Or re-organizing? In what order would you work and why? Keep in mind that I want to do this as quickly as possible. I really would like your input on how long you think this will realistically take me? I'm thinking I'll have to do 2-3 coats of paint since I'll be covering a dark color with a light one. Plus, I'll have to work on some of the trim. I conservatively estimate that'll take me 4 days if I only work in the evenings after school. Purging - who know how long that'll take? Re-organizing - idk how long that will take either. Rearranging furniture and hanging decor can probably be done in a single night or two. Of course, coming home exhausted from work might be a problem. I haven't totally ruled out hiring a kid to paint for me. What would you pay for something like that - the room is roughly 9 x 11?