No more ex­cuses; get dec­o­rat­ing al­ready!

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

NO more ex­cuses If you are feel­ing like your decor needs a change but are pro­cras­ti­nat­ing for one rea­son or an­other, per­haps it’s time to change your mind­set. Maybe those rea­sons that are keep­ing you back need a closer look and a re­al­ity check. Here are my re­sponses to some com­mon ex­cuses that might be hold­ing you back. I can’t af­ford it Non­sense. You might not be able to af­ford an en­tire room over­haul but you can make small changes that will give your space and spirit a lift. As I’ve stated be­fore, paint is an in­ex­pen­sive way to make dra­matic changes to your home. Just look at the drama a lit­tle paint cre­ated in our fea­ture pho­to­graph (cour­tesy of Du­lux Aus­tralia). Two wide ver­ti­cal bands of vi­brant colour give this min­i­mal­ist bed­room great char­ac­ter. Use leftover paint from prior projects, search for mis-tint deals at the paint store or ask a fam­ily mem­ber or friend if they’ve got leftover paint they want to get rid of.

Fab­ric can also help you make colour changes to your dé­cor. Use colour­ful rem­nants to cre­ate art­work by stretch­ing it over a stretcher can­vas or even the frame of an old paint­ing that is large enough in scale. (You can hot glue the fab­ric to the back of the frame so it can be re­moved in fu­ture with­out harm­ing the orig­i­nal paint­ing.) Re­cover ex­ist­ing toss cush­ions for the sofa or bed us­ing fab­ric rem­nants. If you can’t sew or don’t have a sewing ma­chine you can pur­chase iron-on seam tape that will do the trick. No ex­cuses. If you don’t have any fab­ric rem­nants ly­ing around you can pur­chase in­ex­pen­sive fab­ric rem­nants from a thrift store, a rem­nant bin of a fab­ric store or again, ask fam­ily or friends. At the thrift store look for rem­nants but also keep your eyes open for drap­ery pan­els or bedding that can be cut down to size for your craft project. Don’t for­get that cloth­ing can also be used to cre­ate these changes; a crisp man’s white dress shirt can be used to make in­ter­est­ing toss pil­lows for the bed, for in­stance.

Update what you al­ready have. Paint your dated head­board with a fresh new colour. Give your wooden din­ing chairs a lift by paint­ing them in an at­trac­tive colour. Re­cover the seats with fab­ric as men­tioned above. Cover dated floor­ing with in­ex­pen­sive wicker rugs. Paint them in an dec­o­ra­tive de­sign us­ing craft or acrylic house paint. If your drapes have seen bet­ter days see if you can update them with fab­ric pan­els (cre­ate a bot­tom border with co­or­di­nat­ing fab­ric for in­stance) or dec­o­ra­tive trim, beads, lace and so on.

Up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture that has seen bet­ter days can be given some­what of a facelift with colour­ful toss cush­ions and a dec­o­ra­tive throw. You might also try dy­ing or paint­ing a white bed sheet to cre­ate your own fur­ni­ture cover.

Dark or dated stor­age units (be they book­shelves or en­ter­tain­ment units) can be changed with paint, wall­pa­per and/or fab­ric. Use your imag­i­na­tion.

Sten­cil de­signs on old kitchen cab­i­nets and/or re­move the hard­ware and paint it in a dif­fer­ent colour. Give the cab­i­nets a two-tone fin­ish by sim­ply paint­ing the in­sert pan­els with an at­trac­tive colour. I don’t have time Most of the projects men­tioned above can be done in the same amount of time it would take to watch a movie on tele­vi­sion. You might not be able to get it all done in one sit­ting but it can be done. You could also try to set aside one free day for your­self to get more than one project com­pleted. I don’t know how Along with the ideas in this col­umn, most of which are very doable, you can re­search projects on the in­ter­net or at the li­brary. Some­times it’s just a trial and er­ror process. You learn as you go along. Learn­ing how to re­cover seat cush­ions, for in­stance, will be a tal­ent you can use in fu­ture when you want to tackle larger projects like cov­er­ing a head­board with fab­ric. Just jump in and see what hap­pens. I don’t know where to be­gin Some­times look­ing at all of the ‘to dos’ at once can be so over­whelm­ing that it stops you from start­ing any­thing. Pri­or­i­tize. What is bug­ging you the most? Some­times it’s best to work on one room at a time. For in­stance, your liv­ing room needs a few up­dates. The draperies are bor­ing, the book­case is too dark and the room needs colour. Work on that one room un­til it’s done then move on to the next room in need of change.

Depend­ing upon your sit­u­a­tion you may want to choose to work on one type of project at a time rather than one room at a time. For in­stance, you want to make toss cush­ions for the couch and your bed so you’d work on this in­di­vid­ual project be­fore you move on to the next.

Fo­cus on one room or one project at a time to keep you from feel­ing over­whelmed. Be­gin with small projects that will keep you mo­ti­vated. As each project is com­pleted you’ll feel like you’ve ac­com­plished some­thing and will have the con­fi­dence to move on to the next.

I’m con­fi­dent that you can do what you set out to do. Ask for help if you get stuck and think out­side of the box when mak­ing fun changes to your dé­cor.

Fab­ric can help you make colour changes to your dé­cor.

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