Redo a Room in a Weekend
guest post by James Harper
You may think it would take a lot longer than two days to redesign a room, but it is possible if you have arranged to have all the materials purchased beforehand.
Pre-order things like oak internal doors, paint and any soft furnishings before the weekend; you always need more paint than you think so make sure you have plenty before you start. Providing you are well prepared you can redo a room in a weekend.
Make a Plan
Getting a room cleaned and redecorated in a short space of time may seem like a tall order, but it can be done if you are well organised. Being organised means having a plan: for example, make sure that any internal doors are well covered to avoid any paint drips. Before you start, make sure you have plenty of plastic sheeting to cover floors and anything else likely to suffer from paint drips.
The first day of your room makeover starts with clearing the room as much as possible. Make sure that you have bought some boxes to hold all the clutter while you are working.
Once the room is as clear as possible and you have either removed or covered your internal doors, make sure the floor and anything remaining in the rooms is properly protected before you start painting.
You should have decided whether you are going to paint the whole room in one colour or whether you want an accent wall. Most modern designs now seem to have a feature wall that is papered rather than painted, but that is a matter for individual choice.
Once you’ve made up your mind how you want things and the room is as clear as you can get it you can start painting. If you have opted for a feature wall leave that for now and get on with painting the rest. Make sure that the windows are open as this not only helps with the smell of paint, it can help to speed up the drying process.
If you still have enough time and energy left when the painting is finished, now is the time to get the paper up on your feature wall. Make sure that the wall surface is treated, ready to receive the paper – hopefully you’ve chosen something that doesn’t require too much matching up. Don’t forget to clean your roller and put any paintbrushes in water to soak. Once you’ve got this far you can congratulate yourself and settle back with a glass of wine before you even think about tomorrow.
With any luck your room should now look significantly different to what it did before you started. Once you’ve cleared away all the paint paraphernalia and wrapped up all the plastic sheeting and put it away, you can start moving stuff back in.
Once the furniture is back in place you can start with the soft furnishings, the new curtains and cushion covers that you’ve bought to tone with your paint and your feature wall. When the curtains are hung you’ll get more of a feel for how the room looks and then you can put out the cushions and replace mirrors and ornaments. It is possible to redo a room in two days if you are prepared and organised.
This post was written by James Harper on behalf of UK Oak Doors who stock a great range of internal doors to suit any design.