Welcome to grand reveal of PART ONE of the makeover for Project J!
Like most of you – I know that it’s the little differences that usually make the big changes.
I’m here to show you how a little white paint – some Ikea hacks and a solid concept can completely transform a space!
I’ve been working with my client Jaclyn for the last few months and what started as a wardrobe clear out consultation – escalated quickly into a complete apartment restyle aptly named Project J.
Jaclyn had recently taken over the entirety of a two bedroom as her roommate had just moved to San Francisco.
She wanted to transform the space into an office for “work from home days” and a spare room for guests and out of town family to feel comfortable in.
While Jaclyn surely has plenty of style – what she does lack is lots of spare time to get down to the nitty gritty and do a complete re haul of her apartment. We also had to discuss the very fact that this is a RENTAL – so it was important to honestly consider what reasonable changes could be done that her landlord would be pleased about vs lose a nut over!
With all that in mind, Let’s get to it!
First let’s remind ourselves what the room looked like to start with:
This is how the room looked when it was shown to me. Her old roommate was preparing to move out and as you can see it was a bit of a bomb site – but you get the drift. Old custard cream walls which probably hadn’t been painted in five plus years, beige carpet – no strong direction re: styling or vision. I did like the wall trim, curved ceilings and bamboo draw blinds – but that’s pretty much where I drew the line.
Jaclyn herself is very feminine but at the same time she is also a super #GIRLBOSS killing it in her career! We were both ready to get her out of the “shared space” apartment disarray many people fall into when they are in their twenties and create a space that would reflect the duality of her personality.
As best practice – I like to create a Pinterest Board with my clients so that we can bounce ideas around and I can understand their vision. Below are a few examples of what we added to the Project J board as an initial collection of ideas:
We played around with the inspiration we had found on Pinterest and I came up with this loose concept:
During the client review, we added in more gold, natural and white elements – but stuck fairly closely to the original mood board. We borrowed from these IKEA HACKS – and I started rounding up all of the materials, styling objects and plants we would need to transform the place.
What we could both see clearly from the original mood boards was the rooms we were both pinning were bright, airy and WHITE! I knew the first task was going to be painting the room a bright white to lighten up the space.
Obviously, I forgot exactly what it takes to take a room from ANY color to pure white and desperately needed to remind my back that I am not as young as I used to be.
What I am lacking in common sense – I make up for in extra doses of crazy, so I showed up with three gallons of paint and got to it. FULL DISCLOSURE – this completely broke my back (cue up nightmares of painting the ceiling) and in the future I will strongly try and advise myself against it.
To let you in on a bit of the horror – I did this time lapse of little old me painting just one of the walls. Excuse the outfit – of course it was also like 95 degrees this day too!
THE FINISHED ROOM!
Cue drum roll please …
Lots of interesting, pattern rich fabrics and objects make this room come to life on top of the simple white base.
As always for me, bringing living greenery into a space always makes it feel more lived in – and I’ve got Jaclyn on a strict watering schedule so she doesn’t need to replace them every few months!
All in all, we are both very pleased with how the space turned out. My client now has a secondary space which she can comfortably work from – and also a space she is proud to have her friends and family stay in.
We didn’t have to go and buy any huge expensive statement furniture – or splurge on big bold wallpaper. A lick of paint (or four back breaking coats – however you want to describe it) and some Ikea switch ups paired with an array of gorgeous styling objects.
Minor changes – Major impact.
Stay tuned for part two where we reveal her master bedroom revamp!