Future Project – Complete Home Redecorating

In about 2 and a half months I will be moving to Southern Texas. My fiance works for a National Wildlife Refuge and it provides extremely cheap housing for employees and their families. The rent for my studio apartment is $1600 a month, after utilities and parking. The refuge housing rent is somewhere between $200 and $350, so naturally it is very appealing for our first house.
The house has potential but needs work and style.

Below are the picture my fiance sent me of the house. He is currently living in it, as you will notice by the furniture.

Living room view from the front door.

My fiance really wants to keep the couches – he got them for cheap and they are very comfy. We have been focusing on saving money recently so I really can’t justify replacing them to him. The home made wooden shelf is something I’d love to move but as you can see, it’s holding up the little section of counter top. Also it is nailed to the wall. My fiance really wants to keep it and paint it. We’ll see.


 Once again, the couches. They aren’t bad. I’m just going to have to find a way to make them look less Christmas-cabin-ish… Although, rustic is my preferred decorating style. Right now I’m thinking bright red pillows, dark brown walls, stain the end tables darker or replace them. I don’t want to keep the furniture in this layout.  Need a bigger rug. I’ll probably have the furniture facing this wall and have my flat screen TV mounted on this wall. I have two dark bookcases that I’ll put on either side of the TV.


Dining room

Dining room

The challenge for this space will be figuring out what to put on that shelf since it’s so big. I don’t want it to look too cluttered but I also don’t want it to look like it’s just there, and all empty. I think it goes without saying that there will be no college beer pong-esque dining room table once I move in. I have a small, round, dark brown table. The other challenge will be making the dining room somewhat formal. I don’t want anything too fancy but I also don’t want it to feel like an old deer camp eatin’ area with dirt on the floors and fishin’ poles in the corner, as it reminds me of now. Paint or replace the fan, dark brown walls with white trim is what I’m thinking right now.


View of kitchen from dining room

Negative aspects of the kitchen: The weird dishwasher counter add-on that is supported by the bookshelf. The florescent light fixture. Cabinet color. My fiance isn’t sure yet if we will be allowed to stain the cabinets.


I played around with color palettes for a while because I was trying to figure out what colors we could paint and decorate with that would work well with the combination of the three browns, and make the kitchen pretty. I’m thinking dark brown above the cabinets by the ceiling and the front part of the right wall, above the fridge. Pale yellow everywhere else, including the indented part by the fridge. Hopefully that won’t be too much. I really want to replace the backsplash with a real tiled backsplash or a fake laminate backsplash. I also want to use teal/turquoise/aqua as the accent colors in the kitchen. I’d like to replace the blinds with the prettier, wood-looking kind, and have it be cut to fit the window length. Then I want to add aqua-ish curtains or a valance. I have found the drawer handles that I also really really really want.

(Found on Etsy, click picture for link)

These would be a HUGE splurge, as they are $24 a piece, but maybe I can find some for cheaper with a little searching. I am in love with them though! And to me they are the perfect color to tie all the other colors together. I also have some teal-ish jars that I will put on the counter, and a glass lantern.


Spare room by dining room

The spare bedrooms are pretty plain but that makes a great blank canvas for decorating!

Laundry room

Eww, this room is ugg. My fiance is against buy a washer and dryer until we own our own home, but I’m sure he’ll change his mind if we can find some used ones for a cheap price. The important thing about this room is that this is the only door to the back yard, which I’m SUPER excited about {more about the backyard in my posting tomorrow!}. Something needs to be done with this doorway. Even just a new door handle, a couple coats of paint on the door, and a cute door mat would make a huge difference. If we totally get rid of the laundry room idea, this could be a cute mudroom with a shoe rack, a bench and pretty colored walls. But I suppose it could also be a laundry room and a cute mudroom all in one. That shelf will definitely be painted or stained if it stays up, that’s for sure.



On first glance, I’m thinking long rug, change out all the wall hardware, including door handles, prettier closet door pulls, and a new light fixture. I could handle the hallway staying white. We’ll see! The other thing I’ve been thinking about is the little closet behind the TV. There is a second one right next to it and my fiance has never opened them to see what is inside. {Weird, no?} If one is an actual closet and not a furnace/water heater area, I will be making a bar-in-closet! I am very excited about this! However, if they are not usable, I will possibly be making a bar in the big hall closet. Or maybe I can somehow make that huge dining room shelf into a bar…

Main bathroom

I for sure want to stain/paint/replace the wooden shelf, get a pretty new switch plate, new paint colors, some type of window covering, replace the towel rod. I’d really like to do something to the cabinet. Maybe replace the handles and paint just the little inner square areas. I also really want to get rid of those glass shower doors. However, I don’t know if we’ll be allowed to do that and my fiance likes them for some reason. In all fairness, I haven’t done any research to see if there’s a way to make these cute or to see if bathrooms can look cute with them. The white tiles in the shower aren’t bad at all, but they do look like they could use a good cleaning.

Spare bedroom 2

One of the spare bedrooms I want to make hippie-themed and the other will be my craft room/workout room/fun-activities room/office. My fiance didn’t want the other spare to be his personal room so YAY, hippie guest bedroom :-D. I will probably leave them both white, at least at first.

Here is my inspiration for the hippie-themed room:

(Found on Pinterest, click picture for link)

I fell in love with this idea the second I saw it!

Master bedroom

There is a lot of work to be done on the master bedroom and it’s more difficult because I know my fiance cares the most about the decorations in this room. That means I can’t make all the decisions myself, which I dislike, but can live with. There is only one regular sized, double door closet. We’re going to put my double bed where the desk is, perpendicular to where the bed is now. On either side of the bed we will have those end tables with the lamp (there is another on in the living room). We’ll get a better rug and hopefully a cute dresser. But I have a ton of clothes… like a ton. And I don’t know how this will work out.

Master bedroom 1/2 bath

Lastly, the bathroom connected to the master bedroom. It is small but cute. I’d like to replace this light fixture, but since we’re only going to live here for a year or so, I don’t know how much we’re going to want to spend, and this room is kind of my last priority right now since it isn’t bad like some of the other spaces. This bathroom is decorate first, bigger changes if we have the time/money/desire. Little things like a new towel rod and different switch plates will happen for sure, though. And we are DEFINITELY going to need a ton more storage space. I have makeup, hair stuff, perfume, nail polish, etc.