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Re-designing a Room

Written by: on May 17, 2014

Josh Kaufman, in his book “The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast,” he determines that, well, anyone can learn pretty much anything fast.  There were several thing I considered learning: how to draw, a new language, advanced piano ear-training.  However, ultimately I chose “a lovable project” and something out of necessity.  I recently got married and my friend who was renting from me moved out.  So, I have a guest room and a guest bathroom that need re-designing; and guests coming in a few weeks.  So, this was a perfect project for this assignment: how to re-design a room.  Kaufman suggests several things on his “checklist for effective learning.”

1. Research the skill and related topics.

I did this by watching numerous how-to online videos on preparing and painting a room.  I also asked two people that I know have re-designed and painted rooms about their techniques.  I looked at several rooms on Pinterest and decided to pull some ideas from this one, especially the gray walls and white linens.

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2. Jump in over your head.

With guests coming in two weeks I went to Home Depot, selected a painting palette, created a list and gathered the supplies: paint, rollers, brush, tape, etc. (my pup Bella found it all very interesting.)

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3. Imagine the opposite of what you want.

Well, I knew I didn’t want a half-finished room so I got started.  My husband helped me move the furniture out of the room, except for this armoire which we slid to the center and covered with a tarp to protect it from paint.

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4. Talk to practitioners to set expectations.

Although I did this to see what kind of time frame I might need to complete my task, I forgot to ask certain questions.  As my husband pointed out…I painted over the light switch.  (oops!)

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5. Honor your biology.

After several days of research, planning, purchasing, prepping, and painting I have decided to take a day to work on my class assignments.  So, at this point I have a room with two coats of gorgeous (French Silver) paint.  This assignment is due today, but this evening I will be painting the trim and looking for a beautiful headboard and rug for the room.  I already have the white linens.  I have also taped and prepped the bathroom which I will be painting with a darker luscious gray color.  I purchased all white towels, deep gray rugs and a white fabric curtain for the bathroom.  I am on my way to having a beautiful guest room.  I’m enjoying this activity immensely and I think I’ve caught the bug to do more re-designing.

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