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DAY 27 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Doors

Many flippers will go in and do a mandatory replacement of all the doors in the house. I’ve never liked that. Not all old doors are bad! I’m always salvaging them. There’s nothing wrong with flat slab style doors in my opinion. Yeah they might be 70’s. They might be oak-y. They might have brass knobs. But, they can all be painted!

Throw on a modern knob or lever and BAM you have a modern look. In fact I kind of prefer it over 6 panel or any panel door for that matter. See the door in the master bath at my Rattan Ranch Airbnb below. It was once not so pretty before a coat of paint and a new lever. Now it’s modern AF.

Here are some ways you can update your doors to feel modern and fresh….and working:

  • Fix a door that swings wonky

  • Change the hardware on all the doors in a hallway or home.

  • Paint the inside of a door or a closet door to be an accent inside the room.

  • Seal a drafty door

  • Paint the doors and trim the same color as the wall to have it feel more cohesive and blend-y.

  • Throw some washi tape on a door for some fun

  • Rekey the exterior doors so they all match

  • Replace a knob that is dumb AF and won’t work right

  • Remove a door that is in the way and is unnecessary

  • Remove doors in a room where you want to incorporate the the closet, like to make it a place to have a desk or special storage

  • Replace wonky closet doors

  • Decorate or replace mirrored closet doors

  • Replace a door that would be much better with a window in it

  • Remove an unnecessary storm or security door

That should be enough for today. Have fun with that.

DAY 25 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Closet Makeover

For most of us updating our closet is going through our clothes and cutting back. Once that is done, and many of you just couldn’t help yourself during the great purge of DAY 1, it’s time to organize and beautify.

If you came into my closet, you’d think that no one lives in my house. We have very few clothes. We maybe have 20 hangers and not all of them are used. We have two high-boy dressers in our closet and that is where we keep our clothes. My husband and I both work from home and pretty much live in athletic gear. We each have a few pairs of shoes and that’s it. The rest of our closet stores pillows, blankets and towels. This is what works for us. Purging is not necessary in our case. However, you have to walk through the closet to get to our bathroom, so I’d like to make it a little more beautiful. With very few clothes taking up the space, I have room to get creative. So, that’s what my makeover will look like.

For you, you may not be in my situation because you have more than 5 things to wear. So, your closet makeover might look like any of the following:

  • Adding a closet by installing some wardrobes or pantry style cabinets somewhere

  • Organizing a little (after your purge).

  • Hanging more shelves

  • Adding hooks for hats, scarves or jewelry

  • Creating shoe organization

  • Painting the walls or doors

  • If after your purge you have some empty space, you can move your dresser into your closet and free up floor space in your bedroom

  • Hanging some artwork

  • Changing out the light for something more fun, but only if it makes you happy. Don’t waste money because you think this is what you “should” do.

  • Putting in a closet organization system

  • Moving something out and put it somewhere where it makes more sense

This project is something I would tackle if I my closet was a disaster, if I loved my closet (or wanted to) or if I just needed a creative outlet. So, if you have bigger fish to fry, then skip this one. If your closet is creating such a cluster that life sucks (like what is happening in my coat closet), then put it at the top of your list. Sometimes these things have a trickling effect which needs to stop.

DAY 21 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Entry Update

Every day I come home I am reminded of the project that is my front door. It’s the first thing I see when I get home and dammit if it doesn’t make me depressed. The last thing I want is to be pissed off when I come home. Let’s make it a happy homecoming.

Here are some ideas to help improve your arrival home, both on the inside and the outside of your home.

Side note: I realize in most of the US, it is way cold outside right now and the last thing you can be doing is painting or planting anything. I’ve added some ideas for you as well. If your personal entry is through the garage, then beef it up there. Nothing says “oh great it’s you again” like a dirty run down garage Read on…

Outside Quick Updates

  • The first thing I do at a house when I buy it is remove the screen or security door. Nothing says “Go TF away” like another door blocking your front door. I usually just stash it in the garage in case the buyer still wants it. I have yet to take the security doors down at my house, 3 years later. It’s on my list.

  • Paint your door something fun. Even your garage door can be painted something more enticing.

  • Add some planters on either side of your front door.

  • Change your doormat out (even the cold AF people can do this one)

  • Change out your door knob. BETTER YET, GYST and rekey all of your exterior door knobs so they are the same key.

  • Add a boot scraper thing outside to help take care of the mess you’re dragging in.

Inside Quick Updates

  • Reseal around your door so critters and cold air don’t come in

  • Give your umbrella a place to live.

  • Find a solution for the shoes and backpacks that pile up

  • Add some hooks or a coat rack

  • Change out your rug

  • Paint the back of the door

  • Add a dish to drop keys or sunglasses in or hooks on the wall to hang them up

  • Give each person in your home a section so it doesn’t become a cluster of giant piles

Shit there is a lot here to do just for the front door. Good luck to you.

DAY 17 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Make Your Bed

This here is one of those situations where my Airbnb bedrooms are top notch, but my home was not. As per usual. Kinda like my towel situation. But, I raised my standards last year and man has sleeping been better. And so has just walking into my bedroom! Today we make the bed of our dreams.

Click  here  for West Elm bed in photo.

Click here for West Elm bed in photo.

Another top client complaint is that they have worked on a lot of things in their home but have never put energy toward their bedroom. On Instagram we see beautiful pictures of people’s place of rest. But, for the rest of the world the bedroom is pretty much a square box with a sad looking bed, old discolored sheets, an ugly comforter and a depressing looking pillows. Sleeping pillows that is. Decorative pillows are likely a decade old or non-existent.

Let’s two-step (with mini steps in between) our way to a perfect bedroom retreat!

Strangers In My Bed

Let’s pretend some strangers are going to come stay at our house and sleep in our bed while we are gone. Isn’t that a little disturbing? It’s not if you call it Airbnb. Would you let someone sleep in your bed in it’s current status? I know I wouldn’t. So why am I sleeping in these “conditions”? Let’s follow these steps to make our beds stranger worthy. I’m sorry that sounds really weird. We’ll start from the base and work our way out.

Bed

Are you still sleeping on just a metal bed frame? It’s cool. You can keep doing that, but, did you know you can buy a bed with a headboard for pretty cheap? There are always our friendly neighborhood Craigslist and Offer Up deals to be had of course. You can even buy a bed at Goodwill. I have been binge shopping Wayfair for my Airbnb beds. I like that they are new and inexpensive. Keep in mind whether the bed you choose needs a box spring or not so you can avoid that expense if necessary.

Mattress

Are you sleeping on that same mattress you inherited from someone and it sucked back then? Try adulting and getting something that actually helps you sleep. My favorite two mattresses are Tuft & Needle or Wayfair mattresses. I have them both in my home and my Airbnbs. Throw a padded mattress cover on and it’s golden. Gone are the days when you had to buy something for over $1,000 to actually be comfortable.

Sheets

I’ve said it a thousand times but I don’t buy anything but these bamboo sheets anymore. When I find something I like, I stick with it. I think I’ve now bought about 20+ sets of these sheets for all of my Airbnbs and my own home. They are so soft and so inexpensive! I also buy extra pillow cases for back up.

Comforter

I personally can’t stand down comforters with duvet covers. Even when I lived in Cincinnati and I was cold AF they made sweaty AF. Now in the desert it’s definitely not happening. They are also way to big to wash in Airbnbs so now I stick to quilts. White ones of course so I can bleach them. I also prefer the white backdrop for my ever changing pillow situation. White looks clean, fresh, bright and inviting. And all pillows go with it FTW. This is my favorite quilt that is comfy and priced well. As of this post, it is also 10% off with code HOME. I love this quilt because one side has raw edge type of ruffles, but not really ruffle-y while the other side is just stitched. Switch depending on your mood.

Strangers Looking At My Bed

Ok let’s now pretend we are going to show strangers our bedroom via Instagram. This may be silly to think of making your bedroom camera ready, who really cares? For some reason we do. If you really don’t care what your bedroom looks like, then don’t move forward. But, if you are tired of it looking the way it is, and thinking about showing it to others helps you allow yourself the simple pleasure of a nice bedroom, then do it. For some reason if it is just for ourselves we feel too self indulgent to go all out.

Pillows

Go back to DAY 5 where we went pillow shopping and do the same thing with your bed. I’ve actually started to back off of the pillows all over the bed a bit. It’s just so much to take off at night and they end up just laying on the floor. One or two are nice, though. Decoratively speaking. We could all probably use a couple new bed pillows. I get these inexpensive ones from Target and they hold up pretty well for a while considering their price. Order online and ship or pick up in store so you don’t show up and there aren’t any there to buy. I find they are all sold out at times.

Accent

Go back to DAY 12 if you haven’t done it yet and add a painted accent wall behind your bed. This is one of my favorite places to put an accent wall because it helps anchor the room.

Feet

Ok not really your bed but it does have something to do with waking up in the morning. Doesn’t it just feel good to step off of your bed onto a rug? The answer is yes. If you didn’t do DAY 6 yet, get to it now.

Ok so with all of that your bed should be super fabulous. If I were to choose a place to start I’d go with a new mattress or sheets first then work to the “prettier” things after that. Below are all of the items mentioned in this post.

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DAY 16 Update, Don't Renovate Challenge: Address Your Toilet

This one won’t be very fun, but your bathroom experience may be better because of it. That’s worth it.

Time to address your toilet.

I’m not necessarily suggesting you decorate around your toilet like have. I will admit this is the only room in my house that is complete. But even I have some more projects to do in here like get a new toilet seat that self closes without slamming down. That would be music to my ears. Here are some other ideas:

  1. Change out the handle for something sexy like this Delta Trinsic handle or this farmy looking one.

  2. Change out the guts for something less jenky..

  3. Scrub around the back of the toilet.

  4. Replace the bolt covers

  5. Get a new toilet brush. Look at this sexy beast that I found while looking for the link to the item below.

  6. Get a new plunger (or get one of these combos that I get for my Airbnbs. I might start getting this one, though.)

  7. Get a new toilet paper holder. I love my vintage telephone holder turned TP holder. You can search your second hand stores or grab one from Etsy or Ebay. My sister also sent me this fun animal ones.

  8. Add storage above and around your toilet with some shelves. These Home Depot shelves come in a couple sizes. Use them to put plants on obviously. Also baskets with extra TP are good.

  9. Add some art.

  10. Paint or wallpaper behind your toilet to add an accent wall to your bathroom.

  11. Change out your reading material.

  12. Change out your poo spray.

You spend a lot of time on the toilet in a given week. Might as well make that 90 minutes beautiful.

Below are some of the bathroom beautifying items listed above.

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