I spent the weekend mulling over the idea of renting out our condo for short-term renters like Baylor parents who are here for a weekend, Baylor alumni who are in for the big game, business people in town for a conference/meeting, etc. I also talked to my family about it, and interestingly, they’re all super supportive (and even a bit excited) about the idea! (Don’t worry…I’ll check the HOA rules first. But fortunately for me, I don’t think the HOA rules have been updated since…well…they were originally written 40-ish years ago.)
I got even more excited about the idea after spending a couple of hours perusing the AirBNB website that a few of you told me about. What an amazing site! I can honestly say that I’ll probably never stay in a hotel again in my life, unless someone else pays for it.
But now, with this new possibility, I’m starting to look at the condo a bit differently. For example, in order to stage the second bedroom for sale, I didn’t have much planned at all. The walls are currently painted black (and I never even finished painting), so top on my list for that room was painting the walls.
And then I was still going to put up some curtains. I bought this chevron fabric specifically for that purpose probably two years ago.
I have no intention of using this fabric at the house, so my “staging for sale” plan was to make some very simple curtains for the window in this room and call it good.
Beyond that, I had no real plans for staging the room other than perhaps keeping the desk in there and maybe adding a few select desk-type accessories that I probably already have in storage. But the bottom line is that I wasn’t planning on actually spending money decorating the room.
But if my rental plan works out, then my plan for this room will definitely have to change. Obviously if people are going to be staying here, that room needs to actually be a bedroom. And since that’s the case, I definitely don’t want to pass up an opportunity to actually decorate the room. (It’s in my blood! I simply can’t help myself. 😀 )
So I’ve started putting together a new plan. First, the walls still are going to get a new coat of paint. Honestly, I’ve never really liked the black walls for this condo. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE beautifully decorated black rooms, but it just didn’t seem to flow in the condo. I haven’t used black anywhere else, so walking into this room with black walls always felt a bit jarring, and in a place this tiny, I think it’s even more important to have the rooms and the colors from room to room “flow” with each other. So the walls will be painted Burley Wood (a Behr color).
That will definitely “flow” with the rest of the condo since it’s the same color I used on the argyle wall in my hallway, on the chalkboard on the HVAC closet door, and on the small stripes on the curtains that cover the washer/dryer closet.
So I definitely like the idea of carrying that color onto the walls in the bedroom.
I’ll also be sticking with the green and white chevron fabric for curtains. Only now, I’ll probably do a more professional job than just “turn the edges, sew, hang, and be done.” I’ll probably make actual lined draperies. I’m kind of a window treatment snob. 😀 And since we’ll be keeping the place, and I’ll actually be using it on occasion, I want them done correctly.
I’m also still planning on keeping the desk in there (if it’ll fit with a queen size bed — these rooms are quite small). But I don’t want it to be white. I’m in the process of painting it with Chalk Paint (my very first Chalk Paint project, in fact) in the orange color called Barcelona. I didn’t take a picture of the progress, but here’s a table that Erin from How To Nest For Less painted in Barcelona Orange.
I know orange isn’t everyone’s favorite, but you have to admit that it’s perfect for the condo, right? And I think it’ll look amazing against a dark brown wall!!
And then there’s the headboard. Obviously, the room needs a bed, and obviously the bed needs a headboard. And obviously if a headboard is needed, I’m going to want to make one rather than buying one. I’ve just been completely stuck on this. I spent about three hours (seriously!!) Saturday night looking on Pinterest and elsewhere trying to get inspiration for a DIY headboard that I think will work in that room, and will work well with the colors and finishes I’ve already chosen.
My absolute favorite DIY headboard that I want to try to make is this one from Sarah M Dorsey Designs.
But I just can’t make that headboard “fit” this bedroom in my mind. I think it’s a bit too refined for this bedroom I’m working on. Perhaps I’ll make something like that for the house, because I absolutely love it!
So that’s where I’m stuck. And of course, I’d be stuck on the most important element of a bedroom (in my opinion). I thought about doing something out of wood, but I might be teetering right on the edge of “wood overload” in this condo, since all of the countertops throughout are wood. Of course, I could do painted wood. And come to think of it, if I do a wood headboard, it probably should be painted since the walls will be so dark.
So that’s the plan for now. I’ve shifted gears so many times on this room!! This room started out as our bedroom (it’s the one with the connected tiny bathroom, so in reality, it’s supposed to be the master bedroom). Then it was my office and I was going to decorate it with lots of bright colors against black walls. Then we were going to sell, and I was going to do some really minimal staging. And now it’s going to be a bedroom again, and I want it to look beautiful and inviting when it’s finished.
Lots to do. Thank goodness there’s no longer any pressure of a deadline!