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We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach!

We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach

My family has lived in our house for almost exactly 7 years. We moved here when I was pregnant with our daughter. We wanted a bigger house, and to get that we had to move further away from Dallas.

The house was 3 years old when we moved in, but no walls had been painted. Everything was the builder’s grade off-white.

In the first month, we (well, mostly my husband) painted each of our kids’ rooms. Blue, darker blue and lavender. Eventually, we painted our master bathroom and guest bathroom.

A few months after we moved in, we paid an interior designer to recommend paint colors for the rest of our house. She picked out great colors for each room, and even suggested a new color for our front door. Our plan was to paint some rooms ourselves, and hire someone to paint our main rooms with 20-foot ceilings.

As many of you probably understand, stuff happens. Life happens. Expenses come up, priorities get shifted, and we never seemed to have extra money for painting.

My husband has talked about painting the inside of our house every year since we moved here. We had been so close to doing it a few times, and then an emergency would come up. Medical expenses, car repairs, and maybe a “vacation emergency”.

The Yin and Yang of Home Improvements vs. Travel

I have written before about the struggle my husband and I have with home improvements vs. travel. As a kid, I grew up in a family that didn’t invest much into our house or nice things. But, I have many great vacation memories.

My husband, on the other hand, grew up polar opposite. His family didn’t go on trips together, but his house always looked updated and maintained. He is more used to spending money on things vs. experiences.

It’s hard to change something that is so ingrained in you as a child. However, I think that our different philosophies on these things complement each other and help us balance out our household.

This is the year I promised my husband we would earmark funds for painting. We made it happen, and I’m so pleased with the results!

More Than Just Painting

I looked for painter recommendations on Facebook. I’m a member of some local business networking groups, and I found some solid choices on the Frisco Area Business Moms page. (Side note—if you have a local business, these Facebook groups are a real boon!)

When one of the companies came out to give us a painting estimate, we started talking about other stuff we wanted to do someday. This included putting up crown molding in our master bedroom and closing up our upstairs loft area that overlooks the downstairs family room to make it more of a room by itself. (If you have noisy kids, you will understand why this is important!)

As it turns out, Family Man Handyman said they could do all of that work in a jiffy along with the painting. I was skeptical that it would cost a fortune, but I was pleasantly surprised when we got the estimate. We were really going to do this, finally!

The Results

I have to say that getting the inside of our house painted feels like we moved into a new house. Seriously! It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to a house! They re-painted our doors and baseboards as well, so our house looks really clean right now. (We have kids, it won’t last).

We added color to the office:

We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach

Our upstairs lookover was turned into a true wall, giving us a sound barrier and more of a separation.

We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach!

We also added an accent color to one wall in our family room.

We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach

Dining/Family Room area

The biggest change, and the one I’m most pleased with, is our master bedroom.

We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach

It used to look kind of drab. Now, it’s a beach! Blue walls, beach painting above the bed, new bedspread and seashell lamps.

We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach

We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach

Beachy lamp

 

Even though we can’t always be at the beach, having this reminder of the beach in my bedroom brings me some serenity. My husband thinks we should also decorate our house with other things that remind us of our vacations. We are contemplating buying a Disney Cruise Line painting from the onboard art gallery on our upcoming cruise.

Miles and Points and Home Improvements

Getting back to the point of this blog…miles and points for travel. Since we had saved up cash for this expense, it was easy to apply for a credit card to charge the expense and pay it off right away. We were easily able to meet the minimum spending to trigger the 100k bonus points on my husband’s Amex Surpass Hilton card.

Before you commit to a vendor for a big home improvement project, check to see if the company accepts credit cards, and if there is an extra fee. Many companies will accept Paypal. Depending on the cost, it may be worth it to pay a small fee to reap a large sign-up bonus from a new credit card.

Bottom Line

As much as I hated to spend the money on painting instead of another trip, my husband was right on this call. It was totally worth the investment! Many people in our neighborhood are selling their houses and buying bigger upgraded houses. We are not ready to sell our house any time soon, so making these small improvements is worth it to us.

Ok, can we now go back to planning vacations?

Do you have a home improvement project you’ve been putting off for a while? How do you prioritize travel vs. home improvements? Do you decorate your home with souvenirs from your travels?

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Author: Nancy

Nancy is a contributing writer for Miles For Family. She enjoys traveling to the beach and is a big fan of Disney. Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids.

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20 thoughts on “We Turned Our Bedroom Into a Beach!

  1. Your bedroom looks amazing! Well done. Our house looks like crap, we should probably improve the appearance at some point. At least we finally got rid of the worn out 17-year old recliner! Baby steps…

    • Thank you, Leana. I hate the idea of spending money on anything besides travel, but I think spending money on the house is a good alternative.

  2. I am with you girl! Id rather spend on travel than home stuff. We did paint lots of beautiful bright colors before we moved in, so at least there is that. I need so much furniture. Moved from a 2 BR to a big house and its still so sparse!

    • @Momma To Go you were smart to paint before you moved in! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who would rather spend money on travel. 🙂

  3. I love the beach theme and color!!!! Does it feel like you’re on a mini vacation in your room? I have a list of items I want to tackle in the next few years with the house, but again, I’d rather spend that money on vacations.

    • Thank you, Stephanie! I admit that our room does feel so much more relaxing now! Until I saw the before and after photos, I didn’t realize just how boring our room was. I keep telling my husband that we can put more money into the house after our kids are grown up, when our vacations will cost less. 🙂

  4. All of the paint has made a huge difference! It’s incredible how much you more you can enjoy your space, with simple changes!

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