Having ‘dabbled’ and had some fun producing some very amateur videos for my blog and Youtube Channel over the last few months, I’ve decided that it’s time to ‘get serious’ and try and step up to create better quality VLOG’s and put my ‘new’ Canon camera to better use. Camera review – Canon G7X Mark 2 Camera Review… (well sort of!).
Although I’ve still got a lot to learn still about the camera, lighting and video editing etc., creating a more specific space at home felt like the right way to move forward, if I want to be more serious with the VLOGs.
The problem being that I don’t have a ‘spare room’ to dedicate solely as a Blog Station.
Our Spare Bedroom is used most weekends by our granddaughters when they sleepover but also is a bit of a ‘dumping ground’ and needed a clear out.
With a very low budget and minimal space, I decided to do a makeover of this tiny room, to create a dual purpose space that would improve the ‘bedroom space’ whilst also creating a specific area in the house for me to set up as a ‘Blog Station’.
All that was needed was for me to don my ‘decorating gear’ and get cracking… not a good look as I’m sure you’ll agree – haha…
Tip: Wearing a Shower Cap may not be a ‘good look’ but it does save the hair from being completely ‘splattered’ with emulsion paint! I don’t know about you, but as a ‘non professional’ decorator, I usually end up covered in paint which takes weeks to wear off – particularly on my hair!!
As the room would be ‘dual purpose’ i.e. A Blog Station & A ‘Sleepover’ Bedroom, I chose a very pale pink for the walls, which would keep the room ‘light’ for blogging, whilst not being quite as stark as pure white would be, for when the girls stay over..
I would normally use white for the woodwork but I’ve noticed that the downside of improving the environmental impact of paint, is that oil based wood paint seems to ‘yellow’ very quickly. (a price that I’m willing to pay if it really does help the environment)… I therefore opted for a water based paint and for a very pale grey/blue colour instead of white and actually now it’s done, I really like the pale grey/blue against the pale pink walls.
We have a great ‘seconds’ shop locally where they sell damaged tins of paint and I managed to purchase all the emulsion and satinwood paint plus the brushes etc. for less than £25.00.
At zero cost, I acquired an old and rather tatty desk that my sister had uncovered in a garage tidy up and was going to take to the tip. Perfect for my ‘blogging desk’ and so instead of the tip, it headed to my house for a DIY Makeover… I’m on the look out now for a chair to go with it!
After a quick rub down with sandpaper, I applied 2 coats of the water based paint that I had left over from painting the skirting boards and door. I took off the old handles (prior to painting) and added some little crystal handles that I’d purchased a while ago at minimal cost (around £3.00 for a box of 4 in a local ‘thrift’ store) and had put away and forgotten about..
Overall, the desk has turned out really well and fits perfectly into this very small bedroom..
The desk is brilliant for my granddaughters to use when they sleepover and also doubles up as a great Blogging Desk for me to use during the week. Hopefully as I develop my photography/video skills, it will become a great ‘VLOG’ Desk! I’m hoping to be inspired with lots of: …….
I already had the metal ‘day bed’ which I’d bought from Dunelm Mill a couple of years ago at the bargain price of £69, so all that was required for my mini makeover, was to buy a new duvet cover to match the new colour scheme. Dunelm Mill are difficult to beat when it comes to bedding and they didn’t let me down. I love the ‘day dreamer’ message on the cover and pillow, to inspire my granddaughters to ‘daydream’ when they sleepover!
Daydreaming when I was a child was considered ‘a waste of time’ however, I now believe that daydreaming is crucial to understanding what will bring happiness into our lives.
Daydream away my friends and then ‘take action’ on those daydreams!
Apart from some shelving which still needs to be added, the room is up and running and ready for business!
The girls love their ‘new’ bedroom and I have a great ‘dedicated’ blogging space and can comfortably use either the day bed or the desk to sit at with my laptop to create blog content and to keep on top of my newly organised paperwork.. Tuesday Tidy Up
The whole mini bedroom/blog station makeover has cost less than £100, including new lights, bedding and decorating materials and I’m really pleased that I now have a ‘creative’ blog/vlog space, that has also improved the small bedroom for my granddaughter’s weekly sleepovers.
The only thing I need to add now is some ‘proper’ photographic lighting and then I’m all set for creating some regular ‘VLOG’ content too! I’m not sure what that content will be yet though…
I’m tempted to do some ‘makeup’ videos for the ‘older’ woman and as I’ve also been a hypnotherapist for over 15 years, I could do something connected to personal development too – What do you think? I’d love to know – leave me a comment below to let me have any ‘VLOG’ content suggestions….