May 19th, 2016

4 Easy Steps to Plan a Project


Often, the hardest part of figuring out how to plan a project is knowing where to start. Even with all the years of projects under my belt, I occasionally find myself paralyzed with fear. When a project feels overly complicated, I like to break it down into pieces so that I can just get moving on it. I have found that taking a step-by-step approach helps me get over my decoration paralyzation.

If you are getting ready to plan a project, keep the following steps in mind to help you feel confident in your decisions.

Step 1. Identify What You Need

When considering a new project, it helps to figure out exactly what you need. Do your walls need new life with a fresh coat of paint? Could you paint your bedroom dresser in a bold color to update your decor? Do you need some new throw pillows for your sofa?

When I truly consider what I need, it turns out the project is not as daunting as I originally anticipated. Obviously, making a few needed changes is much easier than redoing an entire room. For example, when I was tired of my boring entry way, I realized it just needed a fun feature wall (wall color similar to Glidden’s Blue Jay). I was able to skip having to buy or make new furniture and accessories for this space.


astroturf chevron wall


Once you figure out what you need to change, you can move on to step two.

Step 2. Dream Big

Look for inspiration everywhere! I love thumbing through magazines, reading blogs and browsing home decor stores to get a good idea about what I may want to do in my home.

But of course, Pinterest is one of the best places to find inspiration. Glidden has a lot of good Pinterest boards that highlight color combinations, easy projects and gorgeous inspiration by room, so be sure to check them out.


Glidden Pinterest


This is also the point where I like to decide on my color palette. I usually have a general idea about what mood I’m going for with my color choices. If I’m looking for something cheerful, I gravitate towards a yellow, like Sun Beam or Sunspot. If my room is more serene, I think it terms of light blues, like Blue Hydrangea or Tropical Surf. If I want something dark and moody, I really lean towards Granite Grey or Elegant Charcoal (similar to one of my master bedroom walls).


moody bedroom wall


Regardless of your project being large or small, make sure you dream big. As a DIYer, know that there are many ways to make a low-cost version of everything you love!

Step 3. Budget Matters

Once you figure out what inspires you, take a look at your budget to see how you can make it happen. Instead of buying a new dresser, you may have to find one at a garage sale and give it a new coat of paint. Or instead of buying expensive curtain panels, create your own using inexpensive fabric and iron-on hem tape.

Luckily, using Glidden paint won’t blow your budget. You’ll be able to get big results without spending a lot.

Step 4. Just Do It

Now comes the fun part of the project—getting it finished. Be sure you work at your own pace and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get it finished quickly. I am a fairly slow worker, so I always remind myself that the Queen of England isn’t coming coming to my house for a spot of tea any time soon!

It’s okay if it takes a while to finish a project. My favorite project to date took me about 6 months (off and on) to complete, but it was worth it. Most projects won’t take anything near that long, I promise!


Mary Blair Inspired Wall


The satisfaction you get from of a finished project is a wonderful feeling! So the next time you are ready to plan a project, just break it down in small steps so that you can enjoy the process.


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.