This month is our six year anniversary of living in our house. After moving a ridiculous number of times in a short space of time, I worried that we’d never be in one place for too long. My aim was five years, as that’s the amount of time you need to be somewhere so you only have to give one address on any kind of forms. I thought I would be looking to move after this time, but I can’t really be bothered with all that yet. So we’re looking to carry on redecorating some more of the house this year.
We’re going to start with the bedroom, as it was the first room we decorated. We had a few days to do it before our things got moved in and it is hideous. This is no exaggeration. Take a look.
See, even Poppy can’t look at it. Do not ask me why we went for a feature wall and a red feature wall at that. It’s bloomin’ awful and took about four coats of paint to achieve. The ‘cream’ is painted straight onto the wood chip *shudders* wall paper that was there when we moved in. Both Phil and I have removed wood chip before so we both knew what a hideous job it would be and when we were moving in, we didn’t have time to do it then. Plus, it’s probably covering some awful walls. Not only that but the built in wardrobes are really badly built and they don’t even close properly. All in all it is a very uninspiring room. For years, I have poured over pins of beautiful, relaxing, opulent and luxurious bedrooms on Pinterest, so much so, I dedicated a board to them. Here are a few of my current favourites:
[Images via their respective sources]
Judging by my Pinterest account, I seem to be drawn to plain walls, a mega comfy bed (not like the one we’ve got now) and a simple, clean room. We’ve got the simple room down to a T, but it’s the rest of it that needs a lot of attention. So here’s the plan:
- Strip the hideous wallpaper.
- Get in a plasterer to sort out the walls, including plastering over the red wall.
- Buy an awesome floor to ceiling wardrobe, with room for everything we need, including drawers and someway of storing all my make up and jewelry. I don’t want any other furniture in the bedroom, other than the wardrobes, bed and bed side tables.
- Paint the walls a light plain colour.
- Finally get a full length mirror.
- Get rid of the curtains and sort out some awesome blinds instead (need to be black out in order to stop Poppy rising at the crack of dawn in the summer)
- New lampshade
- New bed (in time)
- Make it light, bright and lush with no freakin’ hideous red feature wall.
Hopefully, we’ll be making a start on this soon, with the bulk of the work taking place over the Easter holidays. I can’t wait, as this room has been annoying me since the time I tried to move my clothes into the wardrobe and found that the wardrobe was too small for my hangers. I’ve been hating it ever since. I’ll let you know how we get on and if we can be rid of that red wall!
Or, why we replaced the Edwardian windows in our house.
Have I said that our house is over 150 years old? Yep. Full of history. It’s one of the things that made us fall in love with it when we bought it. However, having an old house has it’s fair share of problems. The windows have been one of them. We’ve been replacing them over time but last week we finally replaced the last of the single paned windows (not strictly true, as we’ve got some left in the extension at the back, but that’s another story for another time). The problem with doing it slowly is that as we’ve replaced the others, the single pane windows would be soaking wet most of the day.
They weren’t original, but they were probably Edwardian. I know what you’re thinking – How could you?! Well, it was a pretty easy decision. They didn’t really work! They weren’t energy efficient, they didn’t keep any noise out and they were in a pretty sorry state. We did look into keeping and getting them restored, but we decided that it wasn’t the best option. It wouldn’t stop the crazy amounts of condensation (and I mean crazy. Pools of water on the window sill daily!) It wouldn’t have helped close the gaps between the window or undo all the water damage to the wooden frame. So we decided to let them go. Rippled glass and everything.
As you can see, they’re in a bit of a sorry state, but isn’t the glass beautiful?! I have to admit, I did feel a bit guilty when they started ripping it out. But since the new windows have been put in, it’s been quite the transformation.
The new windows are amazing. You know when it snows, and everything goes really, really quiet? It’s like that in our house now! The noise has been reduced sooooooo much, its unbelievable. Even Poppy is less disturbed by people walking by and traffic driving past. I haven’t noticed if it’s much warmer yet, as I’ve been running a bit of temperature since they’ve been put in, plus I’m not very good at telling whether it’s cold or not because I’m pretty much always cold! But the noise thing is worth the replacement alone. And we couldn’t have achieved that if we’d just restored them.
All I need to do now is organise a new blind and a net curtain that isn’t awful. We also replaced the window in the bedroom, which means I no longer hate everything in the bedroom, as I love the window! I still hate everything else, but the window makes us one step closer to making it the serene & calm room that I’m pinning about!
The other day I tweeted about how much I hate our bedroom. When we got the keys to our house, just under four years ago, we had a window of a week in which to do any redecorating before moving in. It was quite stressful and very, very cold. The downstairs was having a damp course put in, which meant there was no heating or hot water and we had a number of other jobs that needed doing before moving day. We had the carpet fitter arriving early on the Thursday before our stuff came on the Friday. We decided to do what we could to our bedroom in that short space of time and on our limited budget. It had lime green paint on wood chip wallpaper. Yep. Nightmare. We didn’t have time to strip the paper, repaper, wait for it to dry, before painting the walls with two coats of paint. So we painted over the lime green, onto the wood chip. Yep. Our bedroom still has wood chip wallpaper on it. Add into the mix, if you will, a burgundy wall, which we thought was a good idea as a feature wall. It took about five coats of paint. Feature walls can be a good idea, but never if they’re burgundy. Never. I will post a picture before we paint over it, if I can pluck up the courage.
While we’re not quite ready to redecorate it just yet, as we need to save some funds and sort out some storage issues, we will be decorating the bedroom this year. So you know that means? Pinterest time! It’s time to pin all the bedroom styles I like and want to emulate. I’ve started a board so will be adding to it over the next few months. Here are some of my favourites so far:
Via Red Online
Via The Olde Barn
Via Brunch at Saks
There’s a definite theme running through all the images I’ve pinned so far. White walls, plain wooden floors, metal bed frame, lush fabrics. My only hope is that our bedroom looks at least half as good as these images I’ve found via Pinterest. It certainly can’t look any worse, that’s for certain!
What’s the worst decorating mistake you’ve ever made? Do you follow any great interior decorating boards on Pinterest? I’d love to know! I need lots of help!