This decorating lark is such a slow process. We moved into our new house back in June and despite my grand plans we haven’t got very far. I have so many ideas but we’ve been hit with a few set-backs, the biggest of which discovering that the entire house needs re-wiring. Gulp. This is going to be an incredibly long process as it involves beveling out walls and re-plastering the lot, but if we do the renovating room by room it shouldn’t be too much of an upheaval, I hope!
Since we moved in Rose has been quite unsettled, I am assured by friends this is normal but it has taken her a while to adjust to her new surroundings. She suddenly became very frightened of the lights being switched off in her bedroom or having her door closed at night, neither of which bothered her before so I can only surmise that it is down to her not feeling comfortable in her new bedroom. To be honest I wouldn’t either.
At the moment our sleeping arrangements are not ideal, with her moving into our bedroom as she refuses to sleep in hers but I’d really like for her to be back in her own bedroom and happy as soon as possible.
The house is stuck in a bit of a 1950s time warp, with lots and lots of dodgy wallpaper. We have to start somewhere and even though it feels like a job of epic proportions we have finally made a start.
My first thoughts were to go with a girly themed pink room but Rose is not really a girly girl and after hours and hours spent looking at Pinterest and other blogs for inspiration I settled on a plain canvas with lots of colourful and retro accessories to brighten the room.
First task was to strip the dreadful wallpaper that actually beggars belief it ever went into production in the first place, you can see from the picture below how truly dreadful it was, the blue skirting boards and wall opposite were just as dire!
We headed off to Homebase to stock up on paint, brushes, rollers, trays, and wallpaper paste. Grateful that everything we needed was under one roof and we didn’t need to traipse around other shops trying to find the bits we needed. When decorating we usually go for Dulux, the colour range is enormous and it’s 3 for 2 in Homebase, which is a massive saving. Even though we chose a very plain colour it’s important to get the tone right. I wanted something to compliment the wallpaper we had chosen from Mamas and Papas (same as Baby has in her room-thanks for the inspiration Aby!) The colour we chose is called ’Timeless’ I really like the end result of the paint, it covered the bluest of blue with ease.
For the woodwork, Mr T spent ages sanding down the dark blue skirting boards and I followed behind with satin paint for wood. Carefully painting the skirting boards and door frame. The coverage is amazing and it doesn’t drip at all, I find it much easier to work with than gloss paint-it’s not shiny like traditional gloss yet has a really nice modern sheen to it.
So, for the past week I have spent a lot of time steaming off wallpaper and up a step-ladder but I know the end results will be so worth it.
It has been really exciting buying all the fun accessories for the room and I can’t wait to put the finishing touches together and for Rose to see it. I really hope that by having a lovely new bedroom it will help her to sleep better.
At the moment we are waiting for the carpet to be laid and then Mr T has the job of putting all the furniture together. It already looks so much lighter and brighter though and I’m so pleased we chose the colour scheme we did. I can’t wait to show you the finished room in part two, so watch this space!
*Post written in collaboration with Hombase