This month’s Tots 100 Home Club – Homebase makeover challenge, is about making your bedroom luxe. Most parents end up with a room which has a bed in it and a bunch of other stuff just lying about – yeah that’s us! The last time our room was decorated was nearly nine years ago, when I was the exhausted mother of an 8 month old baby who slept for 2 hours a day. The paint job really isn’t the best! So as you can imagine this is quite exciting for me, I’m looking forward to reclaiming our room and making it more grown up.
After a morning spent fanny about, I got distracted by paint charts, adding images to my Pinterest ‘Bedroom’ Board and going through ideas on Houzz. Then it was deciding which Homebase to go to. The guy in one one of my local ones thinks I’m a shoplifter, after the amount of time I spent looking at storage for the last challenge. So I chose to go to the one with the nice staff, who don’t mind me taking an hour looking at the paint – which I did again today.
When I finally got home with my sample pots, it was time to start the to the boring bit of preparing our room. Originally I was going to strip the walls of the horrid lining paper that’s been there forever and just paint onto the walls underneath….
Or so I thought!
I learnt today, if you have 80 year old plaster on the walls and you peel off old wallpaper – the plaster will come with it. Eeek! Thankfully I’ve only done a couple of small areas so I can fix it but I think that in hindsight it can be left there and I’ll fix what’s needed! Otherwise this is going to take a lot longer than the three days I’ve allowed for it.
The other thing that’s become apparent from the stripping back of the wallpaper is that our windows were really badly installed and the previous owners had put the lining paper up to hide it *sigh*. It explains why I’ve been able to hear traffic noise and it’s freezing in our room in the winter – mystery solved.
So this isn’t going to be the straightforward job I thought it would be, I’m going to need expanding foam and a lot of pollyfilla stat, before I can start thinking of how I want to decorate it. I hate doing the boring parts, I want to get some colour on the walls…off to look at Houzz again 😉