You know, I have been giving myself an altogether hard time thinking about what I haven't been doing to get this house of ours organised. The other day I sat here and read my previous blog entries and looked at the photos and do you know what? I have been busy! I've done loads!
This year has been a hugely busy one with my husband being made redundant and then going self-employed. We were going to move for a job for him and then we decided not to. We have also aaaaaalmost finished an investment property we bought and that was a massive project to tackle and something we've never done before. Oh, and not forgetting the care of our two kiddos of course! So yeah, I need to stop being so hard on myself. I am trying really hard and actually achieving a lot. It's just not everything... Yet.
We kept all the same furniture, but just changed up the soft furnishings and repainted. I moved the bed to the opposite wall too. It sits much better over that side I think. The paint is Dulux - Perfectly Taupe. I will have to control myself in order to NOT paint the rest of the house this colour!!
We also had the ceiling re-boarded then replastered and cornicing added. All the ceilings upstairs were pine-clad boards and absolutely vile. Underneath we found they were all woodchip, so we just had to re-board and plaster rather than just skim. This was the last room that needed this done, so that's a job completely ticked off the list. We couldn't afford to do every ceiling at once, so we've been doing them as we redecorated each space.
These ginormous Ikea Pax wardrobes took over the whole length of one wall. I posted about them on here before.
I decluttered the inside of them so that I could get rid of the unit on the end. It really opens the room up, and you no longer have to breath in when you come through the door!
More or less everything is from Ikea. I adore the place! The bedding, knitted throw, and curtains are from there and most of the furniture with a couple of exceptions I'll show you.
The chest of drawers was actually left in our first house by the previous owners. We even found old 70's photos of a woman sunbathing topless hidden underneath the drawer lining!! I thought about painting it, but I wanted some wood finish in here to bring some warmth into the room. I don't like the handles, which aren't the original ones. I put cheapo Ikea handles on a few years ago and they just don't go. I will buy some to match the wardrobe handles when I next do an Ikea run.
I also want to put something on this blank wall... Maybe frame some of the yellow fabric I have used as an accent. Or maybe some old plates or something. Don't know yet.
Here's a close up of the dresser top. I used a lovely yellow fabric laid underneath a piece of glass I had cut. It's a lot cleaner and easier to wipe down when I get makeup on there.
Check out these cute little ceramic hearts...
Oh, and I needed something to go with the drawers, so I picked up this old chair at a charity shop for only £5. It was really easy to recover the seat pad using the same yellow fabric from the top of the drawers.
Well, that's all! Like I said, there are still some finishing touches to be made, but on the whole, I'm really pleased! Here's a recap...
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