At the end of last year, Shilts and I were indecisive about our staying in our home. We really like our terraced house, it feels part of us now and we have so many memories here but it’s tired and we’ve fallen a little bit out of love with it. It has it’s issues; only two bedrooms, no off road parking and a tiny backyard and we could definitely use more space. Financially however, we’re not in a position to move house, we don’t have any where near the amount of savings that could be used as a deposit and then there’s the negative equity issue. So we have decided to stay, redecorate and fall back in love with our home.
One of the main rooms that desperately needed redecorating was our living room. Over the years, the room at the front of our house has been used as a study, a craft room, a dining room and a living room. We finally settled on keeping it as a living room a couple of years before Olly came along and it now serves as our family room for watching the television, relaxing and entertaining in.
But it was so, so tired. The last time we painted the walls was at least 8 years ago so it was definitely in need of some TLC. I found some wallpaper that I fell in love with on another bloggers website and had to buy it. I bought three rolls of it and kept it safe under the stairs just in case it sold out or was discontinued when we finally got round to redecorating.
We saved up some money to hire a decorator to come in and do the work for us. As much as I would love to learn how to hang wallpaper I don’t have the time or the inclination (if I’m really honest) and couldn’t face the agony of seeing my hard working husband beat himself up over DIY that he hates doing during our weekends. We also needed a few carpentry jobs doing so we got some quotes and booked a chap that could do it for us.
Finally after what seems like forever, we are nearly there. We have my beautiful wallpaper, from Next on the chimney breast and gorgeous grey walls (in Valspar Hinkypunk) We have had the fire surrounded painted in eggshell and the gas meter boxed in and the ugly electric trunking boxed in too. We’ve had floating shelves put up in the alcoves (which nearly didn’t survive!) and an entertainment unit built to house the TV, Playstation and other media boxes we seem to accumulate.
We have also had blinds put up at the windows which have come from Blinds2Go. They’re white wooden-style (not wooden) and I absolutely love them. We have three up at our large bay window and I am so impressed with them. Another blog post to follow with more detail on the beautiful blinds.
I bought a gorgeous new table lamp from Maison du Monde and saved a bit of cash on replacing the shade on the floor lamp with one from Dunelm. I waited for the pendant to come back into stock as it was so popular, it’s been unavailable for a few weeks. But I am so pleased with how it looks in the room.
I’m in the process of replacing all our frames with grey and white ones and have bought some decorative pieces from Sainsbury’s and Next.
I’m so happy with how it’s coming together. We finally need a new carpet (brown isn’t going to cut it in there now) and we want to replace the gas fire as it doesn’t work currently. We want a silver or chrome gas fire that works so it’ll be nice and cosy in the winter. We’ve deliberately left the most expensive but liveable bits until last so hopefully we can get those replaced in the next couple of months.
The only problem with DIY is when you start one room, the rest of the house looks a bit shabby (and not in a shabby chic way!) next project will be the hallway, stairs and landing but there’s hideous wood chip up there so it might take a while!
I hope you love our living room as much as we do!