Thursday, 16 February 2017

Decorating Again


I'm really ready for our half term break. It seems like everyone but Hampshire is already on holiday and I'm in need of a rest. Of course when I say rest, I mean decorate Angus's bedroom, which I'm actually quite looking forward to doing. I like nothing more than tinkering and pottering with things in the house, much to John's sincere joy. 


Now, I am aware that Angus's bedroom was only decorated two years ago and so arguably doesn't need doing that badly. In fact we decorated almost all the rooms in our house in the time between us buying and moving in in spring 2015. The good thing about this was that we were able to paint all the rooms quickly at the same time and without tripping over furniture. The downside to this kind of decorating is that we hadn't lived in the house and didn't really know how the rooms were going to feel, or whether or not a certain idea was going to work. We guessed where most furniture might go but things like paint colours, feature walls and furniture arrangement all need adjusting. 


Upstairs we painted walls, ceilings and woodwork, but left the floor coverings in place and hired a carpet cleaner to clean them up a little. But the carpets really are in a terrible state and I will be overjoyed to rip up Angus's bedroom carpet on Saturday and take it to the tip where it belongs. Everything was quick fix and make do, from the rugs positioned to hide stains to the sheets of gift wrap hung as a cheap and easy print on the wall. There's nothing wrong with any of this, of course, but I think it's time for something a little more thought out. 


Some of his bedding he's had since he was a toddler, and the brightly coloured wooden toys dotted around the room are more there for my benefit than his, since he will be eight this summer.


While all our upstairs bedrooms have large windows and a good amount of natural light, they are all tricky shapes and sizes. Angus's room has a reasonable amount of floor space and a lot of storage, in the shape of cupboards built into the sloped roof. It also has a very odd layout and there is only really one place the bed can go, which is under the window. But I think that the bookcase, desk and chest of drawers - which are all fairly similar sizes - could be better arranged to suit the way Angus reads and plays in his bedroom.


We're still doing all this on a budget though. We have been given a second hand carpet (from my parent's bedroom - good quality wool and in fantastic condition) but need to pay a fitter to lay it. I think a carpet is needed in this room as Angus spends a large amount of time sitting or lying on the floor to read or play with his toys. I want him to feel cosy, much as I would like to paint the floorboards white. We'll also need to buy paint and I have treated Angus (ok, myself) to a couple of prints for the walls. I hate the orange pine bed with a passion but we can't afford a new one so I'm going to paint it. I would love to buy him this bed linen but again, the budget doesn't allow so I've got plain a white duvet cover, a fir tree rubber stamp and some black fabric paint.... 

Badgers will feature too. Nothing too themed, but a fairly monochrome palate with lots of textures and natural touches here and there. 

I will keep you all posted! Also, sorry these photos are so grainy - it was a very gloomy day indeed but the only one where I had time to take any photos. 

18 comments:

Mac n' Janet said...

Good luck on the redecorating. We did that too, painted too soon without living in the spaces first and ended up painting one room 3 times before I was happy. We are needing to do some more repainting, not changing the color, just freshening it up.

Jennifer Hays said...

It all sounds like it will be very nice! I wish my son cared even a little bit about how his room looks. I'd love to do things that he says he really likes but he won't even talk about it, so I try to find things that look good to me and that won't be outgrown too quickly. I'm sure all of your plans will come together beautifully and you'll both be happy.

Jules said...

I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. I think it looks great already but their tastes change quickly as they grow. It's far more fun decorating children's rooms. With your eye for design it's going to look fantastic. X

driftwood said...

sounds like it will be wonderful x

Librarian said...

We can't really see the carpet, but if you say it is in a terrible state and is only fit for the tip, then of course it'll have to go. The room is lovely already - I agree the bed clashes somewhat, style-wise, but there are foxes dotted around the room, and I LOVE foxes :-)
Thank you for showing us the "before" pictures - now I am looking forward to seeing the "after" ones!

Swissrose said...

LOL - definitely a black/white theme coming through there... shall you sigh, give up and embark on a black/white blanket project?! ;o

CJ said...

I know you'll make a beautiful job of it, lucky boy. And lucky John too, I am pleased to know that he fully appreciates you, so often they don't. My middle boy has a very tricky shaped room as well, with all sort of sloping ceilings and nooks and crannies. Again, only really one place that his bed can go. For some reason he almost never uses his desk, and I'm wondering if it would be better off being moved. Maybe it's just me. I can't imagine having a desk and not using it. I'm the only person in the house without a desk, sad isn't it. Hope you have a lovely week, ours is almost over. CJ xx

Penhill said...

The room looks lovely already,i am sure lots of children would give anything for a room of their own that looks like that.

Sugarfrost Coton said...

We painted our youngest daughter's orangey pine bed white too when she was around 8 or 9 and it was very successful. It looked so different and she was happy with it until we could afford a bed of her choice a few years later. This after a new kitchen, two new bathrooms, the list went on and on.😕 I'm sure you will make a good job of Angus' room, as you have with the rest of your home.

mazmama said...

We in the midlands are off next week as well. Only Derbyshire is this week I think.
Enjoy your decorating. I hate all the furniture moving that decorating involves! I'm sure it will all look stunning as always

Christina said...

You'd be appalled at the sorry state of Alistair's and James' room.... Angus' room look lovely already but I am in no doubt that you are going to turn it into an absolute gem. x

Col | Hello Olive Designs said...

I'm excited to see the result! x

Susan Smith said...

Look forward to seeing the end results. I'm also thinking of painting some tired pine furniture which is now turning that orange colour, but need a bit more motivation to get started. We need new carpets in a couple of rooms, but like you, lack the funds to do much, so I'll be looking out for bargains in the coming months. It is the moving all the furniture that puts me off too. Have a good weekend & take care.

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Cecily Graham said...

Enjoy your decorating! We, too, are finally on half term now - phew! I've got sewing and gardening planned - pottering with a purpose, essentially. I look forward to seeing your 'after' photos, especially the bedding.

galant said...

It is a lovely room, any little boy of eight would be delighted to have such a good room, with a window he can look out of close to his bed, but it will look even better once you have decorated! It was wise to leave decorating until you had lived in the house for a while - other than painting everything white to make it look clean and fresh, I mean - which way the rooms face often dictates the colour schemes, the only thing I avoid is blue in a north facing room.
Margaret P

Mereknits said...

His room looks wonderful. It is amazing how fast they grow and grow out of a room that has been decorated even two years ago. You have done a lovely job.

Julie said...

I love all the quirky corners in Angus' room - far more interesting than a bland box. You have such a wonderful sense of style that it's going to look amazing. x