Friday, 18 August 2017

Decorating My Room... | Part 1

If you have read my Bedroom Wishlist post then you may know that I am currently in the process of redecorating my room. Now, this is the first ever room that I have had to decorate, and it isn't as quick and easy as I would have imagined. Don't get me wrong, I never expected it to be a piece of cake, but I expected to be able to paper and carpet it within 2 weekends... that was NEVER going to be the case. Here is what I have found through decorating my bedroom.

My original plan for this room was to leave the paper that was already there up, and just paint over it. This was never going to work however because the person who decorated these walls (no names mentioned, but was a former partner of a family member) was an absolute bodge artist that just wanted the dosh and an easy job! I hadn't noticed before, but the paper was not stuck on properly, there were ripples everywhere, air pockets, and the top was not even! So we ended up having to strip all of the paper off. This wouldn't have been much of a problem had all of the paper been applied as poorly as the top layer. The other layers however, were done properly, so they ended up being a nightmare to remove! The texture paint was awful too, but we managed to chisel most of that off (although that did take time in the week as well). We had a heat gun and that was a dream to remove the layer of normal paint on the one wall, it honestly just fell off and was so satisfying!

Removing the wallpaper got very messy, and I ended up just wearing one outfit for all of the days I was doing it (pretty much the entire weekend and every day after work) which meant that it got very smelly... and I mean very smelly... I didn't see the point in changing it though because I knew it was just going to get dirty again! I never really thought about sharpening scrapers but it really makes such a difference! They started off kind of middle-ground, they weren't ridiculously blunt but they could do with a little sharpening too. Once my dad sharpened them they were so much easier to work with and just made everything a little more bearable.

We have finally managed to get all of the paper and textured paint off, but we now have to patch up any holes and re-plaster around the window, which is going to add another weekend onto the project! I'm pretty sure I know how I want my room, so I will post another update when we are a little more into the journey!

Have you ever had to decorate a room? What would your dream bedroom be like? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!


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