Bedroom

Creating A Layout For An Awkward Shaped Bedroom

How do you feel about your current bedroom setup? Maybe you’re sleeping in a nicely decorated and cosy room. Maybe you’re in a tiny room, and have to make do. Or maybe you’re sleeping in the most weirdly shaped room you’ve ever come across! And in the long run, the latter option can be a huge problem…  Your bedroom needs to be a nice place to be, in order for you to relax and fall soundly asleep every night. And when you’re forced to make bed in a room that has an awkward shape to it, such as a hexagonal …

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Bedroom

Five Ways To Make Your Bedroom A Relaxing Haven

Life can be stressful, which is why you want your bedroom to be your place of sanctuary. Somewhere you can retire to when you are feeling down, stressed, or tired and just relax. You want it to be your very own space that instantly soothes and makes you feel better after a long day. The way that your room is styled can greatly affect your mood, and therefore, it is important to take this into consideration the next time you think of decorating or styling your space. If you find yourself coming home after a long day and not wanting …

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Home

Ten Ways To Sell Your Home Quickly

When it comes to selling your home, for many, it can be a stressful period. Having your home on the market for too long can be dangerous to the amount on visits you get, and it can also impact the chances of you actually being able to sell your home. With that in mind, you want to make sure that you have everything you need in order to sell it successfully. Here are ten ways to sell your home quickly. Keep Your Home Tidy Keeping your home tidy and presentable is the most important part of selling your home. You …

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Kids Bedroom

Creating The Perfect Kids Bedroom

Ever tried to give your children what they want in their bedroom? It’s like dealing with an indecisive ball of energy because one minute they want this and the next they want that. Over time, you tend to get into a rhythm, and you can predict what they actually want. Putting together a child’s bedroom is one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever have to overcome. After all, this is where they’ll spend an enormous amount of their time, so it’s important to get things right. To start with think about a theme. However you should consider the bed …

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Marvel Curtains

Decorating the Boys Room

I last decorated the boy’s room when Abbey moved out 4 years ago and what was once a white room was looking tired and grubby.

Having two, sometimes three, boys sharing a room caused its own problems too.  We had new windows with trickle vents put in 3 years ago to try to combat mould problems we had which worked in all rooms bar the boy’s room.  We could only put the continuing mould problems down to the fact that the room was packed full of furniture, mixed with three sweaty boys.

We were supposed to get the room done over Christmas when we were away but never planned it properly, so when hubby announced he had one week of holiday left to take before April this was our chance.

Hubby is the first to admit that he won’t decorate – that is my job.  He is the muscle that moves the furniture and then hides downstairs to look after the small people bringing me up the odd cup of tea.

We had two 14-year-old IKEA wardrobes that have been moved so many times there were literally being propped up in the corners of the room, so these were the first things to go.  Once these were out the way I saw just how bad the mould was and scrubbed the walls with mould spray to kill off any spores before applying a specialist mould paint to try to prevent it from coming back.

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The wall required two coats of the mould paint and it took 4 hours between coats to dry, so that was my first day of decorating complete.

Day 2 was when I really got started and I had a new toy – a Dulux Paintpod that hubby had bought at work.  After the initial challenge of putting it together I was disappointed to read that for the best results I needed to do the edges and corners first, so I pumped some paint into an old roller tray and got cracking.

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It was then time to get rolling!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but using the paint pod made it so much quicker and easier, plus there was NO mess at all – no paint splatters, nothing.  It is slightly heavier than using a traditional roller and quite noisy, but I soon got used to it and found that draping the paint tube over my shoulder really helped.  It was surprisingly easy to clean too, although I may have not tightened the attachment on the tap securely enough the first time I tried it and got a little wet!

We did three walls a cream colour and a feature wall in blue – I had wanted a darker blue but Hubby picked up this one and I actually think he made the right choice, just don’t tell him!

My end of the bargain done, it was hubby’s turn to do some manual labour.  Because of the problems with the mould behind the old wardrobes we decided not to replace them and put shelves and poles in the alcove for their clothes instead.  My DIY avoiding Hubby actually cut the shelves down to size from the old side panels of the wardrobes and put the poles underneath.  He did a brilliant job and we hope to finish it off with some doors when funds allow.

It was then time to add the finishing touches.  We had some Marvel Bunting already which was made by my friend Zoe so I gave it a wash to freshen it up and put it back up and bought some fabulous black and white Marvel curtains from eBay.

I had wanted a “POW” wallsticker but when the ream at Red Candy got in touch offering me a wallsticker to review I let the boys choose what they wanted.

As well as Marvel, the boys adore Star Wars and they both decided that they wanted this fabulous Banksy “I am your Father” wallsticker, featuring an ATAT and ATST which recreates the father, son talk from The Empire Strikes Back.  We had to wait a couple of weeks after painting to put it up, but it is worth it.

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To put it on the wall you simply peel away the top layer and smooth onto the wall using a credit card or wallsticker applicator to ensure there are no air bubbles.  It took about 10 minutes to do.

There are still a couple of little jobs to do – the coving needs replacing and some wires need tacking around the side of the room, but I am really happy with the results.  Let’s hope that what we have done keeps the dreaded mould at bay!