Things have been a bit quiet on the blog the last week or so, sorry about that! I’ve been busy working – and then we have been really busy decorating the living room as soon as my project was wrapped up.
We are definitely DIY people. We can’t afford to be otherwise – our home improvement budget certainly doesn’t stretch to “getting a man in”… although I must admit after hours of filling, sanding & washing the walls to prepare them to paint I sort of wished it did. Realistically, it just about stretches to the materials and tools needed to get the job done ourselves, and we can only do a few rooms a year.
Last year, we did the girls’ bedroom – which they still love – and this year, our projects are the living room and both the bathroom upstairs & the downstairs toilet (although we can’t stretch to a new bathroom suite – just a makeover of what’s there!).
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After years of renting now we finally own a place I am on a mission to get rid of anything magnolia – and the living room was a grubby magnolia box… The woodwork, ceiling and walls were all the same colour and it was just depressing! We decided that since the red carpet isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, we’d choose a wall colour to complement it rather than fight with it. It took a while to settle on a colour but eventually we opted for Wilko’s own brand paint, and a colour called “Pink Harmony”.
We opted for durable paint and it was clearly a good decision as the paint has only been on the walls a few days and Georgie already accidentally drew on the wall next to their table! It wiped right off without leaving a mark – phew.
James and I spent an afternoon/evening shifting furniture & stuff to be able to access the walls, a day on the wall & wood preparation, a day painting the woodwork and ceiling (Dulux White Cotton), and then a day painting the walls. Finally, a day or two touching bits up, putting the room back together, and so on.
James mounted the TV to the entertainment unit while it was away from the wall, and we also reorganised the electronics to free up a socket next to the swivel chair which is useful when I’m sat there and want to plug something in. He also switched out that socket for one with two USB sockets built in which is already proving to be super handy for giving tablets and phones a power boost.
A trip to IKEA meant some new furniture for the room, too. A bigger table for our growing girls and a third 2 by 2 Kallas unit, plus a complete new set of Drona boxes to store away all the girls toys, puzzles, games, craft materials, and so on.
I’ve deep cleaned the rug to refresh that, and just this evening completed a finishing touch of replacing the cheap temporary plastic drawers unit in my photos above with a wooden unit with canvas drawers. A bit of sawing and sanding was needed to make it a bit shorter as I didn’t like it being taller than the Kallax unit it stands next to!
Our living room has to fulfil a lot of uses. It is the girls’ playroom and also where they eat their lunch and often their breakfast, too. One corner of the room is my office area for me to do my work and blogging. Plus of course it is where James and I wind down after the kids are in bed, and where we all sit to watch TV or play games. It is definitely a multi-function room, with a lot of stuff in it – and it’s not a huge room.
What do you think of the new colour? I love it – it feels fresh, clean and calming. Also, I’m absolutely ecstatic that the ceiling is a different colour to the walls!