The Spare Bedroom

I think this may be my favourite room in the house! <3 It’s so cottagey and pretty and has a lovely feel and it didn’t require all that much work. It was only a small room, with sticky, rotting carpet that must be 40+ years old but now it’s bright and flowery and has a vintage feel. And I did nearly all of this on my own!

The previous owners had left furniture in the room – single bed (bonfire) and a bedroom chair (kept, need to paint) so we cleared that out and started the grim job of ripping up the carpet and underlay. It was very old and not pleasant to handle but I got that up and it went in the skip with all the gripper rods, curtain poles and curtains and was left with a shell of a room.

There is a fireplace on one wall which had been blocked up and we decided not to reveal it as it would be covered up anyway and the wall had been freshly plastered and painted. It’s not a big room anyway so needed either a bed or some furniture in front of it to make everything fit. The walls look like a jasmine white and three walls have some questionably patterned anaglypta on which we may deal with at a later date.

The floor was the biggest task. I sanded the floorboards back and they look amazing now! I did start with a floor sander but the belt snapped so I did the whole thing with the edge hand sander! I would NOT recommend this! It’s backbreaking work and really hard to get an even finish but you live and learn, I might write a separate post about the floorboards anyway.

Once sanded back I painted them with Osmo Polyx Oil which is a dream to work with! When the floor had dried I realised the colour was too orangey pine for my liking so I got some Osmo Polyx Oil Tints in the colour ‘Terra’ so did a coat of this and then a coat of the original clear and they’re perfect!

We did need to repaint all the woodwork and had made the decision to paint everything in gloss instead of eggshell like we usually do. It’s so good to be able to wipe all the woodwork down in this house and it look clean with no grubby marks, although we did decide to change the from the current magnolia gloss to white 😉 Dan did this, being a decorator it’s really pointless me making a bad job of white glasswork when he could do it 10x as fast!

I LOVE the windows in the bedrooms upstairs, they have the original glass in so give that almost warped effect that you get in old house. So he painted the window, skirtings, door and frame in Benjamin Moore white gloss and primer. I love the effect on the window but we have said that we won’t try that brand again as it’s quite matte for a gloss and particularly noticeable on doors.

Then it was just dressing the room – best bit! <3

I bought an amazing old wardrobe that I have called Narnia <3 from eBay and a dresser which I upcycled in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in ‘Antionette’.

The Madison Day Bed is from Dunelm and it’s great for the price and occasional use or a child’s room. The curtains are Dorma Botanical Wildflower curtains, also from Dunelm and these are BEAUTIFUL. I love them so much I want to put them somewhere else! So thick and hang beautifully. The rug is from Ikea and the bedding and throw are from Sainsburys TU home section. The table lamp is this one from Argos (now reduced!) and the brass tray, candle and plant are things I already had. The basket plant pot is from La Redoute.

Also the snow tiger is my daughter’s toy that has found a home on top of Narnia and the painting on the wall is from John Lewis but I can’t find it stocked anymore. It’s called ‘At The End Of The Road’ by Debbie Neill.

I didn’t think this would be a very long post as it’s such a small room but maybe I waffled on a bit! Hope you like it, it’s my favourite spot in the house now <3


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