As Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer once said, “You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.” Oh yes, my friends, this is exactly what I feel like I’ve achieved over the weekend.
Although a year has passed after buying our do-er-upper house, and I have stripped all the horrible wood chip wallpaper, spent hours of filling, sanding and painting, we’ve now got to the stage where we need professionals in for the skilled jobs we daren’t do. Absolutely every room, except the bathroom, needs a wall knocking out or adding, including the bedroom, but we feel ashamed when guests come to visit. But being Northerners with Northern parents (while we live in Warwckshire), we have been receiving jaw dropping quotes that have made all of us laugh in disbelief.
So meanwhile this has been happening, on Sunday night, we rejigged our bedroom for a newer, cleaner and more spacious look without spending an extra penny and am loving my new beside table-come-dressing table set up.
My Philips Wake Up Alarm Clock is so important as I’m a heavy sleeper and struggle to get out of bed in the darker days, so this sits on the edge of the dressing table in arms reach of my bed.
I’m not usually a fan of the stacked look, but felt it was more fitting, tucked to the side of the old chimney breast. On top of this is my 50p find,an IKEA Lazy Susan found in a charity shop a few months back, to blend in nicely with my waxed pine tops. I’ve used this worn pots storing make up brushes, tweezers and the like, so I can rotate with ease. I’ve also stashed a blown up photo of me in the 80s in an Annie Sloan distressed frame.
As I am always doing shabby chic painting projects in cream or white throughout the year and picking up stuff I like randomly when I see them cheap so I feel I’m able to mix and match my furniture like a perfect working wardrobe. This mirror was a £2 ebay find earlier in the year, originally pine which I painted as part of a YouTube tutorial for my Vikkie’s Vintage Channel… (go and subscribe if you haven’t already!)
And I refused to ditch my pine furniture I’ve had since being a teenager. People are always looking for pine to transform with Annie Sloan, so I saved myself some cash and turned to my existing pieces to work with. The stool’s cover however needs cleaning but have left it because eventually would like to reupholster to colour coordinate eventually. All the drawers are full of make up, clothes and sportswear for when I want to wear my halo and go for a run
If you remember in a post last week, I found some £2 thick black out suedette curtains at least for now that I didn’t need to alter. It’s not a soft blend with my furnishings, I admit, but all we wanted was to block out the light, the traffic noise from the main road and add some warmth and it’s done well. I’m not a fan of beds in front of windows, but this was the best way to get space either side of the bed, the entrance of the room and we’ve hidden some storage behind the curtains. We won’t be opening the curtains much as our dog likes to look out the window and relentlessly bark at things passing by.and mainly only spend evenings in there.
And to compliment the room with a feminine touch, I put up a beautiful £2 large oil painting of flowers on the chimney breast which eventually plan to paint the frame in chalk paint as it features a dated 90s black speckle spray effect.
I cannot wait to have our house completed, but sadly I think it will take a minimum of two years and would still like to live in a pretty home while we wait.
Until next time!
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