After trying (and failing) to sell our house, we admitted defeat and decided to improve rather than move and change what we didn’t like with our little home. This was no mean feat and looking back was more stressful than I anticipated but it was all worth it. It’s a year on now from finishing it all and I’m starting to get the decorating bug again! Our first project was to rip out the dated 1980’s alcove shelving with its artex plastering, the gas fire and to strip the wooden floors back. With children and a dog, we needed something that was easy to clean and Hubby longed to put his chainsaw skills to task by installing a log burner.
It was all done on quite a tight budget. I spent hours trawling the internet to get the best possible prices and up cycled the wooden furniture with Annie Sloan paint. Even the runner is an off cut from Teenager’s bedroom carpet.
I’ve recently changed the colour scheme to grey & cream. The whole of our downstairs is open plan so I’ve kept the same muted colours through out. Pinterest has been my main source of inspiration, if you’re all about the greys (no, not that grey!) you can follow my Home Decor board where I’m still on the look out for new ideas
I found the dresser on ebay, it was originally dark brown but I sanded it back and painted it in the same Annie Sloane that I’d used in the living room, just leaving the work top in a bare waxed finish. The wall sticker is a reminder of our family rules. I love using them as quick, cheap decorating updates.
The slate table is on loan from a small firm in Devon called Slate Top Tables I write the evening meal on it, place names, the boys use it for homework to practice spellings amongst other things. We’re finding more and more each day, meal times are definitely more fun! Although the best thing has got to be not having the worry of it being ruined or stained, I’ve even used it for a quick ironing job! I’m getting itchy fingers again and scouring Pinterest for some more inspiration for my next project, Tween’s bedroom.