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12th September 2017

Time For A Change – Updating The Girls’ Room

Time For A Change


I’m bored with all the rooms in this house. We’ve been here nearly 4 years and it’s all still magnolia. Except for the shower room. That is now a dark grey and I love it! It’s not a usual colour choice for me, I’m usually more reserved but, I went for it and it paid off! I still hate the old pink bathroom suite though and can’t wait until that’s gone!

I was inspired to start updating the house after reading an e-book that gives you hints and tips for redecorating and renovating by making small changes.

One of the rooms that bug me the most is the girls’ room. They’ve have been complaining a lot just lately about not having enough storage space in there. They have bookcases stuffed full of books, ornaments, and craft kits. There are drawers and a wardrobe for clothes storage as well as a desk for Kaycee to do her homework on and a bed each. It sounds like ample storage but they have too much stuff!
The amount of furniture in the room means it isn’t easy to change things around.

Updating Bedroom

Last week I decided we had to do something about the storage problem. After talking to Ant, we came up with a plan for him to build loft beds with clothes storage and desks underneath. Something like this one but Ant’s going to design them to our needs.

change bedroom - loft bed with wardrobe, desk and storage
I love this idea and have pinned lots of images on Pinterest but with Christmas coming, I didn’t want to start a big expensive project.
With this in mind, I figured we could make lots of small changes now that would have a big impact on the way the girls use the room. It’s a temporary solution until next year but it’s already making a massive difference.

One of the easiest ways to refresh a bedroom and make it feel like new is to change the colour scheme. The curtains and bedding the girls have at the moment are very pink. They’re growing up now so I wanted to pick a more grown up colour scheme.

New Wardrobes, Bed, and Bedding.

The first thing I did was hit eBay to find some cheap, black canvas covered wardrobes. They have a small space for hanging things and lots of shelves. Kaycee’s wooden wardrobe was huge and took up quite a bit of space but the amount of actual storage was rubbish.
We’d taken out Ella’s wardrobe last year so we could fit Kaycee’s desk in when she started secondary school. Ella was then left with two sets of pink plastic drawers for all of her clothes.

homework station makeover challenge

When the wardrobes arrived, we put the first one together and realised that I hadn’t measured properly and they weren’t going to fit in with the two beds we have.
The only solution was to buy new beds so I ordered a cheap set of bunk beds from eBay and waited for them to come.

I didn’t have to wait long! They were dispatched on Saturday and came yesterday (Monday). They’re purple and I love them! I’ve been looking at bedding from Julian Charles. There’s a lovely lilac set which will go perfectly with the beds. They have matching curtains as well which is great. I like the curtains to match the duvets!

Julian Charles bedding with lilac flowers

Painting The Walls

Another cheap and easy way to renovate a room is to paint the walls so our next project is to take them to choose paint. We’ll probably get some wall stickers and new pictures as well to complete the look.

I can’t wait until it’s all finished. I’ll post photos later in the week showing our progress 🙂


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5 DIY home projects to avoid doing without a professional

DIY Home Projects

With the popularity of television shows on HGTV and other channels, more and more people are attempting DIY home projects on their own. What they don’t realize is that these projects look easy when edited down to a 30-minute television show segment but when they are done in real life, the project can be time-consuming and take a great deal of effort and financial resources. While there are many home projects that can easily be completed without a professional, there are some that should not be attempted due to danger. This article will highlight some of those projects and explain why it is best to hire a professional.

    1. Asbestos removal.

      When left alone and unharmed, asbestos is unlikely to cause your family any trouble. However, if the area in your home that consists of asbestos is damaged or tampered with in any way, it is time to get it evaluated. Asbestos can cause life threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma as the particles get into the lungs and cause major irritation. If you have an asbestos problem in your home, it is smart to call recommended asbestos removalists to take care of it for you.

    2. Tree removal.
      tree branches in autumn - DIY Home Projects that need a professional - tree removal

      It may be tempting to remove a dead tree from your yard on your own but it could turn into a disastrous situation quickly if you happen to make a mistake. If you have a tree in your yard that is dead and looks as if it is tilting towards your home or your neighbor’s property, it is imperative to have a professional come take a look at it and give their recommendations. Do not attempt to remove it on your own as it could end up falling onto your home or worse, you.

    3. Home additions.

      If you are a handyman, it may seem like a straightforward task to add an addition onto your home. The trouble is that there is a lot that goes into doing so, especially if the room you want to add on needs to have electric and plumbing run through it. It is best to save yourself the frustration and hire a team of professionals to do the project for you.

    4. Roof repair.
      modern house with front garden

      Believe it or not, repairing a roof takes a great deal of skill and can be quite dangerous. Avoid getting onto your roof and trying to repair holes or patch up broken tiles without professional assistance.

    5. Plumbing repair.

      There is a great deal of skill that goes into restoring a plumbing problem. In addition, you will likely not have access to professional equipment that will help determine the plumbing problem. That means that when you attempt to fix a plumbing problem, you may not actually know that the problem you are fixing is truly the culprit of the troubles you are experiencing. It is best to save yourself time and frustration and call a professional to come take a look and offer remedies.


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