I’ve been busy the last few weeks working on my room and changing things up. Interior design has always been a passion of mine and being able to have that control over your own space means you can play around till you get it looking how you want it to. This room was a complete train wreck to begin with, including striped orange and brown curtains, pale floral wallpaper and a bright green trodden down carpet that’s older than I am. Hell for anyone with eyes and especially for someone like me who has a love for all things monochrome. So I got thinking on how to redecorate the space and make it my own.
A few months ago I got to work on the walls and the curtains. The wallpaper had to go, offensive is the only word for just how much of an eye sore it was, so I painted over with a clean bright white. Immediately the room improved and felt more spacious. Next up the curtains, which no doubt came from the 70’s because in no other decade would they be acceptable. Replaced by thick black curtains, they look far better and do an excellent job of keeping out the street lights – with the unintentional bonus of helping when I have a migraine.
Recently however I thought it was time to finally get rid of the carpet, the repugnant old green carpet that holds onto dust like no one’s business and is hoover resistant. I started out (wrongly) assuming that the whole process would take a week maximum. I was sorely mistaken. Little did I know that under the carpet were wooden tiles bonded down covering half the floorboards. Which resulted in my chiselling them up all by hand, undoubtedly a labour of love because restoring my floorboards was a b****. Lot’s of hardwork, time and back ache has already gone into this endeavour and despite it not being completed yet the room is already better for it and more breathable. To be continued…
After my flea market venture the other weekend I came back with a couple of furniture pieces. The integral structure of the pieces were good however they needed some work to match the rooms aesthetic. The church bench I painted over with white paint in a distressed style to age it further, a rustic yet modern look when finished. Yet the best purchase of the day by far was a little wooden table costing £2. With materials I already had at home this was transformed into a marble top side table.
My favourite part of decorating a space is playing around with the layout, whether it’s the furniture, decorations or the artwork. Change every now and then helps to make your room feel like it’s new and you get more from it, even a small change like taking down art that you’ve had up for years and replacing it with other prints in a new position. Although still a work in progress I feel my room has drastically changed for the better so I wanted to share the finished areas. If you’ve made it this far into my DIY babble chat well done, and if you actually enjoyed this interiors post there will be another one up once the floor is complete. The next post will be more focused on how to achieve the minimal interior look and why I chose certain pieces to finish the room.