Monday, 31 August 2015

Chaos - but not in theory!

Today is Bank Holiday Monday in England.  So of course, it is raining.  What else would the weather do on our last public holiday until Christmas!!  You know that it always rains in England don't you.


This is the best picture I could get out of the window - raining too much to put my camera outside!  It shows how grey and grim it is though.

We could have been sat in the garden enjoying the sunshine.  Or at a car show - several were on offer and I do feel so sorry for the organisers when it rains.  Visiting family.  Crafting.  Sitting doing nothing.  Cutting back the lavender hedge.

So many possibilities.  Instead though, I am working my way around the house around this.




It is so dark that I cannot even get pictures in focus!



Hubby is working very hard on this.




We decorated our bedroom when we moved here over a decade ago and it hasn't been touched since.  However after the water damage a couple of winters ago it really needed decorating.  We had to wait until we had had the render - stucco - replaced which you will remember we had done last year.  The plan was then to decorate our bedroom at the start of this year once the budget had recovered from the building work.  However, various things have delayed it.  So it is happening now!  Yay!



I forgot to take any totally before shots, but these will give you the idea of how it looked before.  Trust me, it looks much better in the pictures than in real life!


It was papered before and the paper has, for the most part come off fairly easily, which we were very glad about because getting the paper off - that had been painted over many times - the last time was horrible.  This was where I peeled off an experimental bit!  Someone was not impressed!


We have shopped for paint - no more wallpaper! - and new curtains and even a new lampshade!  It will, at some point, necessitate new cushions and the moving around of other things which I will share as and when.  So it will be an ongoing project for a while, but that is fine.

I will show you the finished room of course when it is done, in the meantime I will be working around it all and super hubby will be working away at the decorating.

Just as well it is raining hey.  He won't feel so bad being stuck indoors decorating!

Amy

p.s. I forgot to say before, that is why there are piles of books everywhere, I have had to move them all out of the bedroom to allow for the decorating!

45 comments:

  1. Water causes so much damage, we had a couple of water damaged walls when we moved in lucky we cold deal with them before moving in furniture and fingers crossed the problem has now gone it was do with brokn down pipes and guttering :-)

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  2. Decorating on a wet bank holiday is a bit of a tradition I think! I shall look forward to seeing how it goes. As you say, it's such a shame for organisers when it rains. There's a big show locally, as well as a special cricket match with barbecue and things. I'm hoping the rain has finished now. Wishing you a good day Amy. CJ xx

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  3. It does seem to rain a lot in England, but look at the wonderful gardens you get in return :) However, a wet holiday seems unfair, but I am glad you had the decor project to work on. Having you bedroom renewed is exciting, and I look forward to seeing what you choose Amy. Have a nice week. xx

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  4. It's amazing how the displacement of one room can take up a whole house, isn't it? Bank Holiday Weekend up here too, funnily enough and the sun's shining, surprise,surprise! Have a good one.

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  5. I'ts the same here Amy it looks so dark and depressing outside, I have loads to do before I travel tomorrow but am trying to do a quick catch up before I go. I hope the decorating goes smoothly it will be all worth it in the end. :) xx

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  6. As is normal, rain, rain and more rain. Amazing how the contents of one room can take over the whole house. Good luck with the decorating.

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  7. Ooh it will look lovely when it's all done and new! How exciting! xx

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  8. Yes, woke up to pouring rain and dismal skies ... have had to put the lights on, which really is quite ridiculous at midday! Typical Bank Holiday weather !

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your day - I'm sure you will.

    All the best Jan

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  9. How lovely to be refreshing your bedroom. I'm not too keen on wallpaper because of all our pets, but some of it is great now. Anyway the room seems to be coming on nicely and a great excuse to make or buy cushions!

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  10. Wallpaper is banned in our house! Yes,it does rain a lot in England...it took me ten years after emigrating to lose the webbing on my feet.
    Enjoy your decorating!
    Jane x

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  11. Your bedroom will look so crisp and new and beautiful (of course, you know what that does to the rest of the house----speaking here from experience!!!!!)...loved seeing the piles of books (and from the past post, too!!!).....the more I clean out and give to the library sale, the more I seem to find. Time...I just need more TIME!!!

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  12. Oh, we do exactly the same things at home. Refreshing our daughter's bedroom and it's a chaos indeed with all those workers in the middle. No rain at all here, it would be so welcomed if so...
    Dearest Amy, thank you for commenting on my blog, it's always very appreciated.
    Looking forward for the final look of your bedroom and wishing you a great start into the new month,
    Olympia

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  13. It's always exciting to redecorate! So nice of your husband to work away at this. We gave up on wallpaper many years ago, as it's one less annoying step in the prep work. You sure have a lot of books to read there Amy! Wow!! If I buy a book, it's usually devour it right away. You have lots of reading material when winter arrives ;)
    Wendy

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  14. This rain has certainly stopped us from getting things done in the garden, we need to put new fencing in where the intruders broke it down last year - I was more angry with them at the time for killing my clematis. I love decorating when it is finished but hate being upset whilst it is happening but at least it is something positive to do on a wet bank holiday and you will enjoy adding the finishing touches like cushions and etc. afterwards. I've seen one or two events being cancelled today because of the weather such a shame after all that preparation and anticipation:)

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  15. It will all be worth it in the end!

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  16. Wallpaper is banned from my house as well. It was on every wall as I grew up and decorating a room took so much time and mess. It is so much easier without. I recently bought some new bedroom curtains and have to say I was surprised that the price of curtains seems to be very reasonable at the moment.

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  17. Nothing better than a fresh bedroom. Can't wait to see the finished job.

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  18. Your new room will be so relaxing when you are done. Looking forward to seeing the new pictures.

    Have a good Bank Holiday ---- even if it IS raining, it's still a day off! :-)

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  19. Oh, I loved your old wallpaper, so delicate, so pretty, just a lovely background colour and so restful. What didn't you like about it?
    Margaret P

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    1. It isn't that we didn't like the paper any more (although our tastes have changed), but we had suffered water damage in a bad winter storm because of the roof and walls leaking so it had to come off! Also, it was time for a change after a decade. You know how it goes!

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    2. Yes, a change is often good. I've no idea you had had water damage, no wonder you are decorating.
      Margaret P

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  20. My children used to live in Great Livermere and I loved the rain when I visited. We would sit in front of the fire, drink tea and knit, as well as use the spinning wheels. We could surely use some rain here in North Carolina. It has been an exceptionally dry summer and my attempt at an "English cottage garden" has suffered. We are homesick for England and your lovely blog helps keep our memories alive. Thank you for sharing in this way.

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  21. The sun is streaming through the window as I type this ...... just saying!!

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  22. I hate the upheaval of decorating but it's always worth it in the end. We (or should I say Mick) decorated our bedroom earlier this year. it had always been papered and the walls were so rough so we had them plastered and painted instead of papering and I love it, it was definitely worth all the mess. You'll soon have a beautifully decorated room and then the fun starts, finding new soft furnishings to match.

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  23. You sound busy Amy! Good luck on the renovation of your bedroom!

    Madelief x

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  24. I really don't like redecorating, it's the upheaval I'm not good with, but I love the new room when it's all finished! I saw a lovely cushion to the side of one of your photos with a gorgeous owl on it xx

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  25. Hello, Amy!
    There's much going on in your home. The result will surely look lovely.
    I like the colours of your home. It looks very elegant and soothing.
    Have a great new week! xx

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  26. oh exciting, can't wait to see the finished result x

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  27. Can't wait to see it. I am struggling with photos at the moment too. Jo x

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  28. It looks like you've got your hands full! Can't wait to see it all finished! Have fun & enjoy your holiday.

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  29. We had a fairly decent day today in that it didn't rain until after tea. Of course, that might be because it wasn't a Monday holiday here. LOL

    Good luck with the room decorating. It'll be lovely once it's done. :o)

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  30. Good luck. It'll all be a bit of a muddle for a while, but think of all the new things you can make for it when it's done. :-)

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  31. Aha, now it all comes to light. Hope it goes smoothly and no hiccups along the way. I did notice your Billy bookcases from Ikea, as I have the same ones in our lounge. Take care.

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  32. Sorry the day is so cloudy.
    Maybe is the next change of seasons.here was a hot day and think we still are in winter!
    The weather is strange in all sites.
    Your room will be lovely !
    Hugs!

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  33. I hate taking wallpaper down - it can be such a terrible job. I know it'll look good when you get done though.
    Hope you have sunshine tomorrow!

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  34. That's a lot of work, redoing a bedroom! It looks like you're making great progress and when you are finished it will feel so snug!

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  35. Hi Amy, good luck with decorating you bedroom and looking forward to seeing what it looks finished.
    Hope you have a nice week.
    Julie xo

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  36. We were decorating this weekend too. Luckily it was just repainting rather than having to strip wall paper. I spent far too much of my childhood stripping back that anaglypta paper which seemed to appear in every house my parents moved to.

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  37. We've been doing a makeover in our house ever since we moved in seven years ago, one large project at a time over the years i.e. new kitchen units, new white bathroom suite, remodelling a large larder into a downstairs cloakroom, but the next task is redecorating living rooms. Hubby wants to strip off the wallpaper, but I know that moving furniture will mean an upheaval so we shall have to wait until we feel up to it. Good for you that you're redecorating a bedroom. It will be worth all the effort and I look forward to seeing it when finished. Have a good week Amy.

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  38. The first time I had to remove wall paper was the LAST time I papered for decorating. What a huge pain to remove!! And it damages the wall. We paint and only paint walls now. I bet your room is going to look lovely when it is all done up!!

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  39. I'm sure it will all look marvellous when you're done. That said, I know that in principle the upheaval is worth the end result, but whenever we rennovate here I have trouble convincing myself of that!

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  40. That's the worst thing about decorating, isn't it, the knock on effect of chaos in every other room in the house as it all gets displaced. Never mind, you'll soon have a beautiful new bedroom to enjoy. x

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  41. Just breathe in and carry on with the renovation! I despair with household renos and broken things!!! BTW...being a dessert rat I love rainy days!!!

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  42. The chaos will be forgotten as soon as your bedroom is all beautifully decorated I'm sure. Can't wait to see the finished thing!

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  43. I actually love the disruption of redecorating! Yes, odd I know. I think because it signifies progress, and is usually something I have wanted done for ages, so am excited to get it done! Look forward to seeing your room all done. Hope you are looking after hubby with lots of cups of tea and slices of cakes as he works!! X

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