Back in September my 10 year old went on a school residential trip, so we took the opportunity to give his room a huge clear out and makeover. The walls were blue and covered in marks from years of toys banging on them and he had a huge mid sleeper wooden bed that took up half the room, although it did also give a good amount of storage. We took down the old babyish curtains and blinds, painted the walls grey, dismantled the bed, threw away the falling apart sofa and the room suddenly looked huge.
We spent a couple of days trying to decide what to do next. The carpet was full of pen and slime marks so we splurged a little and replaced that for him, it was nearly 9 years old, and only the cheap carpet the builders put in, so we’d definitely had our moneys worth.
We found a lovely three door wardrobe with inbuilt drawers and shelves to give him lots of space and bought a matching bedside table. The bed was the biggest decision. We debated getting a small double, but decided that would look too big, and would require a new mattress and bedding too, bumping up the cost considerably. We looked at kids metal beds which I think are a stylish alternative to the usual wooden frames, but Zak reads such a lot in bed that we went for one with a soft headboard so it would be comfortable for reading against. We tried to repurpose as much of his furniture as we could. The wardrobe got moved to the spare room, and we dismantled the bed in the hope that we could sell it, although that’s proving more difficult than I expected.
I had hoped to have the makeover completely finished by the time he returned from his trip, but unfortunately the wardrobe took longer to arrive than we thought. He did come home to a dust, free, freshly painted room though which was a vast improvement on what was there before.
Next on our list to decorate is the guest room. This was the girls’ room for many years, so is painted pink and also full of scratches, dents and even little drawings! They were proper cheeky monkey’s when they were little. I think I’m going to go for grey again, and maybe yellow curtains and features to brighten it up. Currently our guests must wonder what on earth they’ve walked into when they go in that room, it’s like a pink nightmare, which is hilarious, as my girls don’t even like pink. I’m not sure what I was thinking when we decorated it! I can’t wait to have a lovely, fresh, new guest room to welcome people into. Decorating also makes me clear out a room and we are so very in need of a huge declutter of the whole house. I keep trying, but it’s an endless, very boring, thankless task that no one else is interested in. Four children definitely brings with it a whole heap of stuff!
Are you redecorating at the moment? What wall colours have you gone for?