Carrying on with our wee house tour, I’ll show you our bedroom which is next in line for a rennovation. When we moved in in November, we moved into the master bedroom which had previously been Tom’s parents’ room. I think he finds that a bit strange, to be sleeping in their old room, but as it is the only one with an en-suite and it is the biggest room, it seemed sensible. It needs a little work, and once it has been decorated I hope Tom finds it more like our room. This room has some fairly serious water damage from the leaking gutters. The first month we were in we had to use buckets and the old baby bath to catch all the water that came in during the winter storms! As a result, the wallpaper is hanging off in places, there is some serious mould and the cornicing may need redone. The roof work is still to start, but I hope they will begin in the next fortnight or so. Once they have started on the gutters we’ll know the extent of the damage to the roof supports, and therefore whether they’ll need to bring some of the ceiling down in our bedroom. Until then, I can’t do anything in this room as it will need replastered anyway, and so we will have to wait until the roof is fixed before the plasterer comes in. We’re going to get the walls skimmed so that we don’t need to paper them with lining paper, which will be a big saving on effort, and in the long run should be cheaper.
The first thing you see when you walk into the room is the wallpaper hanging off! My Mum has been staying this week as I’ve not been well, and it was annoying her so she’s pulled it off and bleached the wall. She thinks the mould was probably contributing to my ill health, and she is probably right. So it’s not such an eye sore now, but instead we have patchy plastered wall behind our bed!
The carpet has seen better days, and the woodwork is (as the rest of the house) badly chipped and in need of a redo. We’ve asked our joiner to free up the shutters for us, which will mean we can have a darker room at night. I was looking into getting new curtains, and the cost is astronomical due to the height of the ceilings. They’ll be slightly cheaper if they don’t need to be so heavily lined. I also like the idea of having the old period features restored. Speaking of which, I just love the cornice in this room. The bedroom used to be bigger, but was split by my in-laws to make a slightly smaller bedroom and a store cupboard. The bedroom is still massive! And unfortunately the cornice stops suddenly where the new wall went up. I’m going to look into getting a specialist plasterer to make me some more mouldings but I think it’ll be too expensive. And if it comes down to a choice of a new carpet or repaired cornice, I know which one will have to go!
So the plan in here is to repair the water damage, skim the walls with plaster, line the floor with plywood (suggested by our joiner to solve the problem of the world’s creakiest floors!), free up the shutters, replace the window sills which are rotten from leaking for so long, repair the cornice, new carpet and paint the woodwork/ceiling/walls etc.
The old pine dressing table and bedside cabinets were bought by my husband for a bargain off Gumtree, but they’ve seen better days. I plan to give them the Annie Sloan treatment, but with everything in this house, it’s finding the time to do so! I hope to do them in duck egg and old white. The old chest of drawers were my husband’s when he was little, and they’ve got stickers on them that are well and truly stuck on. I’m hoping a bit of a soak and a sand should do the trick to get the stickers off.
I can’t wait for the gutters to be finished and the leaks all fixed so we can create a cosy and relaxing bedroom.