A little while ago I did a collage of my dream bedroom. While this new bedroom isn't exactly dream material it's definetly a whole lot better than it was. Our old bedroom needed a make over so badly. I was like a child stomping my feet about it. It was nasty, the walls were spongy from moisture damage, and we were constantly trying to stay on top of the mould that went all over our furniture and walls. We have spent so many hours, even days, cleaning mould off things in our room. To make matters worse the walls were not insulated, which is very common in a lot of old Australian homes and makes total sense in a land famous for it's hot weather. In the summer our room was muggy and hot and we would have to shut the door so it wouldn't make the rest of the house that way too. In the winter it was very drafty and so cold. Ever since we moved in 6 years ago we have wanted to rip out the walls, add insulation, vents in the ceiling, a new ceiling fan and of course - NEW WALLS!
Our temporary digs (note: we were going to stay in a 5 star luxury resort but this idea seemed so much better): We moved our mattress into our lounge room for one and half weeks while our bedroom was renovated. Very handy for WWF with your toddler.
On left is the very shit-hit-the fan dial. Don't be deceived by the range of numbers, only 2,3,5 worked. On right is our new tiny, very practical light switch and fan dial.
On left is our old fan on our ugly ass ceiling. We had a completely new battened ceiling put in over the existing one. I have learned so much, my husband did so much research and taught me heaps. This saved a lot of time and effort for the builder, making it the less expensive option. We purchased a rosette for our new ceiling for around AUD $90. We regret that we didn't choose a larger rosette because it's so pretty and the new fan hides a lot of its beauty.
|Ceiling being battened over existing: Didn't freaking know this was possible. Kinda awesome!|
|Walls ripped out and insulation going in, this has helped so much with the main road traffic noise|
Eeeeeeeek - new walls! We also had a brand new picture rail go in so we could paint white above it and colour below, and hang pictures from it instead of putting holes in the wall. It also adds to the cute cottage look we have.
Once the builder was done it was our turn to do the work. Since we now have a (apparently bogan) baby it makes things a little bit more tricky. When the new walls were going on Charlie narrowly missed falling into a bucket of bright green plaster's glue. Thankfully Dave's family jumped in to help with some babysitting, and a crap load of painting. Don't know what we would do with out this cheerful crew!
I was watching Dave work alone while I cared for our kid outside.
|Then he turned up...|
...finally, shit got done a whole lot faster. Here's Dave with brother Michael (number 5 Brother of 6 Brothers) and sister Rebekah (number 4 of 5).
Here is Dave's gorgeous sister Hannah (number 2 of 5 sisters)
Now it's just us.
We put the baby to bed and get started on adding colour! It's the first time in my whole life that I have gotten to choose a colour for my own bedroom. We were so tired but so determined to get one coat of paint on that night. We chose DULUX - ENTERPRISE because I'm a huge star trek fan. LIE. I'm not at all.
OK, I'll stop talking now and show you some before and after photos because I know that's what you're really here for. SHUT it!
On Left: Before renovation, with huge fan dial and ugly ceiling.
On Right: NEW, NEW, NEW!!!!
|BEFORE - see the dark mould?|
|AFTER - We now have two outlets for our bedside tables instead of one, and|
ceiling vents too.
So far the only thing hung on the wall is my photograph, on canvas, of my babushka doll
|One of my favourite flowers (and my only tattoo)|
|We'd love to have a new bed and bedside tables to go with our new room but for now we will settle for a new duvet/quilt cover from Aura Home|
|.... currently reading|