Back Bedroom gets Boldly Finished!

When we last let the bedroom I’d finished the first coat of dark blue on the ceiling. Unfortunately the paint I bought was not enough to complete the job so I had to go on adventures in buying a second tin.

These are the same colour according to the outside of the tub??? Just your standard reminder to buy at least double the paint you expect and to mix the two of them together to make sure the coat is consistent.

The second coat pretty much covered the ceiling completely… and it was time to start the true reason for the dark blue.

This is Spencer, my housemate who is now in the back bedroom, and absolute enabler. I was originally going to just paint the entire room white but I started chatting to her about putting some dark blue as contrast around the chimney, or maybe the ceiling but then you could paint stars on it and suddenly the idea for a SPACE CEILING was born.


Spencer did most of the stars with a template cut from cardboard and a stipple brush. She took the ceiling while I painted the rest of the room.

The room also needed some more furniture so I picked this bureau off ebay for £20

Amazing what two coats of paint will do!

Useful shelves!

Mirror up! Believe it or not this is actually level, this room is so wonky.

Before and after painting the radiator. Just shows how this house was that kind of dirty that only a coat of paint would fix.


Room cleared ready for final bits of sanding, hoovering and then a scrub down with white spirit.

Then let the floor painting begin!

I went with a dark grey to add contrast with the walls and make dirt not show up as much. White floors are for people who hoover far more than me.

Rolling out the rest of the paint.

Painting the floor makes SUCH a difference. The room looks a little cold here but that’s why I picked gold/brushed bronze to add a bit of warmth.

As a reminder, here’s how the room looked back in April

And here it is now:


And BEHOLD the space ceiling!

The light fitting is one I get out every christmas and now has a permanent home.

And the curtains are out of this world 😀

Here’s Spencer enjoying the room. Can you tell we met via pole dance fitness?

The next thing for the house is changing the old cranky upstairs toilet over for a new shiny one and replacing the tiny sink with something an actual human could wash their face in.

Then the house is DONE I GUESS???

Tune in next time for the last stage of the Fantabulous House….


The back bedroom goes boldly forward…

This post is talking about the back bedroom which for looked like this back when I first viewed the house:

It’s spent the last (almost 2!) years being used as a dumping ground for spare wood with peeling wallpaper, with it’s creepy lock on the outside of the door and plaster falling off the walls around the chimney breast. Back in january I found out that the roof was leaking (hence the blown plaster) so before I could renovate the room the roof had to be fixed first.



Here’s the scaffold up in the neighbours garden- be nice to your neighbours because you never know when you’ll need to shove a giant metal contraption on their lawn!

The roofers actually let me go up there ( ahhhhh! ) and see that shambles that was the roof after they stripped all the tiles back on the leaking side.

The job took them 2 days of freezing weather (many hot cups of tea were delivered) and finally the room could start drying out a bit.


Then in April (once the bathroom was finally done) I got stuck into getting the room ready for plasterers to come in.

I decided I wanted to leave the chimney brick exposed so that meant moving this socket over.

While the electrics were off I decided to move the light fitting- it was over in one side, probably over a bed, but it bugged me SO MUCH that it wasn’t in any centre of the room. As I was getting the ceiling replastered it didn’t matter about making holes so I tried moving it at first by making holes big enough for me to fish around for the wires.

Unfortunately that didn’t happen so it meant I had to crawl up into the (tiny) loft space. There’s a reason why most electricians are small.

Loft space is always the DIRTIEST DIRT I swear- all that black soot that manages to leak into my dust breather no matter what I try!

To save money (and time) instead of replacing the door I cut some scrap hardboard to size and used no more nails to glue over the awful 70s glass pattern.

A bit of trim and it’s almost like it was never the crime against home decor it once was!

Then the plasterers came in and made everything smooth and beautiful


Such smooth, such beauty.

To improve the sound and heat insulation I pulled up all a bunch of floorboards and chucked some wool under them before sanding the floor with my trusty belt sander which I used for the middle living room. 


While the plaster was drying it was up to me to clean the chimney up and make the bricks good enough to paint over. This involved raking out all the loose mortar and chiselling off old plaster with an sds.

I chucked a coat of pva and water over it to seal any dust in then used a bunch of bucket mix mortar to repoint all the large gaps.

To be honest it would have been SO MUCH easier (and probably cheaper) to just have it plastered like the rest of the room but I’m stubborn okay?

After adding skirting board it was time to get a tarp down and start painting! All of the brick had to be done with a brush.

Then a second round of filling in all the holes that I’d missed on the first go with the mortar.

(yes it does look like a shocked face)

Mist coat done it was now time to inject that spark of personality all the other rooms have in my house…

…though this is quite a jump in at the deep end. 

Next up- pictures of the room finished and furnished as I get it ready for my friend/soon to be roommate!