House: living room part 1

I’m not going to lie, the first time I walked into my new empty living room my heart sank and I had a sudden case of buyers regret.  The smell that hit me when I opened the door was strong and grim.  Can’t quite decide what it is and honestly I don’t want to spend too much time thinking about it.  The previous owners did an amazing job at disguising that during the viewing!

After a few minutes of what the hell have I done panic, I decided to stop being a drama queen and get on with it.  

Aside from the smell, my main issue with the living room was the bright red wall.  Not my cup of tea at all!  Luckily B&Q isn’t far away and they have all the white paint you could ever need.  

I was far too excited to get rid of the red that I didn’t really pay much attention to the wall I was painting – genius plan, I know.  After doing the first coat (and not doing such a bad job if I do say so myself!) I realised that wall had been papered before and was all starting to come away from the wall above the fire.  First dilemma.  Keep painting over the paper or risk taking the paper off and find out the condition of the wall underneath?  

Thank the stars, the wall was pretty spot on.  I’ve never had so many emotions about a wall.  I think I need to get out more.

Nice flat, not so holey, wall meant painting could begin again.  We put our pro team work skills to good use here – I can’t work a roller and Liz can’t work a brush – match made in heaven!  After all the messing around with painting and pulling it off it was pretty nice to know this layer wasn’t going to be going anywhere.

Finally a nice clean wall!  I love the names of paint colours, this is ‘tell me a secret’ the slightest tinge away from being bright white.  

After so much effort, the room is finally at blank canvas stage.  It definitely needs some colour asap though.  I never thought I’d be so excited to experiment with (somewhat) permanent colour.  So many more updates to come hopefully very soon!

Stay tuned!

Much love!