The Dining Room. Probably the Least Bad room is our house – and so, even though it was one of the ones we could actually live with for the meantime, it was also quite high up the schedule for a makeover as it was to be our Quick Win. I mean, it just needed painting, right?
So, to re-cap – this was the dining room a couple of days after we moved in. I got the computer installed, put a cloth on the table, hung some pictures and then, erm, started opening all the boxes of junk in it. And those last few boxes that you don’t quite know what to do with? They stayed in there for 6 months, mostly because the cat adopted them as her bed.
The furniture was intended to be temporary, while we decided what we wanted. Thus it was soon supplemented by a G Plan unit, found at the wonderful Showtime Retro in Margate…
…while the table was replaced when Habitat conveniently put the one we wanted (Wanita) into the sale.
Compared to our other rooms, this was proving remarkably easy – shopping is a lot simpler than decorating! So why change it?
1)Textured paint on the ceiling *shudder*.
2)That fireplace. Doesn’t look so bad does, it? That’s because, as usual, I forgot to record the Full Horror.
Let’s return to our estate agent’s photos of the place to get a better look at it:
The fireplace itself wasn’t too my taste anyway but what you can’t see – and in fact it took me about 3 months to notice – was that the chimney wasn’t plastered. Of course it wasn’t, nothing in this house had been plastered. No, someone had boxed it in with huge pieces of wood. And not aligned them properly. And once you notice that, you can’t just shut your eyes and paint over it. Off it comes…
So with the help of a crow bar, out comes the fireplace. And, obviously, in goes the cat.
My dad and I then unscrew the wood from the chimney – you can see in the picture above how thick it was, a good inch and a half, and very very heavy. In the process of taking the top piece down, the textured paint starts coming away from the ceiling. So we decide to take it all off there and then.
I can only presume whoever painted it didn’t prime the plaster properly because it just full off with a slight nudge from the scraper. Until – hey presto! an untextured ceiling.
At this point it will come as no surprise to you, dear readers, that I lost my camera in the chaos, so I have nothing to show you until the finished product. In between we had the plasterers in and they created a sensible chimney for us, and I spent a not-so-happy weekend painting the room with Fired Earth’s Skylon Grey, something that could be described as a whim as I never even bought a tester, but decided on it on the strength of this post on Design*Sponge.
I love the colour to distraction. The beige of the old room looked dark and dingy, this colour just sings in all lights, and the furniture looks amazing against it.The paint itself is another matter. Let’s just say that when Fired Earth say their paint is almost odourless, they’re exaggerating. After getting used to using Farrow & Ball, it also goes on like custard.
The light came from Habitat and – ahem – had been decided on before we’d even chosen our house.
The curtains were replaced with a blind from Tuiss – custom fit and shockingly affordable. In the above picture you can also see our new and improved computer desk, which came from Marks & Spencer’s.
I’m thrilled with this room. There are still some finishing details ot be completed – putting more pictures up for starters, but with the exception of the fireplace hiccup, it’s been by far and away the easiest. Like the other rooms in the house it does have lining paper and a few of the walls are dry lined. But unlike other rooms they had been done competently so we could live with them here.
*Coming soon* (where soon is a relative term): we get plastered walls in our bedroom! The windows are replaced! we find something the house that is genuinely old! Stay tuned…