There are four TV sets here, and we are lucky to have one of them in our bedroom.
Most of the time, I don’t get engrossed in a programme as nine times out of ten Hubby will start surfing and then I miss the punchline.
When we were in the bungalow we had a small portable TV in the bedroom, and most of the time it was a good tool to send me to sleep. When it eventually ‘died’ we didn’t bother to replace it, settling for a CD player instead which is why Maggie falls asleep before track 3 of one particular CD.
Despite having a choice of over 50 channels, most are showing reruns of old series from the 70s and 80s, old B&W films (some of which are terrific) and some makeover programmes.
This morning I was watching one such programme, advertised as ‘NEW’, and thought back to various disasters on Changing Rooms.
Hubby and I are not into wallpaper, floral or otherwise, neither do we like bold colours as we prefer to bring warmth and tone with furnishings such as cushions or pictures. Only one idea, possibly two, really worked for me on this but I’ll come back to that shortly.
The three rooms to be done in a 60 minute makeover (luckily there was a team of some 20 or so professionals) were a dining room, lounge and master bedroom. Not having seen the programme before, I think it was 60 minutes per room, so a total of three hours after removal of all furniture and initial room preparation.
The original colour schemes were all neutral and the furniture over 20 years old.
The rooms weren’t being used to their full advantage, so a declutter would have made a lot of difference anyway.
The built in wardrobe doors were replaced with a trio of sliders, so that got my tick.
If it were my room, I could have lived with the burgundy and cream striped wallpaper either side of the bed (with a new burgundy headboard), but definitely NOT the same wallpaper on the opposite wall with 6 pieces of same paper turned 90 degrees and framed. It looked like the horizontal hold on a TV had gone, and you would wake up to this every single morning.
The daftest thing was bringing in a leather chair and putting it directly in front of the door to the en suite. It would have to be moved every time to get in.
Accessorising always makes or breaks a room, and the chiffon floating floorlength cream curtains flanking a burgundy roman blind worked (if you like things like that) as did the cream carpet. The bed linen was in burgundy and cream, but too many ‘Love’ cushions and hearts on the walls was OTT for my taste.
In comparison to how it had been, it did make the original look shabby and dated.
This had been cluttered with ironing, kids toys and little else of practical use.
It was stripped, the curtains (same age as the house 25 years +) removed and replaced with chiffony drapes and shutters.
A dado rail was added at hip height, wallpapered below and painted light blue above .
The radiator was painted blue to match the higher part of the wall. Pictures again of pieces of the wallpaper put in a boxed frame this time (actually quite nice) and hung either side of the patio door above half-moon shaped white tables (I definitely didn’t like those).
A dining table with six chairs was laid with full settings (as they do for makeover programmes) and a sideboard put against the wall opposite the radiator.
There was a pair of doors going into the lounge.
They used the same wallpaper as in the dining room, but put it on 2 walls opposite each other and painted the other two blue as in the dining room.
The wallpaper was too much, having huge blue roses (which would have been better on one wall in a bedroom) which were overpowering and made the room look smaller.
The original carpet was retained but all furniture was replaced, including the TV.
When the room was empty and undressed, I thought….. No, No, NO!
The designers layout was to have two sofas facing each other over a white coffee table widthways across the room.
A flatscreen TV was mounted on a blue patch of wall over a false fireplace, flanked by the flowered wallpaper to give the illusion of a chimney breast.
Another sideboard was placed in the bay window recess (originally occupied by one of the original sofas) and more framed pictures of the wallpaper on the walls.
Whilst it all looked very nice, crisp and fresh compared to the pre-decorated room with dated and well past its best furniture, you could not watch the TV without cricking your neck, nor could you walk either side of the sofas to get into the dining room (if the fire was on, the furniture could well be scorched by the heat), and sitting on either sofa would bash your knees on the coffee table.
It did look a lot better than it was, but for practical living? Not really in my opinion.
Good job they didn’t have any pets. One wag of an enthusiastic tail or jump of a curious cat would’ve sent those vases of lilies flying.
The girls’ parents loved the makeover, which was the whole point of the exercise.
Mum had always wanted a dado rail and couldn’t wait to spend her first night in her new bedroom. Dad was quiet, either from being overwhelmed or in total shock.
It was no way on a par with some of the tat ideas of Changing Rooms so I was pleasantly surprised how it all came together, even though it wasn’t to my personal taste.
What was nice was that purchases were from places known NOT to be that expensive, but I didn’t catch what the budget was or how much everything cost.
I’m looking forward to buying our next home and putting our own ideas into practice.