As the days get lighter and the painful memories of our spare bedroom renovation and the deck re-built begin to fade, we’re starting to think about our next project.
It’s a biggie, but hopefully not quite as painful as the weeks of wall stripping, repairing, lining and painting that went into the spare room. We’re tackling the master bedroom – an east-facing rectangle with two big windows, a chimney breast, original floorboards and bags of potential masked by slightly shabby finishes.
First up, we need a list of Things To Be Fixed:
- Patchy walls pocked with holes and overflowed filler
- Distressed paint job on the floor boards
- Unsecured and gappy floorboards
- Textured wallpaper on ceiling
- Cement patch in front of chimney breast where a hearth has been (creatively covered by a loose piece of fibre board)
- Stripped original features – no fireplace, coving, ceiling rose…
Next, we need a plan…
Walls & Ceiling
We’re going to start with the ceiling. We’ll strip the textured paper using a wallpaper steamer, scraper and, from experience, bags of patience and many cups of coffee. We’re expecting the ceiling to be in Not Great Condition, so planning for some filler and restorative paint work.
Next, we’ll repair the walls with filler and paint, so they’re finished before we move onto reinstating some period coving and a ceiling rose.
After nailing down some of the loose floorboards, we’ll fill the bigger gaps with wood filler, then apply some white floor paint to address that shabby chic finish I’m not so fond of.
We found a salvaged cast iron fireplace in the garden last year and have been gradually restoring it to its rightful glory. It’s time to get that thing attached to the wall, and tile up a hearth below it to cover the patch of cement.
Then finally we’ll be on to the fun part – furniture and furnishings!