When we bought this house – we knew that we’d have to do an amount of work in every room. It wasn’t in a bad state by any means.
The previous owner had been renting it out, so it was habitable, but was decorated badly, cheaply, as in, cheap laminate floor and magnolia paint, everywhere, apart from two rooms (which were purple and pink).
One of the main criteria for a house when we were looking to buy was that we could move in pretty quickly – having a 6 month old baby at the time, and having to relocate from Liverpool, the last thing we wanted to do was any significant work to the house that might get delayed.
Me and Ashleigh don’t like waiting for things – we’re both quite impulsive, so when it came to redecorating the house, we just cracked on with it. We even roped in family to get things done for us before we arrived – things that couldn’t really be done with Grayson in the house.
I’ll break down each room in to a separate post, starting with the hub of the house, the lounge.
If you know me, you’ll know that there is one thing I cannot stand.
They just look messy, no matter how tidy you think they are, I know they are there. It’s probably a bit compulsive of me, but I can’t sit and watch a TV if the cable is hanging down, it needs to be moved out of sight.
So it’ll come as no surprise to hear that the literally the moment we got the keys, the first thing I did was cut holes in the walls for the cables to live in. We have a cupboard under the stairs where all the technology would be living, and the TV was going to be wall mounted along with all the speakers. The plus side of being a homeowner, if you want to cut holes in the walls, you just can (more on this later, when we started moving doors around)
This was all one day one – so we called it a day whilst the plaster dried and the dust, literally, settled, on what had been a mammoth DIY day. The next day, we returned to wallpaper (as we were heading back up to Liverpool after). We also painted all the walls, skirting and ceiling, and went and ordered the new flooring for the entire house.
Not a cable in sight -which also means – no cables for Grayson to pull. In terms of effort, this room is probably that one that had the most planning (from my point of view, tech wise), but was the quickest to do (2 days).