Thursday, 19 April 2012

Upstairs update!

It's been a few weeks since I wrote a post about our building work. I'm really happy now we are getting straighter at home, it's been a little stressful at times to see so much clutter all over the house but we seem to have now contained most of it into Courtney's room. The spare bedroom furniture is still in the dining room but I can live with that! I was a little worried about the loft cupboard storage as we've gone from 4 to 2 but everything we had left after the big sort out has gone in and we have some room to spare!
We had a decorator around last week to do the study and Charlie's room. This week we have been putting the rooms together! There was so much work to do! Charlie's room needed all the furniture and his bed putting together! The study was re-setting up the computers and configuring where our existing study furniture was going (although I did have a fairly good idea where I wanted it!) We've had our desks cut down to fit in the alcoves either side of the chimney breast. Here are a few photos, starting with the undecorated rooms.....because I'm a tease, LOL!!

This is Courtney's room, or at least it will be soon! It's the biggest room in the house! I'm currently looking for ideas for her room, do I go pink and girly or perhaps colourful owls? Just 2 ideas so far!

This is the shower room, it's a long narrow room with the shower to the left of the door, the sink in the middle and toilet to the right. It's only small but perfectly functional! I am currently stitching a seaside themed cross stitch for this room and have seen some fab stripy towels I want to buy! Not sure what the wall colour is going to be yet!

The toilet and sink were actually what we had in the old shower room, there's nothing wrong with them so we added new taps and toilet flush handle, good as new! Inside the shower we decided to have aqua panelling instead of tiles. It's very easy to clean! I really liked this sparkly one, it's lovely colours when it catches the light, at the moment it matches the toilet seat but I'm not sure if that's staying yet!

On the landing we have a boiler/airing cupboard.

Now the exciting photos, decorated rooms! Both rooms need the 'moved in' feel yet, both have just basics and need pictures hanging and bits and bobs putting out.
The study is a lovely soft green colour, we have an existing red blind already fitted on the velux window from when the left side of it used to be a Disney themed shower room. I'm not a big fan of red but do like it as an accent colour. I have bought a rather quirky red plaque about the Hokey Cokey and will accent with a couple of other red pieces. As I said earlier the furniture is what we already had in the old study, it's almost like the walls were created for this furniture as the drawers and bookcase fit perfectly!
My side is to the left, Mark's to the right. The chimney breast is  very plain at the moment, we are thinking of making a feature of it but as yet I'm not sure what we'll do with it.

My side!

Mark's side! (The door is to be re-hung yet!)

Charlie's room, for us (and him) is the most exciting! For a very long time we knew we'd do Charlie a Preston North End and football themed room! It has come together perfectly! Mark found the mural a little while ago on the internet so that was our starting point! It's actually wallpaper and came in about 10 parts!! We decided to go with a neutral colour for the remaining walls and I thought grey would look nice. We bought the bedding and accessories before the building work began so it's great to finally see it all set up! We love it!

I coloured in every single player! (They were all white before I did) It took ages but was well worth all the effort! I also used rub ons on the scoreboard (I forgot to take a close up of that.) Mark came up with the idea of featuring the first game Charlie went to watch which was against Plymouth Argyle, we won 2-0!

I coloured the players authentically! I even added Preston's sponsor! After I'd coloured each I wasn't happy with the felt tip overlap lines so went over each with a water pen to blend them!

Originally we were thinking of white furniture for his room. We went to have a look at Ikea and found the Mammut range. Totally not what we were thinking but absolutely perfect for a little boys room! The unfortunate thing though was that the bedside cabinet is not available locally, in fact there are only 2 stores that stock it and they're both in London! We resorted to Ebay and found a seller in Halifax, we won it and she very kindly met me in Skipton to hand it over. Not a bad buy at £4.99! It looks like new, you've never guess it had been loved before! We're thinking about adding the bookshelf for his books and toys but wanted to see how much room would be left after putting the other furniture in first. I never argue at having to go back to Ikea! LOL! The bedding isn't on properly, I've washed and dried it but we haven't bought a duvet yet!

You can't really see on the above photo but even his curtain pole has footballs on!

Do you think our little man is happy with his new room? you betcha!!♥

(this chair swivels! oh my word, the fun they both have with it, LOL!)


  1. It's all looking wonderful Karen - you really have outdone yourself with Charlie's room, the mural is fabulous.

  2. so fun!! I can't believe you colored in all the players! I love the sports them in his room. The soccer balls on the curtain rod are a nice touch!! IKEA in the Twin Cities, MN used to have a play area and that chair was in there. My son loved playing in it. :) I can't wait to see what you do with Courtney's room. I think the owl's would be fun!! :)

  3. Wow! It looks fantastic - what a great job of colouring in the players and Charlie's room looks great - I bet he loves it. Looking forward to seeing Courtney's when you finish :-) x

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  5. Love Charlie's room! Bet Mark wishes that was his room