Disclosure: I was kindly supplied with £50 to decorate ANY room in my house as part of the Money Supermarket Room For Improvement Challenge.
They say to never work with children or animals…
One should heed this advice, whoever came up with that clearly knew what they were talking about!
One one of the hottest days of the year so far, especially in Manchester, I stood facing a rather depressing dark brown bedroom wall knowing it was soon to receive ‘The Sim’ painting experience… Basically that means I start off with all the best intentions of being ridiculously neat but get fed up half way through and become haphazard with my painting skills.
Why the need for the overhaul you ask? With my divorce due to be finalised this month, I thought it the perfect time to finally put mine and Liv’s mark on our house. MoneySupermarket kindly donated £50 in which to decorate in their ‘Room For Improvement’ campaign. What better room to start with than my bedroom… where all the magic happens 😛
After weighing up all the options – basically painting or wallpapering. It was an easy choice as I cannot wallpaper to save my life! So armed with a certain colour scheme in my mind we hit our local B&Q Megastore looking for the perfect colour.
Yes, you read (!) correctly! A red bedroom was on my agenda and I was not going to settle for anything else. Choosing the exact colour I was after was hard. Did I plump for a subtle red or a bang on ‘Roxanne’ red? I also did not want the red being associated with a particular Manchester based football team.
Colours: Artic Red, Burned Apples, Roasted Autumn, Raspberry Bellini, Rose…. WOHHHH re-wind!! Raspberry Bellini? A colour associated with a drink?! This HAD to be my colour!
A grown-up, feminine pink, the Dulux colour has subtle red tinges and complements the B&Q Colours Soft Almond neutral colour used to paint the remaining surface areas. The B&Q paint lady was very helpful indeed and clearly did not mind my indecisiveness on the neutral colour.
So… I was stood there, dripping paintbrush (from Home Bargains) in hand, roller in another, on a lovely sunny day… with a 4 year old child and very cheeky dog in tow, trying to help me paint. If ever there was a time to drink it was probably then. However that would not start the painting task and I needed to crack on.
I firstly painted over the dark brown with some B&Q Colours Soft Almond as I found I had run out of undercoat AFTER my trip to B&Q… Grrrrr! So with that drying I set to painting the remaining neutral walls. Having previously laid out masking tape as best I could, I decided to give up and not worry about any splodges as I will have to go over the skirting boards with paint and gloss anyway.
I did manage to (sort of) finish the room in a day, on my own, despite wrestling with a bored child on half term and a dog.
Can you actually improve a room for £50? Absolutely you can! My total B&Q shop came to £45 which included: 4x rolls of masking tape, Polyfilla, little sandpaper brick, white spirit, Dulux Raspberry Bellini Silk paint and B&Q Colours Soft Almond paint.
The remaining £5 was spent in Home Bargains on rollers and paint brushes.
So yes, a room can certainly be painted for £50 including purchasing all the basics you may require. However it did take a little extra to change it even more… in this case knowing the right people helped so all the changes did come in on the £50 budget!
I had luckily been given an Amazon voucher earlier in the week which resulted in two retro cushions and also my HomeSense shop where I was given another voucher, used to buy photo frames.
Clearly I need another to even things out AND to put actual pictures in the frames to make the room transformation complete. I plumped for painting my room as the whole house needs an overhaul and to be decorated. It made sense to do something drastic instead of purchasing accessories as all the rooms have yet to be changed. I now have a great excuse to go accessory shopping for my bedroom and I cannot wait!
So lessons learnt from my ‘bright idea’? Never attempt to paint a room during half term when looking after children; always check your paint supplies; have a supply of alcohol chilling in the fridge for when you finish; never attempt to arrange your love life whilst texting, covered in paint and in dire need of an alcoholic beverage!