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B&Q unloved rooms revamp - review thread for MNers getting stuck in! NOW CLOSED

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 17-May-13 11:30:29

This thread is for the 20 MNers who have been chosen by B&Q to revamp an unloved room in their home.

Those selected have been sent a B&Q giftcard to buy the things they need to give their unloved room a makeover. They've undertaken to complete the makeover by 3rd June, and will be keeping us up-to-date on how their revamps are going on this thread as well as posting photos.

Please do follow their stories and add your own comments if you want to show some support!

Below are the questions we'd like testers to answer but please feel free to add your own comments too. Please give us a bit of info about the room you're revamping and what you plan to do with it in your response.

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?
- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?
- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!
- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?
- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?
- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?
- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

If you're not an official tester but would like to be in with a chance of winning a £200 B&Q giftcard, please post on this thread to tell us about your own room revamp successes (or failures!) - we'd love to hear from all MNers who have a room makeover story to share!

Thanks very much

JParkson Fri 17-May-13 18:41:03

Squee! Firstly, thank you thank you thank you for this!

We will be decorating our master bedroom and our living/main room (all will be clear on the photos)

We had our voucher delivered yesterday, and DH went on a wallpapering course this morning smile

He got so fired up by it that we went shopping as soon as he got back.

3 hours and £324.02 later we have wallpaper, paint, curtains and cushions, as well as all the little gimmicky things DH needs to do the decorating

He was a bit, um, bemused that he had to put his hand in his pocket, and had the cheek to ask whether I actually needed the cushions... envy <--- the death stare I fixed him with while the cashier drew a sharp intake of breath, and hurriedly advised him never to ask that question to his dearly beloved...! grin

Anyway, we're home in one piece, and DH has cleared the bedroom enough to work in it, and will be commencing decorating tomorrow.

Is there anywhere specific we need to post photos to?

JParkson Fri 17-May-13 18:42:30

Ah, just seen the 'questions' in the OP... Will answer those later as I'm about to cook our evening meal

JParkson Fri 17-May-13 23:35:46

Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?
Our bedroom has been neglected since buying the house 7.5 years ago, apart from putting some blinds up and installing a wardrobe which is pretty much built in (it wasn't meant to be, but that's a whole other story!).

I want to freshen it up, as it's quite boring, and is in desperate need of some TLC. Up till now, we've I've only managed to inject some colour by buying cheap and cheerful duvet sets.

Money has been the chief problem. When we have come into a little money, through DH's bonus scheme, or when I was made redundant, we focussed on rooms we felt needed it more, such as retiling the bathroom so we could shower in the bath. Or redecorating DS's room, as his was quite neutral too when we bought the house. Or buying blinds for throughout the house. Our bedroom is a space we left until absolutely necessary to do things with - we installed a ceiling fan a couple of years ago - an absolute godsend with DD1's pg. And we bought our wardrobe after the cheap one we were using fell apart. And most recently, we bought a bunkcot - yet another god-send with 2 DDs and a 10yr old DS who (very understandably) didn't want to share his room with a girl any more!

Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?
It probably sounds cheesy but I do love watching the shows where homes/rooms get refurbished. Sometimes to re-sell the house, and sometimes to thank the house owner. As well as giving the room more identity, we are looking to sell in about a years' time, so although we are personalising the house, we're also mindful that the room has to be neutral enough that someone could move in and live with it.

I've always had a picture in my head of a room I can feel relaxed in, and we've had our fair share of awful bedrooms over the years! The worst was a mess of my own making... I became obsessed with the colour blue, and had everything blue! blush In a teeny tiny attic bedroom at my parents, DH and I decided after that faux pas that blue was off the menu! We'd never felt so visually cold ever!

Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!
Er, not really! DH is very keen to DIHS (do it him self grin ) so is looking for every opportunity possible to kick me out of the house.

To be fair, our house is quite small (2 bed coach-house), and so having me and 3 kids rampaging round will make this quite a challenge!

This weekend, DH is focussing on the bedroom, as he can shut the door and crack on with it. And in a weeks' time, he'll be doing the main room. So I'll be off to my MIL's for a couple of days, so he can really knuckle down and do it. I have suggested on more than one occasion that one or both of my brothers may be able to give him a hand, but he tends to pull a face at me and change the subject.

How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?
I quite enjoyed pottering round the wallpaper and curtain departments to sort out the bedroom. And it was nice knowing that I could buy 6 cushions without having to worry too much about whether I could then afford the wallpaper (or similar)

DH really enjoyed the course he did, and was waxing lyrical about the lady who was running it. He ended up buying some of the equipment he used on the course to help with the wallpapering, so I'm really keen to see how it all works out. (Shh, don't tell him this, but she taught him how to use polyfiller...! I've been trying to tell him for years that he was doing it wrong... but tonight, I have beautifully prepped walls ready for painting and papering!)

DH is sold on B&Q - we used to use another well-known DIY store, mainly because they were conveniently close, and I could collect reward points there. He's declared that whenever we need such supplies, B&Q is where he'll go (I'll hold him to that, as I'm signing up for their club card thingy)

Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?
DH did the course, and will be doing the majority all of the decorating, so I have no idea whether he'll use the YouTube and leaflets. I'll make him aware of them though.

If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?
No complaints from either me or DH so far. Staff were very friendly and helped when we asked for assistance.

ChippyMinton Sat 18-May-13 08:19:21

I've had a few days to plan what to do and today is the day to kick off the actual work - just waiting for DH to vacate our bedroom!

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

Doing our bedroom, as it's been untouched since we moved in 8 years ago. I made a half-hearted start on painting the walls green but didn't like the colour. Curtains are DD's hand-me-down purple ones, carpet is gray and the bedding is blue. I'd got to point where I didn't notice the mish-mash blush. We have built-in wardrobes that dominate the room, so my challenge is to detract attention from them and make it fabulous.

We don't have much time for decorating, as there's always upheaval and lots of prep before the actual painting/papering can begin. House is old so it's usually in response to a calamity that rooms get done eg leak above DD's room, ceiling fell down in the front room, hideous internal window got smashed so we removed it and re-built the wall in the back room etc. Next priority should be the downstairs loo with its leaky toilet - not as exciting as doing our bedroom though grin

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

I've set up a Pinterest board to gather ideas. I usually go for plain walls but as DH offered to wallpaper, I've been looking at wallpaper too. Hoping for an eclectic boutique hotel vibe, mixing in old and new and revamping and updating the furniture. Hard to describe without sounding poncy lol.

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

My friend (who has a lovely home) and I loaded 3 trolleys with stuff at B&Q yesterday, as I couldn't decide between two colours schemes. Wallpaper samples were pinned up behind the bed, and the matching cushions, curtains, lampshades set out in front. Then everyone who came in the house was invited to vote - 11 in total and only 12 votes for my favourite confused Might have to declare the vote null and void.

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

The staff were lovely. It was pretty quiet, which helped, as we were draping lengths of wallpaper around curtain displays and piling up lampshades and cushions, and inviting random customers and staff to comment.

The Colours range made it easy to co-ordinate lampshades and soft furnishings. Found some gorgeous handles for the wardrobes which will tie it into the colour scheme.

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?

Have looked at the videos, and will be signing up for a class. To be fair though, DH and I are fairly confident DIY-ers, so feel able to get on with the project in the meantime.

- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?

Will have a think. The store was pretty well laid out but some of the signposting could be better.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

Not yet, but will keep you updated.

PastaBeeandCheese Sat 18-May-13 08:53:59

Ooo. I'm very jealous of the MNetters picked for the revamp. I'd love a B&Q gift card to help me make a toddler bedroom for DD who will need to clear out the nursery for a new baby!

We have just revamped our unloved conservatory and made a playroom.

We have other reception rooms and it was just a bare brick horror when we moved in with cracked floor tiles.

I mainly ignored it but as DD's toy collection grew it seemed a good idea to revamp it and find a way to heat it so toys could be put out there.

I started by having it plastered and visited B&Q to choose paint and flooring and get heating advice.

We chose a soft green paint from Dulux Endurance range and bevel lock oak flooring. The guy advised us we could lay it straight over the tiles if we had the clearance under the door which fortunately we do. DH insisted on buying a scary looking saw to cut the flooring to size.

All the convection heaters they had for sale were fugly but the sales assistant in fires showed us how we could install an electric fire which we have done. Really heats the room quickly when there isn't any sun.

The room is lovely now. The doors lead out into the garden so aside from being a great place for toys I can sit and enjoy the sunshine and keep an eye on DD pottering in the garden.

Good luck to the revampers. Looking forward to seeing pics!

nevergoogle Sat 18-May-13 13:00:49

Count me in!

I'm doing my living room as it's the most used room and the room we've done least to since we moved in 5 months ago. It's unloved because since moving in DH and I have been working full time and after buying the house there was nothing left in the decorating piggy bank.

I've uploaded some before pictures to my profile for you to see and maybe give me some ideas of what to do.

We currently have mismatched donated furniture, and no pictures or shelves up. If fact there is one picture which is hung where it is as that's where the hook was already from the previous owner and looks wrong with our picture. The paint on the coving is flaking due to the previous owners penchant for sellotaping balloons up for parties I think.

Before I found out I'd been selected I already had purchased some retro curtains funded by my MIL and had started to think about how I could decorate the room with their colour scheme in mind, so I'm going to stick with that plan. I also have shelf brackets already but need the wood. A new sofa cover for the red one was ordered a while ago. (Come on ikea, don't let me down), and i'm thinking of dying the greeny one.

In my mind it will be fabulous and I've entertained myself with a pinterest mood board to imagine how it will look for months now. But now it could become a reality, I'm a bit overwhelmed with such a big project in a short period of time.

I like retro/70's, I like geometric patterns, I love mustard/chartreuse/grey/duck egg blue colour schemes.

I'm off to clear the room now so we can get started tomorrow.

Thank you so much B&Q and Mumsnet!


Londonseye Sat 18-May-13 18:44:07

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

Our unloved room is the bedroom. It's been the same since we moved in, very slapdash attempt to make it liveable prior to moving in, but nothing since. It is a dumping ground for things that have no home. We want to repaint it all and make it something that is a bit more of a sanctuary and ours. Bedrooms should be a space you feel is your own, and we don't have that right now. We will eventually need new wardrobes, and doors etc. Mainly it has been time and money that has stopped us. We always had other things to spend money on or fix, because our room was functional so was alway put on the back burn.

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

We are going for a Moroccan feal. I like warm colours, of blues, oranges and yellows etc. We got inspiration by looking online at images we both liked. It had to be a bit of a fusion since there are two of us sharing it. It's a bit of give and take.

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

Nope we have pretty much done it all ourselves. We are both practical and artistic so our concept wasn't hard to see to fruition.

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

Staff were really nice. We shopped the other day and spent £176 of our voucher. We did find a bench of bargain items and managed to get 3 sets of curtains for our room and the kids rooms for the lovely price of £9 for them all!! We found some throws for our bed which I never expected to find. For paint we went with a mixture of the Colours range and it was really easy. We got bedside lamps etc as well.

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?

We did get a leaflet on wallpapering but decided not to do that. We also picked up one on hanging doors for further down the line.

- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?

Honestly? Nothing, the staff were helpful.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

It is getting done as we speak. Painting is all done, needs finishing touches, so will report back with this and before and after photos.

eteo Sat 18-May-13 19:40:54

Thank you for picking me!

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

The room used to be nursery but my children moved to a bigger room and since it had been a dumping ground. I love to convert into study room.

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

I wanted it to be white with a features wall. Looking at silver, black brownish wallpaper. But today after visit the shop, I changed my mind. I picked a pick wallpaper instead.
There are so many examples at the store but I am too overwhelming! In the end, I just went for anything that look pink.

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

My children influence me and I changed my mind and decided to get something pink!

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

Yes, everyone is very helpful. The shop is not very well stocked as everything is all over the place. Boxes everywhere.
There are so many soft furnishing which are so pretty.

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?
Yes, I watch the how to paste wall paper. It was good. I will try to do it tomorrow night!

- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what
would it be?

To stock up their paints.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?
Will let you know!

eteo Sat 18-May-13 19:55:22

This is my unloved room. It is like a dumping ground.

Londonseye Sat 18-May-13 19:56:24

Aw crap. See this has spurred us right on. New bedroom furniture arrives on the 3rd of June grin. Then we will get carpets for the whole of the upstairs, the kids rooms are getting decorated next week. The voucher has helped us greatly but it's going to end up costing three times that blush. But we need it, so this revamp just gave us the motivation to do it!

eteo Sat 18-May-13 19:56:37

This is my empty room that I am going to do the painting now!

nevergoogle Sat 18-May-13 20:30:52

Our unloved living room.

ChippyMinton Sat 18-May-13 21:15:47

Before pic of our bedroom, with wallpaper samples pinned up.

ChippyMinton Sat 18-May-13 21:18:32

Cleared and ready for decorating - it looks a million times better without all the clutter and hand-me-downs smile

nevergoogle Sat 18-May-13 21:30:18

Looks like a good room Chippy, have you decided on a wallpaper and paint?

katiewalters Sat 18-May-13 21:49:05

We have chosen to do our bedroom (mine and my partners), as it definately needs a revamp. It is boring, magnolia walls, and it has been that way since we have been here nearly 4years now. We have never done anything to it, as there always other things that you need to spend money on, such as bills, the kids, etc so we've never had any spare money to do anything to it. Its bland, needs brightening up with some colour, some new accessories, and some more storage would be good. As we only have a large set of drawers which myself and my partner use, but it doesnt hold all of our clothes. We would most likely get another chest of drawers or something, as we wouldnt have room for a wardrobe I dont think, as we are expecting in july, and the babies wardrobe is in our room as it wouldnt fit in my sons bedroom. We havent even got a lampshade, so would definately get some of those. We would get some new, bright, good quality curtains which will be lined. At the moment we have plain brown ones, that were just cheap from Argos, and arent lined, so all the light comes through, and they have been discoloured from where the light shines on them.
We havent decided yet on paint or wallpaper, but I know I want something modern and bright. In the next couple of days we will visit b&q to get all our bits and bobs, so will look around there for inspiration and decided exactly what to get. I will speak to my mom for ideas as well, as she loves decorating, shes does her rooms herself and always has nice colours, ideas and accessories for her rooms.
My partner primarily will be doing most of the revamp. I will help with the choosing of things, and the easy bits, but I am 32 weeks pregnant, so I have an excuse. Im sure he will rope some of his friends in to give him a hand.
I will post a picture of our bedroom.

ChippyMinton Sat 18-May-13 22:00:09

Either this red & grey paper if we are brave enough to go dark on one wall -
Or this grey with duck egg and lime accents if we keep it light.
Surprisingly they both work with the same neutral paint and grey curtains and lampshades.
I'm going to cover the headboard with charcoal fabric, and finish it with nailhead trim.

Can't see your picture for some reason, nevergoogle. How are you getting on?

nevergoogle Sat 18-May-13 23:01:03

ooh i like the red and grey best.

we're at the arguing about when we are going to get started point, although DH was working today and was bombarded by a very enthusiastic crazed interior designer instead of his wife when he came home.

I cleared the room today and have moved all of the furniture into the middle of the room.

Hopefully some more progress tomorrow.

I've put some before pics on my profile also, so you might be able to see them there.

ChippyMinton Sat 18-May-13 23:10:25

Red & grey it is then wink
Are your new curtains the ones in the pic?
What colour is the new sofa cover?
Have you ventured in store yet?

nevergoogle Sat 18-May-13 23:28:57

the new curtains are in the before pic, i need to take them up by 4 inches so need to get onto that soon too.
the new sofa cover is supposed to be dark grey (if it ever arrives).
i've been to the most local one which was fine, but then ventured to the Plymouth store which was huge and had much more stock and inspiration.

ChippyMinton Sat 18-May-13 23:37:25

They look lovely. Charcoal grey is definitely having a moment right now.

Is there a way of telling which are the best-stocked stores, I wonder? The one I went to was pretty big, but there's another I could try too.

Bakingnovice Sat 18-May-13 23:43:57

Charcoal grey is very in.

nevergoogle Sat 18-May-13 23:56:05

I think the B&Q Warehouses are the biggest. You can search for stores on the website.

Babieseverywhere Sun 19-May-13 11:02:16

We will be decorating our children's main bedroom. smile

I am currently planning a budget for the gift card money, measuring up and getting my husband to do the pre photos and we have rashly bought a second hand bed frame to match the paint I have not bought yet !

So our colour scheme is set of a lilac and pink main wall and three walls of a nice warm yellowish cream neutral walls. So I don't need sunglasses when I have to clean up in there.

Will answer all the questions posted by lovely Helen once we have done the shopping smile

Babieseverywhere Sun 19-May-13 13:24:52

Hmm, I can't find the matching chairs to this chair

Also I might be dong something wrong but I can't get to Kids Wall and Floor page It just takes me to very lovely princess stickers, not kids walls and floors index as I thought it would, iyswim.

Babieseverywhere Sun 19-May-13 13:25:39

That should read "matching chairs to this table"

ChocolateMama Sun 19-May-13 14:56:07

Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?
First of all, thank you for picking me grin. My unloved room is my sons bedroom which they share. We basically bought our house, had all the basics (plumbing/electrics/plastering etc) done by tradepeople and all the decorating ourselves. Initially I did quite a simple 'young child' theme in the room using peel-off wall stickers. However, these have long gone as they are way to old for this sort of style now. The room is now very bare and boring and desperately needs some love and attention.
Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?
As others posters have mentioned, I absolutely 'LOVE' watching home renovation/house buying programmes etc, and buy lots of house decor mags. I want the room to look a bit more grown-up (but not too grown up!) and a sort of cool place for the boys to hang out with their little friends.
Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!
My husband will be helping me do the actuall work, although pretty much all of the ideas are mine! We visited B&Q virtually as soon as the vouchers arrives (I was soooo excited) and bought some of the lovely bookshelf wallpaper for one wall, together with all the necessary equipment for wallpapering. Also, paint, a lovely plantation style blind and cushions etc. I think it is going to look quite cool! We are pretty hands-on with all the decorating and stuff, so feeling quietly confident about the results.
How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand
We went on a quite Friday morning, so walking around the store was a nice relaxing experience. When we asked questions, the staff were very helpful. As one other person said, B&Q could do with more sign posts to the various areas. However, as B&Q regulars, we sort of know where things are.
Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?
We haven't yet, but will definitely look at the YouTube videos, specifically the one on wallpapering!
If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?
Nothing springs to mind really. Staff were helpful when required. Nothing I hate more than over keen staff who will not leave you alone, so B&Q staff had the balance right.
Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?
Not yet, but will be getting some when we have finished!

nevergoogle Sun 19-May-13 17:17:43

Wow! I spent a big chunk of the money today. About half of the budget has gone on paint and I had a great time shopping.

I mooched around the lighting and wall decor area for a while and was really impressed with the choices. Fingers crossed I have enough money left for some great lighting at the end of the project.

I pottered around for a while getting some low tack masking tape, a roller refill and pad, sandpaper etc. Most things were easy to find and all in same aisle which is helpful. The paintpad refills available don't fit my 'thingy', and the others seemed a bit plasticky with odd handles that I didn't trust to last very long. I was looking for something a bit more sturdy so will have to look elsewhere I think.

Then I ventured to the paint section to find a very helpful man called John, John Wright infact (he gave me his feedback ticket). John helped me calculate how much paint I was going to need of each of the colours I'd chosen, and helped me decide to err on the side of caution with my amount of paint. Unused pots of mixed paint can't be returned but will always be the same colour if I need to buy more, so it was helpful to have his advice on that. I explained about the B&Q unloved rooms project with Mumsnet and he was interested to hear about it calling over the manager Geoff who had the authority to give me a discount grin.

From then on it was VIP treatment, although to be fair, all of the staff I've encountered have been friendly, knowledgable and helpful without any prior knowledge of my project. John helped me locate the final roll of masking tape I hadn't found before and wished me luck with the room.

And then there was Daniel, the very nice young man with a welsh accent. Well he added up all my items, then took of my B&Q club discount off the paints and then labouriously, the extra Manager's discount. He too was interested to know about the Mumsnet/B&Q pairing. He seemed to like my idea of hanging 20 toilet seats from my living room wall, inspired by the B&Q aisle next to his till. But don't worry, I'm not going to waste this opportunity.

So this afternoon, DH and I have prepped the walls, skirting, windows and coving. And we're ready to get started. Eek, this is so much fun!

ChippyMinton Sun 19-May-13 18:15:44

Hello decorators. Just checking in at the end of a long weekend of decorating. I have:
cleaned and prepped everything
painted the ceiling
painted the walls
touched up the woodwork with white gloss
spray-painted the radiator
used my favourite product - decorators caulk - to fill in lots of ugly gaps between the ugly built-in wardrobes and the ceiling

Now need to make a final decision on the wallpaper before next weekend, when DH will hang it. He also needs to replace a length of skirting and put up a bit of lining paper in the corner that's been hidden by a chest of drawers - out of sight out of mind!

Londonseye Sun 19-May-13 18:20:06

Our room is all painted now, finishing touches duvet sets, art work etc. Its looking good to us! Frog tape is the best thing ever. But expensive at £7 a roll. But it really doesn't leak paint through.

Wow I am miles behind blush. Done very little this weekend as still very very undecided about paint scheme!

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

The unloved room is our dining room. It's the darkest room in the house and doesn't feel very warm so doesn't get used much. I have a 'slight' hoarding problem so it's become a massive dumping ground. I want to make it into a useable space where we can eat as a family.

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

I've been looking online but struggling. We live in a 1900 late Victorian/early Edwardian mid-terrace that has a lot of period features still in it so I'm trying to keep it as authentic as possible (not easy as the last owners were not very DIY savvy).

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

Not much help no. I'm doing everything on my own.

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

I've only spent £10 so far on paint samples but experience so far is ok. Unfortunately, my local store, despite being quite big, doesn't seem to stock a huge amount of items, and for some reason only has one manned till (the rest are self-service) which is a bit odd. I intend to go back and spend the rest of the gift card before making a final opinion though!

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?

I'm going to a DIY course on the 30th May. Really looking forward to it smile.

- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?

Nothing as far as I know.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

I'll answer this one when I'm done. grin

This is a fantastic opportunity and I thank both B&Q and Mumsnet again for giving me the chance to transform my home. smile

Can anybody help me with a colour scheme for my room? blush The room needs a lot of work - at some point soon I'm going to take the carpet up as we have lovely original floorboards, and sand them. We repainted the room when we moved in a few years back as it was a hideous mushroom brown colour, but the pale yellow we chose has never really suited it (and shows up a lot of dirt from us walking in from the garden, and the cat).

The room is North-east facing and we're mid-terrace so it doesn't get much light, apart from a little at the end of the day during high-summer. I really want to make it into a warm, comfy place to have dinner.

We currently don't have a dining table and I'm trying to sell the large dark sideboard so I can get a new (smaller) sideboard and dining table that matches it.

So, I'd like to repaint the room for a start - but what colour? The rest of the house is colours like pale blue, apple green and a mid-yellow so it needs to suit. I don't really like feature walls. I was think about possibly an olive green or another warm green colour, but not too dark. Any thoughts? Would some other colour be more suitable?

I quite like the look of this room from the Homebase page as the furniture is what I'd like to get eventually - this one. I've had a look on other pages but struggled.

Help? sad

Sorry, I have photos on my profile.

nevergoogle Sun 19-May-13 21:08:28

I like the idea of a sage green dining room like the one you've posted.

nevergoogle Sun 19-May-13 21:12:33

I've had a look at your photos and I think you could do it just like in the photo you've linked. Looks lovely.

nevergoogle Sun 19-May-13 21:14:22

Londonseye, you are phenomenal! How are you making such quick progress?

Londonseye Sun 19-May-13 21:27:59

We have been waiting a long time to do this room. I think because DP and I are both female, we just work. Know what we want, and sync with keeping the kids out of the way, so one of us has been constantly doing one bit of decorating for 10 hours yesterday and today.

Thecat the link you posted looks good! Our living room is a similar colour and we matched it with a sort of very light "biscuit" colour, and it really works. Has anyone else noticed the bizarre names they give paints?? "Forbidden fruit", "sexy pink" and "sweet pink"?? It's mad!

nevergoogle Sun 19-May-13 22:12:37

ah the names!
we've gone for a chalk blush and papyrus colour scheme.

I'm very impressed Londonseye. I was in B&Q alone, calling DH on the phone with questions, while he was trying to polyfilla the walls with constant interruptions from the kids too.
Doing the living room is hard as we use this room ALL the time. Trying to keep the kids entertained in other rooms is a new idea for them.

Back to work for both of us tomorrow so I expect it'll be the weekend again before we make any significant progress.

Thanks for the responses all smile. If only I can find out what colour is being used in that photo!

I've spent my evening looking for inspiration online and have found some expensive but gorgeous green paint called Deep Adam Green by Craig & Rose. The rooms I've seen with it in don't look as dark as the colour might suggest, but I'm a bit nervous. May get a sample tomorrow. But lordy is it expensive!

londonseye you put me to shame! grin

nevergoogle Sun 19-May-13 22:36:12

I've chosen a Craig and Rose paint for one of my walls too. Great colours.

I've found the colour in the Homebase photo - so off to get a tester and also the Craig & Rose one! This is so exciting grin I'll ut up some pics of both colours later, maybe you guys can help me choose! I'm hoping if I like the Homebase green, B&Q can mix me up some of their own!

Londonseye Mon 20-May-13 11:44:55

Thecat sounds like you are getting there! Don't loose momentum! Once you start I think it is addictive, to get it done. I hope you get the right colour and looking forward to seeing photos. I shall post my before photos later today. Busy working just now

Allhandsondeck Mon 20-May-13 11:46:57

Thankyou for the opportunity. We are delighted.
Why is your room unloved?
Our house was originally 3 bedrooms. However we knocked through and made two of the bedrooms into one enormous room and DD had the other bedroom. then along came DS... A temporary wall went up in our bedroom giving DS a sort of bedroom around the size of a very large cupboard. This was fine whilst he was small but now he is 6 he rather plaintively asked if "One day he could have a room with a window"!! Now, please be clear, he is a very loved little boy who has everything he wants..except for a window! The only reasonable solution we could think of was to make the downstairs bathroom the main bathroom and the upstairs bathroom into a third bedroom. The upstairs bathroom was old, cracked and mouldy. We removed the fixtures and the pipework and then ran out of oomph (and money). The sun finally started shining and it was more fun to play outside than worry about the upstairs building site. If you closed the door you could pretend it wasn't there.But now we have a £300 voucher..and a deadline!!! We have sprung into action, DH is enthusiastically (!!) finishing off the plastering and ceiling and we are off to B & Q.
Well DS has taken charge on the colour scheme and wants alternate light blue and yellow walls.(easily pleased!) We want toy storage, clothes hanging space and a hardwearing carpet. The room needs to be functional, practical and easy to clean. Parents of small children will understand completely!
Any help?
Not much, it's just us. Fortunately DH is able to do all the building trades himself. Would be very interested to know if anyone could recommend how to get maximum storage in a smallish space.
We haven't received our voucher yet..I think it was delivered on Friday, but I wasn't in so redelivered tomorrow. Then off to the B & Q warehouse.

Allhandsondeck Mon 20-May-13 11:48:43

Bathroom fixtures out.. plaster on most walls..

Allhandsondeck Mon 20-May-13 11:49:33

Ceiling up tonight, last wall plastered tomorrow..ready for shopping and the pretty bits!

Londonseye Mon 20-May-13 12:14:46

Allhands you are really going for it!! Huge undertaking! I am impressed.

gazzalw Mon 20-May-13 12:42:23

Yikes only just found this thread....

We are revamping what has been DS's room which has been his for eight years but essentially was previously a guest room so it has never really been stamped with his style...He is heading for teenage years now so he deserves a more chilled space to relax and in which to study...

Will be back later to's not going swimmingly at the moment. We weren't in when the postman tried to deliver the gift card so it was delivered on Saturday. DW had loaded the virtual shopping basket ready to process the order online only to discover you can only use the gift card in-store! She also did the click to collect option on some pictures and cushions. Went yesterday on the bus (we Don't have a car) to order the stuff to be delivered and to collect the 'click to collect' items. Didn't have the codes to order in-store and the 'furnishings' were not there to pick up - search! DS and I did did manfully carry home six rolls of breadboard wallpaper though....

Luckily ours is more a cosmetic job than one requiring too much serious DIY work. Inspiration comes from some rather jazzy Benetton curtains already up in DS's room which are a funky of cream, bright green and blue. He wanted to use this colour theme but making the green and blue more centre-stage. We had already bought a rather fetching blue paint to do a feature wall. We have to be careful with colour though as his room is north-facing and needs to feel light and bright...

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:22:08

Bedroom is nearly done! Lots of photos to follow, with comments as applicable wink

Firstly, here's our bedroom before... it's so small, I've had to take pics from various angles...

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:22:32

bedroom angle 2

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:22:40

bedroom angle 3

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:23:02

photo helps!

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:23:40

and final pic...

This one is the worst quality, as it's against the light.

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:32:41

Clearing the bedroom...

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:33:52


(look how well trained he is grin )

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:35:09

Oh, here's an example of DH's previous attempts at filling.

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:35:43

And here's his handiwork after the workshop...

nearly invisible!

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:36:31

Painting has commenced...

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:37:00

DS helping...

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:38:24

Moving furniture around so DH can paint the other wall

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:39:39

And now onto the woodwork... I'm not sure how easily it can be seen but the newly painted wood is to the left, the old paint to the right. There was a very obvious difference when I looked at it!

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:41:37

The walls and the freshly painted ceiling.

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:41:59

Old wall vs New wall...

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:42:53

Wallpapering has begun

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:43:34

Argh! Photos!

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:44:16

Using his freshly taught paper-pasting skills

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:45:28

Hanging the paper! Or actually, to be more precise, trimming the paper.

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:46:57

Bit better shot, I hope. He trimmed round the sockets beautifully smile

PS, I know standing on a small chair isn't recommended...! But we only have a huge step ladder which comes out at Christmas time, to raid the attic!

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:47:53

The finished wall(s)

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:48:31

Other end of the room

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 13:57:45

Going forward, the curtain rail needs to be put up, and the curtains hung. I still haven't found a nice bedspread yet, but I have cushions galore! grin

Question: Would you have a patterned duvet set, or a plain set in this room now?

Up till now, we've had patterned sets, as the room was plain. But now that the wall is decorated, I'm thinking a plain set would be better. White? Or a darkish beige?

My cushions are two shades of minty green, one set of beige, and a stripy aqua colour. I've bought an aqua sheet, and some aqua pillowcases, and some beige ones too.

I'm wondering whether a white duvet set with a pale turquoise trim would be ok?

Suggestions greatly appreciated!

Over the next two weeks DH will be tackling the main room to our house. He'll be repainting some of the walls and all the ceilings, freshening up the woodwork, and also papering certain accent walls. Plus exercising his filling skills too!

I will take as many photos as I can, but I'll be away for 3 days when he tackles our main living space, over the bank holiday weekend - as you may well imagine, toddlers and paint do not mix!

I'm so jealous of your progress JParkson! Wish my husband would lift a finger to help me sad

Personally I would go with a plain duvet set just to avoid any possible clashing with the wall. But I have simple tastes smile.

The tester paints have dried - I've attached a picture taken slightly earlier, natural light, no flash. I'm surprised how dark the Craig & Rose one is in this, doesn't look as dark in real life. Any comments please? smile

I'm looking into hiring a floor sander (never done it before) but not sure if I'll get that done before the time is up. I'd also like to put up coving along the top of the walls, as the original was ripped out before we moved in.

Londonseye Mon 20-May-13 17:49:54

I like the, both thecat! Would you consider doing one wall in the darker and the rest in the lighter?

Not really, I'm not a fan of feature walls and none of the other rooms in the house have them (in fact they did when we moved in and I took them out lol)...

Husband doesn't like either colour!

Londonseye Mon 20-May-13 18:27:25

My bedroom has a feature wall...I despise that phrase though. It's not a's just a different colour! Go with your heart. You are the one that needs to live with it smile

Well, not that I'm chickening out or anything...but I've got a few days to decide anyway. I'm looking into hiring the floor sander possibly for this weekend and got a guy coming on Wednesday to look at the ceiling (not a job I'm going to be able to do myself) so if I can get those done before the 3rd June I can think a bit more about the painting.

I've spent almost £20 of the voucher on tester paint so far and still no decision! That's 9 pots of different colour greens!!!! What a palaver.

JParkson Mon 20-May-13 20:46:17

thanks thecat smile

We've only done this much as DH had the past 2 weeks off, and I spent the last week thinking about my ideal room! He's very driven when pushed like this, so to be honest, most of the credit is his! I just picked the colours/wallpaper, and he did the rest!

I'm inclined to agree with you on the duvet front; plain is better. I'll have a google round, and see what I can come up with before canvassing more opinions!

As for your colours, I'd personally prefer the lighter one, but only because my room is so small. I think the larger the room, the better it could cope with a darker colour. (I nearly picked a midnight blue paper for the end wall - thankfully DH talked me out of it!)

I don't know that painting some walls one colour and others the other is always such a good idea. One of the houses we rented had this (strong purple on the two end walls and medium lilac on the side walls) and at the time I loved it <immature> but now I think about it, I cringe!

We did a subtle version in our main room, as all the walls were magnolia, and it's so large. So DH chose a very pale coffee colour (Dulux natural hessian) and painted the accent walls with that. It's not immediately noticable except in strong light. But it's nice enough to add a little depth to some tricky spaces.

gazzalw Mon 20-May-13 21:10:15

Right, the saga is ongoing and not entirely helpful to the cause of those of us without a car..... I went to go to the one near work only it's now turned into a Wickes hmm so couldn't order and pay there...... In the end in order to hurry things up, I've used my own card to order and buy most of the stuff (excluding the pictures and cushions which have to be collected in-store and will have to wait until half-term) on-line. However, it looks as if the delivery is going to happen in several stages with the first things coming later this week....

Just to point out that we used to have two B&Q stores within walking distance and spent much time and money in there. It was easy because it was simple to do several trips. Now it is less so. However there hasn't been a local one for about five years or so....

Our experience this far with this room revamp, is probably a salutory lesson to those at B&Q HQ to help out those who don't have cars...and a lot of people in London don't....And also to update your online ordering system to encompass gift cards - DW ordered stuff from John Lewis' earlier this week using multiple gift vouchers. It's not ideal customer service not to be as enabling as possible to all your potential clients!

Sorry don't mean to be negative but we could have started by now and seem to be being thwarted by a) payment options and b) not having a branch of B&Q on our doorstep!

Babieseverywhere Mon 20-May-13 21:45:27

I went to our local B&Q today and picked up tester pots of paint in icecream shades of pink, purple and yellowly cream to try on the walls. Plus sugar soap and sandpaper to clean and prep the gloss work.

I have a week to prep the room...strip wallpaper, do gloss work etc...I hope I'll do an ok job, as I haven't done stuff like this on my own. I'll be doing it in small bits when I can fit it in around my four kids and whilst looking after the toddler and baby.

My husband will be helping with moving furniture and has booked a couple of days off nearer the deadline to do papering, painting and any drilling needed.

WibbleBoy Mon 20-May-13 22:03:23

Well; as OurYve mentioned earlier, I spent a large portion of today getting plastered at the Durham B&Q store. It's a course I'd actually been interested for a while, but never got around to trying. The Monday-morning session wasn't massively popular (I was the only "student" there), but this meant that I got a load of one-to-one time.

The tutor (Ged) was an enthusiastic long-term DIYer, was open to questions and very easy to talk to. We quickly flew through the opening section on patching a stud partition wall, which begun by smashing a hole in a fake wall with a hammer, which everyone should try at least once smile this section recapped stuff I'd read the theory about, but never actually applied before.

The main section, covered actually plastering a couple of walls. After a brief theory discussion about tool selection, and how these would be used, we jumped in to the messy stuff.

We alternated between working over existing plaster, and on fresh plasterboard, splitting this way allowed time for the various layers to "set" before continuing. We went through a typical plastering process; applying two layers of plaster to the test areas, then finishing with two "wet trowel" passes to get a smoother finish.

I definitely learned a lot from the session; my first attempts at loading the tools and applying to the wall were very messy and left an awful finish. However by the end of the session, my confidence had grown and I'd begun to develop a workable technique with an almost-acceptable result. While I wouldn't feel confident enough yet to attempt any large-scale plastering job, I think that I could get there with a little practice.

It was even suggested that if I wanted to practice, I could set up a "test zone" in the garage by attaching a simple timber frame to the wall and screwing a sheet of plasterboard to it. This is something I would consider in the future, it would make as a novel alternative to "hiding in my shed" smile

Seriously though, the session was very useful and I would thoroughly recommend it based on my experience. I'm now considering signing up for another course (the one about tiling looks interesting). DS1 is also interesting in the Kids courses, so we'll probably sign him up for one of the "Daddy & Me Toolboxes" courses around Fathers' Day weekend.

eteo Mon 20-May-13 22:05:31

Bought these bright colour cushions from B&Q! Loving them!

nevergoogle Mon 20-May-13 22:09:33

The B&Q Club means you get discount on interior paints if you spend over £30 at the moment.

And if you take an oldie with you on a wednesday they get something like 10% off everything too.

nevergoogle Mon 20-May-13 22:10:44

oooh pretty! eteo.

i want to be at the cushion buying stage. envy

eteo Mon 20-May-13 22:11:20

Using B&Q app to measure the amount of wall paper i need

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 22:13:19



Nehru Mon 20-May-13 22:14:00

i am admiring Jparkinson's husbands arse atm

eteo Mon 20-May-13 22:14:27

Bought these stuffs for my wallpaper project

eteo Mon 20-May-13 22:24:15

Putting up wallpaper. First time doing it by watching B&Q diy video

eteo Mon 20-May-13 22:27:51

The finish project!

Nehru - not that simple. He hates any DIY and isn't any good at it either. wink sad

Eteo love the stripy wallpaper!

nevergoogle The 15% interior paint runs out today I think, or it does at our local store.Shame I'm not ready to buy mine yet!

gazzalw Sorry to hear you're having problems sad. I didn't realise the B&Q website doesn't take gift cards. I was intending to purchase a new door for our room but that may be a problem as I drive a very small car. shock What a nightmare for you!

Wibble, glad your class went well! I can't wait for mine next week, I'm learning all about how to paint! hoping someone will teach me how to paint in a straight line.

Still undecided about colour...

ChippyMinton Mon 20-May-13 22:57:12

eteo - I have the lime green cushions! And some plain pink with green piping from the clearance bin. If I don't use them in the bedroom they will go on my garden chairs smile

gazzalw Tue 21-May-13 07:34:41

Wow - you are all getting on really well...Eteo your wall looks very good! Well done...

Yes, Thecatcamebacktheverynextday, it's a pain. I have ordered the stuff with my own money and will buy the click and collect things on the card next week when I happen (happily) to be in the close vicinity of one of the big stores about 30 minutes from us. I think the rest of the gift card will be used for another room at some later stage.

When we were having the conversation last night about the local B&Q stores closing down in recent years, we realised that it's since they've closed, and we haven't had convenient local access, that our DIY projects have all but dried up. Take note B&Q!!!

Londonseye Tue 21-May-13 12:29:27

Gazza a b&q just opened up near us. Next closest was 30 min drive away! Though there is a huge warehouse trade one 40 mins away too. We used to have a focus, but they closed down. Thankfully b&q bought the store and opened a shop almost on my doorstep. But we have been mostly shopping at the big one.

My only issue is they are lacking a bit of wall art. We like "stuff" and had to go elsewhere to get most of it. I suppose that mixed with personal taste, would have meant we needed to shop around anyway. The way we have decorated is probably a bit like marmite anyway. Some people will not like it!! Pictures this evening when I get a minute.

gazzalw Tue 21-May-13 12:46:07

That's good for you Londonseye!

You are all getting on at a rate...we will be doing it mostly next week I think.....

Yes, DW was saying that she was looking for quirky clocks etc... and there was not of that type of stuff online - any more in store anyone?

HappyHippyChick Tue 21-May-13 12:49:02

So, I finally have found time to post, it has been crazy in my house! Really want to say thanks for picking me, my unloved room is my boys bedroom and it is truely unloved. Foolishly in my haste to get started I took a great before video but not any good photos blush

But here is what I have....

JParkson Tue 21-May-13 13:04:43

Avert your eyes nehru! wink

I've discovered that my local B&Q is only a mini-warehouse (despite being quite large). And other local stores are either a 'warehouse' or 'supercentre'.

Can anyone tell me what the difference is and which is bigger? confused

ChippyMinton Tue 21-May-13 16:13:31

I had a complete change of theme after waking at 6am is a half-decorated room and realising I didn't want a boring boutique hotel vibe, I want colour. Check out this wallpaper in light blue for the wall behind my bed - got a bargain on ebay which should arrive in time for the weekend. It was twice the price and 3 week delivery everywhere else smile

I'm going to return a load of stuff to B&Q and re-buy the soft furnishings in different colours. Eteo's bright cushions have inspired me!

katiewalters Tue 21-May-13 16:46:04

my bedroom which we will be getting the revamp. excuse the mess, everything that has no place to go ends up in our room and were currently moving things about and around, as trying to sort stuff for the baby which is due in july. boring magnolia walls, dark brown, unlined curtains. nothing exciting, needs brightening up

nevergoogle Tue 21-May-13 21:36:12

eteo, your wallpapering looks fab!

I've started a job I've been meaning to do for ages - DD has a little wooden table and 2 chairs from Ikea that I've been meaning to paint for ages. I've bought two (more) tester pots, one bright red, one bright blue and have primed them all tonight. Will paint them tomorrow. smile

I've got someone coming out tomorrow night to give me advice about the ceiling and the floor. Hoping to finally get a move on this weekend. smile

nevergoogle Tue 21-May-13 21:41:55

i think the warehouses are the biggest, then maybe the mini warehouse and then the supercentres. confused

Thanks nevergoogle, the website doesn't make it clear which is the biggest! confused

nevergoogle Tue 21-May-13 22:17:58

no it doesn't. i asked in a store where the biggest one was in the area and she said plymouth, it's named as a warehouse on the website.

Bracketfungus Tue 21-May-13 23:16:58

Hello everyone. I was so thrilled to be picked! Thank you mnhq and b&q.

Some of you are getting on brilliantly... Some fab wallpaper choices, and some real experimenting going on!

Usually I am quite minimalist in that I only redecorate when absolutely necessary, and get by with the minimum equipment. I was getting quite nervous about achieving good results and making th most of the opportunity. However I have now decided that this is a windfall. The whole point is to be open minded and to do what you can with the time and the money to make a difference to how you feel in your house.

And to try doing it with a different attitude than the norm.

So I have ditched my plans to do the most sensible thing and am now going to redecorate my bedroom, which used to be a nursery and has teddy bears which I can't stand!

I have checked with the landlord, and they require neutral colours which is a bit of a shame. Can any one recommend a neutral sort of yellow or green?

I have a problem with my bedside light which is that it is too close to the door and keeps getting knocked over.

So,my project is going to be repainting the mousy grey walls, changing the border, putting up a shelf instead of having a bedside table, and sorting out the lighting.

I have a streetlight very close, so I also need to improve the curtain or put a blind up.

I have no tools, so some of the money will need to go on things like a tape measure and a drill.

The DIY floating shelf video said about some kind of cable detector to check if there are any cables inside the wall before you drill into it and electrocute yourself. Have any of you used one? Is it a good idea?

HappyHippyChick Wed 22-May-13 08:44:06

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

My unloved room is my kids bedroom, it was decorated not long after we first moved in, about 7 years ago and is looking a bit shabby now. It has massive holes in the plaster where little bits came off and then the kids "helped" pull more off!; it has bright orange pine built in cupboards; the light fitting has been pulled down from the ceiling when the kids were "playing"; there is a sea of plastic tat, I have four boys and have been hoarding toys for the last 10 years blush and the crowning glory is the carpet, which has been vommed on from the top bunk on more than one occasion envy.

I want to pare back the toys and make more room in the room for the kids to play, at the moment nearly half the room is taken up with toys and they don't really play up there, as they can't get to most of the stuff. I also need to move my youngest ds into the room soon so need to clear some space for him! Apathy has stopped me until now blush. It is such a daunting task, it has been on my to do list since the beginning of the year, but I keep dropping it down the list and putting things off. I freaked out a bit about the deadline but actually it is nice to have to get off my butt and actually do this stuff I have been putting off, and now I've started decluttering it feels great (6 massive bin bags to the charity shop and counting!).

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

I asked my ds what colour he wanted to have in his room (blue, what a shock, he's been obsessed with blue since he was 2, he's now 9!) and I want laminate/wipe clean floors to more easily deal with other sickness incidences!

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

I will be having help with the practical side of the revamp, my BIL is a plasterer and so we have had him round to sort out the walls and one of our friends is going to help us with the floor as our last attempt at laminate went hideously wrong!

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

I have only had a quick browse round the paint and flooring section at my local B&Q but I found the staff very helpful, answering any questions that I had, even the girl who I think was heading out to lunch, who saw me looking bewildered, stopped and answered my question. I will be heading back later to look at blinds and other soft furnishings, so will add more later.

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?

I haven't yet, although I was very impressed with the list of classes they offer and am still hoping to book myself onto one of them.

I will answer the other questions when I have finished my revamp!

katiewalters Wed 22-May-13 13:02:03

we have made 1 trip to b&q so far, but we need to make another as we didnt get everything we wanted. we decided to go for paint, and before we went we had decided we wanted a lime green, so we have got 'lime crush'. We are not 100% yet, but think we are not going to do all the walls green, but maybe have a feature wall. We are thinking this because where we live we rent, and we dont want see us being here for ever, and once you love out any decorating you do you have to put back to the magnolia walls. So we have got some magnolia paint as well, as if we do a feature walls, the other walls which are magnolia need repainting anyway, as they have marks, scratches on etc. We got filler and sanding paper for scratches and a dent we have in the wall. We got a lampshade for the bedroom. There was soooooo much choice of lampshades, we were there for ages, and kept seeing lots of different ones we liked. Last time we went to this b&q they did bedding, so we had planned to get some bedding, so we had some which matched the green, but were disappointed to be told they no longer did duvet covers. We also got some brushes, tape, rollers, etc all the stuff we need for painting. The main thing we need to go back for is curtains. I was so dissapointed with their range of curtains, as it wasnt that great. We want to get a decent pair of lined curtains, as the ones we currently have are cheap, unlined ones, and we are always waking up in the morning when the sun comes up as the light just comes through. We preferabbly wanted some green ones or ones with a green pattern, doesnt have to be all green. We did see a couple we liked, but they were unlined! We have to have the eyelet curtains as well, as someone recommended buying the lining you can attach to the curtains without sewing, but you cant do this with the eyelet curtains. Dont know about the lining you sew on with the eyelet curtains, but dont really want to pay to get someone to sew the lining on. They had brown and grey lined curtains, so does anyone think anyof those colours would go with green and magnolia walls? We also want to get either a small mirror or some wall art, but said once we'd decided on the colour of the curtains we would choose that. We also wanted to get some small sotrage drawers for next to the bed, but they only had 3 to choose from, and the 1 that would go with the furniture we already had was really expensive for what it was. Staff were very helpful, once you could find someone to help you, as they were either all on the tills or helping other people and had to wait around for a while to find someone who was free.

katiewalters Wed 22-May-13 13:03:15

some advice please. if we did a feature wall which would be painted lime green, and the other walls were magnolia, would brown or grey curtains go? we want lined curtains, which have to be eyelets, but the green ones or ones with a pattern that included the colour green werent lined. only had brown or grey lined ones

katiewalters Wed 22-May-13 13:51:22

new lampshade up and fully functioning. its a white metal lace effect ball shade. previously we had no lampshade up

Evening smile First trip to B and Q today after several hours on the website generating ideas. Sample paint purchased and put on walls and I think I have made my final decision. Pictures of the room before doing anything have been taken and my first Video Diary filmed. Eek!!!

Oh and can someone tell me how to upload photos from my iPhone to this thread, please?

ouryve Wed 22-May-13 19:40:50

I'm jealous of everyone's progress! The walls under the old wallpaper we've been removing are shocking and I've injured my shoulder removing the antique wallpaper and paste that was under the top layer in places sad

So, since I've given myself an evening off, I can finally start answering questions!

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

We're re-vamping the boys' bedroom. The walls have old textured wallpaper on, except where the boys have torn it off. It's a mess!

So, we need to get that off, make good the walls as well as we possibly can without resorting to moving out and replastering (there's 4 of us in a 2 bedroom house - this would only be possible if we actually moved out of the house!) We've been held back by logistics - we can only do it a section at a time and it's a lot of work.

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

DS1 wants it orange and red. I drew the line at a red ceiling, but he has chosen tangerine dream walls! No wallpaper and we can't use lining paper as it gas to be unpickable! (both boys have SN and picking at wallpaper is too much to resist)

Orange is DS1's favourite colour! The downside of that is that he's easy to lose in B&S and a certain orange supermarket because he blends in!

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

DS1 has been helping to pick off some more of the wallpaper and is glad not to be told off for it. DH is doing the rest of the stripping and a lot of the heavy tool-based work. I might have been a dab hand with an electric drill or power sander 15 years ago, but my HMS means that I not longer have sufficient strength in my hands, wrists and shoulders. I'll not let anyone else near the painting, though - my job!

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

We live near the massive Durham store, so there was everything you could imagine in there. DS1 was impressed to find lego storage cubes!

We bought the bulk of our stuff on Thursday evening - more than a trolley full. There were lots of other people with very full trolleys, too. And we all arrived at the checkouts together. Disappointingly, only the self serve checkouts were open and we had more stuff than would fit on the scales and there was one poor, overworked lad dealing with all of us. We popped in for a few more things on Saturday lunchtime, though and, despite the torrential rain keeping customers away (we were on our way back from elsewhere) there were plenty of tills open and we were served quickly.

DH (WibbleBoy) did one of the courses and reported on his experience upthread.

gazzalw Wed 22-May-13 21:12:05

Well we are not very far on...some of the items arrived thro' the post today and we are getting a delivery tomorrow...Have a few days off work and the BH weekend coming up so hoping to crack on then.

What has struck me though is where are we going to put the contents of DS's bedroom whilst we are decorating -it's not a very large room (probably 12 X 10 feet maximum). I think when we originally decorated the room (when DS was a baby and had the 'nursery' room) there was on a double bed in it and it was quite easy to move that to the centre of the room and decorate around it.....

ouryve Wed 22-May-13 21:15:37

This is a before of the boys' room as you walk into it. There is cladding that has already been removed from around the window, as there has been a leak coming through, around the window, somewhere (which has left a nice damp patch and some rotten doorframes downstairs. Fun!) thankfully, there is no damage to the wall at this level. We can't make a permanent fix because we still need to replace the window, which can't be done until we've taken the dodgy render off the back of the house (our next house will be a nice, easy cardboard new build!) but it can be tidied up with MDF cladding.

The bare backing paper under the window is DS1's own handiwork from a series of sleepless summer nights about 4 years ago!

DS1 regards the shelf as babyish, so we have chosen something smart and modern looking. We already have a new curtainpole to replace the wooden one that's already hanging off the wall.

ouryve Wed 22-May-13 21:18:40

More of DS1's late night insomniac handiwork! This room hasn't been touched, since he was a baby, 9 years ago, and all we did was paint over the existing paper and put soft carpet in, so it's overdue an update, anyhow.

ouryve Wed 22-May-13 21:28:22

This wall started with only a tiny scuff where DS2 had tried it (apparently hmm) This is the result of the first hours' stripping. If you think this one is scruffy, you should see the one on the right. I had to set another MN product test on it - yes - I spent 2 hours blasting ancient paste and paper, which had been partially plastered over, with steam from my Karcher steam cleaner!!! It did the trick, but was hard work and has set me back a long way, considering how much work this room needs.

We're having to work in sections. The room is about 8'3 by 15' and we can't move the boys out, but we can move it all to one side.

Apart from the gunk and bad patch plastering, that black line is done in chinograph and the picture rail at the top of the yellow section of wall has been attached to the wall and then roughly varnished, leaving varnish all over the wall. I've had to fish out the universal primer undercoat I've been using on the cladding on the stairs (the project I halted to start on this one) to cover bits like this, since emulsion just runs off.

ouryve Wed 22-May-13 21:35:03

Sweetestthing - I've just emailed photos from my iPad to myself and edited and uploaded them using my laptop!

Bracketfungus Thu 23-May-13 00:26:52

Hi, Katie ... Why do you need eyelet curtains? If you have curtain poles you can attach the pencil pleat curtains using hooks and rings.


Got stuck in today. An after school trip to b&q to get the tools I need, and let the kids choose a lamp each as we only had 2 lamps in the whole house!

Cleared the room, then remembered to take 'before' photos, so put things back a bit, took pics and then cleared out again, moved my matress into the living room, and sorted out the dust sheets and that. Did first coat. I can see it will be minimum 3 coats to obliterate grey colour.

Going to bed in the living room now. Night night!

etco love the wallpaper, good job

gazzalw Thu 23-May-13 18:20:53

Right I've cracked on with the wallpapering now and am on a bit of a roll (excuse the pun!!!) - nearly papered the room, realised that DW didn't use the helpful B&Q online wallpaper calculator so we probably have enough to do DD's room too (although not as part of this exercise!). It will then need to be painted etc.....looking a lot more promising now though than even on Monday evening! Hoping that I will complete phase one this evening all being well - DD helping even though it's DS's room we're doing (she's a lot more practical than he is!).

We have got some Nature eco-paint which has to be made up in a bucket with warm water so that will be a new experience....

I am enjoying the wallpapering experience having not done it for a good five or so years. The idea of decorating is a lot more of a hassle than the reality.....

Only hitch is that three of the items scheduled for delivery today (the curtain pole, blind and picture frame) haven't arrived yet - no evidence that they've tried to deliver. And someone has been in all day too....

JParkson Thu 23-May-13 21:57:47

Just popping in for some feedback, DH and I have differing opinions on duvet sets...

DH and I both like these

but I spotted these first...

Please help me pick which would be better?! As has been harped on about mentioned once or twice before, I will have cushions to help finish the set.

nevergoogle Thu 23-May-13 22:47:40

the second link is 100% cotton, so i'd go for that one.

gazzalw Fri 24-May-13 07:36:58

blush - just realised that I've been a week ahead of myself with the delivery date for the yet-to-be-delivered items - it's next Thursday. That's something that might usefully be addressed too, B&Q - for items that are available in-store (if only one had a car!) surely it should not take ten days to deliver them - the other stuff, ordered online at the same time, presumably sent from different suppliers, came within 48 hours.

Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

My unloved room is our spare bedroom (or box room!). It is unloved because it doesn't really get used as a bedroom often enough for us to have bothered doing anything to it since we moved here (17 years ago..). It has become a dumping ground, a place to put the laundry airer, temporary storage and, very occasionally, we clear the bed and have overnight guests. It has been neglected and forgotten and we just close the door on it. The only thing that has stopped us doing anything about it until now has been a combination of being busy, bringing up children, working and - let's be honest - a bit of laziness! I want to turn it into a proper guest bedroom, with no clutter and a fresh, country feel.

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

My inspiration comes from a desire to have a room that feels a bit more feminine and country style than the rest of our house, which is more traditional, with quite a lot of dark, antique furniture. My inspiration comes from looking at online at properties for sale, friends' homes and general nosiness. I want to have light, fresh coloured walls, pastel curtains and bedding, stripped back floorboards and no clutter!

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

I wanted to do this project on my own, although my husband and son have both offered to help. I have taken them up on their offers for heavy stuff, such as lifting the carpet and moving furniture but - so far! - I have been doing it myself.

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

I am fairly familiar with B&Q and (dare I say it?) other diy stores, but it was a novel experience shopping and knowing that it was courtesy of Mumsnet and B&Q! I asked several staff for advice and everyone was very helpful and suggested things to me that helped me decide what to buy. I didn't expect to have such a wide choice of wall art...

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?

I have looked for advice online and am booked in for a class, which unfortunately is on the day of the deadline for this project, so I will have lots of painting skills for my next project!

- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?

I can't think of anything.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

It is still a work-in-progress!!

The spare room before - full of clutter, as you can see.

More clutter....

The demon fireplace....I have opened it up and spent the last two days trying to remove the many layers of gloss (!!) paint which the previous owners decided to apply. This is the before picture.

This is the before picture...

..and this is the fireplace after two days of trying to get the paint off!

Bracketfungus Fri 24-May-13 20:18:25

Wow sweetest thing! That fireplace is quite a massive project, but I bet it looks great when you have finished.

You know curtains?

When it says 167x183, it means the drop is 183, right? And the width is both curtains at full stretch?

So 167x183 will be no good for window which is 180x180, will it?

ChippyMinton Fri 24-May-13 22:31:22

I think each curtain measures 167 wide by 183 long. The length is fine.
Each curtain needs to cover half the width of the window - 90cm per curtain. So when gathered, the 167 wide curtain will be nearly twice the width it needs to be. This is fine smile

Which ones have you got? I've just bought a duck egg blue pencil pleat pair, but I need to look at them in daylight against the wallpaper to see if they go.

Bracketfungus Sat 25-May-13 00:22:35

Hi chippy, thanks for your reply. I'm glad they will fit, that's really helpful. I haven't quite decided on colours yet... Just looking online at the moment. Hope you are happy with the shades.

I've finished the painting now, hurray!

Next thing is to sort the border I'm planning out, put up a shelf, and then decide on curtains. I also want to staple gun some different fabric over the headboard as it's manky.

Considering painting the chest of drawers, a mirror, a bedspread....

Will put some pics up when I can.... Will need to email them to myself as they won't go on here from iPad.

Bracketfungus Sat 25-May-13 00:50:38
Londonseye Sat 25-May-13 08:05:54

We had to reprint our room. I decided I didn't like the colour that was on 3 one wall. blush

Londonseye Sat 25-May-13 08:06:08

Repaint!! Not reprint

Allhandsondeck Sat 25-May-13 08:27:50

We have worked our socks off this week! The ceiling went up which involved scenes similar to Atlas supporting the world as DD and I held up sheets of plasterboard whilst DH hopped around with a drill shouting 'to the left, to the left, too far, too far' and DS wandered around asking when his tea would be ready. Then DH and DD did something very clever with the lights that doubled as physics revision for DD. The entire house became covered in a light layer of dust (adding to the light layer that already exists) as the plaster and filler were rubbed down and then we were ready for painting. DS and I went off to B&Q armed with the voucher. In typical DS style he went straight up to two tins of paint...Moonlight Bay (blue) and Happy Daze (yellow)...and said "these can we go to the cafe?". Paint was 3 for 2 so I picked up a soft cream for the ceiling and after that lengthy and exhausting trip fortified ourselves with B&Q sausage rolls and coffee/juice. Two days later all surfaces had two coats of paint (as did my arms, hair and shoes) and DS and I returned to B&Q for a light. He immediately spotted a gorgeous sparkling globe style light that would " Look like the moon at night and let rainbows in during the day..can we go to the cafe now please!?" So after yet another lengthy and exhausting trip we refreshed ourselves with tea and muffins! Onwards and upwards..Out of interest, does anyone know how I can get the gloss paint out of my hair?

Allhandsondeck Sat 25-May-13 08:31:04

Moonlight Bay, Happy Daze, Soft Cream and sparkly light!

Love the colours allhandsondeck - did the light come from B&Q? I want it blush

Things ground to a halt here this week due to a combination of broken TV and broken car. Car is now fixed, TV is not! However, I have bought some new paint pads and am about to start an undercoat on the walls. Unfortunately the wallpaper area of one wall that has been destroyed by cat scratches - the plaster underneath has blown and I can't fix it myself. sad But I'm going to start the rest of the room and do it in stages.

Really pleased to report that the dining room door (which has panels over it) is actually the original door! We took the panels off this morning and although the door needs a LOT of sanding, a lick of paint and new handles, it's still good to use. Really chuffed with that.

Will put up some photos later but have to disconnect the computer now so I can start painting! Happy bank holiday everyone smile

Babieseverywhere Sat 25-May-13 21:53:06

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?
Our unloved room is our children's bedroom. It is is unloved as our two oldest children moved into this room as toddlers and they jointly ripped a lot of the (admittedly crap) original wallpaper off the walls. The temptation of the badly wallpapered edges of the wallpaper was too much too resist. I wanted to redecorate but I was concerned that it could get ruined again and of course we hadn't got the money to waste as I'm at home atm.

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?
I wanted our children to have input. We decided that this room would become a room for our three girls and at a later date we will decorate the spare room for our boy. The oldest girls have chosen pink and purple theme and our boy wants green jet planes. Rather than style I am going for tough washable long lasting look. Something which will be easy to keep clean and give them space to play.

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!
My good friend helped me with colour choices and helped with ideas of what can be done to give all our children their own space, something which is very important to me. My mother has helped me to strip wallpaper and my father has volunteered to help with plastering around my window frames. My husband will do a lot of decorating on the days off he has booked next week to do this project.

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?
I have visiting two stores and they were very different. One branch was very limited in paint choice. In particular the strong washable paint was only in limited pale colours in the smaller store. Plus on several ranges the available tester pots did not match the paints available on the shelf, which was very irritating. The bigger store had a better range and better match of tester paints to paints in the shelf. Plus a lovely B&Q man told us that they could mix us tough washable paint in a range of colours, hurrah. The colours we wanted in the right finish.

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?
Still looking at website, yet to attend a class but will be shortly.

- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?
Can't think of anything atm.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?
Our children are so delighted to have a newly decorated room. We already invested in a 'new to us' bed and they enjoyed having input into paint and picture choices and they look forward to doing B&Q classes when they turn 7 years old. Shame they don't have anything for the little children.

Babieseverywhere Sat 25-May-13 21:59:24

I have been stripping wallpaper when I can and between me and my mother...we have done two and a bit walls. I hope to finish the stripping tomorrow.

The walls are a lot worse than I expected. I have plaster and builder's caulk to try and mend the walls.

Wish me luck !

Bracketfungus Sun 26-May-13 09:02:32

That's the thing about wallpaper..... It covers over unpaintable walls. And you never know exactly the state of the wall before you strip it. Good luck to those of you stripping! Hope there are not too many nasty surprises.

I am so thrilled with my magnolia walls. Now I am experimenting with different colours of blanket to decide the colours for the details in my bedroom. I was planning on blue and green, but am now thinking of orange and green.... Hm might take some pictures with different colours to see what looks best.

ChocolateMama Sun 26-May-13 10:28:51

Ok, after my initial post, and rush to B&Q, things slowed down as busy week at work etc. Will post some pics. tomorrow with - hopefully - a progress update. smile Still very very excited about the project though.

Londonseye Sun 26-May-13 11:52:08

We have ended up with a bit of voucher money spare, enough mixed with leftover paint, to do the kids rooms to! DS is getting batman and a cityscape. DD is having rolling hills and blue skies, with tinkerbell and fairies, trees and flowers. DP is a bit of an artist!

Londonseye Sun 26-May-13 11:59:21

here is our bedroom before picture

Londonseye Sun 26-May-13 12:08:18

and our after pictures

gazzalw Sun 26-May-13 19:44:26

Wow what a transformation! It looks fantastic Londonseye!

Although we haven't progressed any today (recovering from a family party and get-together) we did go out and get DS a new high riser bed with a study desk built it.....the bunk beds were taking up too much room and not really very space efficient. This will give DS a bit more room for a bookcase possibly! So all positive!

Well done Londonseye, that looks great smile

The second undercoat has gone up as per the photo I've attached. I'm currently thinking about a third coat as you can still see the yellow underneath, but as the new paint will be a darker shade it may not be a problem.

I have my DIY class on Thursday so the actual colour won't go up until after then. I'm hoping the class will teach me how to actually paint wink

nevergoogle Sun 26-May-13 22:46:12

Arrgh, we've now got a small wall painted yellow. Came downstairs this morning and decided I didn't like it. By this evening, I hate it!

The other colours are lovely though, so just need to paint over the yellow one and my calm will be restored.

Allhandsondeck Sun 26-May-13 23:04:39

Some darn fine work going on! Yes, thecat..the light was from b&q..about £25 I think.

gazzalw Mon 27-May-13 07:02:35

have you tried a heat gun?

Reastie Mon 27-May-13 07:50:21

<sneaks head around the door> Sorry, I have nothing useful to say just want to mark place. Really enjoying looking at all the before and after pics and hoping it will inspire me in our house

nevergoogle Mon 27-May-13 10:23:46

well done londonseye, i like the tree against the blue wall. I've got wall stickers too for one of our walls if we ever get that point.

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 10:50:52

Hi all

Sorry, sorry, sorry... I'm a bit late to the party on here (IT/phone issues, but also because I've been spending a lot of time doing DIY!) Also, I got a bit intimidated by the length of some earlier posts blush. I've also only been able to read the first 20 or so posts, but promise to catch up ASAP <blushes, hates contributing to threads I haven't read in full>


- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

The room was unloved because it had the most horrendous flowery wallpaper, straight from a 1981 Laura Ashley catalogue (I am guessing, I wasn't yet born at that point!)
It is our bedroom and we moved here a year ago. Since then, other rooms took priority, including decorating a nursery for our first DC, now aged 9 months smile So time and money (ie lack thereof) stopped us from decorating before now.
We want to remove the wallpaper, skim, paint the walls a fresh clean white, renovate the nasty orange IKEA wardrobes, recarpet, get new curtains and cushions etc. Bring the room into 2013!

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

Inspiration... difficult one. No one place. We did wander the aisles of B&Q (and, ahem, a few other homes stores, cough, IKEA). But really the inspiration has come from chatting to DH. The words 'clean', 'fresh', 'calm', 'grown-up', 'sanctuary' and 'relaxing' were key!

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

DH. He's a whizz with this kind of thing. But I'm learning too! (We also had a pro do the plastering, plus carpet fitters).

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

We shopped at the Kidderminster and Halesowen stores. Staff were very helpful and smiley. I went on a weekday with DS and a bank holiday on my own (er, yesterday). DS and I had lunch and the Kidderminster cafe lady was very nice, helping me with the highchair etc. And the Halesowen till chap was also great - fetching me a trolley because I had a wheely cart thing I couldn't leave with.

I found P&C parking that I wasn't expecting - brilliant!

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?

Not really, sorry. The classes were in Erdington which was a bit too far with DS in tow. Tinterweb is a wonderful thing though.

- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?

The cafe could do with having more salads and fruit. But all the staff insore were great.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

Not yet finished! Will let you know.

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 10:57:12

Before 1:

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 11:00:12

Before 2

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 11:03:05

During 1

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 11:05:23

During 2 - revamping wardrobe

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 12:17:57

Phew - i've finally caught up! And haven't we all been busy!?!

eteo - great wallpapering skills there! Brave to wallpaper a vertical stripe as a newbie, but it turned out brilliantly.

katiewalters - nice lamphade

ouryve and WibbleBoy - I feel your pain with the textured wallpaper, horrible! Impressive plastering course though, and loving the 'hiding in the shed' thing.

gazzalw - wow, what a project, I thought we'd taken on a lot! Hope it's going well.

JParkson - I like the second duvet set, the white one with teal piping

SweetestThing - what a fantastic fireplace, but what a lot of work!! Love that you have a cup of tea/coffee in most of your photos wink

Allhandsondeck - fab Ninja Turtles t-shirt there! Hope you have now got the gloss out of your hair.

Babieseverywhere Good Luck!

LondonsEye - what a fantastic job! Well done!

Londonseye Mon 27-May-13 12:30:07

Thanks everyone. We still have lots to do. Nevergoogle, we did think about wall stickers but DP just likes to freehand paint. And it worked out cheaper. The rain today is a good reason to crack on. We have to lift all the carpets upstairs for the new ones arrivals next week!

Everyone is doing well! It's like MN Changing Rooms!

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 13:08:19

Haha, changing rooms but with less MDF, Laurence Llwwllyn Bowen and Linda Barker! And more Pom bears.

gazzalw Mon 27-May-13 13:59:45

Yikes....we have been doing really well, finishing the kingfisher blue feature wall and then starting on our eco-paint - Naturepaint - in vellum. It looks a lovely rich parchment colour and we had nearly finished two walls when DW suddenly noticed that some of it was 'blistering' - it is not over all the area. Any ideas anyone. Can't seem to find any FAQs which cover it on the company's website. DW did wonder whether I had left lots of traces of wallpaper paste on the lining paper and it's not soaking in the paper...

Can anyone help.... Knew it was all going too well..... ;-(

Londonseye Mon 27-May-13 14:20:34

Wallpaper can lister when wet, and usually dries flat. Is it still drying?

gazzalw Mon 27-May-13 15:19:59

no the wallpaper was done on Thursday so dry by now. The paint is blistering :-( in large patches but not all over.... :-((((

nevergoogle Mon 27-May-13 16:14:41

londonseye, wow, the tree looks so sharp I though it must be stickers. very impressive.

Oh dear *gazzalw, sorry I don't know the answer sad. Can you ring the paint company for advice?

I bought the paint for the walls today - after all those testers I've gone forDulux Putting Green. I just hope it looks as nice on the walls as it does in the tin!

Today I have reblacked the metal curtain rail and have nearly finished painting DD's table and chairs. smile

gazzalw Mon 27-May-13 16:41:07

Thanks Thecatcamebacktheverynextday, I've emailed the paint company, it being a Bank Holiday and not entirely sure customer services will be open today....DW spent five hours painting today and we've just spent another hour or so using a damp cloth to remove all the flaked/blistered bits....

Not what we needed at all...... sad. In all my years of decorating I've never had this happen with emulsion......

I'm sure we used Putting Green in our sitting room and it's a lovely colour! Hope you like it!

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 17:13:52

We've got the walls done! Just the gloss work to go.

Carpet goes in next weekend, so hopefully we can move in and do the 'after' shots! Yay!

And we ordered some prints of our photos for the wall. Not sure they'll get here in time for the deadline (so the walls may look a bit bare), but good to get them ordered.

ChippyMinton Mon 27-May-13 17:48:30

I've just returned from a weekend away with the DC, and found that the decorating fairies DH has kindly put up my wallpaper smile. Will crack on with the final bits and pieces ready for the 'after' photos.
Really enjoyed catching up with everyone's hard work - some great pics.

gazzalw Mon 27-May-13 19:35:39

Right we've tried the eco-paint in another room which doesn't have beadboard lining paper up on the walls - as an experiment to see whether it is some type of absorption issue twixt the paint and the paper (which we are instructed can be painted) which I'm suspecting it is....

If it is though it means we are going to have to scrape all the eco paint off before we can start again sad....

Feeling a bit of a panic that we are not going to finish in time - yikes.... DW is going to do the woodwork tomorrow whilst we await a response from the eco-paint company....

Well done everyone else!

IceNoSlice Mon 27-May-13 20:42:08

Hey gazzalw, sounds like a pain! I don't think you should worry too much about not meeting the deadline, it's not like you didn't try! I'm sure MN/B&Q would be understanding about the paint issues (the DCs on the other hand...)

Babieseverywhere Mon 27-May-13 21:04:12

We are still working on our walls. I removed 30ish wallplugs from the walls, sanded rough bits and caulked the cracks & small holes. Whilst DH plastered the big holes and all around the window frame.

We also need a length of skirting board as the last owners only had skirting board on 2.5 walls ?!

We also decided against the nice plastic ceiling light which reminds me of a bomb alaska, as DH is pretty sure it will be batted around by children from the top bunk of the new bed. So we are going to get a 'flush to the ceiling' light properly the bathroom one I saw last time I was in B&Q.

We are hoping to finish the prep tomorrow, grandparents are coming down to help me with the kids and the DIY. DH is off again Wednesday and hopefully we'll be ready to paint by then. Fingers crossed.

gazzalw Tue 28-May-13 07:48:23

Hi IceNoSlice! Yes, truly it is although it is blistering so badly that it's not too difficult to get off with a damp cloth wiped across it.

By the way the patch done as an experiment in another room is fine and not crackled/peeling/blistered, so it's obviously something in the lining paper (even though it says it can be painted) which is repelling the eco-paint rather than the eco-paint itself

I will be looking online today to see what vellum-type options there are in non-eco paints as the colour was lovely and rich and we would want something pretty similar!

The DCs actually quite liked wiping off the crackled paint so at least there's some help for DW (I'm back at work today).

DS is more concerned about any more days without Minecrafthis computer - he's not had it for five days and has been going cold turkey :-).

Well we might still be just about on schedule but it's going to be a close-run thing....

Wowserz129 Tue 28-May-13 08:58:46

I have been busy over the weekend! Went to b and q last week and spent it.

Nearly finished painting over the pink walls now. Looks so much better already.

Hi gazzalw, have you heard back from the paint company? I'd be a bit peeved if any instructions said the paint could be used on that lining paper and turned out it couldn't - I'd be looking for a refund myself. wink

gazzalw Tue 28-May-13 11:04:30

Hi Thecatcamebacktheverynextday, no I haven't but am hopeful and have Helen at MNHQ asking the question of B&Q too.

As an experiment I tried the eco-paint on another wall (not covered with the beadboard lining paper) and it's fine so I don't think the paint is the issue. It's either the lining paper and/or the wallpaper paste used.

I may very well be asking for a refund but most likely not from the eco-paint company as it seems to me that there's nothing wrong with their product.

However at the moment I have three very distressed looking but newly painted (oh the irony) walls and whilst, warm soapy water is getting the paint off it's going to be a long, tedious job which my wife and daughter are not relishing (I'm back at work...)

Having done a bit of online research yesterday evening (why do emergencies always happen on BH weekends???), it looks as if it might be possible to seal in the paint with a PVA/water coating and then paint on top of that, but don't to do anything until I've got expert advice.

GRRRR is all I have to say.....

I can safely say that in all our years of decorating we've not had this issue before - ever!

gazzalw Tue 28-May-13 13:21:57

DW reporting back that she didn't want to waste the lovely eco-paint so she has painted most of DS's bedroom ceiling and will have to reconstitute (it comes in powder form and has to be made up with warm water) the other box. She has, however, been up a ladder all morning, so having a well-deserved rest.

Also, the children have been very good, left to their own devices in this grotty weather, but the goodwill will run out soon grin so she may have to switch off decorating mode and return to Mummy-mode!

So jealous of all you lot that got gift cards!

We're redoing our whole house! Slowly but surely. Finances and time are issues but we moved in knowing the house needed totally updating and the only way we could afford our own home is if we were prepared for a lot of DIY!

We started off by painting the entire house white - it really helped us to see the space/where the light fell etc
And gave us a blank canvas.

So far we've done bits and pieces in each room and there's a lot that needs finishing!
We've blocked the double doors that went from the living room to the dining room to make the house flow better. This also meant we could utilise the space in the dining room as with the doors opening into it there wasn't room for a table!
We've completely gutted the kitchen and had to re wire/re plaster (house was rented but had one socket in the entire kitchen that had numerous extension leads pinned about draping over the cooker etc shock). We're mostly there with the kitchen in terms of it functioning now we just need to tile, decorate and clean/make good the worktops with oil. We've gone for a classic cream shaker style kitchen with silver handles and wooden worktops. We have a v small butler sink (we don't wash up!) and have even planned where the bin is to go! We're thinking of keeping the tiles neutral and going for a raspberry colour on one wall plus accessories in a kind of lilac grey for a bit of interest. I'm trying to keep the expensive things neutral so I can change the 'theme' at a whim!
The dining room we're planning on having a kind of French feel with some toile de jour wallpaper but as its quite busy I'm contemplating doing the top third in this and creating some Batton and board for the bottom two thirds and paint the dresser the same colour as the Batton and board but add some of the wallpaper in the back (spend far too long on Pinterest!).
Our bedroom is green off white and browny mink colours, very calming even with one wall of vertical stripes! We're currently building in our own wardrobes (have the rails up but need doors!) either side of the fireplace and will match the doors to our bedside tables (off white tongue and groove). We have tree curtains and pictures of trees etc.
Dds room is pink with shelves backed in blue wallpaper with pink roses on - cath kidston feel. My mum makes patch work so a lot of her cushions and bed spread etc is patchwork, it looks very sweet. In a mismatched but matched sort of way.

My biggest regret so far is ripping up the manky carpet that was throughout the downstairs as I thought it was irreparable but since discovering industrial carpet cleaners I'm sure they would've come up ok. As I made such a rash decision and ripped them up as soon as we got the keys we had to get new flooring. We decided something wipe able would be preferable so went for laminate. We went for quite cheap as we presumed we'd replace it after a few years. I wish we hadn't bothered. It took a long time to lay throughout the downstairs and looks cheap it also clashes with the kitchen. I've since brought some real wood flooring (bargain on eBay!) and am really excited to get this down in the whole house barring the kitchen, dining room and bathroom. It's a big job though so we're having to wait until the summer. Our dining room is currently wood/half the kitchen storage though (as is the new babies room!)
We're buying things as and when we see them and I hope to complete the project within the next year.
When we get time to do it it actually doesn't take us that long. We managed to completely convert the under stairs cupboard into an office inc wallpapering, making the desk etc. within a weekend working around toddler timings!

Dh reckons that by the time we've finished ill be bored and want to re do things grin

katiewalters Tue 28-May-13 14:49:38

Prefer eyelets. But even the pencil pleat curtains, had minimal choice of lined ones

Love the waste-not-want-not going on in your house gazzalw! grin

katiewalters - if it makes you feel any better we've left the manky carpet in the downstairs of our house since we moved in nearly 5 years of living here and it bugs me ENDLESSLY. You just do what you can at the time, I wouldn't beat yourself up about it smile

Much better to have Manky carpets for a while and then get what you really want rather than waste money like we have hmm (never sure if this is the right face to use - it looks it on my phone but they come up differently on the site confused)

Oh dear, sorry JazzAnn aimed that at the wrong person, forgive me blush. I hope the real wood flooring solves your woes - getting it off eBay is a great idea, never thought of that smile

Geordieminx Tue 28-May-13 21:03:27

Hi, only just discovered this thread!

The rooms that I am doing are porch/hall/stairs landing. The porch has always kinda been left as I don't have to look at it much but it really needed attention. It was bland and uninviting. There was super fresco type paper on the walls but the cats had scratched it to bits and it was covered in marks. The wooden window sils were all scuffed and chipped too.

I went along to East Kilbride store the day the vouchers came purely fir inspiration... And discovered a fab purple tropical print paper that I fell in love with so used that as a starter. Bought lots of bits and pieces to help me do a proper job, rather than in the past scrimping and using a knife for everything.

Using my new electric sander I sanded all of the paint work (a wee bit too enthusiastically wink) and set small child away stripping the wallpaper. Didn't take to long although the mess seemed to envelop the whole house.

I used YouTube as a quick how to guide as I have managed to get to the ripe old age of 30 without having wallpapered before. Once I had it sussed away I went and tbh I can honestly say it was easy! To be fair with it being the porch its only half height walls but I was proud non the less.

Have been back to b&q several times since then, returning bits I have changed my mind on and such like and the service has been mostly great, although they could probably do with more staff available to assist with general questions... I usually go 7pm mid week so it's quiet but a little bit if guidance would be great.

Next task is stairs and landing... Should have started tonight but lacked energy.

Watch this space!

IceNoSlice Tue 28-May-13 21:26:59

gazzalw I mentioned your bubbling paint/wallpaper to DH. He hasn't had the issue personally, but he is a frequenter of DIY forums and said he's heard of this before. Exactly as you said, the problem is likely to be the reaction between paint and wallpaper glue that has seeped through.

He suggested using some kind of sealant over the wallpaper, but wasn't too sure. However if you have a search on a specialist DIY forum (he recommends one called 'DIY not' or something) then someone will have been there before you and will have found the solution. Apparently.

Like mumsnet but instead of kids/family etc, it's all about sanding, solvents etc. Their equivalent to P&C parking on AIBU: 'should fresh plaster be sealed with PVA or emulsion?. Gets them very excited.

ifindoubtnamechange Tue 28-May-13 22:28:41

Well done everyone envy

My first flat after leaving home was a real wreck, chipboard wallpaper, stained carpet, hideous bathroom suite. I was young, free and single and redecorated all by myself. The bedroom started out as a disaster as I removed the texture wallpaper, taking half the plaster with it.. I had to learn how to plaster (couldn't afford a professional) and the end result was pretty good. I later learned that my baking skills may have helped - a friend of a friend who is a plasterer says bakers make good plasterers because it it all about mixing and spreading correctly!

gazzalw Wed 29-May-13 06:35:47

Thanks ever so for the DIY forum tip, Icenoslice!

The cat - no worries I'm just still annoyed at myself for wasting money!

We also got crap underlay which I think has been the laminates downfall!

Allhandsondeck Wed 29-May-13 09:22:54

This isn't the first DIY project we've undertaken, but it always surprises me how much work is involved. I think we broken a few EU directives on working times and definately a few parenting rules on meal/bed times! (" Are we having any tea tonight?" "Errr..hang on, just cutting some underlay..why, what's the time?" " Half past eleven!!!!" ). On the positive side, we have lost a bit of weight, my 6 year old has become a dab hand at making a cheese and ham sandwich and I haven't watched any television for a week. The gloss has remained in my hair. A friend suggested olive oil, but that made it both oily and white! (lovely). Maybe I ought to chance my hand and apply for a makeover? Knackered looking mumsnetter with white stripey hair and complete set of broken nails seeks Hello magazine style makeover, to enhance photographic log of newly decorated room. I can just picture myself in a low cut evening gown, hair cut and coloured, full pouty lipped makeup, dusting a set of Skylanders!

JakeBullet Wed 29-May-13 09:27:41

I am enjoying reading all the updates. I didnt get picked but wanted to do my garden, suspect that B&Q looked at the weather forecast and thought "she has to be kidding " grin. To be fair, I would have struggled thanks to the weather.

gazzalw Wed 29-May-13 09:39:01

Allhandsondeck, I totally agree with you about under-estimating the time involved, particularly when you have the curious incident of the crackled paint in the night to contend with too (which is still to be remedied. Agree with IceNoSlice's DH's recommendation but just awaiting some expert advice from B&Q for fear of making matters worse - if that's possible).

I am still hoping that we can meet the deadline - matters would have progressed at least five days sooner if we hadn't had the missed B&Q voucher delivery (which had to be rearranged two days later) initially followed by not being able to buy the DIY stuff online with the gift-card and not having a B&Q locally. It has meant that all the work has essentially had to be crammed into 10 days, with time off for good behaviour and major birthday celebrating!

The children have seriously been left to their own devices since I went back to work yesterday and DW has already been up the ladder applying second coat of eco-paint to the ceiling (no issue with that as we just applied straight on top of the previous layer of white emulsion) this morning.....

It's actually quite hard decorating and doing normal household stuff isn't it.... ?

It will be worth it though and I guess most of us work better to pressured deadlines grin.

Had a big giggle at the DIY equivalent of the Mumsnet forums! grin

I can't do any more until my painting DIY class, which is tomorrow morning! I'm so excited, which is a bit sad wink. Getting there during rush hour traffic however, not fun. It's a much bigger store than my local one so I'm taking my giftcard and shopping list with me - just hope I can cram all my purchases into my tiny KA! grin

Allhands, just did a quick google - if the gloss is oil based, it needs to be another oil-based product to get it out. Aside from olive oil, you could try peanut butter or vaseline, but it will probably take a few tries and shampoo as well! Remind me to wear a cap next time I do glossing! shock

HappyHippyChick Wed 29-May-13 11:06:32

Ok so we have been busy, here is the room with the first coat of paint on the walls, but still orange wardrobes!

HappyHippyChick Wed 29-May-13 11:08:02

And another view....

HappyHippyChick Wed 29-May-13 11:09:47

And here is the room fully painted including the wardrobes....

HappyHippyChick Wed 29-May-13 11:26:54

So just need to sort the floor out now....

IceNoSlice Wed 29-May-13 11:36:57

Well done HappyHippyChick, walls look fab!

HappyHippyChick Wed 29-May-13 11:39:36

Thanks grin I was a bit worried the paint was a bit bright but it looks lovely!

nevergoogle Wed 29-May-13 12:07:00

allhands, I've heard that tinned tuna and ketchup left on your hair overnight will remove the white gloss. grin

you're not wrong about decorating taking longer than you think and also the disruption to the rest of the house is major. We're still plodding on with it plus working full time plus there's those little people that live here and need things.

The deadline is stressing me a bit, and also the realisation that £300 doesn't go very far if you have expensive tastes. There was some lighting I wanted to buy in B&Q but I think the giftcard will have run out by then.

But still, it's really quite good fun and my living room already feels refreshed and calmer.

Have finally conquered the demon fireplace and it is now looking much more like it should, having had two coats of black metal paint. First coat of paint applied to the walls and it's at that patchy stage, where you can see all the flaws in the wall that you didn't realise were there!

Housework has been woefully neglected and the rest of the house is looking less than pristine smile

Great to see everyone's results - like lots of you, I seriously under-estimated how much time everything would take. Had to go and collect DS from university and clean his student flat, so that used up three days that could otherwise have been spent on the project...

Allhandsondeck Wed 29-May-13 13:10:20

Thank you for the hair gloss removing advice..Peanut butter? Tuna?! Are you sure you're not just having a laugh!! I'm sure DH will find his fishy white haired wife very attractive. smile.

IceNoSlice Wed 29-May-13 13:24:01

SweetestThing but do you now have a dogsbody helper (DS) to give you a hand with the project?

Pic of the renovated fireplace please smile

Ok, so my latest drama. We have a new carpet being fitted on Saturday (not part of the B&Q budget but it really needed replacing!) So we needed to finish the painting, particularly the skirting boards, in plenty of time for them to dry before the carpet fitters come. So far, so good.

On Sunday I put a paint pot down on the window ledge I had recently glossed. Ruined. Tried to sand it yesterday in order to redo it. Gloss not dry, sanding made a massive mess. Gah! I now need to just leave it to dry properly before sanding and repainting the window ledge, which I'll have to do after the carpet goes in- and be really careful not to get paint on the new carpet!

gazzalw Wed 29-May-13 14:10:34

HappyHippyChick, looking good....

AllSWornOut Wed 29-May-13 14:26:14

Ooh, just found this thread and very jealous of you all - the transformations look fab.

If there's still vouchers to be won I'd like to nominate our new house's bathroom. We did the bathroom in our current house 3 years ago and put in a walk-in shower and wooden furniture with teal wall tiles and grey floor tiles. It's lovely and the one thing I regret about our new house - it's smaller than our current one and showing its age. All grotty white tiles and grey paint. We'll also need to add a lot more storage.

I'm getting lots of inspiration for our general redecorating from all your posts though.

nevergoogle Wed 29-May-13 16:57:40

Ok my conscience is getting the better of me, please don't try the tuna or the ketchup. smile

danmoore00 Wed 29-May-13 21:53:31

Thank you sooooooo much for picking us. Just been having a few issues with be able to get room fit for decoration!!!!!!! See attached photos - it is my 18 year old son's room. After excitedly telling him that we have won a makeover worth £300 advised he needed to tidy the room in order to decorate -this is AFTER tidying!!! My washing bin then consisted of......... 16 pairs of boxer shorts, 2pairs of shorts, 5 pairs of work/school trousers, 2 work shirts, 4 school shirts, 14 pairs of socks, plus 6 odd socks 2 t-shirts, 3 pairs of jeans, I could go on.....

I am working on this but doesn't seem promising!!!!!

I have booked my B & Q decorating course for June but it may be a different room (as my son cannot prove it can look after it)!!!! Watch this space as my B & Q voucher is burning a hole.......

nevergoogle Wed 29-May-13 22:28:42

Hang on a minute, I thought we had a deadline of 3rd June!!!???

IceNoSlice Wed 29-May-13 22:37:20

We do nevergoogle - which is a very good thing for us as otherwise it would probably take us months! I can't wait to get a nice bedroom, hopefully we'll be in on Sunday smile

eteo Wed 29-May-13 23:04:07

Loving the colour!

eteo Wed 29-May-13 23:05:39

using this to sit and relax! love the red cushion

danmoore00 Thu 30-May-13 08:44:08

Yes it is the 3rd June which is why my decorating course will be after the event!! Earliest my local store could book my in for (at least i'll be practised for next time)! Yes son's room still in a mess therefore I am frantically planning my B & Q visit for today with the view of converting my garage into living/wardrobe space - think I'm gonna put wood style flooring down (my partner is pencilled in for this after my painting efforts). Better get to it!

danmoore, my decorating course is on Monday, so I have been muddling through with a mixture of advice online from B&Q and past experience!

Picture of fireplace: before

Picture of fireplace during:

Ta dah!!

Three days of scraping and cursing (surely not!) to get to that point. I've also painted the quarry tiles which make up the hearth.

More painting of walls today - second coat for them. Plus another coat for the tiles and will paint the windowsill, which is also quarry tiles. Still to put up the new curtain pole, which will have to be done when the paint is dry, varnish the floor and hang the pictures. I couldn't find any wall art I liked, so I have bought three large-ish square picture frames and put different wallpaper samples in them, picking up the colour scheme for the room. I hope it works! I reckon I can change the paper each season and it will be like having new wall art smile

nevergoogle Thu 30-May-13 09:32:10

You're fireplace looks lovely.

nevergoogle Thu 30-May-13 09:33:27

'your' even blush

IceNoSlice Thu 30-May-13 10:27:44

Great effort on the fireplace!

We also had a quandary about wall art. Couldn't decide so have ordered large prints of some photos we took on our travels- an iceberg, a temple and some mountains. Also ordered frames and mounts. I hope they come in time or the walls will look rather bare in the after pictures!

Cannot wait for it to be finished now. We screwed the floorboards down last night and just waiting for the carpet to be fitted now! Eek, exciting!

ginauk84 Thu 30-May-13 13:55:54

I swear by the wallpaper stripper we bought from B&Q a few months ago, if we hadn't bought it I think we would still be stripping wallpaper by hand! It was a lot quicker and less hard work!!

We ended up doing the nursery, bought some laminate flooring which hubby fitted. Stripped the horrible thick, embossed wallpaper from the walls and painted 2 walls dark grey and 2 walls pale grey. We have a dark wood sleigh cotbed, dark wood winnie the pooh toy chest, dark wood drawers and wardrobe. We then furnished the room with Toys R Us Starry Nights theme which is winnie the pooh - white with silver grey thread. It all looks really nice and classy smile

Londonseye Thu 30-May-13 14:01:08

Everyone is doing a great job! Has no one else now been tempted to do other rooms? and end up spending loads like us? Should get a date our new carpets go down soon. Thankfully as four rooms are now splattered in paint.

gazzalw Thu 30-May-13 14:25:24

We're not doing a great job.....I've been back at work and DW has been slaving away sugar soaping down all the disastrously crackle painted walls. She is about to bite the bullet and try a little of the eco-paint on a sugar-soaped clean wall now to see if it takes now that all wallpaper paste has been removed but if it doesn't she's a bit reluctant to proceed for fear of making things worse.....

I will add some photos later on but apart from the lining papered walls, the kingfisher blue feature wall and the vellum painted ceiling we're not near to 'closing the deal' yet.... hmm.

IceNoSlice Thu 30-May-13 15:02:03

Londonseye - yes we've been tempted too. More than that, we have started the ball rolling with the other bedroom!

However our 'B&Q room' was the only room we could do without a bit more serious work than DIY. The next room is getting the chimney breast knocked out! New floor, ceiling and plaster throughout. We've a builder coming to quote on Monday, just as we (hopefully!) meet the B&Q deadline smile

Chaos for a while longer for us!

gazzalw Thu 30-May-13 15:03:55

Yes, we've got some leftover lining paper which will do DD's very small bedroom and she's well over-due a room revamp too - virtually as soon as I'd done it last time the cat got stuck in there and scratched off half of the Laura Ashley wallpaper - hmm - in her attempt to get out...

Babieseverywhere Thu 30-May-13 16:53:13

We are ready to start the actual painting tomorrow ! My mum was not kidding when she said 90% of decorating is the prep work. I am very gratefully to have been chosen for this review, as we could of never afforded to do all this DIY atm. The children are so excited with their new paint choices and also very bored of playing in the garden while we decorate but the end is within sight.

It looks a total mess atm but I have reassured by my mother, that once the painting is done and everything up on walls, it will look good. I hope she is right and hopefully with no wallpaper to rip and the use of tough washable paint, it should stay look nice for a long while.

Next job is two coats of quick drying gloss at 6 hour interval tomorrow, paint wall colours on Saturday and/or Sunday. Monday panic and mental breakdown is reserved for finishing touches like blinds, lights fixtures, shelves, pictures and new duvet covers etc and breath smile

I went to B&Q yesterday and spent nearly all the money I had left. They had a great offer on paint...3 for 2 so I got the pink and purple for the kids room plus a free blue paint for a future project all in tough washable finish smile

I went for a plain but blackout roller blind and a flat 'flush to the ceiling' light fixture, as the kids room now has a bunk bed in it and I was worried they might touch the light fixture.

We wanted to buy the Bloom children plastic furniture for their room but this is going out of stock and not being restocked, so our local branch only had pink chairs, we got three of those but no tables or blue/green chairs.

The lovely bloke at B&Q helped us look on their system and found out who had the pink tables and one was 10 minutes away from my husbands work, so today DH is off to pick up a pink table and a couple of green chairs, as my son wanted a green chair.

I don't know about everyone else but the Bamber Bridge staff at our biggest local B&Q have been so lovely and helpful. Even asking if we need help as we wandered the store, looking for stuff. Answering my idiot questions and making sure we have the right stuff, like paint coverage etc.

They certainly made a great impression on me and I will be going back to B&Q for the good customer service, rather than the local Homebase who are far from helpful.

I have taken pictures and will post them shortly, just have to finish sanding skirting boards and undercoating the new skirting board.

katiewalters Thu 30-May-13 18:37:16

our 2nd trip to b&q was much more successful. the 1st trip we only got paint and stuff we needed for painting, and the lampshade. we were disappointed with the curtains, as there wasnt much choice of lined curtains. any of the green ones, or patterned green ones werent lined. we some light grey ones, which were lined. the paint we got was a lime green, and we decided to do a feature wall thats green and leave the rest of the walls magnolia. we had got some magnolia paint too as those walls need repainting too. i looked online for colour ideas with lime green and magnolia, and saw some nice rooms which were green and magnolia with grey accessories. so we got the grey curtains for the bedroom we saw which are lined, and we got some green and grey cushions for the bed. they dont do duvet covers anymore, so got a green throw for the bed as well, and a green circle mirror for the wall. we walked it down this time, as its not too far from ours, so we couldnt carry everything, so we still need to go back, want to get some wall art or some other accessories for the room. we went to b&q this time roud in the early evening, and it was so much quieter, so was easier looking around and less time in the queue. will post pics of the items we got

gazzalw Thu 30-May-13 18:54:44

I think we've got at least one more trip to get pictures etc...... DW was out sourcing new bedlinen today but without success.

The old bunkbeds have been dismantled and gone off to the tip courtesy of our bulky items delivery by the Council. The room looks a lot more spacious without the heavy, dark wooded bunk beds and hope that the high riser bed is going to continue this - we will be getting rid of DS's desk when the bed is made up as it's got a desk 'beneath'.

katiewalters Thu 30-May-13 21:44:18

grey lined curtains and green throw for the bed and green circle mirror for the wall, to go with the lime green paint

katiewalters Thu 30-May-13 21:47:02

cushions for the bed. green ones and grey ones with green piping to match paint (lime green) and curtains (grey)

I'm not a tester, but I'm impressed with how quickly some of the testers are making progress!

I despise decorating. I know what I want/like etc but can never find it.

Probably the worst idea I had was when I wanted a 'gothic courtyard bedroom'.

With hindsight, even the thought should have put me off but it didn't... there was a lot of black wrought ironwork beds/furniture, and drapey burgundy velvet sheets and drapes.... and to finish it off, some lino that looked sort of like flagstones. (If you had drunk a lot of gin perhaps....)

Whole thing was an abomination. DP was not impressed with my decorating skills and so we are now sticking to neutral so that I can't get carried away!

gazzalw Fri 31-May-13 13:57:16

Nevergoogle - I share the pain. We have still not solved the crackled paint issue - so the entire wall painting (bar the feature wall) still needs to be done. It has basically delayed us by about four days I would reckon....

DW is now undercoating the woodwork having become totally demoralised by the emulsioning issue... but that's not quick either....

Meanwhile the children are TV'd and computered out this half-term. It wasn't quite what any of them had envisaged.

And, we've still got to go back to B&Q for more paint and to get the accessories....I am going to flag up here that I am not entirely sure we will meet the deadline....

The last time we did major decorating we had a B&Q just down the road - literally a 10 minute walk away, so not having a car didn't really adversely impact on us. This time around it has been quite apparent that 3 hour round trips to the closest one aren't entirely easy to fit into busy family life...

Babieseverywhere Fri 31-May-13 16:53:55

Really hope you don't have any further issues with the paint etc.

We are finding DIYing to a deadline over an half term difficult too. Luckily we are decorating the kids room, so they do get a postive element too. But they are bored of playing in the house and garden.

New skirting board up and primed with undercoat. Cupboard thingy coveted in plywood also primed and with l shaped edger on the corner edge.

All gloss work sanded and cleaned. Applied one coat of gloss on all wood. Need to wait 6 hours or tomorrow for second coat.

Just debating about starting the wall painting after tea or quit for the day and restart tomorrow.

I hope everyone manages to sort out their niggles and problems. I must admit, I was starting to despair of ever getting the fireplace stripped at one point, so I share your pain!

I abandoned the idea of stripping the entire floor and varnishing it so am cheating and only doing the bit that will be visible ....I suspect we will end up recarpetting but this will be a reasonable temporary measure. First coat of varnish applied. I will need to do a second coat, possibly a third. Still to put up the new curtain pole and hang the pictures, replace the furniture in the room, fix the new lampshade etc. I still have two videos to make so will do one tomorrow and the final one on Monday, when (hopefully!) it will be as complete as it can be!

Well done, everyone. Some excellent work over the half-term.

nevergoogle Fri 31-May-13 20:53:21

I've been taking up the curtains in between crazy golf with the kids on torquay seafront today. Curtain rods and curtains all back up again now that the painting is finished. The end is in sight?

gazzalw Fri 31-May-13 21:38:47

DW has done a good job with the undercoating and is really regretting having spent so long trying to solve the yet unsolved crackled paint dilemma...

She has been doing long days though and only finished at 8.00 pm..... Yawn.....

Thanks for the encouragement everyone and well done to everyone too - amazing what can be achieved. SweetestThing your fireplace is very special and well done for keeping at the stripping of it for three days!

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 09:30:10

- Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

I'm doing the living room. I think its unloved because all I ever seem to do is tidy it, having 4 children means its constantly full of toys and and don't get chance to sit and relax or watch anything I want to watch on the tv, its all Cbeebies, that's when ds3 stops pressing buttons, turning it on and off or trying to scale the tv stand for 5 minutes! So there never seems any point doing anything nice to it. Its magnolia at the moment and very dull. Lack of money hasn't helped either. I want somewhere nice to sit and drink a cup of tea in when the children are all in bed, more storage and I want to put the tv on the wall where ds3 can't get at it. And I want a feature wall even though most on Mn think they are dated

- Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

I've been looking at people's houses on fb blush and stole some of their ideas, I'm going for a bold feature wall, its bright blue with big cream flowers on, and painting the walls a silver/grey colour to match some of the patterns on the wall paper, I'm getting some cushions in grey shades and some blue accessories.

- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

My eldest two boys have been helping me, we have painted the ceiling, done all the gloss work and painted the walls so far, we did hang the wallpaper but it sort of fell off again so I need to redo it, plus I think it was wonky! Ds3 has helped by spilling a tin of emulsion on the floor, and pulling some wallpaper off sad it would be alot easier if he wasn't helping to be honest but by the time he's in bed, ds4 (17 weeks) wants to cluster feed and then I'm knackard and just want to sleep.

- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

The staff at b&q were quite helpful the first time we went, it amazes me how I can ask them for a random item and they know straight away which aisle I need! Staff were friendly and didn't seem to mind helping. We had to take the paint pod back as the useless thing kept refusing to work, the store we bought it from we're spectacularly unhelpful to be honest, I couldn't get to speak to anyone about it, the switchboard kept asking me to phone the paint pod people direct (which I had done already!) and didn't listen when I asked them of I could exchange it in store, just kept fobbing me off - one of them said he would check and come back to me, which was days ago but no one from that store has for back to me yet. So I called a different store, who said it was no problem and changed it for me with no hassle. I had to call before hand as I don't drive, and didn't fancy taking the double pushchair, carrying the paint pod and catching several buses from store to store in the rain only to find I couldn't change it.

- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?
- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?

I've been watching some YouTube videos but my class isn't until the end of the month. We waited in b&q for half an hour at customer services for the manager who was going to swap the paint pod, until my baby was really screaming and I was totally fed up. Then they decided to tell me she was in a meeting.... After all that it was changed by a regular staff member after they decided they didn't need the manager after all. There is always a lot of waiting at b&q and things move so slowly.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

We haven't finished yet, I've got to put the tv up and fix the trunking up, no one has seen the stuff we had already done yet, but I think they will like it.

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 09:37:04

Unloved room

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 09:38:00

I have no idea why my photos are upside down!

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 09:39:32

Undercoat and polyfiller.

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 09:40:18


FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 09:40:48

My wall paper fell off :-(

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 09:44:04

Not sure you can make out the new colour of the walls on this photo it it matches the leaves on the wallpaper.

ChocolateMama Sat 01-Jun-13 09:52:42

Been super busy, but tomorrow is earmarked to finish the boys room to meet our Monday deadline. Will post all before and after pics together, so you can all hopefully ooohhh and ahhhh at the results!!!

gazzalw Sat 01-Jun-13 10:08:42

Feeling a lot more positive today because I'm off for the weekend and can help.....Off to B&Q shortly with DS.

I'm taking my IPad into B&Q to show the guys on the information desk for their hopefully expert advice on the eco-paint blistering dilemma. Am hoping that after Helen @ MNHQ has flagged it up that someone might actually try it out as an experiment to see if the 'epic fail' (to use DS's vernacular!) is us or some type of reaction twixt paint, paper and/or wallpaper paste.

The undercoated woodwork looks good so I'm off to get some satinwood - trying that instead of gloss as the latter is a bit 'yesterday'.

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 10:37:52

Oi don't be saying gloss is 'yesterday' I've just given my woodwork its 4th coat grin wink

Babieseverywhere Sat 01-Jun-13 12:08:44

We finally have colour on the wall. Done half of it and having a break for lunch. About to restart on the rest and final coat of gloss.

Light fixture is up, with DH muttering about the four wires in the ceiling and internal bits of the light but it is up and working.

Right off to do more painting smile

IceNoSlice Sat 01-Jun-13 14:19:28

Everyone is having a very busy weekend!

The end is in sight! The carpet fitters are due any minute! When they finish, we're off to B&Q again this afternoon. We fitted the light this morning, but it's broken sad

The light is a dangly one with 9 bulbs each with it's own glass bowl type shade. We fitted the square bit that goes on the ceiling, all fine, then went to put the shades on and one is smashed in the packaging. So we're taking that bit back to B&Q. Don't want to have to take the ceiling bit off to return the whole thing! So this will give me a chance to report back as to how they deal with a faulty product. Watch this space!

nevergoogle Sat 01-Jun-13 14:33:25

laughing at the gloss is yesterday, really not helpful at this stage!
fwiw our woodwork is done in vinyl matt.
another cat to throw amongst the pigeons!

Geordieminx Sat 01-Jun-13 14:50:08

Afternoon folks.

Today after 3 trips back up B&Q I am mostly glossing. I hate it more than hate itself but oh it looks so fresh and clean... Thankfully I am getting a new carpet in the next week or two as I am the worlds messiest painter.

Porch is done and looking lovely and cosy.

Looking doubtful that I am gonna be finished for Monday.. Esp given I need to go to London tomorrow for a week but we'll keep plodding on.

Oh and feedback to B&Q... You really need more staff on if a weekend. Über busy and what appeared to be 3 staff and one check out at Coatbridge.

Babieseverywhere Sat 01-Jun-13 16:03:44

We have finished painting the kids room and second coat of white gloss, which I love as it makes the woodwork look so much better. I loved the Dulux mixed to order endurance paint. It was lovely and thick and covered beautifully on our bad walls.

Just have blinds, shelves, pictures to put up...which can't be done until everything dries i.e. Tomorrow, then we take more photos and upload them all to this thread.

So we are off out shortly with the kids to sit in our friends house/garden, and drink a bottle of wine or two to literally wait for paint to dry !

Hope everything is going well for everyone else. smile

IceNoSlice Sat 01-Jun-13 18:01:43

Ok, just been to B&Q and tried to use the last of the money on our card (about £30). It didn't work because it was really scratched! I have used it 3 times in total in 2 stores, so one of the card readers must have scratched it. On all 3 of the times we used the card the till operator had to manually key in the number. This time the card was so scratched (after she tried to scan it a few times) that you couldn't even read the number!!

Anyone else had this problem?

HelenMNHQ please help- is there someone at B&Q head office who can sort this out for me?

Gift card problems aside, I'm really happy - we bought curtains and cushions for the room and will be moving in tonight when DS is in bed. Will post some after pictures then smile

nevergoogle Sat 01-Jun-13 18:20:16

Did they not accept the card? shock

IceNoSlice Sat 01-Jun-13 19:32:52

No sad they couldn't get the machine to read it or see the number to key it in

You lot have inspired me! I'm cracking on with our house grin
Painted the stairs and hall today. It's gone from grubby magnolia with biscuit shite shiney woodwork and clashing manky carpet to sophisticated grey walls and white (only primed so far) wood work. Carpet has been ripped out and we're in the process of cleaning the underlay off the stairs and sanding/priming ready to be painted - have decided to have a runner in various Grey/white stripes shades.

It's looking messy but I can see how it's going to look grin

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 19:47:37

I am drilling holes in the wall to put the tv bracket up, I may have been slightly ambitious with this because even holding the drill is making my arms ache. The tv bracket is really heavy too, I'm not sure how I am going to do it on my own, never mind actually pick the tv up and attach it. Its to heavy for ds1 to help me with, he's only 11. Am thinking if rigging some sort of pulley system. Ds1&2 can pull the ropes and lift the tv up. What's the betting that it gets dropped and smashed shock

FourLittleDudes Sat 01-Jun-13 19:50:51

I have to go back to b&q tomorrow for some more wall paper seeing as some of the last lot I put up seems to have unstuck itself from the wall, going to get my cushions too and am considering wall lights. Excited!

I hope my gift card works though! I think there is £125 left on it still.

IceNoSlice Sat 01-Jun-13 20:53:42

FourLittleDudes I'm sure your card will work, unless it is as scratched as mine was sad

But there is no time limit on spending them AFAIK

nevergoogle Sat 01-Jun-13 20:58:45

Mine is all spent. Although if B&Q want to send me some more money that's ok too. smile The budget didn't stretch to the fancy lighting I had my eye on or a rug...and some more picture frames and wall art.

Still, I'm loving my new room so far. Am not sure how it will come across in the pictures as the colours are quite muted. Fingers crossed though.

ouryve Sat 01-Jun-13 21:27:27

I've neglected this thread somewhat! Been a bit busy!

Like Gazzalw, we've had issues with old paste and spent a lot of time scrubbing and scraping walls, since we can't use lining paper because Picky McPickerson would just pick it off again.

I've been surprised by the paints I've used. I figured on getting a "good brand" of light coloured paint to make sure the uneven colour of the underlying wall was obliterated. I chose Dulux matt in a soft Apricot shade. Now, I love matt paint - I have Laura Ashley in my living room and 1829 in my hall and both have a lovely soft, chalky light diffusing surface. The dulux was awful in comparison - really rough. I couldn't bear to put my hands on it when I was dry. I took what I considered a risk for the main top colour, using B&Q colours silk emulsion in Tangerine dream. It's a really lovely paint to work with. I know it hasn't always been, because I wasn't at all impressed with the tester we used when we last decorated this room, almost a decade ago. But this has surprised me by covering really well in 2 coats, where I've used the roller, though it needs a 3rd in some places around the edge, where I've used a brush. It smells quite pleasant (the dulux smells strongly of formaldehyde) and, all in all, compares favourably with the premium brands of paint I usually go for. Of course, the real test will be how well it stands up to the boys.

I had a few small patches of crazing on the first couple of coats of paint (the Dulux) - I went over them with a thin coat of PVA fortified filler, which seems to have fixed the problem. I also had a few large patches that didn't want to be painted at all. I'm not sure if it was even plaster that they were filled will, because it didn't like being sanded down and they were grey hmm. Thankfully, I had some all purpose undercoat primer to hand that I'd been using on the stairs, which did take and allowed me to use the emulsion on top.

This is how bright the orange I'm using is, compared with the soft Apricot, btw - I sent this one in through the app and couldn't resist the title "The Future's Incredibly Bright" - when I've been painting with this, the rest of the world has taken on a strange blue hue! Ironically, while I've been busy oranging the boys' room, that pine panelling on the landing is the stuff I've taken a break from de-oranging!

ouryve Sat 01-Jun-13 21:28:24

There is a time limit - of 5 years!

gazzalw Sat 01-Jun-13 21:29:55

Sorry I didn't mean to be's just my memories of gloss go way back to the 60s, 70s and beyond....After half a century on this Earth it feels 'yesterday' to me. Yesterday is probably the new tomorrow wink - tries desperately to dig his way out of a hole.....

My attempt at remedying the crackled paint effect with a different type of emulsion (Dulux) hasn't worked so resorting to the PVA/water mix 'coating'. A wave to B&Q that it would have been helpful to have some expert advice to help us with this problem - it has essentially been a major problem since Monday and to date not yet satisfactorily resolved. DW jokingly said today that at this rate we will need to start from scratch and relining paper the three 'crackled' walls hmm. When working to a deadline, using an amateur's trial and error approach isn't an entirely effective use of time or money resources (we've essentially 'wasted' at least one box of eco-paint) and it does rather make one loose momentum and undermine one's confidence....sad.

That said the room 'dressing' props are all bought and ready to be used, including the new high riser bed....DS champing at the bit to get back into his newly decorated and more spacious feeling room.

Aside from "Crackledpaintgate", we have really enjoyed the 'buzz' from decorating again and I think it will inspire us to do the rest of upstairs again. It has also made DW moan about the basic 'fabric' of the house - it's nearly a hundred years old and not entirely in tip-top condition.

Looking forward to seeing all the before and after pictures including our own :-).

48 hours (max) to go.....have a wine - it's chillax time!

nevergoogle Sat 01-Jun-13 21:41:22

DH putting shelves up now. I've got wine.

ouryve Sat 01-Jun-13 21:48:49

gazzalw - I'm definitely enjoying some wine at the moment! If you really have no luck with paint, would you be willing to cut your losses and wallpaper again? I'm not a huge fan of wallpaper, but it has its uses! Our house isn't as old as yours, but is entitled to its bus pass. This street was built by the national coal board in the 30s and 40s to replace tenements at the other end of the village, closer to the pit.

Though that orange is a little painful with a hangover!

There's loads we've not been able to do with the room. We can't replace the cracked and warped window until we get on with outside work, but DH has done a good job of smartening up the area around the window, with some inexpensive mdf and a lot of paint and filler! We also don't want to pull the wardrobe out and tackle behind there, or fill and paint the ceiling and area above the picture rail until we've dealt with the outside, as we'll need to allow some small damp patches to dry out properly.

I've been trying to get DS1 to build one of his lego props, but he's had no concentration span at all, this week. I don't think we'll be displaying his lego technic supercar on his new shelves, somehow!

gazzalw Sat 01-Jun-13 22:14:17

Well if PVA/glue doesn't work, I will probably repaper the two end walls (not sure I've got enough for all three, time is running out and the round trip without a car is really a waste of time when we effectively have less than 24 hours DIYing time left) and we will repaint those with the Dulux light reflective paint (hoping with everything crossed that this will work) and leave the 'long' wall (which will be hidden by the bed) until we have got some more paper and have a bit more time....

I hope I'm not coming across as a 'Moaning Minnie' on this product trial. We have very much appreciated having this opportunity. I am just wondering whether B&Q anticipated any DIY disasters (I'm assuming not)? I don't think we've ever had one before so it's been a real eye-opener to have to deal with what to us seems like a major one - I guess if we find a solution we will feel very happy that we have logically worked thro' the options.....

Cheers everyone wine!

nevergoogle Sat 01-Jun-13 22:22:49

No, not a moaning minnie. In fact I think it's important feedback about access without a car and how their online/delivery etc could be improved.

As for disasters, DH just put a shelf bracket in the wrong place. The hole will now need filled, sanded and painted.

60 minute exactly?

eteo Sat 01-Jun-13 22:46:00

We had completed our room! I am so pleased that I was able to do wallpaper with the help from B&Q video. Their video is excellent and with tips.
Their staffs are also very helpful. They direct me to the right products.

ouryve Sat 01-Jun-13 22:55:48

Has 60 minute makeover still been made, since the advent of HD TV? I bet the finish was bloody awful (and there was paint all over the new carpets)

eteo Sat 01-Jun-13 23:27:50

My kids creating trouble at B&Q! lol

nevergoogle Sat 01-Jun-13 23:41:02

The look like they are having a fab time.

My boys have not enjoyed the trips to B&Q this time around.

I was in B&Q last summer and there was a craft table where the boys made crowns for the jubilee celebrations. That was a great thing. DS2 wore his crown for days afterwards and they felt like they got to have some fun alongside the boring grown up stuff.

eteo Sun 02-Jun-13 00:56:26

Had wrote a blog post!

eteo Sun 02-Jun-13 00:58:31

hi nevergoogle,
it is not nice to bring kids along. so scare they break thing! but i told them is for their reading room. so they are ok with that!

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 07:31:24

We tried to move in to our new room last night but woke DS up twice (he's only 9 1/2 months) poor thing! Turns out even moving furniture in was too noisy. So we are moving in today, hooray!

gazzalw - not a moaning Minnie at all, just a bit under pressure! And things would have been so much easier if the gift card could be used online, for us too. That is also going in my feedback.

This has turned out to be a lot of fun, thanks MNHQ and B&Q!

Allhandsondeck Sun 02-Jun-13 16:08:12

It is done. The B&Q gift card bought plaster board, carpet, underlay, rug, beanbag cube, lighting, paint, skirting board, window board, table lamp and numerous screws, nails, drill bits etc. We spent every penny (and more) and the deadline made us get our backsides into gear! Other furniture was from IKEA. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive. The storage for toys has been universally approved. DD is very happy now her little brother has his own rug to stretch out on rather than hers whilst earwigging on her Skype conversations. Toys are being played with again now DS can actually find them. He is proud enough at the moment to make his own bed and tidy away too, with luck that will continue...and of course he now has a gorgeous room of his own (with a window), rather than a rather compact, (windowless) 'cupboard'!! Result! B&Q were happy to help when asked and the cafe staff are now on first name terms. We have been inspired to continue and refurbish the rest of upstairs... but might pause for a large gin and tonic first. Thank you MNHQ and B&Q, it's been fun grin

Allhandsondeck Sun 02-Jun-13 16:10:13


Allhandsondeck Sun 02-Jun-13 16:11:18


Allhandsondeck Sun 02-Jun-13 16:13:02

And more after

ouryve Sun 02-Jun-13 16:41:10

You've created a lovely little space for him there, allhands!

Thos2 lampshades seem to be popular!

ouryve Sun 02-Jun-13 16:45:19

DH is upstairs, busy screwing, hanging and steaming - his folding when he took the curtains down left a lot to be desired!

He only noticed as he was putting them up that one of the shelf brackets is different from the others, so we'll not be able to screw one of the shelves on permanently until we replace that one!

ChippyMinton Sun 02-Jun-13 18:10:42

We're on the final straight. Phew! Here's a sneak preview smile
Cushions, throw, lampshades and paint from B&Q.

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:14:23

And we're done!

Our B&Q card bought us: emulsion paint for walls and ceiling, gloss for woodwork, satin for wardrobe revamp, curtains, curtain pole, cushions, pendant ceiling light (I was able to be extravagant for once and spent £80 on it blush), sandpaper, wallpaper stripper, brushes, curtain hooks and extra rings and a few random DIY bits and bobs.

I LOVE it! So calming, bright and clean! Thank you B&Q and MN. The deadline caused a bit of stress at first but has actually been brilliant because we've 'done a room' in just over 2 weeks when it previously took us months and months! Pics to follow as a bit of a faff switching to desktop site.

I've also loved sharing the 'journey' with you MNers, it's been a fun few weeks! Thanks all. grin

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:17:08

Before 1

Reastie Sun 02-Jun-13 18:19:06

chippy I love that wallpaper, where's it from? envy

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:20:23

Before 2
No idea why these pics are on their side, sorry blush

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:22:39

During 1

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:23:41

During 2- wardrobe revamp

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:25:00

After: bed, walls, cushions

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:26:30

Light and wardrobes

danmoore00 Sun 02-Jun-13 18:27:38

Why is your unloved room unloved? What do you want to change about it? What has stopped you until now?

Well orginally it was my 18 year old son's room as it was well past it's sell by date and he is 6ft 3 and outgrown his bed. But Alas he could not tidy it in order to decorate and as my time was running out and he had interview and A-level to revise for so I decide not to chuck him out of his room this week. However he will benefit from this excercise as whilst me DP and the other kids were in B & Q buying paint and rugs and lamp shades we also got sidetracked by the wardrobes that had 20% off so have decided that they will be his treat as his current wardrobe is actually older than him!!!
Anyway my plan was to focus on changing around the kids bedrooms so my daughter has moved into the former spare room which was a neglected dumping groud (apart from nice wardrobes). My newest son also now has (sort of) a room. This will be a work in progress!!!! See pic below.
Anyway think that we took on a bit much and being half-term it has been manic and nearly sent me to tears!!!! Much needed wine last night.

Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from? What sort of style are you going for etc?

Daughter gave inspiration for her room - pink, red and hello kitty.

Have you had much help along the way with the revamp? If so, who from? And what sort of help - practical or ideas-based?!

DP is a bit of a whizz with a paint brush and gotta say he has done most of the work - but I have booked on course at local B & Q so I can be ready for son's room next.

How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?

Shopping experience at B & Q was quite painless even with 2 youngest with us. Helpful and experienced staff.

Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?

No but have booked course. Oh did ask about glitter paint and drying of other paint and they were very informative.

If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?

As explained aboe we have decided to make purchase of wardrobes for DS1's bedroom we went back to store on Saturday evening (it was 6pm) but lack to staff to discuss wardrobes and have to leave before purchase as DS2 was hungry and wanting his bottle! Will see on next visit.

Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends? Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?

Have inspired brother and sister-in-law to hurry up and decorate their nursery for their new arrival due in September - gave advice re our experience.

This is DD new room(you may need sunglasses)!

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Jun-13 18:27:58

Photos on wall

danmoore00 Sun 02-Jun-13 18:31:42

Another view of sparkly princess palace

Babieseverywhere Sun 02-Jun-13 18:33:30

We have finished....hurrah smile

After pictures taken, just need to upload to this thread.

We ended up with a pink and purple butterfly room for our girls and looking to decorate our box room for our boy at a later date (after a break and a well deserved g&t). We still have things to do in this room which couldn't be done due to timescales...I will be sewing an fabric den on the bottom bunk for the girls to play in and some glow in the dark stars on the ceiling. But the room works without these things.

DD1 is so excited and can't wait to go to bed tonight...Thanks so much Mumsnet and B&Q smile

danmoore00 Sun 02-Jun-13 18:42:18

Before Sparkly pink walls

Reastie Sun 02-Jun-13 18:45:15

Wow all of these makeovers look fabulous envy

danmoore00 Sun 02-Jun-13 18:46:48

Rooms swapped but DS2's room still needs work - have curtains up from other room but not dark enough - hence we have compromised

danmoore00 Sun 02-Jun-13 18:48:21

I've gotta say reading through the posts - there are some real success stories - well done! Nothing like a bit of urgency to get us all going!

ChippyMinton Sun 02-Jun-13 18:59:43

Reastie - wallpaper is this one in blue. I did try several from B&Q but they didn't float my boat. I managed to pick up a couple of rolls much more cheaply on eBay though.

Reastie Sun 02-Jun-13 19:25:54

chippy reminds me a bit of [ this which is what we are doing the spare room in this summer smile

Reastie Sun 02-Jun-13 19:26:10

Nuts, try linking again

gazzalw Sun 02-Jun-13 20:11:22

Yawn! So near and yet so far...Cracked on with a vengeance today and made significant progress.

We've semi-solved the crackled walls disaster - we've sealed in the 'crackle' with the PVA/water mix - it's created rather an interesting distressed, antiqued beadboard effect. Not entirely as intended but it gives the room a rather quirky look and is certainly a 500% improvement on how it looked last Monday. We also decided to use Dulux's Light-and-Space-Paint in Coastal-Glow rather than the eco-paint (which looks nice on the ceiling anyway).

Used buttermilk satinwood, which I must say we've found much easier to work with than gloss. But as the sun shines onto DS's built in wooden wardrobes in the late afternoon, we decided that we might actually leave them white to brighten and reflect light back into the room rather than being absorbed by the buttermilk colour. Another coat to the door and the skirting boards and that's done and dusted.

DS is getting excited and I'm hoping we've created a better chillax and study space for DS. There will certainly be more space for him as he grows into young adulthood!

Sorry will put all pics up tomorrow evening if we haven't expired thro' over-exertion by then. It's certainly been challenging and enjoyable despite the significant setback.

Everyone's completed rooms look fab! Well done!

katiewalters Sun 02-Jun-13 20:31:17

The boys painting the 1st wall green

katiewalters Sun 02-Jun-13 20:35:44

green walls. paint was very easy to apply, only needed 1 coat. my partner david and my 3year old son Micah did most of the painting. I did a bit, but im currently 34weeks pregnant, so couldnt do too much

katiewalters Sun 02-Jun-13 20:38:54

grey, lined curtains up. in place of the discoloured, unlined brown curtains we had previously

HappyHippyChick Sun 02-Jun-13 20:58:37

All finished! Phew - nothing like a tight deadline to get you off your butt and moving! I was worried that we wouldn't make it as we had walls that needed plastering.

The room looks great, we have cleared out enough room to get ds4 out of our room and into the boys bedroom so that's an added bonus wink. I will upload some more photos when I get to my laptop.

Good to see everyone doing some great things, it's quite inspiring.

katiewalters Sun 02-Jun-13 21:23:53

revamp so far. green walls, lampshade up, new grey curtains up. green and grey cushions and green throw on the bed (excuse the blue duvet covers, which dont match, they are just what we have on the bed at the moment)

mrscog Sun 02-Jun-13 21:31:08

Our most successful room revamp was our bathroom. Our house is a new build and most rooms still have cheapo builder's magnolia (daubed on messily if you look closely) which is so poor quality that when DS gets something on the walls and I wipe them, the paint just comes off and we're left with a plaster streak!

We are not particularly seasoned DIY'ers, and so DIY lessons at B&Q sound like a fab idea, so we got my uncle to tile the floor in the bathroom (replacing horrible plastic cream/grey tiles which were just like you'd get in a portacabin). We went for a very dark grey tile, and then turquoise bathroom paint (both from B&Q). Even though it's a couple of years since we did it, I still think it looks so much better than before, and the tiles aren't as cold as I first thought they might be.

So inspired by all the makeovers on this thread - they look great!

ouryve Sun 02-Jun-13 22:17:18

Lovely colours, chippy. I don't normally go for floral paper, but that's really cheerful and the pattern isn't so regular that I'd wake up in the morning and see dogs or faces in it! grin

ouryve Sun 02-Jun-13 22:28:50

Ours is done! Fingers crossed the boys will sleep past 5am with the blackout curtains back up - the blackout blind alone just isn't enough! Hopefully, the nasty heat rashes they've had today will clear off in the morning and I'll get them both to school so i can stage the room a little and take some photos - at least for a half day until they trash it again and WibbleBoy has to take the odd shelf bracket back to change it (there's a massive B&Q around the corner from where he works)!

I also need to brush my hair, put on some clothes without holes in and paint on them and do my final face to camera video blush. I must remember to make the hair appointment I scrapped when I found out I was in on this! Hopefully the boys will cooperate for the video of them using the room (they usually only get to sleep in it!) when they get in from school and DS2 won't try to steal my iPad before my 90 seconds are through! (I did contemplate just sneaking up there and videoing them asleep, tonight grin)

Hi guys. Aiming to catch up on the thread in the morning (been away part of the weekend) but have just finished the second coat on the walls. It's still drying obviously so I'll attach a photo in the morning but attached is a photo of the first coat. I'm totally in love with the colour smile.

I had my decorating class on Thursday - I hope B&Q read this thread so they can know what a credit to them their two guys at the YCDI section of their Cribbs Causeway store are. My tutor was Stu, and both him and his colleague Aaron put me totally at ease. I was the only student there so Stu went through everything I wanted to know with me from filling to glossing doors and doing edges (which I was really nervous about beforehand).

Stu was totally honest about all the products B&Q stock and took me round the store showing me every.hing. He showed me the Valspar paint section and the little booth that shows how different colour paints look under different light which was so useful. I decided then and there not to use the Dulux paint I bought and instead picked up the Valspar green called Dried Coriander Seed. He also persuaded me to try using paint rollers instead of pads - I've used them and he was right about how much easier it is if you know what you're doing! Stu also showed me other products, helped me pick out my first drill - I ended up spending £190 of the voucher that day smile. It's amazing how quickly £300 goes!

Anyway, I'm definitely going to go back and do other classes, feeling totally inspired! I'm putting together an itinery of how I spent my £300 which I'll to post tomorrow.

Unfortunately I havn't done the glossing yet as I've booked a sander to do the floors myself next week (eek) so I'll have to do the glossing afterwards. Then I need a new computer desk and dining table (sadly none of the B&Q ones suit) and I've ordered a big canvas painting online to go above the fireplace to suit the new walls.

I can't wait to finally start using the dining room as a place to eat and socialise as a family after nearly 5 years of using it as my hoarding area, and I'm so grateful to both Mumsnet & B&Q for giving me the chance to flex my DIY wings. I'm planning more projects in my head as we speak!smile

I hope the rest of you have enjoyed it as much as I have smile

Bracketfungus Sun 02-Jun-13 23:25:42

Hi everybody, I have got the answers to the questions here, but the photos will have to wait until tomorrow because I can't post them from this iPad. I have emailed them to my work email address and I will post them from work at lunch time.

- Why is your unloved room unloved?

I moved out of the family home and into rented accomodation for a trial separation. I picked the flat based on location, and felt that as this was a potentially quite short term move, i would not change any of the decor, which is well done, but not the colours i would chose to live with. I felt that my bedroom was the least loved roomin the house, as it was previously a nursery, and north facing and grey. 

*What do you want to change about it?* 

I want to move away from an unwelcoming dull grey with teddies, to a cheerful room where i can read and relax before going to sleep early.

*What has stopped you until now?* 

I possessed a single screwdriver in the way of tools. Therefore my strategy has been to invest in some good quality tools so that I can do this project using some materials and papers that I already have. A drill, bits, wallpaper stripper, cable extension, staple gun, tape measure, hammer, and so on have taken up most of the budget, along with paint, roller, tray, brush, tape, dust sheet, scraper, filler and paste. I was fortunate already to have a step ladder.

I hoped it would be a short term trial separation, but it looks like I might be staying in this flat longer term now.

* Where did you get your inspiration for doing up the room from?*

I have an artist friend who does silkscreen printing. Within the limits the landlord has set regarding colours, the look comes from her designs.

  What sort of style are you going for etc?

Like I said, the landlord has set limits on colours, so I was not able to use any of the whacky wallpaper I would have chosen, or used my choice of paint colour, so I have gone for bold patterned details, and practical, useful lighting.

*- Have you had much help along the way with the revamp?* 

I have talked it over with a few artistic people,  but i have done all the work myself.

*- How did you find your shopping experience at B&Q? Were the staff helpful? Did you find anything in store you maybe didn't expect to beforehand?* 

More expensive than I had realized. £300 is a lot to me, but by the time I had bought some lamps, value paint and tools, I have not much budget left. I normally use our local independent DIY shop where you can buy the rawlplugs you need for 5 or 10p each, instead of a bag of 50 for £4.00.

The staff were very helpful, and gave good advice about tools and paint.

I think b&q  'sort of' do soft furnishings. Ie the range is not that wide or comprehensive. I would go elsewhere to buy soft furnishings really. However for paint colours, tools and lighting it was good.

I can borrow my dp car sometimes to get to band q, but otherwise it would be a total nightmare to get there on public transport, and although I know I am getting free stuff, my personal budget is too tight to use a taxi.

*- Did you use any of the help and advice that B&Q offer? This includes their videos on YouTube, leaflets and classes in store etc. If so, how useful was that help and advice?* 

Not really. The videos were mostly about 'looks' which was not the practical advice about shelving that I was looking for.

*- If B&Q could do anything more to help you next time you visit, what would it be?* 
Not sure.

- Have you had any feedback on what you've done with the room from family/friends?

Yes, they are impressed with the details, I am pleased to say, and they are also amazed that I have had the energy to do it, given that I have had some extra work on the last 2 weeks, so effectively working full time, and had a long weekend booked to take the kids away for the bank holiday weekend.

 *Has the transformation had a big impact on you and/or your family?* 

It has really helped me to start feeling that this is my home. I have proved to myself that i can get loads done in the evening if i plan it. The kids have started thinking about curtains and 'interior design' which is not something I have talked to them about much before as I usually just use what comes to hand, so overall, yes, it has had a big impact on my life... Far more than I thought it would!

katiewalters Mon 03-Jun-13 00:49:27

green accessories to match green walls (mirror and photo frame)

katiewalters Mon 03-Jun-13 00:52:36

finished room (pic 1)

katiewalters Mon 03-Jun-13 00:55:46

finished room (pic 2)

katiewalters Mon 03-Jun-13 00:59:37

finished room (pic 3)

katiewalters Mon 03-Jun-13 01:08:16

posted pictures above of the bedroom now its finished. did 2 lime green walls and 2 magnolia walls. the paint was great, and dried very quickly which was good. had a new lampshade, where we didnt have 1 before. new lined, grey curtains, to replace the unlined, brown ones we had before. green accessories on the wall to match the paint; mirror and photo frame. green and grey cushions and a green throw for the bed, as they no longer did duvet covers at b&q. a very positive and easy experience overall. good experience with b&q, friendly staff, lots of variety, apart from being disappointed with the choice of lined curtains, as there wasnt a lot. also, witht the money i thought it would have got us more things, but the items were more expensive than i thought. the revamp has inspired me to do other rooms in the house, as we've not done a lot of decorating, showed me how it doesnt take a great deal to change the room, make it more modern and nice. now we've had the revamp, the room isnt plain and boring, its brighter, modern, and I will definately spend more time in there, as opposed to just sleeping in there.

Geordieminx Mon 03-Jun-13 06:49:59

Things I have learnt this weekend

1) I hate glossing
2) I will always hate glossing
3) fresly glossed brilliant white doors look beautiful
4) do not paint when tired. You will miss bits
5) Valspar paint is really nice
6) 2 paint trays and 2 sets if rollers will save time and effort (bitter)
7) wear gloves when painting
8) I am the worlds messiest painter and still have gloss in places I can't even reach
9) I hate glossing

IceNoSlice Mon 03-Jun-13 06:53:19

Geordieminx grin I hate glossing too!

gazzalw Mon 03-Jun-13 07:06:45

Geordieminx, we hate glossing too which is part of the reason for using satinwood which seems a lot easier to use! However, as detailed upthread we've decided that DS's wardrobe doors will look better white (just to reflect the light back into his room (which is not a very bright room particularly in the Winter) so we haven't entirely avoided it hmm.

Yes, DW has finally got round to deciding that wearing rubber or latex gloves is the way to go when painting.....

Agree entirely on the two trays issue too...... DW wanted to buy two and I said one would be enough but actually two would have been better if only so that we both could have been painting in different parts of the room...

So have many of you are now basking in your glory - we still have at least half a days' work to do if not more ;-(! HELP!

IceNoSlice Mon 03-Jun-13 08:13:19

We've finished (as I said up thread) and hit 'complete' in field notes) so this question is not relevant to us but may help those who are struggling to meet today's deadline (gazzalw I'm talking to you!)

In the field notes app, the deadline seems to say 7 June at 4pm...

Bit of a panic as, once I put the rug down, I realised that there were bits of (unsanded, unvarnished) floor visible, so I have just done a quick sanding and initial coat of varnish and will put a second coat on later today. I will mean I might not meet the deadline of today but hopefully I can upload my final video before midnight and satisfy the "rules" smile

Good work, everyone. Loving the transformed rooms!

IceNoSlice Mon 03-Jun-13 08:57:04

Re my previous post, it could be that the 7 June is a deadline for 'feedback'? I have hit 'complete task' and it is now saying 'awaiting feedback' so it could be that. But might be worth double checking, time pushed folks!

ouryve Mon 03-Jun-13 10:41:09

I noticed that the deadline had moved again. Still, I need a break from painting because my neck is a wreck, now (I'm not going back to un-oranging the panelling up my stairs until next week!) and need to move from Changing Rooms to How Clean Is Your House? Because housework has been rather neglected over the past couple of weeks. I've kept up with laundry, but now need to get it all put away!

gazzalw Mon 03-Jun-13 11:17:40

MNHQ, is this true that the deadline has been extended or is this just for completing the feedback tasks via that 'tool' we were sent??? Please could you let us know.....

Thanks, IceNoSlice, for the tip off! Although some bits are coming on quite nicely wink...

ouryve Mon 03-Jun-13 12:36:36

Since we've finished, time for some piccies!

Just a reminder of the before and the state it was in. This was the window surround.

ouryve Mon 03-Jun-13 12:38:16

And this is the window after. MDF, plaster, paint, a capable wibbleboy and a brand new shiny curtain pole - not form B&Q but a bargain we picked up for £8 in a sale, earlier in the year, when the old wooden curtain pole came loose on one side.

ouryve Mon 03-Jun-13 12:39:59

The scruffy bed area where DS1 had steadily removed most of the wallpaper over the years now has clean, flat, hopefully pick free walls. We couldn't resist this picture, which was about £6 in B&S, just to, you know, er, brighten the room up a bit!

ouryve Mon 03-Jun-13 12:46:42

Er, B&Q. No autocorrect on my laptop.

Anyhow, this corner has new shelving. I've ordered some book ends so DS1 can organise his books how he likes. The bottom shelf is also a lot lower than the old shelves, so he doesn't have to climb to reach everything.

The lego storage boxes were a given. He's been wanting some for ages!

DS2 was somewhat confused when he went up to bed to find his bed back in its old position, last night (we'd had to move it around so we could paint - there was no possibility of moving the boys out of the room, since we only have the two bedrooms).

Even though it's been a hard physical slog, it's definitely been worth it, as I'm no longer ashamed to open the curtains for fear that someone sees into the room from outside - we're not even overlooked at the back, but the messy walls were visible from the street. Hopefully, this is now one less thing for DS1 to completely twist my ears about!

If there's one thing that B&Q could have done to make our experience better, it's have more staff on in an evening. I felt so sorry for that poor lad having to deal with 3 self service tills at once, all of which had people with a lot of shopping at them.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:28:57

Before picture of children's room. You can see where the children started stripping wallpaper off the walls !

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:30:56

Before picture.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:31:49

Before picture.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:32:30

Before picture.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:35:11

During pictures (just a couple but we have billions at different stages if needed)

Putting finishing plaster over a hole in the wall which the previous owners had filled with cement !

Also note 'laminate floor board' cupboard blocking off old fireplace (also done by previous owners)

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:36:04

View down cupboard into old fireplace..creepy.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:37:16

This wall vent was papered over by previous owners, no wonder we had a mould issue in this room. Hopefully the uncovered vent will keep air circulating in the future.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:39:52

DH applied plaster to both sides of cupboard. Clad it in plywood with angled pre-primed L sectioned wood corner, to make it neater and to give a paintable surface.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:40:56

More caulking, plaster work and stripped walls.

Babieseverywhere Mon 03-Jun-13 14:50:49


We bought from B&Q the following items.
Set of three nesting shadow boxes, table and chairs, tv bracket, paint x 2 big tins, skirting board, caulk, plaster, gloss, sanding paper, sanding cork blocks, paint brushes, paint rollers, paint trays, tester pots, frog tape. white blackout blind for window, flush to ceiling light fixture, cleaning fluids (white spirit), bright pink coat peg rail for back of door, screws, hooks etc etc. We got a lot for our money. Thank you B&Q and Mumsnet we are very pleased with the end result and I will be painting the rest of my house in Dulux Endurance paint..I love it. smile

Also bought second hand metal purple triple bed frame from Gumtree, Butterfly wall stickers from B&M Bargains and Butterfly duvets from the sale at Argos.

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