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Currently its difficult to admit bit it is actually the living room witch includes the stairs.
It hasn't been changed since we moved in 15 years ago. beige carpet and magnolia walls...which are looking a little grubby now and them colours are not great with children around
The trouble is that it is the largest room in the house, meaning we have never had the money to afford the paint or wall paper let alone a new carpet.
It is not really a nice place to relax in
would love to decorate it soon but something always pops up instead
Its our bathroom, we can't afford to replace it all and the whole room is tiled...horrid tiles so we painted over them which was fine for a while but is now peeling off, not helped by small children who have picked at the peeling paint. Ideally we would take true tiles down andput new ones up by shower and sink but then we would need to replaster the rest...
Plus the people who owned it before us had odd day ideas as the windowsill are in fact kitchen worktop?!! Seriously! So those need taking out and replacing along with new sink, bath and toilet, we may get away with just replacing taps for a bit.
Or the dining room..when we moved it it had a fake fireplace and stone cladding on the walls!!! Hideous!! We pulled it off but now it needs replasteroing/skimming so we can then decorate, awful light fittings that have been taken off leaving bare wires, oh and the ceiling is wooden cladding, like you would get in a 70's sauna... Seriously awful, we may take it down but if not I think we will paint it.
Still we have taken the Del boy style glass bar and brass wall covering down that was in the sitting room!!
We knew there was lots of work to do when we bought it but didn't realsie how hard to would be to get to done with kids to deal with as well!
Its fine to live in but as dp says when you re doing cleaning its 'like trying to polish a turd' there is only so much you can do and it will never look good until we ,manage to get some of the major jobs like replasterimg etc done.
Ho humm I will win the lottery one day and then pay someone to command do it all for us...
The most unloved room in our house isn't really a room its the front garden. Its quite embarrassing, really. It has seen better days, a crumbly broken wall, weeds and just very tired looking. We would love to set it straight and make it more bright and welcoming, however money and time is in short supply at the moment. I just wish that the garden looked nice like the inside of our home because I think it gives the wrong impression.
It's the 'man cave' - a converted garage next to the lounge. It is the repository for anything that doesn't have a home elsewhere and it could do with being organised properly. We simply don't have enough storage.
Our bathroom...no matter how often we paint it, the paint peels and looks awful. The bath sealant is bodged, messy, mouldy, and the sink sealant is the same. The bath is worn out...you can see daylight from underneath . There is out dated wooden cladding round the room. It's all horrid.
Probably my bedroom. Each child has had their rooms decorated, I"ve done the hall/stairs/landing (twice) and the living room and playroom. However, my bedroom remains a shambles of someone else's wallpaper with a huge missing peeled patch complete with black mould from a shower leak. Not exactly the oasis it should be. In fact, I find myself delaying going to bed at night because it's miserable in there - I'm knackered!
Bathroom in ours although it is a close run thing. The bath, sink and toilet are all a slightly different colour - cream, off white and white! The tiles are skanky and the last owner allowed the mould to take a firm hold so I can't get rid of the stained grout.
I have played my own part in the downfall too by wrecking the enamel bath by using bleach to remove directions hair dye. It is now cracked with bits missing.
To top is all off there is no colour, the whole thing is white, beige and mould, top to bottom. It's horrible.
It's the hallway. It's a shame as it could look really pretty!
It's always overflowing with coats, shoes, buggies. When we took the stair gates down they pulled some of the plaster off the walls.
Then the shower leaked and wrecked the wall at the top of the stairs. We've finally had the bathroom replaced so the wall is now freshly plastered, but that's as far as it's gone.
So the whole lot needs painting, there's LOADS of woodwork to paint and we need some decent storage to hide all the coats & shoes & school bags!
Oh gosh, there are lots of rooms I am unhappy with but at a push I would say it's the kitchen I hate most. I inherited pale green cupboards and tiles which nothing except lemon goes with.
we moved in 4 years ago and have never gotten around to doing anything with it. It still has an old clanky leaky suite that is a colour between cucumber and avocado; with a ratty ''cream'' carpet (bathroom carpet! yeuch) now dotted with
mysterious hairdye splodges. The green wall tiles are bulging outward in places, almost like they are giving up the ghost and trying to remove themselves. The ancient shower mixer tap on the bath alternates between freezing and scalding, so it's a roll of the dice when washing your hair. The sink is a massive squared off ceramic thing, with taps set on angles so if you turn them on swiftly you can literally painfully crush your fingers betwixt tap and tile. The window sill occasionally drops pieces of tile onto your unprotected head. You have to clean your teeth leaning backwards, rolling your eyes up to ward off disaster. Now I think about it I believe the whole room is laughing at us, mocking that we will never have the funds in place to re-do it.
I envisage a gleaming white bath and toilet, with a curvy smaller sink allowing more room, oatmeal floor tiles and matching wall tiles, and thick fluffy white towels... a steel soap dispenser and matching toilet brush... a power shower strong enough to wash off suds... oh the dream, the sweet dream...
DS's bedroom. It's the biggest bedroom and has some lovely features, but it's decorated in a totally inappropriate way for his age. We decorated it when we moved in 8 years ago when he was 18m old, and it hasn't been touched since . The poor lad does his best to hide the babyish bits with posters
It's one of those jobs that really ought to be done, but it's never reached the top of the 'must do' list. Things keep jumping the queue and his bedroom get shifted further down.
Our most unloved room is probably DS's bedroom. It was used as a store-room by the previous owners, and even though we have lived there for 4 1/2 years it still hasn't been revamped. It has an old single-glazed window that doesn't open (not great for a 13yo stinky boy!), a "home-made" built-in wardrobe with doors you have to wrestle apart, some wonky MDF shelves and a paint-stained poo-brown shaggy carpet that resembles Chewbacca's pelt.
A new window is on order, the furniture catalogues have been inspected, and we are going carpet shopping at the weekend. It will be unloved no more! Might need some paint from B&Q......
I hate our kitchen with a passion. It's so dated and no amount of scrubbing gets away from the fact the previous tenants obviously fried everything they ate every day, everything is shiney and sticky to the touch. I can feel my arteries clogging just looking at it.
The laminate tiles are stained, ripped, cracking and splitting. If there's a word to describe wear and tear you can probably find a tile to fit the description, I hate walking on it and won't in bare feet.
The wallpaper is just very 90s and no effort was made to buy special kitchen paper so it's rank and peeling, it's not handled all that fried food air at all well. There are some weird holes on the wall where they obviously had shelves but took them down and didn't think it try hide the evidence. The titles are flaking off, old and need a good scrub, but I'm too scared to do it because of the peeling.
We have a brown sink. It's so old that I don't feel my stuff comes out clean. And there's no plumbing for my dishwasher. It's sat unloved in this cellar!
There's nothing wrong with the cupboards, they're just dated. If I can strip the decades if grease off them they'll paint up nicely. I'll also need some lovely new contact Paper inside to make them look modern rather than yellow.
Generally the shabbiness is the same across the while house but the kitchen shows it the most because it doesn't have anything going for it either. We're working on it, but as tenants we don't want to spend too much but it's depressing. I love cooking but I hate being in the kitchen so I don't cook anymore I just whip up quick meals so I can leave again.
The bathroom. The toilet broke last year & now doesn't match the rest. We can't afford to replace the rest yet so we're 2/3 'dusky pink' (which we hated anyway). A new boiler means we can have baths again, but in such a rubbish tub I just don't have the heart.
Our bathroom is probably the most unloved. The floor is coming up in places and the bathroom suite is very old and needs replacing if we could afford it. Plus the tiles weren't done well by the previous owners and has a strange design added in as well in blue and yellow.
It's hard to pick just one room...
Mine is pretty bad. The furniture is cheap Argos stuff that's coming up for 10 years old and so literally falling apart. I painted the ceiling a couple of months ago but did a very bad job of it! I have bought myself a new bed though, which is lush, and I'm saving up to replace the furniture and re-decorate.
our most unloved room is our bedroom - nasty woodchip wallpaper, laminate floor that doesn't quite come up to the edges, and lots of stuff that shouldn't be there!!! I would love to transform it into a romantic haven of peace and tranquillity away from the DCs!
My most unloved room is my living room it has never been decorated since we moved in. Just a brown painted walls which i would love to spruce up with one feature wall and 3 repainted walls. Then i would add some nice accessories like colour co-ordinated cushions and a nice vase. £150 would make this achievable
The space/room under the stairs.....It's only little and is currently used for storing the ironing board, hoover, assorted children's toys (a hobby horse etc...) and a lot of neglected arts and crafts stuff.
It is the only space within the house which has received absolutely no attention since we moved in over a decade ago.... I think it is just about big enough to house a downstairs loo and that is very much what we would like to do with it - you can't have a family with growing (up) children and not really have an extra loo - no house should be without one!
It's a close one between the cosy room (still needs painting/pipes boxing in/doors fixing) & the utility/pantry (needs similar plus storage ) & the dds room (peeling paper, shabby paint work/dodgy blinds/needs more storage)
Gosh, not sure I can single a room out! Bathroom is looking grim as toliet lid is missing, shower is leaking and black mouldy stuff around the bath. My bedroom just makes me sad! Blinds are falling down, badly painted walls and horrible mirrored, dated wardrobes.
Outside our conservatory looks like it should be demolished, bur with a good sand and re-paint of the wood I know I could make it look fresh again.
I"d love to create a reading nook in my lounge for me and the children to snuggle up in. I have it all planned in my h
. . . In my head. Just no funds!
The bathroom! When we moved in, it seemed fine, but we eventually found out that an uncapped pipe had been leaking raw sewage all over the shop. That's sorted now, but the re-tiling and plastering was a pretty quick job and it really does need a bit of love.
Our,kitchen, I hate it. It's freezing in the winter and has a white tiled floor which always looks dirty how ever many times I clean it. It has damp and mold and because of this the paint flakes,off the walls. Before we got a dehumidifier you could see streams of water running down the walls. Plus the light doesn't work so we use the oven light. The cupboards are out of date and on one side smell and,feel damp. Cannot afford to do anything with it yet.
Close run thing as the whole house is pretty much a project, but I think the winner by a whisker would be the downstairs toilet. I started trying to obliterate the lurid orange decor when I started my mat leave with DC2. Said child is now 6.5 . I stopped when I found the damp/leak in the outside wall, and was so discouraged that the tops of the walls didn't get finished either . It's not heated so is only really useable in summer, meets no building code known to mankind as it has a low level socket, and is generally a nightmare.
The study has a damp-damaged ceiling and historic water marks down the walls, but it has so much stuff in the room that we've never been able to face clearing it to get it replastered.
It has one socket, with daisy-chain multiway extension cables to power the computer, printer, speakers, shredder etc. it has a FrankenCarpet, cobbled together from off cuts of other carpets. Generally, we do not speak of it. It is The Room That Shall Not Be Named.
Our downstairs loo!
It's basically under the stairs and is dark cold and unloved
except by the spiders It also has carpet in it - which we inherited and haven't quite got round to replacing <shudder>
We shoud really make it more appealing as DS is almost ready for toilet training but currently doesn't even like going in there to wash his hands.
Our spare room. It's teeny and full of boxes that we've not unpacked since we moved in eight months ago. Ironically it's the only room that we've actually managed to paint (we'd planned to make it DS's bedroom, before changing our minds), but it's since become the dumping ground for everything that doesn't have a home. It's curtainless, the carpet's been pulled up, doorframe is half-painted, and I try and avoid looking at the grey ceiling because it just makes me miserable. Actually, I try and avoid looking at the room full-stop - the door is closed most of the time!
It's the 'guest bedroom', which is appropriately referred to as 'the shed'. It does contain a double bed, should anyone care to visit, but it's wedged into a corner of the room, so only accessible from one side. We use the room to store everything we don't really need or use very infrequently. It is currently home to (amongst other things), winter coats, an ironing board, christmas decorations, wrapping paper, books, 2 broken laptops, spare towels, collections of light bulbs, broken lamps and 3 boxes of paperwork DH and I are going to go through 'at some point'. We just don't have appropriate shelves or storage, so everything is either piled into/on top of the wardrobe or deposited on/in front of the bed.
We keep the door closed.
Spare bedroom still has unpacked boxes from when we moved 5 years ago
Add a layer of toys, some of which haven't been touched for most of that time, and a very messy dc craft table, which rarely gets totally tidied, and you have a bit of a mess.
The decor isn't too bad - a minty green circa 2001, at a guess - which means we haven't rushed to redecorate. And the slightly stained cream carpet we're not fussed about while the dc paint in there.
Ours is the living room. It's just so... beige. And bare. The only furniture we have is a tv, small table and a sofa. Oh and a floor lamp. The rest of the room is just filled with DDs toys. It depresses me just being in here.
I would love to put do something about the White Walls and maybe get some more furniture to make it feel a bit more homely and less like a playroom!
Our downstairs toilet, we recently moved in and have no funds to fix it so it is storage currently. The light switch is hanging off the wall, toilet is so grubby that no amount of scrubbing brings it up clean, the sink is similar. There is no doorframe on the inside and the worst tile all over the walls. I didn't realise people tiled the whole room! The floor is old, peeling lino. This is one door I keep closed!
Ensuite Bathroom , it needs re grouting and tidied and blasted clean. There also seems to be some Hairdye staining that needs to be addressed-have no idea where that would have come from!
My bedroom looks quite nice it is just a shame that the ensuite lets the room down , I would love to sort it properly!
Its the hall, stairs and landing here. We always said we'd do it last, once everything else was out of the way, because it needs a new ceiling, walls reskimming, new carpet/wood, bannisters, some rewiring etc etc. Over time we have come to ignore it as we pass through but its the first part of the house guests see and it should make a much better impression really.
We're thinking of moving in the next 18 months. I can see us just slapping some paint on and ripping up the manky carpet to sell.
The kitchen. I've tried everything by it still isn't right. The bath leaked once and came through the kitchen ceiling, not much but enough that I had to tear of paper I had on the walls. Then the wall looked rubbish, I couldn't afford to plaster it so used knobbly stuff and painted it.
I picked the layout before we had DC and there isn't enough cupboard space now, I've painted the yellow pine doors more times than I've cooked hot dinners in it.
It's just meh.
My downstairs toilet is in a disgusting state at the moment, we had a leak under the floor so had to take up the floor tile and remove the ones behind the WC.
Safe to say, it has seen better days. It was pretty uninspiring to begin with anyway, all white with plain metro tiles and a basic suite to squeeze into the small space available. I'd love to get a bold colour in their to liven it up a bit!
My lounge is the worst room in my house at the moment. We moved in 11 years ago and have painted it a few times but my DS was a bit of a "wall scribbler" so in the summer holidays it is my mission to repaint now that he's at an age where I trust him not to do it again! The carpet desperately needs replacing but i'm hoping by brightening up the walls and cleaning/replacing the curtains it will make a big difference.
The carpet in the whole house needs replacing but it's a bit overwhelming to think of how to fund it and I chicken out at the thought of clearing out the rooms - something in the house always breaks and needs replacing whenever I contemplate it
Right now the most unloved room in our house is our bathroom. When I say unloved I really mean destroyed.
Just before Christmas I arrived hone from work to find holes in ceiling. DH 'placed' them there to let through water build up due to bad chimney. 6 months ago I came home to discover my DH had pulled down half the ceiling in an attempt to 'discover' the truth about whether chimney supported. Not supported. A few days later steel poles went up. 2 months later steel poles came down with another bit of ceiling so wooden support beam could go up. Bath unplumbed shortly after.
Last week the rest of the ceilings mysteriously came down and the floor tiles came up. Looked in bathroom fixing fund. The computer says, "No". So, we have no floor, no ceiling, half a wall gone and the bath leaning up against the other half. Unloved, definitely. Our bathroom is only of use to the woodworm in the floorboards at the moment!
Hard to choose! Our toilet which has no flooring and discoloured pipes. Our kitchen with unfinished and mismatched units, grease stains because we have no splash back or extractor fan, our bedroom with its make-do wardrobes,,, yep livin' the dream
Oh our lounge and I hate the fact it's our most used room.
We painted it but it really needs major stuff doing to it, the ceiling is shocking we have a lovely "fake" fireplace that now holds our tv as there is no fire or even chimney breast but to remove it will mean replastering and a new carpet.
Then there are the aluminium patio doors which I'm convinced are so old they must have been prototypes!
Our downstairs toilet has a Floor Of Shame that consists of some dark brown carpet tiles, loosely arranged but not actually stuck down, and donated by my in-laws. They very kindly donated them after our previous Floor Of Shame (a blue carpet. I can feel the entire continent of Europe shuddering at the thought) became too vile and hideous to be kept a moment longer.
So anyway, we pulled up the blue carpet (there might have been some sort of flooding incident involved here), and then we had a concrete floor and nothing to put on it. In-laws had just had their kitchen covered in brown carpet tiles (!!!) and had some spare, and passed them on. Which was very kind, but I hate them almost as much as I hate the concrete floor. My compromise on this was that we would lay them out roughly on the floor, but not actually stick them down, meaning we can enjoy both the brown carpet tiles and the concrete flooring. It's been that way for about five years now.
I really suck at this whole home-ownership thing.
We rent so are sort of stuck with what we have, but if I could change one room? I'd do my son's room. It has the most awful flowered wallpaper (which is throughout the house, actually, so can't even change which room is his) that is not only ugly but not very boyish!
We've done what we can with wall stickers and soft furnishings but I would love to remove the wallpaper and paint the room and redo the whole thing.
Let's not even talk about the bathroom...
Our downstairs toilet.
It's too small to really be anything other than a toilet and basin, and as such it's been overlooked. The toilet hasn't got a seat on it because we can't find one that fits. The only "person" who uses it is our dog, who, in lieu of a new crate, uses it as a place to sleep on the rare occasion that everyone is out.
Our bedroom is by far the worst room in the house. Our toddler shares with us at the Mo but is going in with his brother soon. Our room is awful nothing goes together old freying carpet, hole in the wall, (not a cash machine lol) its just yuck! My husband is very I'll with chronic condition and can't relax in there is almost bed bound when really bad. Would love an opportunity to make it an oasis for us some where to relax in peace and quiet!
Our hall, stairs and landing is an embarrassment tbh when really it should be welcoming. We haven't decorated it since we moved in so it's still yellow with tatty curtains and a faded and worn carpet. The doors are dark wood and so imposing. I dream of sorting it out. It's light and airy too and could be so lovely in fact I have plans on putting in a bookcase and a comfy chair on the landing and having it as my reading space. When I will get it done who knows?
Ours is the spare room, currently used as a study/dumping ground of stuff on it's way up-to or down-from the loft. It has ugly textured wallpaper on the ceiling, dodgy cheap polystyrene coving and some missing skirting board where we had to have some re-plastering done on a damp patch. Oh, and there's plaster stuck in the carpet where this was done
I'm dreading tackling it next year, once my LO (due in December) is ready to move out of our bedroom he or she will inherit that room. I'd love to start off LOs new life with a clean slate in there, or at least clean paint!
We are about to move into a new house but I know what will become the 'unloved' room. It will be the study. It is in our current house and will be again.
I think it's because only DH & I use it so it doesn't matter so much what it looks like.
Utility shelving takes our huge reams of professional textbooks and files and space is taken up by computers and paper. I long for a peaceful calming oasis in which to work but actually it's always slightly mad chaos instead.
Offices are always the last bit of the house to do so they rarely get decorated and I think this will be true of the next one too.
I look at all the beautiful study/office spaces on Houzz etc and think but what do they do with all the stuff?
Apart from the teenage DD's bedroom, which frankly should have hazard tape across the door, the worst room in the house is the one we use the most. The living room.
I hated the wallpaper when we moved in 12 years ago but somehow other rooms have been a priority and it has ended up being left. The wallpaper is an awful african tribal pattern with a matching border, the sort of themed style room they used to do on Changing Rooms back in the 90s. Probably where the previous owners got their inspiration.
Compared to the kitchen, bathroom etc it would probably be one of the easiest and cheapest rooms to do up, so I really must get on with it!
The downstairs loo. It just seems to attract dust and it's all a bit sad and lonely.
We are unfortunate to have 2 unloved rooms and a rather neglected garden.
We have the spare room- i.e the storage unit, the clean clothes sorting room, the holding bay for the attic, the i'm poorly and don't want to infect everyone else room
We have my (almost )2 year old daughters room- i.e the room who's wallpaper is that for a teenager, the peeling wallpaper room, the odd furniture room but.... still my daughters favourite room (hard not to be when it's full of toys and pictures she's drawn)
The garden- i.e the wilderness, the rubbish bins loading bay, the table but no chairs area, the last place you want to spend a warm day, the reason we close our curtains at the back of the house so much lol
Hall, stairs and landing are our most unloved space.... we've managed to paint the walls white but other than that, it's a dreary space - we've got bare floorboards and bare stairs - just looks a mess. The front door desperately needs replacing - the wood keeps going mouldy however much I clean it with special cleaners or even bleach.
I'd love to have a hallway to be proud of when visitors come to the door!
Heh! There's DS1 doing what he does best on that page! DESTRUCTION!
Now the boys' room is sorted, our kitchen is looking incredibly unloved. The units are probably 25 years old. The doors are oak and are lovely, so we changed the door handles and worktops when we moved in to spruce it up. The bottoms of the units are warped and mouldy from damp, now and they really need chucking out. The tiled floor is cracked - if you walk along it barefoot, you take some of it with you. The floor to ceiling wall tiles are hideous. There's a patch we attempted to paint, but it looked dreadful, so didn't do any more.
My upstairs bathroom is totally unloved.
It's an HA property and we are only the second residents to live in this house since it was built circa 1960. I think the last time the bathroom was decorated was the 90s.
Before we moved in the HA put a new bathroom in. They didnt remove the wallpaper, just the bits they needed for putting the
really cheap white tiles. So we have half really old, green wallpaper and glossed ceilings. The gloss on the ceiling and woodwork is yellowed, you'd think a really heavy smoker had taken refuse in the bath.
I would love to give this room a makeover. It has a really odd placed cupboard which I would knock down, I'd strip the wallpaper and skim the walls. I'd strip the gloss and repaint. Lovely fresh colour on the wall. What I'd really like to do,MIT sounds naff, but I'd like to do wood panelling half way up the wall and stain the wood white. Then I'd pain the walls a dark blue, and have nautical themed pictures and some shells, starfish etc. looks good in my head, but then my head is a scary place at the best of times..
I have recently moved and love all the rooms in my new house, well as long as I'm ignoring the wallpaper that's coming off, the walls that need painting and the carpets that need replacing. I think the room that needs the most love putting into it is the small bedroom with its emulsioned hot pink walls and ceiling. Not sure my little boy's that pleased about it being his bedroom...
my kitchen is horrible really. Its like a sauna on the ceiling (varnished wooden boards) and the floor is tatty, torn old vinyl.
The cupboard doors could do with painting / replacing handles.
Thinking paint for ceiling and the floor- who knows!!
Our bedroom.... on the plus side there are lovely fitted wardrobes left by the previous owners 2 years ago but the rest of it is dire need of some TLC...the tired wallpaper which is not to our taste, a shabby carpet and a bit of a damp problem around the window does not a relaxing boudoir make! it is on the list but undoing all their shabby DIY, sorting the children's rooms, hall & landing, toilet, utility, garden, loft, etc etc, not to mention the arrival of DC2 have taken priority and of course lots of our pennies!
The most unloved room in our house is the bathroom. It's tiny with black slate tiles don't know what previous owners were thinking. The slate has got loads of soap scum between them and on them and I've scrubbed for hours and can't get them clean the more I clean them the worse it looks! The toilet is crooked on the floor so there is a constant smell of poo particularly if the heat has been on in there. The walls have been painted blue cheap paint that is powdery and coming off. If you have a shower of bath the window has to be wide open as the steam makes the toilet situation worse. There is black mould round the bath. There is a massive gap between skirting board and wall which makes it filthy on the inside and the gloss paint on there was cheap too so it's gone all creamy. We moved in year and half ago and have been doing one room at a time as we can afford. Bathroom is still down the list sadly weep weep.
Our bedroom definitely. It's just so dull. Magnolia walls, beige carpets. Cheap wardrobes and nasty curtains. The rest of the house is nicely decorated so it's a shame. I'd love to have a warm inviting bedroom with a proper colour scheme etc.
My Kitchen, previous tenants we swapped with (who had it installed) dismantled most of the units and relocated them to their new home.
none of the worktops are attached to the units or the wall so they wobble when touched. They put wooden cladding on the walls but only as far as the appliances started. They've blocked up a door with this cladding also but again have only gone down half way. The sink leaks because the waste pipes don't actually meet up with the sink properly. the flooring is ripped linoleum over laminate flooring. And it smells from waste water leakage. I hate it. It's unbearable the whole thing needs gutting and replacing. I'm saving up at the moment.
My Kitchen, previous tenants we swapped with (who had it installed) dismantled most of the units and relocated them to their new home.
none of the worktops are attached to the units or the wall so they wobble when touched. They put wooden cladding on the walls but only as far as the appliances started. They've blocked up a door with this cladding also but again have only gone down half way. The sink leaks because the waste pipes don't actually meet up with the sink properly. the flooring is ripped linoleum over laminate flooring. And it smells from waste water leakage. I hate it. It's unbearable the whole thing needs gutting and replacing. I'm saving up at the moment.
Our front room is very unloved. I hate it in there. It has 2 sofa's and our dining table in there which takes up too much room. Nothing matches, it has a horrible threadbare swirly carpet and one working bulb out of 7.
I'd love it to have a real wood floor, a dining table that sits 4 but extends to seat 6, tan leather sofa's, white walls, a woodburner, floor to ceiling bookcases in the alcoves and a real Persian rug.
I'll put it in the 10 year plan!
Our kitchen. It has 2 outside walls, both of which are inadequately insulated, causing condensation in the cupboards that back onto the walls concerned. This means dampness, resulting in mould: we try not to keep food in the cupboards concerned, as the packaging (and sometimes the contents!) goes mouldy. The fronts of 2 of the drawers have fallen off: we have not tried to replace as we really need to replace the entire kitchen. But we can't do that until the kitchen is properly insulated. Kitchen smells damp, especially in winter. Floor is grim.
Ours has got to be the hallway/stairs.
As we never spend long there we never really notice it, but when you look it is terrible. Old magnolia painted wood chip that needs to come off and windows that need new curtains/blinds.
Unfortunately it just never gets to the top of the priority list so remains sadly neglected.... Although the kids have helped cheer it up with felt tips!!!
My DDs room. We haven't changed it since we moved in and it's so neutral and cold. I would love to bring some love and warmth to it. It has stark white walls and cheap pale laminate. I would love to decorate it just for her. She's always asking me can she have a purple room.
My bedroom. It is always the last one to get tidied and can be a bit of a dumping ground. Ironing, suitcases, books, unwanted toys- I could really do with some cupboards but sloped ceilings make it hard to furnish. saving for a few fitted wardrobes but could take a while.
It's my bathroom, poor little room is subjected to much abuse by the children at bath time, has to house all the dirty laundry, has seen more than its fair share of the aftermath of a good night out or a bad curry and all I do is flick round with a cleaning cloth when I have a minute. Hardly the love that room deserves.
It has all manner of floating toy next to 4 different types of body wash, shampoo's and bubble bath. It is has seen potty training, new baby's and is currently having a teenager take his first shaky attempts at shaving.
It needs a new lick of paint, blinds and some nice storage so it knows how grateful we are for always being there to bare the brunt of of family life with its quiet dignity (and windows open )
Our most unloved room would be our bedroom .
Not a massive room - inherited cupboards from when we moved in 16 years ago (dark wood and half mirrored doors - back in fashion again!!). It has a bed, small drawer unit and a TV and that is it.
I t has been decorated but has plain neutral walls, plain cream carpet and suede effect curtains - its all so bland, beige and boring.
Needs to be a bit more boutique hotel-esque - starting with a new feature wall behind the bed, new lightshade and new curtains. That would make so much difference. I would also get a new door (and another three for the rest of the upstairs rooms!) and it would become a haven of tranquillity.......until DS wakes up.
Oh God, my whole house is unloved!
The worst is my bedroom though. It hasn't been decorated since we moved in 15 years ago.
The walls are a vile yellow colour (what were we thinking back then?
For some reason, we decided that the backs of the doors should be painted blue.
Because the house was new, over the years, little circles of paint have dropped off the walls where there are nail heads in the plaster board.
Dh tried to cover some up with land rover posters
We keep meaning to decorate, but somehow it always slips down the list of priorities.
It is a complete dumping ground too, with piles of paperwork, clothes waiting to be ebayed and children's clothes waiting to be put away.
It will be decorated soon, as it's going to be ds2+3's room. DH and I are going to rough it downstairs so the dc can have more space.
One day I'll have a beautiful bedroom
My bathroom has been a state for years... The wallpaper started peeling off about 10years ago, so we stripped it. The wall has been bare ever since. Four tiles fell off along with some plaster... Then another four... And another... They're still not there after a good 10years.
The bathroom suite is still the original mint green.
The ceiling used to have polystyrene tiles, until they started falling off.
The floor is covered in hideous green lino which doesn't fit properly.
Bathroom cabinet is something out of the 70s and the doors have stopped sliding properly. The shower is more like a dribble....
I'm sure there's more things I've missed haha
We recently moved and have prioritised renovating the DCs rooms and living room, so our most unloved room is our bedroom. Somehow we have three different paints going on in that room, the lights don't work and there are mysterious holes in the ceiling. Which is perhaps why I am still awake at 2.30am, rather than in the master bedroom of our dreams!
Can I just say - I love this thread. It makes me feel so much better about the state that we live with things in.
Well our bathroom is something else. The ceiling is covered in lovely brown CORK tiles! The yellow paint is peeling off the walls due to the damp despite keeping the window open 24/7 and braving the chilly breeze while having a bath / shower. The shower curtain is help up on a piece of string which is attached to a chunk of wood protruding from the wall and I have to regularly bleach the walls to get rid of the mold!! Do I win?!?!?
Oops, held up not help up - must learn to check before posting.
Just realised I have outed myself here as not many people can possibly have this for a bathroom!
Definitely my kitchen! I live in an 1860s house converted into two flats and I don't think our kitchen has been decorated since it was converted in the 1960s...
We have sliding glass door cabinets, mismatched cupboards, the fridge and freezer support and hold up the worktop (we thought the previous owners were being generous leaving theirs behind, but no) and the oven is a classic 80s style white thing with pictures of flowers on it (think what your Nan used to have).
The bare brick chimney breast is painted fire engine red.
It's hideous and is definitely the next room we need to tackle. I dread to think of the bodges we will find in this room. Going on the previous rooms, this one may make me cry rather than laugh!
Our bedroom has taken a backseat for the last 6 years and it would be lovely to have a nice 'adult only' space again instead of our tatty room. We'd love some space saving devices in our room so we have more space for us!
All our rooms bar the nursery & the loft room are rather unloved. I doubt the house has been replastered since it was built in the 30s & boy does it show! The walls in some of the rooms have obviously been painted odd colours at some point - the back of the dining room door is still bright custard yellow & there's evidence inside radiators & around door frames of a rather delightful shade of grass-green. To cover up these colours some bright spark decided to paint everything but the skirting boards/door frames in matt magnolia - including the radiators & small patches inside the bath!
All we've managed to do since we moved in 3 years ago is replace the doors of the kitchen cabinets (thanks to B&Q!) & paint the nursery so at least the kitchen doesn't look so dated & the DCs have somewhere nice to sleep. Don't even get me started on our navy blue bedroom ceiling!
We've recently been given some money to do up the garden so the DCs have a safe outdoor environment to play in. No idea when we'll be able to afford to do the rest of the house. We're waiting until we can afford to replaster before we decorate properly. Seems like a waste of paint/money to decorate when we'll want to replaster ASAP!
Oh, & none of the internal doors match either. Not the same style, handles or even handle height!
Spare room, or rather the room I sleep in as toddler dd is in my room and makes noise in her sleep. She will move into ds's room when his new room is done up.
It has ceiling fallen down in one corner, flapping paper hanging from much of the rest of the ceiling, a stained blind that I can't let down as it's a strangling risk, some planks of MDF on struts on metal runners to make shelves, with white veneer peeling off, and it's just as well you can't see the carpet as it's more stains than not!
Our bedroom is not just unloved; it is hated. When we moved in nearly 8 years ago, it had a hideous, tatty fitted wardrobe/overhead cupboard that the seller admitted she hated too but had never got round to ripping it out. And neither have we. My beautiful wedding dress, tellingly, is wedged in its body bag between the top of the fitted monstrosity and the ceiling.
A boudoir it is not.
The fitted wardrobe doesn't match our other furniture, the walls are a greying yellow and the corner of the room has replaced the old spare room (now the nursery) as a dumping ground.
And don't get me started on the kitchen (that's the same one fitted in my grandparents' house circa 1987).
In our house it is DDs bedroom, we just have not got it right. She wanted a girly, french style feel to it but the room has modern built in wardrobes so the the effect never worked and now it is tatty to go with it! Wardrobe doors are falling off, carpet is worn and we keep trying to accessorise but nothing goes with anything.
Our spare room. It's basically a cupboard. A single bed might fit in, but, more than that, we just chuck everything in there. The chest freezer is up there as well. We keep saying that we are going to sort it out, but never seem to find the time.
Our sun lounge/ conservatory. It was hand built (not very well) by the previous owner. I need to do it up and reclaim it as it is currently used for my humongous ironing pile.
We have really horrible concrete stairs at the back of our house leading to the garden. They are double width and we want to replace them with decking, to make them a bit more child-friendly. We also want to replace the patio doors with French doors, we've made a good start on sorting the garden this year, and now when we're out in it, we look back at the house and think "you're next!".
Our upstairs bathroom has never been replaced since when it was built in 1965!its a horrible old fashioned teal blue colour!
Our downstairs toilet had a leak through the roof and has been sorted but the mess of the walls it's made looks awfull!also has an old toilet in it!has old floor tiles and looks like a chipboard wall and we do not no where to start!
The spare bedroom. It is supposed to house our computer, a sofa bed for guests, and a wardrobe, so that it could double as a play room too. But it actually is a junk room where everything gets shoved until we have guests, then we shove it all in the (very full) loft. The room remains empty for a week or two and then the process starts again.
I hate to admit it but my son's room is the most unloved room in the house because we use it as his bedroom/spare room/storage room. He has a huge room (he's only one and a half years old) and only takes up a small part of it. The rest is taken up by a futon for guests/ wrapping presents area/ bootfair storage, etc. I would love to spruce it up and make it his own finally!!
The garage because everything just gets dumped there.
Our bedroom. In fairness we haven't actually moved in yet. Two weeks to go. We've done lots of work on the house. I've designed furniture modified stuff we already had and had lots of help from my lovely dad building rooms for the DC. We've turned two smallish rooms into three very small but well designed so they each have they're own. They're all designed with each childs personality in mind. The bathroom is fantastic. I've spent hours stripping old Ercol furniture and repainting it for lounge and dining room. £200 got us a kitchen from Ebay.
I've spent the day with lists making sure everything is sorted. Just twigged we don't have a bed, a curtain rail, curtains, bedside tables etc etc. How on earth can I have forgotten our room! Our current bed has been gifted to friends children setting up home as its too big.
One of the boys single mattresses was destined for the skip I'm sure DH would love to top and tail.
My most unloved room would have to be my bedroom. It is painted a hideous neon green (which I thought was the height of cool about 15 years back!) over the top of the wallpaper that was there when i moved in. I've never got round to decorating it again because there always seems to be something more deserving of my hard earned cash. It has built in cupboards, which are in dire need of revamping and an assortment of mismatching furniture.
It also seems to have become the dumping ground for things we no longer use - the charity shop waiting room as I now not so fondly call it.
One day, one day I hope it will become the sanctuary of my dreams. Until then I suppose I will have to continue to walk in to my bedroom in the dark
I have a "spare doom"! It is supposed to be a guest room/crafts room but ends up with half-finished craft projects, bedding not put away properly from the last visitors and washing drying or waiting to be ironed/mended!
Daft thing is there is loads of storage there! I just need to use it properly.
The en suite - vile old murky beige coloured toilet and sink, thin brown carpet, bland old fashioned wall paper and hideous faded floral curtains which don't close and don't match anything! All courtesy of the previous owners. We just haven't got any spare cash for decorating, let alone a new suite.
If we did, I would go for a nice simple white loo and sink and maybe ser if we could build in some storage somehow, although it really is a tiny room.
The kitchen, it was lovely when we first moved moved in but has got a serious lack of storage so always end up cluttered, has dusty net curtains as the windows are huge and blinds are out of the price range. we had a new boiler last year so there is now a huge chunk of wall which has old manky wallpaper on.
Our kitchen. It is woefully inadequate for a family of five, despite being in a five bedroom home only built 8yrs ago. storage is limited, not enough cupboards and they only designed in enough space for a normal fridge freezer not an american size one and worst of all...... We have white YES WHITE, porous limestone tiles on the floor. I am sure B & Q would offer a far more suitable option, especially as all the grout is coming up and we strongly suspect the wood underneath may have turned to mush. please help
Our spare bedroom. Had a hole in the wall when we moved in which we plastered. Ten years on the wallpaper is the same with a big rip and a large area of bare plaster.
Spare bedroom is a dumping ground for everything.
I have a dream that it could become a beautiful relaxing space with wall to wall bookshelves and a lovely area to set up my sewing machine. In my mind it's got the potential to be a light, bright and colourful room with some fantastic feature wallpaper and a tropical feel to it. But at the moment it has no shelves, no storage and some terrible depressing purple wallpaper that has seen better days.
But at the moment it is just filled with the stuff we have nowhere to properly store.
The dining room is also looking a bit the worse for wear, with damaged laminate flooring put down by the previous owners that we would love to replace. It could also do with something to brighten it up as it only has a small window and is an odd 'L' shape so is quite dark. Some new lights would make the word of difference to make it a beautiful bright space.
Most unloved room in my house at the moment is my bathroom, it is just awful, i got a new bath put in about 6 months ago, turned out the old bath had been seeping water out for ages, so the floor underneath needed ripped up and replaced (house is 60yrs old and council built) anyway what they have left me with is just so disheartening, they tried to even off the floor by putting sheets of wood down, the sheets of wood dont meet the walls at most part's, so there are gaps between the walls and the floor, the new bath has a huge chip in it which they wont do anything about as apparently i did not take a photo of the damage while the workmen were in, all of this cost me an insane amount of money and was supposed to make it better not worse, when i moved in the walls are tiled but the tile aint is all falling off to show an awful beige tile underneath, as if it wasn't bad nough there had to be beige underneath huh! Aaah! well once the summer over we will have to start all over again on it lol wish us luck ;)
It's the living room in our house, the room we spend most of our awake at home time in but the thought of the disruption of redoing it is so traumatic, it has huge windows so replacing curtains is always a mammoth task and I think we'd be lost even for a week without this room.
Our most 'unloved' room is our second bedroom. It currently has all the things we can't think of where else to put, more books than you can shake a stick at and items that we probably should have binned years ago. It's a nice size room but we need to redo the plastering, paint it, properly furnish it and just tidy it totally. The plan is for it to become a nursery so we really need to get on and sort it!
Our front room, the first room anyone sees when they come to the house! We started decorating it, then noticed the floor is dropping, there's a gap of a cm under the skirting in places. The wooden floor under the laminate is obviously rotten, and I'm half expecting to wake up one day and find my sofa underground. Decorating has come to a halt until we can afford to fix it.
Our 'master' bedroom should be called mess-ter bedroom. It is such a dumping ground. It has piles of clothes that will never be worn again. It has the oldest futon outside of some Tokyo museum. It has wardrobes and chests of drawers which cannot shut because of the Mmount of clothes. It has ugly wooden shelves everywhere with books and videos and boses of papers and toys and the jewellery is lying intangled heaps. It is truly abominable and I don't know where to start with!
Too much to choose from in our house. Bought a fixer upper but not got the means to fix it up at the moment. The bathroom depresses me the most I think. Constant leaks, our bath is more sealant than bath these days. Lifting Lino, awkward shape, dismal tiles. I dream of a lovely, clean white bathroom that gleams.
Our toilet/bathroom is our most unloved room. We have a separate bathroom and toilet, next door to each other. I'd dearly love to be able to knock them into one, and update the old suite. The toilet is beginning to leak, the shower is an old fashioned type that is over the bath, and the wallpaper is that awful anaglypta! I am all for retro but this is just unloved. It's far down our list of priorities, and until we remortgage, we can't even begin to tackle any of our projects.
It's our "new" extension, how bad is that?! We extended the kitchen/ dining room 4 years ago just before DS1 was born (kitchen wasn't in when we came back from hospital!!). The space is great but with DS1 and then DS2 coming along we've never found time to finish it... so there are no skirting boards (and it's freezing!), no tiles on the kitchen walls (they're stacked in the garage ready...), one wall that's only been undercoated etc etc.
We also both really struggle with visualising decor and what colours will work so actually, the bits we have done - the kitchen units, worktops, the flooring and the walls we have painted - we're not even sure it actually works and the whole thing feels really cold and unwelcoming. Since it's the biggest room we have and the place we spend all our time, it's quite depressing really!
my dreary bedroom. it is so unloved. boring cream walls. wardrobes busting at the seams and draws that are falling apart. the carpet is vile. infact the only thing going for it is my bed that is quite comfy.
The most unloved room has to be the downstairs loo for me, but DH claims he loves how retro it is It's a vision in avocado, the cistern lid wobbles worryingly whenever i clean in there. I broke the blind a few weeks ago.
The floor is thin, with nasty vinyl tiles that have moved and never look clean.
I've decided to ask for vouchers for Christmas to buy tiles, paint etc. so we can spruce it up and bring it into the 21st century.
My whole flat My bathroom. The floor is carpeted, I rent and my LL won't change it
It's stained from two leaks from the drain,
and a particularly heavy period it's a Victorian conversion and paint's peeling off the walls and I generally feel downcast whenever I go in there. And I have to go in at least once a day, obviously.
It's most definitely out bathroom,its so out of date with peach suite and matching tiles and probably the oldest shower out there,its very much in need of some attention but the bills come first and there's not much change.from that :-(
its my patio, my pots have peeling paint, my clematis is being eaten alive by snails, my troughs have old plants in that are not flowering, my hanging baskets are dead and my table and chairs are peeling too
Our most unloved room would have to be our bedroom. We've lived here approximately 13 years, and have managed to decorate every room apart from our bedroom. Having children and a lack of funds has put paid to any decorating plans for now
As a result, it's standing all forlorn and shabby looking in comparison to the rest of the rooms.
The carpet has definitely seen better days, and the wallpaper has faded.
It could definitely do with some TLC!
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DEFINITELY our living room. It's very long and thin and there's so much dead space. We're very good at keeping our bedrooms looking sharp and tidy and Dexter's nursery is by far my favourite room in the house. When you come downstairs to hoards of toys and random mess it can be very depressing. I just don't think our lounge / dining room has much of an identity. I'm always tredding on logo, tripping over the rug, re-stocking the bookcase where my rascal has pulled everything off. He has the unique ability to make a room look burgled in 30 seconds.
Most of our house is pretty unloved tbh!
However worst is probably DCs' bedroom. Our landlords had the living room/hallways painted last year which was great but not the bedrooms, they said we can do whatever we want if we pay but we haven't had time or money or energy for it.
The walls are that horrible trade paint stuff so has lots of marks all over as you can't clean it without it coming off. There are wall stickers, a friend gave me some nice ones but we also have glow in the dark stars which look rubbish in the day time. Lots of old posters that are really the worse for wear, but they stay because it's better than the wall! The carpet is really dingy and DD's bed is covered in stickers <sigh> and DD insists she hates it anyway. DH moved the mattress to the floor next to DS' bed and the bed is now a dumping ground, as is the rest of the room!
Our third bedroom, which we use a study and general dumping ground, is our most unloved room. The whole house needed decorating when we bought it and we didn't get to do this room before having DS. Now we don't have the time or money. It has old faded floral wallpaper with all the mess from having the electricity rewired and no carpet or proper flooring...Would love to sort it out one day, especially as it will have to become a bedroom when we have another baby!
It's definitely our living room! We haven't had chance to repaint the walls since we moved in nearly 6 months ago, they are a pale brown colour which really isn't my thing at all. Along with the black watch tartan curtains which we brought from the last house (mainly because they fit), mismatched furniture (black ikea sofas - hate black but they were cheap on Gumtree, an antique wingbacked chair in a rose colour and bright blue beanbag) and one solitary bookcase stuffed with anything and everything - our living room is a disgrace!
The main problem is I can't see a logical way to repaint and work on the room which could incorporate some of these colours and not cost us a fortune. We also desperately need a rug as the house has laminate flooring so the room doesn't feel cosy like I would like, and we have nothing on the walls as yet so it doesn't feel like "ours" and still looks like we've only just moved in!
I'm expecting baby number two in 3 months so the pressure has been on to sort the house as much as possible, we have redecorated our sons room and organised as much of the house as possible, but the living room has been largely ignored except various colour tester pot blobs on the wall!!
I would love to love my living room rather than be embarrassed by it!
Bathroom here, it is so small and I would love a really good shower and the walls tiled but it will have to stay on wish list for now.
Our bathroom, has mouldy tiles that cannot be cleaned!!
we moved into our new house for 5 years now. kids had put dirty hands all over the wall and puke on the wall ....
we finially went to b&q and get paint. they are having membership deals. i get extra 15% off! I had paint our toilet. the paint had freshen the room and now it look so welcoming!
Our bedroom is definitely the most unloved room. We've put all our effort and money into making the kids bedrooms nice first.
We have one window with a hideous curtain foisted on us by the inlaws and the other window doesn't even have a curtain over it yet. The neighbours can see straight in so I have to ensure I'm wearing pjs at night, which is not fun in this weather. The walls are plain white but dirty looking. We have a mattress on the floor as the bed frame broke during the move. My clothes are mostly in bags and boxes as I don't have a wardrobe yet. It has the potential to be a fantastic room and I know exactly what I want to do with it....when I get the time and money!
the hall and landing. the decorator
i stripped the wallpaper off the the height that can be reasonable reached from the stairs without a ladder, then buggered off on maternity leave (dd is nearly 7) leaving a diagonal line of woodchip and lime green paint underneath. there is no room to move and the worlds largest collection of library books and post and junk modelling boxes for school are arranged up the stairs.
i do have a lovely set of coat pegs from b and q... just they are doing no good in a carrier bag on the floor.
Definitely our bathroom. You sure couldn't relax and unwind in the bath which is a tin bath built shabbily in and loses the heat in seconds! The shower is a council issue disability wet room with stained orange tiles and hideous puke coloured Lino......hmm not sure what drew us to this house :s
For us it's our garden. It is not huge, but loops around the side of our house so is effectively a U shape. We just dont know where to start with it, the sun rises at the bottom of the U, but the back of the house is on one side of the U so shades one arm of the U, and the other is completely exposed and non-fenced, so we dont know where to begin with it. Our family want different things from the garden - I want somewhere peaceful and pretty to sit and be calm when I finally get 5 minutes to myself, my husband wants a 'man-shed' where he can keep manly tools and brew beer (infuriating as I say again, our garden isn't that big) and my son who is nearly 2 wants to run around like crazy thing and climb and jump and play with water etc. Blimey, just where do we start?!!?!!!!!
Our bathroom is truly horrendous. Dark and poky even though it's a good size room. the suite must have been there for at least 20 years, it's covered in paint from the last owners that won't scrub off and has tons of mouldy grout.
When people stay over I'm embarrassed of it!
My sons room - He has a small room and so we bought a bunkbed for him with a desk.
Which was fine about 2/3 years ago, but all of a sudden he seems so tall.
So he really needs a new bed.
I want him to the one that lifts up as he can store stuff inside the bed base and he will not then hit his head on the ceiling.
But my son, who does not like to change much - says everything is fine!!!
So we can not decorate either while is bed is in the way.
Well to be honest it's the whole house! But if I had to choose the one place which gets me down the most and looks the worst, then it would have to be the stairs and landing. We live in a Victorian semi which had all of its original features stripped out by the previous owner. We inherited a delightful 70s vibe of shiny vinyl wallpaper, browny/green carpet and glass light shades with swirly patterns. There are also two internal windows from a bedroom onto the landing which currently have patterned glass in them, one of which is held together with gaffer tape due to a loft hatch related incident
So far we have stripped the walls. We need to sand and fill them (do a bit of skimming etc). I have had quotes to put new glass in the windows. Then we need to decide on wallpaper/paint colours and JUST GET ON WITH IT! Due to a lack of funds we have been ignoring it all, hoping it would go away.....
After the day I have just had of furniture moving, hoovering and de cluttering I am nominating my living room. Am exhausted and there is still more to do.
Our bedroom. We've made sure the children have nice rooms, and most of the downstairs is in reasonable nick, but there is always something else that needs doing/paying for so our bedroom needs curtains and paint and a new bed. It was next on the list to do, then this week we were burgled.
They trashed our room (thankfully nowhere else though) so it feels polluted and I NEED to reclaim it, but we're now broke from paying out insurance excesses!
It's our bedroom. It's become a dumping ground for everything that we don't have room for elsewhere, (tiny house). I would love a grown up bedroom with actual wardrobes instead of hanging my clothes on the bookcase. Or a proper dressing table that isn't 2 sets of falling apart chests of drawers with a large bit of wood resting over them. We've currently got all of dd1's Lego (about 30 sets) in our bedroom on the huge worktop that used to reside in the living room because there's no room for it in the kids' room. We have the old telly tucked in a corner, the old hi-fi system that used to be in the living room. Oh and the printer currently resides on my dressing table too, along with the big steam iron as there's nowhere else to keep them. It's basically a storeroom with a bed in the middle.
GladbagsGold so sorry to hear you've been burgled.
Our whole house is/was a work in progress, the downstairs is now pretty much finished as was the passage/stairs & landing until we had a leak from the boiler workman not connecting a pipe properly which over a 4 month period meant we had a slow leak which no one could seem to locate, now that means all of this has to be re-done . I have just completely re-decorated the boys bedrooms and they look so much fresher and cleaner now and have stuck to light colours but there's still a few finishing touches to be done (like the floors and shelving) but as we go up the stairs again, you come to our bedroom which is ok. More of a dumping ground for the kids stuff as we have so little storage here. There's boxes of toys, coats etc in the corner of my room which just makes it look cluttered and messy!
But then we also have the garden. Not a good look at all! It's okay for now I suppose but not really the nice haven we wanted! It's very bare and minimal in everything. The bottom half needs to be redone as the concrete has chipped away meaning we have potholes! The top is a patchy grassy area, again with potholes, it all just really needs sorting out and could probably
definitely do with some sort of storage place/shed for the kids stuff. I would love to be able to do the garden nice, not just for the kids but for us too, so that we could sit out there in the nice weather.
I suppose it will all come with time
and money !
The kitchen could do with new worktops too!
It's awful when you go around your house and you can pick faults with everything isn't it!!!
A small single bedroom. It was decorated as a nursery 8 years ago, but ds3 preferred to share a room with ds2, so was never used that much. Since then it's been a dumping ground for everything that doesn't have a home, and the roof has leaked so there's water damage.
Now about to start secondary ds2 isn't that chuffed with having to share a room with ds3, and so he's going to go back into the little room. We are going to try and assemble a high sleeper with a tent underneath and ds2 is planning to have sleepovers in ds3's room once a week. In the meantime we need to clear up the water damage, repaint and get some non-baby bits and bobs so ds3 isn't too put out by having his own room.
Actually most of our house is a bit of a mess (80's kitchen and bathroom, leaky roof damage) but this room needs to be made nice for ds3. Dh described it as 'borderline uninhabitable' yesterday, so it really does need some work doing to it.
there is not a room in our house that doesn't need revamping. We moved recently and we have pretty limited funds available right now but the thing that I think would make the biggest difference would be the hall, stairs and landing. It's quite narrow and has terrible 1970s/80s swirly brown/green carpet (I know it's that vintage as my mother had the same one in ... orange - she loved it); then it has the garish terracotta paint over the embossed wallpaper and, over the (stripped wood, antique pine finish) dado rail, an 'orrible cream that is beginning to make me feel queasy. All covered with the marks from umpteen pictures that must have been in situ for several decades - so apart from it not being to my personal taste, it looks dingy. I think redecorating here in light colours would make such a difference and open up the who centre of the house.
My living room is awful. The paint is dreadful, the carpet is threadbare and looks dirty in places. The sofa is really old and saggy. If I could afford it I would get a new one. Hopefully, I will be able to start working on it soon.
I've told B&Q twice already about our Garden of Woe, but third time lucky-eh?
Our house is a new build property where the developers went bust half way through construction. Consequentially, it was finished off as cheaply as possible by contractors hired by the bank in order to be able to sell the houses and scrape back money. So the entire house, let alone the garden, has been unloved right from the start.
We managed to gather the funds to get the house and moved in five days before Christmas to no working central heating, no flooring, no help with new build snagging or anything. We also had to contend with everything the disgruntled builders had left for us after their firm went bust and didn't pay them. Concrete down the drains, for example.
Since that time, we've been working hard to make the inside of the house habitable on a budget of peanuts. I think the base-paint coloured, water-damaged ceilings and walls will be staying that way for a while yet! Consequentially, the garden has been woefully neglected and utterly unloved, beyond the occasional attack we make on pulling out the weeds and digging up dangers.
I call it a garden, but wasteland would be a better description. We have unfinished fences that are missing panels and have been painted only on our neighbours sides, so we have charming orange dribble marks. We have dusty patches of bare ground dotted with half bricks and buried construction knife blades, riddled with deep routed weeds and, my personal favourite, the muddy bog that is the pathway to the garage. Our patio is one row of wobbly, slippery slabs next to the house - not enough to fit a chair on.
Once upon a time, the land on which our house was built used to be an orchard. So, the garden should have a lot of potential! With a bit of money, time and love we could clear out the junk that has been piled up, paint the fences, put in some flower beds and lay some proper turf so the garden becomes safe for our DD to play out in.
We'll get to it eventually, but it's likely to be a few years yet. It'd be lovely to be able to get the garden sorted while DD is still young enough to enjoy it!
It must be our conservatory. Although it rewards us with lots of light and sunshine, it hasn't had anything done to it since before we moved in, which was 9 years ago. The roof is leaking and has come apart (our weak attempts to divert the leaks), the door is hanging on for dear life and you need a degree in door shutting to be able to lock it, there are condensation marks inbetween the double glazing of the windows, the outside wooden slat walls, although they have seen lots of weather, haven't seen a new coat of anything and are therefore peeling and coming apart. Of course the inside walls are in need of a coat of paint too.
Nevertheless, it's the place where we sit and look out onto the garden, eat our meals, wash our clothes and the operation centre for any DIY. So it has quite a few demands on it!
Oh dear. Sounds bad doesn't it, but due to having to invest into our new business, we haven't had any extra cash to pour into it and we reckon it will be quite thirsty in that respect!
It is definetley our kitchen. We moved in, in 2010 but have not got round to revamping it. Some cupboard doors are missing, others do not open and the sealant around the kitchen sink is black and coming away from the wall. This sounds really gross, but I've also seen some silver fish in the bottom cupboard!
As I'm on maternity leave there is no spare money to save to do up the kitchen this year. Most of the rest of the house is done so the kitchen really is an eyesore.
Can't wait for it to get done! Maybe in 2015....!!!!
DD's room. Everyone was when I was pregnant and said I wouldn't decorate the nursery until she arrived. She's 5 months now and it hasn't been done...
The carpet is covered in splodges from the previous occupants' toddler (I hate to think what!). The lining paper is peeling and it's a horrible baby blue with glue left from decals. We've only just managed to chip 'Jake' off the door (not DD'S name obviously!). It's full of pushchair accessories.
I'm about to start making curtains and a quilt and then I'll repaint. Hopefully it'll be done by the time she moves in. I've got a while because it's on a different floor so even if we move her at 6 months it won't be there initially - too paranoid and too lazy!
The spare room. It hasn't been painted since we moved in 19 years ago - and everyone tends to put things they don't want in their room in there. I also store toilet rolls and kitchen rolls which I buy when they are on offer which doesn't help. I've been trying to sort it out recently but it needs proper storage. We tend to keep the door closed and only go in when we have to to retrieve something!
Living room. Is a "dead" area used only for kids to watch a manky TV in (none of your F@** Off huge wall screens). Has morphed from a cheerful, kiddy friendly room years ago when they were toddlers into a dull, characterless space, magnolia walls, two ancient, stained sofas that don't match, and another unmatching armchair that DS has ripped all the foam out of the arm. Long to turn it into a cosy, welcoming pod where I can have girly nights curled up in a cosy chair with a large glass of wine..........
It has to be the spare room that we have been meaning to turn into a playroom since we moved in 4 years ago but is currently used as a dumping ground and somewhere to store stuff that doesn't have a real home. It houses at the moment 2 bookcases of books/CD's/DVD's, OH chest of drawers, clothes horse and ironing board - all very "child-friendly"!!!! It also has the delightful pink carpet inherited from the previous owners that is also in the lounge, bedrooms, stairs and the bathroom (who carpets a bathroom?) And don't get me started on the bathroom!!!!
The lounge, dark dreary and drab.
Also dd stole it a couple of years ago so I rarely even go in it, she controls the tv and frankly, it's so un welcoming, she's welcome to it!
With a 3.5 yr old wrecking most rooms, difficult to pick just one but probably the bathroom as have tried every mould killer available and scrub the walls daily but the dreaded black stuff round the grouting seems to multiply overnight while I'm in my bed ready to glare at me in the morning. Would love to get something that finally gets rid of it (or at least means I'm not on my hands and knees in the shower with a bottle of bleach and a headache!)
The hall way entrance when you come into the flat. It just looks a bit shabby as its old carpet, walls need reprinting especially scruffy skirting board... A shame as it gives a bit of a run down first impression though the flat is nice on the whole!
the bathroom, we bought the house 5 years ago and every room was decorated nicely. but the bathroom is cream flowery tiles with a peach shudders bathroom suite its also falling apart the loo handle barely flushes etc. we keep saying we need to do something about it but never having the money to do so. looks in purse and moth flys out
The 'spare room' which is too small to do much with. Currently a dumping ground for clothes and rubbish - as well as a Futon my partner spends most of his time on while I deal with night feeds.
Our spare room is a mess!
It doesn't have any furniture in because buying 'spare' furniture isn't really a priority when we don't have much spare money. Its just become full of various piles of junk or unfinished projects or things to put on ebay or washing I haven't put away and just everything that doesn't really have a place to go.
I'd love to do it up so that it was a lovely welcoming guest room. At the moment when we have people to stay we have to hide all the junk and put out an inflatable mattress. I don't think its very comfortable at all! I'd like to paint, get a new carpet and a nice bed for my guests to sleep in!
Aw thanks ReginaPhilangie. The good news is that four people were arrested and two remanded but looks like I will never see my late mum's necklaces again
Ours is the spare room. It hasn't been decorated since the mid 1990's and has an awful blue and green sponge print effect wall paper with sun and moon border. The carpet was second hand from my Grandparents and installed before I was born (I grew up in this house so know about the history) and is threadbare all over the place and well over 40 years old. The furniture is a complete mismatch of free stuff we've been donated from people over the years and nothing works with each other. It also has the washing machine in it. It's a nightmare which I try to avoid as much as possible but it's so frustrating as in essence it's a nice double bedroom with original fireplace and could look so lovely with some time and alot of paint on everything.
The living room. It is painted a dark shade of brownish grey. It has a pretty wallpaper to go with it, but it is a north facing room, so the darkness of the whole walls is really depressing. Then there's the odd curtains. I must buy a pair. They are approximately the same shade, but wildly different lengths, and it matters because the streetlight shines right in. I do not love being in this room as much as I thought I would, mostly because of the darkness, and it has a single bulb instead of lighting with 3 bulbs like the dining room does. It would be brilliant to put in a new light fixture. It was laminate, but somebody took the central part of the laminate up and put carpet in. The landlord insists that any laminate put back in be soundproofed for the benefit of the downstairs residents. Sigh.
Hall stairs and landing, deffo. They are carpeted in Dark Blue carpet, and because i hate it it is covered in small paint splots from when I repainted (walls were yellow! With dark blue!) and fraying in the doorways where i pulled it about when re-wiring... and it is 'velvet' effect so looks bloody awful straight after hoovering.
That and the small bedroom -full of bits of toys, old clothes, duvets, feathers (from the budgies when they were in there) dust, bits of coving, books...It was a 'dressing room' so had large floor-to-ceiling cupboards which we had to take out to fit a bed in, but now we have no storage.
We've lived in our house over 4 years now and to be honest most of it needs work doing to it still! Mainly cosmetic, but the spare room, stairs/landing and garden are competing for the most unloved room title.
The spare room and stairs still have the original textured magnolia painted wallpaper. The stairs themselves have no carpet and are creaky as anything, whilst the spare room still has the previous owner's stained carpet. The gardens (front and back) haven't seen a lawnmower for over a year, we just let everything die over winter and then it kind of looks ok again... until summer comes around. We have a horrific weed throughout called ground elder, our garden is sadly too small though for Alan Titchmarsh's recommended cure of a flame thrower!
Though I think our spare room wins out as most unloved room for the additional following reasons. The ceiling paper is literally peeling off and underneath is all cracked and lumpy. There is an interesting beam diagonally slanting down the middle of one wall toward the corner from the centre of the room (hard to describe!). Down this beam drips a brown thick liquid every now and then, but we're not sure what it is. Also damp is now starting to come down the wall near to the corner where this beam disappears, but we're pretty sure it's due to a missing roof tile. There's a wardrobe in there for our guests (yes, we make them stay in this room when visiting) but they can't use it because it's full of old dresses, jumpers and coats (mine and his) which will probably not be warn again. Also you can't actually open the wardrobe to see that the inside is full as our whole old glass shower cubicle pieces are propped against it whilst it isn't selling on ebay! There are also multiple empty and full boxes piled high and tools... oh so many tools, mainly electrical strewn across the floor in one corner where they have spilt out from a cupboard. There's also a snowboard in the room somewhere and an excess of freecycled rolls of carpet intended for the stairs/landing, but never even unrolled. The Christmas decorations are in there, I think, we didn't put any up last year because we weren't sure where they were exactly; fortunately DD was only a few weeks old at the time so she didn't notice. And the curtain pole is falling down.
It's chaos quite frankly and needs a massive clear out of what is listed, plus everything I don't remember owning, before we can even think about replacing the entire ceiling with plasterboard and removing the hideous wallpaper, then plastering the whole room, then painting the whole room including door and radiator... and sticking in a new carpet, skirting board and architrave. It's a lot of daunting work so we need help (and motivation) fast! And don't forget that we currently make our guests sleep in this room...
The downstairs toilet, it doesn't have a window in it and it is always dark and dreary.
Kazzabaz : re ground elder, we had this in our previous house when we first moved there. Even if you can't pull it out, don't let it flower, cut the heads off. We never entirely got rid of it, it's just a matter of controlling it as best you can.
Mmmmm, tough one. Here's my to do list instead;
Buy new furnishings for the den including cushions
Finish stripping the paper off in the dining room and paint, change the light fixture from the horrendous one I inherited and also strip the carpet put and replace with a child friendly easy to clean floor with soft rug for the play area.
Decorate the hallway, stairs and landing as its been 6 years and they are definitely showing wear and tear from a dog and young children, including remnants of washed off drawings. Finally get my photo wall completed too.
Decorate the bathroom. I have the colours in my head, think all over pearl oyster shell with accents of turquoise green sea.
Decorate ds' bedroom (last done 2 yes ago) in his favourite colours.
Decorate our bedroom and add new built in wardrobes, new cream carpet as ours is not so cream despite cleaning.
But the ones I'm desperate to finish is the den and adjoining dining room before winter so we have a play to snuggle and feel cosy.
unfortunately our most 'unloved' room is the room we actually spend the most time in - our living room! Because it is always in use, it never gets the chance to be revamped. It has not been redecorated in well over 10 years whilst the rest of the house has.
It now looks out of place with our fab B&Q kitchen, and all the bedrooms re-decorated and brought up to date.
But there never seems a convenient time to be able to do the living room. I think because there is so much to do too it puts us off even making a start. It needs the dado rails removing to match the rest of the house, a skim of plaster on walls and ceiling, new curtains and fire-surround - just don't know where to start!!!
It's our kitchen. We've done something with every other room in the house but left the kitchen to last. We both love cooking so are in there a lot and now we're in our 40s and have never had the kitchen we want yet. The people who owned the house before us put a new kitchen in so we lived with it but it's so depressing now and really needs sorting.
Always our bedroom - ends up a dumping ground. We are getting more storage for every room on our next move, trying to prevent this happening and to make our bedroom more relaxing.
The music/junk room. A large bedroom which is filled with musical equipment and junk!
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