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Would you like to give your unloved room or garden a makeover? Have a look at MNers' revamps for inspiration and you could win a £150 B&Q giftcard NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 12:30:22

We're working with B&Q, who so far have helped lots of MNers revamp their unloved rooms and gardens. You can check out the video of their room revamps here, and you can see their before and after room and garden photos here and here. Once you've checked out out all of the info mentioned, please come back to this thread and answer the Qs below to be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 B&Q giftcard.

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

Everyone who posts a comment here will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 B&Q giftcard.

Please note that any comments you post here may appear on the B&Q pages on Mumsnet and potentially elsewhere.

Thanks and good luck,
MNHQ

Spirael Wed 14-Aug-13 15:02:05

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?
There was no one specific thing that provided any inspiration. But investigating potential costs just in case I happened to be chosen prompted me to at least paint the fence, as it was cheaper than I was fearing.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.
My entire house was/is utterly unloved. We moved in 5 days before Christmas to no central heating, no water, no flooring, paintwork all undercoat, an encyclopedic list of snags and a wasteland for a garden.
Since that time, we've worked pretty hard to at least make the house habitable. No trades; just me, DH, DD and sometimes GPs and Friends whenever possible. DD (aged 3) has proven to be exceptionally good at fence painting.
Ok, so all the walls are "Undercoat White" still, but we do at least have heating, water and the cheapest carpet and vinyl known to man covering our floors!
Our biggest effort has been the garden, which we've been de-weeding, digging over and scattering grass seed on for weeks now. It's early days yet, but we may have the beginnings of a lawn...

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're [sic] from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?
Money, time and the fact that MNHQ/B&Q keep dashing my hopes by making me write out about my unloved garden and not choosing me to be part of their revamps or to win the competitions. wink

1. Some of the pictures of the garden revamps are inspiring, espcecially the one with the planted lavender border - really pretty.

2. We finished decorating our bedroom and hall a few months ago following a loft conversion. Hard work! The hallway was tricky as we live in a victorian terrace to really high cealings - and as we have put in another staircase that means that we needed to paint the whole height of the house. Also we tried to restore some of the cornicing which was very hard work and painstaking. It took us around 4 weeks to finish - mostly because of work. My top tip would be that one person (DH) concentrated on the decorating whereas I took over with the DC's. So every night after work, I did baths/milk/bedtimes etc alone, giving DH 2 hours to get some work done. Another top tip is to get more paint than you think, and don't scrimp on rollers and other equipment. We didn't really have any problems, but it was just a big project to take on with 2 small DC's running about.

3. We have run out of money, but would love to revamp our bathroom. There are exposed pipes that need boxing in, it needs some new woodwork, new flooring and tiles. It's a lovely room, with a great view but at the moment looks and feels unloved.

sharond101 Wed 14-Aug-13 21:55:22

I'd just like to add that some of the pictures are amazing. We did up a whole new house recently with a baby in the house too. If you plan wel and budget you really can do a good job.

whattodoo Wed 14-Aug-13 22:31:13

Wow! The garden revamp thread is very inspiring. The trials and tribulations along the way were very interesting (if a little frustrating for the revamper!).
It's 1030pm, but I know I'm going to have trouble getting to sleep tonight due to the ideas running round my head.
First opportunity, I'm going to get some new plants for the front garden, repaint the iron railings and give everything a power wash.

lolancurly Thu 15-Aug-13 11:26:19

We have a room, that we call The Yellow Room - simply because it is painted yellow! It is up in the eaves of the very old house we live in and is windowless and really more of a box room than anything else. It leads off of a bedroom, and we have never known what to do with it. Over the course of the year, more and more stuff gets dumped in it, and I have an annual sort out, but really it is a wasted space. I really want to turn it into a more use-able space but haven't a clue where to start! It could possibly be a dressing room if it had a velux window. I really need some inspiration as I have been dithering for the last 7 years on what to do with it!

Elainey1609 Thu 15-Aug-13 17:30:42

The pictures are shown are lovely
Especially the garden
I always have the idea that if I ever even attempt to try something like that it will always be a disaster lol
Have been living in house for years and have done hardly any decorating just never seem to have the money so bland at the moment
We are saving up to revamp the living room, gonna do it on a budget but still need to save the penny's
Bought some lovely cushions from boot fair just the other day ready

Cremolafoam Thu 15-Aug-13 19:40:50

Ooh thanks midnightinmoscow,
That's mine with the lavenders!
Grass is coming up now too and I've finished off the porch with a couple of giant pots and a duke of Edinburgh award rose which is stunningsmile

rachel19784 Fri 16-Aug-13 01:14:13

I needed a push to finally give my room a makeover, I still need a few things to make it complete. bedside lamps, picture frames,new door handles.Apart from that I am loving my new room, my own little sanctuary when the boys take over the living room.It was such a cheap yet succesful make over, we had help from my father, used products which we had laying around and revamped them, from start to finish it took a little under a week off and on.A few minor disaters occured when my other half painted practically everything including himself, so I have spent days steaming and scrubbing.We have made really quirky pieces and couldnt be happier and cost less than £100 !!!

Take a look at our pictures:http://umeandthekids.com/bedroom-makeover-with-my-husbands-unique/ smile

Jammybean Fri 16-Aug-13 07:12:25

Ohh let me see, my whole house (newly converted) is painted magnolia and I am currently cultivating weeds in the garden. smile

I have a head full of ideas in creating some interest in each room starting off by repainting the whole house in Farrow & Ball, upstairs could really do with a different colour carpet, the one that the developer put down is a little bit too brown. I have boxes of prints/ pictures which need hanging/reframing. I've seen a lovely mirror that would look fab for the living room. Could do with more storage as I'm still living out of boxes. Need a dressing table and bedside table for our bedroom. Need light fittings around the house, wires poking out if walls everywhere!

In the garden, more plants less weeds. We desperately need fast growing hedging of some sort, I'd rather not see my neighbour sitting on his down stairs loo! grin Our patio could do with some furniture, I was thinking of planting some wisteria up the sides of the fence and train it to creep up the house. Lavender in troughs by the patio. And two bay trees for either side of the front door.

What's keeping me from doing all this? Money and time. Nearly 3 months since moving in its a little bit overwhelming. My plan is to start inside and work my way out. Scouring ebay for bits and pieces. Reupholstering a couple of sofas because we can't afford new ones. And getting things for the house/garden as birthday presents for the foreseeable future!

k8vincent Fri 16-Aug-13 07:53:56

Not so much looking at the garden revamps, but certainly entering and not being picked for the B&Q garden voucher inspired us to do something with the garden. Went out and bought 2 boxes of clearance floor tiles and created a sunny seating area in our concrete corner. At least now we can sit out there and enjoy to few plants that are actually growing!

We're about to start on our 'most unloved room' due to an unexpected boost in the money pot. We worked out if we bought everything second hand we could stick with my husband's vision and we might be able to reclaim our bathroom as a bathroom, not just a woodlouse graveyard/tool storage facility.

cheeseandcrackers Fri 16-Aug-13 07:58:25

Our unloved room is our 'study'. There isn't actually any room to do any studying in it. It's a very small room but just gets filled up with empty boxes from any appliances we buy (in case we ever need to send them back or they are needed to pack the items if we move again, but we never send anything back and we're definitely not moving again for at least five years..). We have a lovely old desk in there but it is covered with box files, unfiled documents and books and it takes ages to find anything.

We need to buy some decent storage solutions, chuck away the boxes, put a blind on the window, give the room a lick of paint and buy a lamp shade, desk lamp and some picture frames to make it a more attractive place to work.

We haven't done it so far as it hasn't seemed like a priority and finances have been tight but this thread has inspired me to make my unloved room loved before the end of summer!

i love the orange that was used in a child's bedroom on the video from the first link in the OP. any chance of finding out what shade that is? would like to use it myself.

i've just painted the bathroom which was a hellish job as i've had to paint over very textured wallpaper. couldn't strip it back as underneath is years of woodchip paper, crumbling plaster and hellishness that i can't sort unless i get it replastered. it's made the room clean and bright.

next project really is the hall stairs and landing including the floor in those areas. i've been really struggling to find the right colour as it needs to be warm and bright without being too garish. i've done the lounge diner in a really deep teal colour and a light colour in the hall looks really washed out in contrast - as i say, really struggling.

living room is starting to look good. i have the furniture i want in there now but still have one piece left to put together then need a trip to ikea for a couple of giant rugs as i've taken the carpet out and gone to floorboards.

my whole house is a state really and my time and energy and cash constraints mean everything is very piecemeal in terms of progress. if i can get the living room fully finished so i'm happy with it and then do the hall, stairs and landing i will feel so much better about having visitors. bedrooms you can close the door on, kitchen and bathroom just need to be clean. it's the entrance, hallways and lounge that make all the difference i think.

sorry bit of a waffle and not sure i answered any questions.

asuwere Fri 16-Aug-13 10:37:18

the room revamp pictures are fantastic! They have given me lots of inspiration plus some motivation! I do find excuses to put it off but really, I just need to get on with it! Maybe I should set myself a deadline like those doing the revamps had and that might help.

We bought our house from an elderly couple who had lived in the house for 40yrs so it was very much lived-in and in their taste. We've had to get new windows, central heating, new kitchen etc (plus having 3 more children!) so decoration hasn't been a priority. We originally just painted over the existing wallpaper in each room till we get round to doing it properly - haven't got very far though.

Motivation, time and money are the main issues but I've seen a couple of easy ideas from others here so I think I will just set a deadline and get the children's rooms done at least.

Pix are fab, well done everyone. We have more than one unloved rooms in our house but I guess it's total inertia and lack of funds stopping me. I know these things can be done cheaply but I get totally overwhelmed by choice. However I shall take some inspiration and make a start by decluttering and investing in some decent storage solutions. Then I'll face the fabric samples and paint colour cards.....

dahville Fri 16-Aug-13 17:32:45

I found it tedious to go through the 19 and 24 page threads and click on the thumbnails of all the before and after photos; would it have been very hard for MNHQ to make a page for us to view all the before and after photos in one place? (thank you fourlittledudes for posting before/after shots together)

The garden renos were more interesting than the room renos - maybe it's just time of year and I crave being outside. I particularly likes doingitourselves garden and have taken note of some of the materials used for future projects.

My top tip for revamping a room is to plan it out! Measure the room, twice to ensure accuracy, then plot it out, use any tools offered by the store you shop at, take colour samples home and look at them in the light the room provides. Have a vision before you start or you'll end up with a hodgepodge of a room.

TiredFeet Fri 16-Aug-13 23:04:42

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?
no one particular that stood out, but generally seeing how people had transformed their rooms and added colour or made them look so different was quite inspiring. our house is a bit dull and white and I am quite tempted by some of the ideas on the thread!

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.
we haven't, but we should!

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?
whats keeping us from doing it - time mainly I think! and also money, we're saving to move somewhere bigger but really it would cheer me up a lot to do some work to our current place

aristocat Fri 16-Aug-13 23:10:50

I have also loved seeing the garden thread/pictures especially as this is where I need help. We desperately need a relaxing outdoor seated area that I can unwind in whilst the DCs are playing in the garden.
Decking would be my first choice as my garden is just grass and patio at the moment.

We have no plants or flowers so depending on finances it would either be a seating area or to make the garden look pretty.

Tigerbomb Fri 16-Aug-13 23:55:04

I cant believe I wasnt picked for a B&Q garden BUT i did read everyones experiences and nicked some ideas.

We revamped our living room and library recently, it took a few weeks and the library isn't quite finished because I am waiting for my husband to finish off the designs for the book shelves and start building them but he has built a desk and a 10ft by 10ft picture frame for my Terry Pratchett collection of paraphernalia as well as decorating from the bare brick. The roof had leaked and we needed new guttering etc to stop the damp in the library ceiling. The best tip I can think of is take your time. Reuse and recycyle (my desk has been made out of an old wardrobe) My problem is that we are rich in ideas but poor in cash.

jellyandcake Sat 17-Aug-13 21:26:32

1. It's inspiring to me just to see how much people can accomplish on their own!

2. We haven't revamped a room but did a lot of work on our house when we moved in. My top tip is to have chocolate mini rolls to hand whilst decorating for motivation! Actually, we did turn a spare room into the nursery which was lovely and I learned to use a spirit level to help get the border straight!

3. What's keeping us from revamping our living room atm is money! But we have to do something soon so we can move furniture from our study downstairs and turn the study into a bedroom for our toddler as we are (assuming all progresses smoothly) going to be needing the nursery for a new arrival next April! So we'll have to find the money and the time to get the house in shape by then!

3.

Doubtfuldaphne Sat 17-Aug-13 21:59:29

Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

I love the bold splashes of colour everyone's using on the video. I've only ever had magnolia walls and I want to change that now.

If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to hear from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

Lack of funds has unfortunately been the only thing holding me back from brightening up our home. The garden would be high up on the list as its so bare and quite a small courtyard area. I dream of creating a little meditaranian escape with mirrors and pots and candles and a table and chairs ... It could be so pretty!

NameThatTuna Sat 17-Aug-13 22:38:42

Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

The gardens are inspiring. I love the handmade potting tables. Some of these gardens are like an extension to the home, like an extra room.

If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to hear from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

I'm slowly decorating the house, there are a few more rooms I need to do but it's my garden that bothers me the most.
Unfortunately, our garden is very much like it was when we moved in 3 years ago, general tidying and de-weeding aside.
Mainly this is due to funds. There are always other things to pay for so the garden is low priority financially.
We inherited decking that is as big as a dance floor. It's so big our patio set looks lost. We have two other patio area's (our garden is split into 3 levels) but we don't have the money to fill it up. There are no flowers/plants. Not decorative ornaments.

I want a potting table filled with plants like the ones in the pics envy

Where our garden is split level, the walls on all levels are grubby and in need of a good coat of paint or two, but masonry paint is not cheap.
Our neighbours are retired, so they're always out pottering in their garden. It's beautiful. I've got garden envy!
Although we try to keep the front garden as tidy as possible, it's still the ugliest garden in the street. It's a bit embarrassing tbh.

I could go on and on but you get the picture smile

trikken Sun 18-Aug-13 14:14:31

I'd really like to revamp the bathroom. the old vinyl floor tile things are coming away and the corners have snapped off and the bathroom generally needs a bit of an uplift as it is so old. Though the flooring is pretty embarrassing as it looks such a state.

BetterWithCheese Sun 18-Aug-13 18:26:40

We're moving house at the end of the week so I am looking for inspiration for revam

BetterWithCheese Sun 18-Aug-13 18:30:43

We're moving house at the end of the week so I am looking for inspiration for revamping most of it! I really like Hopeziah's kitchen and the green in thecatcameback's dining room. Looking at the photos made me excited to get cracking on the new house.

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

I'm really impressed with the MNer room revamps. I especially liked eteo's stripey wall paper but all the rooms looked fantastic. smile

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

I recently revamped my hall, stairs, and landing. Will try my best to add pics. I tried a few different tester pots of paint on the wall and was really surprised at how different they all were. I'm glad I did this so I knew for sure how the pant would look. Before I painted I decided to remove an old telephone cable that went all the way up my stairs along the skirting board but that wasn't attached to anything at either enf of the cable. Unfortunately it took off a load of plaster too so I had to do some filling before I could crack on! The flooring change went well. I removed the cheap as chips navy blue carpet my landlord had put in and added a nice stripey stair carpet.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

Also on my list is I'd love to sort out my bedroom. It has landlord magnolia walls and white ash effect fitted wardrobes that are yellowed and have broken handles. I'd love to get some nice bright white sliding doors on the front of my wardrobe wall, paint the walls, add a feature wall behind a nice new bed, and choose some curtains and a light shade to match. It's just a small matter of having no money stopping me!

Can't figure out how to add a picture not done that before! :-/

I'd like to do up my front room, to make it cosy for all the family. Whats stopping me.... The usual money!

Cherrygrape Mon 19-Aug-13 05:28:55

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

I loved Londonseye's room vamp, I loved the walls and how well it was accessorised. I loved the tree and I would take some ideas from this one. There were quite a few in the room vamp I liked. In the garden section I liked Haughtys and lissy's and I loved the rock wall someone did smile. I think the adverts on tv, and applying to revamp my own room and garden has spurred me on.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

Well we were going to re vamp our very very unloved room, but the weathers been great so we have started on the garden.

We had grass, then behind that a flower bed, then a large shed, and then a veg plot which barely had any sun, as it had 8ft high 3ft deep fur bushes and 2sides and the shed on the other. The veg plot became a dumping ground on the bits that had no sun.

So dh has chopped down all the bushes, took quite a few days, and we now have fence there. We have laid paving stones down in the corner where it was the dumping ground and moved the shed onto it.
We are hoping to now make a patio with table and chairs where the shed was before and make a raised bed for veg where the rest of the bushes were before. We now have sun in all our garden which is ace.

When we are finished it will be - small lawn, flower bed with a pathway through, patio with raised bed to the left- then veg plot with shed on the left- then fence.

We have had no disasters yet we have been lucky! My tip would be to expect the garden to take longer than expected, especially with british weather, and have the right tools. Also make sure you are strong enough, I could never have done it without dh.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

It's money that has stopped us finishing ours or starting the spare bedroom.

AGnu Mon 19-Aug-13 12:31:41

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?
They've all inspired me in one way or another. Quite a few have given me some encouragement to step away from just using pastels & consider injecting a little colour into our house! It's a scary thought but I'll try to be brave!

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.
We're in the process of having our garden re-done. We originally hired the bloke at the end of March on the understanding that he'd be starting mid-late May & the job would take 7-10 working days. He finally started just over a week ago & it's going to take 'about 3 weeks' because he & his team are doing it at the same time as another job! hmm My main tip would be not to hire our gardeners be a pushover get too het up about the timescale. There may be delays, stresses etc. but it'll all be worth it in the end! I hope!

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to hear from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?
We've been wanting to do the garden up since we moved in so our DC will have somewhere safe nice to play. We've waited 3 years because we couldn't afford to hire anyone & DH didn't have time to do it himself. DPILs insisted on paying for it so we can finally get it done! grin DGPIL gave us some money when DS2 was born to buy something for the DC so once the garden is sorted we're going to get a shed & convert it into a playhouse.
My next project is to paint the dingy bathroom. I'm going to be brave & use some bright(ish) paint to do a few of the wooden things. We bought the paint this weekend thanks to B&Q's 3 for 2 on Dulux. Also bought a few other things cheap since I'm a member of the B&Q club & they had a good offer on. I like B&Q! Although I get very easily lost in their stores! We've spent so much time there recently that DS1 (nearly 2yo) has learnt the word 'dowel' & shouted it the entire time we were there on Saturday! We weren't even buying any! ... Sorry, tangent... The reason we've not done it previously was the cost of paint but with the deal & some birthday money I've reserved we were finally able to afford it! smile I'm just about to put the DC down for a nap & I'll be removing & starting to sand a cupboard door! V excited!

littlemonkeychops Mon 19-Aug-13 19:39:18

Our unloved room is our conservatory. In theory it should be a lovely family space, useful for DC to play in or for us to relax with a cuppa. The rest of the house is pretty tidy, so the conservatory has become the place where we plonk clutter we don't have a use for, and had mis-matched furniture. So we don't really use it and it's more of a corridor we walk through to
Get to the garden.

Would love to tidy it up, repaint it and get some new lighting/coffee table/houseplants to make it into a little sanctuary. It's on the (long!) list of things to do!

Enjoyed looking through the other thread!

I loved SweetestThings fireplace revamp. It looked great. I am jealous of her lovely fireplace now!

We have revamped DD's room recently as it was all white and very boring. We have wallpapered an entire wall in a Dora The Explorer Mural. Neither of us have papered before. What a mess.
The easiest way to keep it fun and non-stressful would probably be to do it all at once. I wish we had but we ran out of money so need to keep adding to it as we go!

Next on the list is our futility cupboard. It's a dusty spiders den that I dive in and out of to retrieve the washing. I'd love for it to be a clean and airy space.

lottietiger Tue 20-Aug-13 13:35:35

I loved looking at the gardens, lots of ideas. I always try to do some sort of revamp over winter, even if its just one room. Its good to sit out in the summer months with some home magazines & a glass of wine and make plans. Otherwise i find that come winter i sit and watch tv or something just as useless.. i need the motivation on a dark night. Spending all our time outside in the summer stops the indoors getting done but when the clocks go back its time for a blitz!

WowOoo Tue 20-Aug-13 13:36:12

We have recently revamped a section of our garden.
We needed a lot of time and energy to do it.
It involved pulling up and digging out a load of bushes and some small trees. They were overgrown and messy.
It took 5 days to do it all.
So worth it as we have lots of extra space in the garden and it looks so much neater.

There were no disasters. If I did it again I might hire a van to take all the garden waste to the dump. It took far too many journeys!

threepiecesuite Tue 20-Aug-13 14:29:30

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

We revamped the garden this summer. We researched and bought the materials ourselves (from B&Q Trade!) but got a landscape gardener to do the work and design a plan. Our garden slopes away and had an awkward set of turned steps through the centre - not child friendly at all! We had the garden levelled off (took 2 tons of hardcore!), the steps resited and the lawn returfed. A few tubs of flowers dotted around and it looks brand new, we love it. Cost about £1000 in total.

EeTraceyluv Tue 20-Aug-13 15:02:53

Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

All of them sad Just desperate for our kitchen or bathroom to be nicer!

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

We haven't ever 'revamped' properly. Sometimes dh gets the paint out, but that's as far as it goes grin

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

Our bathroom is tiny - I keep trying to make it look bigger but it's so difficult - ditto the kitchen - my idea would be to knock the walls between kitchen and dining room, and bathroom and loo, down
and actually have those 'matching' things that grown up have nowadays! We simply can't afford it sad

Lilliana Tue 20-Aug-13 15:06:59

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

Generally thinking about applying for the revamp (but sadly not getting it sad ) has got me off my ass and I've started on the garden. need to look a bit more at what others have done to get some more inspiration but finding it tricky to find time with an 8 month old!

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

I've started the garden with some help from DH - we had to buy some decent machinery but have now managed to get the hedges down to a reasonable height and cut down some small trees and bushes which has given us much more light. I've dug out the weed filled flower beds and found there is more root than soil in there! I now need to replant them. It has taken a few months but we have done bits here and there when we have time. The best way to make it fun is do it in nice weather, put a stereo outside and include your children/other people.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

There is lots I would like to do (our house hasn't been touched for decades!) Kitchen, bathroom and garden primarily.The main problems I have are lack of knowledge (what plants to grow, how to attach things to our walls that shatter when you try to hammer a nail in, how to tackle the damp walls etc) a lack of creative inspiration (no clue about decorating, what looks nice together/will enhance a room so end up with a lot of magnolia!) and funds - even a lick of paint is quite expensive.

1. Yes! I always feel inspired when I look at things other people have done and the difference it makes. I have done a similar thing to one of the MN ers who recycled wooden frames to make a raised bed in their garden. We have planted a few veg and salads in it for the Dc's to watch grow and it's been a huge success this year.

2. This year my main revamp has been the hallway of the house, which was gloss painted wood chip. Total nightmare. Until now there hadn't really been an incentive to do it as we just rushed through the hall trying not to notice it, but I wanted to revamp it before I returned to work after maternity leave and now it's done I'm so pleased. My top tip is to give yourself a deadline and stick to it. Otherwise there is always an excuse to do it another day! I was doing it myself, with minimal tools as I had only the budget for paint. I also had to work round two small DC's so worked mostly in the evening. Took me about 4 weeks altogether. I used LOADS of tester pots from B&Q, as I didn't want to get the wrong colour, I find paint can change colour through the day depending on the light so always best to paint a patch and live with it for at least a couple of days.
My hall now is a calm, welcoming space when we return home and displays all our treasured photographs take over the years.

3. The thing that has out me off in the past is not having the time to dedicate to doing a proper job. Having a deadline helps, as do light nights when the DC's have gone to bed so I can get work done in peace!

HALA Tue 20-Aug-13 15:15:31

We revamped our kitchen units by sanding them down and painting them an off white colour. Then we changed the handles, and all of this gave the kitchen and units a completely different and brighter look.

rlouisa Tue 20-Aug-13 19:32:28

well done to all the ladies (and men) who got the giftcards and did a good job on their homes. the pics are beautiful.

my unloved room i guess is my daughters and everytime i try to make a start, it seems to overwhelming, i have packed 3 bags of clothes for charity and yet it seems the clothes are endless, dont know where they all came from, the drawers have all caved in, the purple paint looks pink..no wonder she hates going in there, i do need inspiration and encouragment to embark on that task.

nextphase Tue 20-Aug-13 19:32:46

After not being selected with the revamp for an unloved room, I forced persuaded DH to have a go at the study. He has shifted some of the existing furniture round, and got rid of the second desk in there. So now you can actually sit down in there, if he would shift all the boxes of computer parts! I can't actually find anything now, but the fact that there is loads more space means we are actually using it now, rather than sitting on sofa with work laptops in the evenings.

blush I though some of the before photos of gardens looked good. So maybe the next thing is to attack the garden - thought the back was OK, but obviously not! We do need to do something with the front, but it faces due N, has appalling soil, as has loads of rubble and sand from the builders in there, which means it goes from soggy to desert in about 20cm. further down the road has just gravelled it all, and put in a little fence, which I'm tempted by. How could I break it up if thats what we did? fancy something that flowers rather than the bay trees in pots that seems popular round here.

Hopezibah Tue 20-Aug-13 21:36:57

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

I like the 'doingitourselves' mumsnetters corner picture with the table and chairs and those decking tiles look great.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

We had a major extension done a couple of years ago (but still feels really recent as it is quite traumatic!!!). Lessons learnt are that everything will take longer than you think, remember the end result is worth it even though that is so hard to remember when you are living in the dust and mess and rumble each day.

Nowadays with tools like pinterest etc lots of inspiration to be found - so make use of things like that for initial ideas.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?
We've not yet tackled our living room which has not been redecorated for years. just the thought of the time and stress is what has put us off.

violetwellies Tue 20-Aug-13 21:44:30

We have a huge arts and crafts house that was unloved to an unbelievable level by its previous family, for nearly sixty years. The project was huge, and then I got pregnant ho hum.

Two and a half years later we are one wage down and most of the budget went on a new roof, I would love to complete the kitchen but what I really really need to do is make the garden playable in for my toddler, we borrowed FIL's lawnmower, but its a huge heavy and quite elderly beast and no one seems to be able to start it.

If I had a decent chunk towards a new lawn mower then I could certainly make a massive difference, and maybe have a toddler friendly lawn instead of a weed infested jungle that gets strimmed on the rare occasion that DP has time.

poopoopoo Wed 21-Aug-13 07:45:52

My bathroom is the original 1950s one that was put in when the house was built. There is always something else to do when we have any money so the bathroom remains old and tired. I put in a new toilet seat and shower curtain, but it is just not enough. The bath enamel is coming of and rust is appearing around the plug hole. The plug has come off the chain..... I just don't know what to do with it. I think the problem is that we put a lot of effort into the bathroom of our old house and the room was a bit bigger, we had a lovely corner jacuzzi bath and travertine tiles with mirrors all round the room. Now we have not got the money or the room. So I need inspiration. What would look good and work well in a small space?

hotair Wed 21-Aug-13 10:59:03

well all the garden "before's" looked so much better than my garden now that I was pretty jealous!
Of the after photo's on the garden thread I liked Mrs Weasleys best and Virgo's purple wall- we have a lot of high walls in our garden and a flash of colour might be nice!
I was inspired to try and cost out the changes we'd like to make to the garden, but I just can't afford it at the moment so it will have to wait.
I haven't done and revamping lately due to cost but I'd really really love to cut out garden sorted- cut back the out of control shrubs and get rid of the horrible horrible gravel. I am so fed up with that gravel!
Inside the house I just want to make small changes- a picture here, a shelf there, that kind of thing. The things that bring a room together! But I'm saving up for the garden so I can't!

The room with the stripy wallpaper has definitely given me some inspiration- I can definitely see that in my bedroom.

I have recently revamped my garden, it took longer than expected and cost more. My top tip would be: if you're getting gravel delivered, figure out where you can get it delivered too (roadside delivery), and how the hell you're going to get it into your garden from there! Definitely a facepalm moment for me.

Winnicas Wed 21-Aug-13 21:14:59

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

I loved NeverGoogle's living room, but all have given me ideas.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

DH and I have just revamped our hallway, it was horrible. gloss paint onto bare walls (yes, really) and a poo-coloured carpet. We have painted, wallpapered and laid laminate flooring. The papering was quite tough, one wall is a divider so it sticks out, plus I have arthritis so found it quite draining.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

Our next project will have to be the spare room. Right now its a dumping ground and is just horrible. I'd love to have my niece and nephew to stay, but we can't until we have tackled it.

SarahAndFuck Thu 22-Aug-13 06:34:12

*If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?*

We desperately need to revamp the back garden, but it's time and money that are stopping us.

The previous owners of our house did a kind of crazy paved patio but never cemented it down. Apparently they thought the gaps would be nice for the worms to pop up through.

Which they might have been, but they then decided to plant herbs between the paving and now we can't move for the three foot tall mint jungle that covers the garden.

That stuff grows faster than bamboo and it's really difficult to remove, especially because of the crazy paving. We are going to have to take up all the paving, dig out the roots, put down a proper membrane and re-lay the paving with a proper cement to keep it in place.

We are working on the spare room at the moment. At the moment it's a purple dumping ground but soon it will be a white and aqua (actually B&Q colours paint shade Water) paradise complete with wall to wall bookshelves, sewing space and vintage 1960's wall cupboard I convinced my brother to give me when he moved house and ripped out the old kitchen that was in it.

SarahAndFuck Thu 22-Aug-13 06:39:38

I said "at the moment" far too many times then.

It would be lovely to actually be able to use the garden though. We really can't at the moment because it's too overgrown and as soon as we clear a patch it grows right back after the first bit of rain.

DS and the dogs can't play outside, we can't even walk down the garden at all, and DH works away through the week and weekends are short and busy. It's a vicious crop circle working in that garden. I really would love for DS to be able to play in it properly at last.

Tyranasaurus Thu 22-Aug-13 16:18:56

Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

No, I've had a quick look but the long threads and tiny pictures made it hard work

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

In the process of revamping a whole house. Currently finished a bedroom; floor sanded and stained, wallpaper stripped, painted, new curtains bought. I think having the right type of personality is most important

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

Time and money

VirtuallyThere Thu 22-Aug-13 23:59:16

I'd like to revamp our bathroom as it was done shortly before we moved in six years ago but just looks dated with brass taps and cream flowery tiles. We did paint the pink walls and pink ceilings a white colour but it still looks tired. The limiting factor - time. With working, childcare, attempting to have a social life, etc I have no energy. One day ...

LovesBeingOnHoliday Fri 23-Aug-13 11:51:57

I need to revamp tge dc room, now ds is in there feel this should be reflected on tge pink nursery from dd!

Bogeyface Fri 23-Aug-13 11:58:38

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

Not really, although it has made me realise how much I stil have to do with my house!

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

I am halfway through redoing the kitchen. The units are fine but the doors were in a state so I bought replacement doors from B&Q (White country style if anyone cares!) and fitted them myself. I have a new housing for my Belfast sink which I am putting off doing as I have never had to do anything plumbing related before! I am using the internet to research the best way to fit it. I then need to replace the work surfaces, but I think that may be beyond my limited skills so have asked a friend who fits kitchens to quote me to do that and to fit my new tap which is a rather fabulous american style one with a hose thingy on it.
I find that doing a job a bit at a time makes it more manageable than tackling the whole room in one go. I painted the kitchen a few months ago, then had a break before doing the doors and then another break before I tackle the sink. I dont have the time or money to do it all in one go either.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?
I need new flooring and a shower in my bathroom and have seen some lovely ones but money is keeping me from doing it. I can afford the shower but not someone to fit it at the moment, will keep saving!

sjonlegs Fri 23-Aug-13 15:52:42

Oh blimey ... every piggin' room in my house needs a bit of TLC ... but if I could do absolutely anything it would be my kitchen!! I would LOVE to sand down the awful pine and paint it or whitewash it, I'm tempted to paint my feature wall lime green and put one of those motto's on it to inspire my 3 kids whilst they're having breakfast!! I desperately NEED some more stools for my breakfast bar ... the windowsil needs retiling and resealing, the windows need repainting, as do the walls and the door. The alcove where the cooker is needs repainting with heatproof paint and the stone surround needs freshening with some masonary paint ... did I mention that we need new lights in there .. possibly a new larder door .... £150 B&Q giftcard you say ... well I'll bejiggled that would start us off VERY nicely!! Fingers crossed wink

boatlife Fri 23-Aug-13 16:26:23

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

I think a lot of the revamps are lovely but not suited to where we live. One that really inspried me though was where the room looked so dark to begin with and was revamped to look realy bright!

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

We're currently revamping a 70 foot narrowboat that we live on. That means that so far we've built a wall and door through the living room to create a second bedroom and we have a lot more to do. So far we've managed to moor under cover so that we have a dry space for DIY which makes a massive difference! The downside was that pigeons pooed all over the boat because they'd been perched above!

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

We want to make what's left of the living room really cosy with hidden storage rather than keeping the awkward holiday boat-style furniture that's all far too small, as well as building a hinged bed with storage underneath (we're struggling to adjust to the smaller living space). We also need to revamp the very ugly bathroom which is covered in peeling lino with a floral print. The OH plans to tile it with colourful and mismatched tiles one day. It's going to be a big job but we're trying to make little jobs nice by doing them together, like a day at the market picking out curtain fabrics together, and involving friends and family in building and sewing jobs.

Floopy21 Fri 23-Aug-13 17:46:43

We're also moving, so some great inspiration here. Have two small children & no money, so it's fantastic to get some ideas that won't break the bank. Thanks!

LaTrucha Fri 23-Aug-13 20:00:14

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from?
I like gazzlaw's dark blue corner. We live in a vers small house and I have always been wary of using colout in it. I might consider it now to make a cosy corner

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved?

I didn't do a whole room but I did do a corner of my bedroom. It is at an L shape to the rest of the room and had just been a dumping ground. I wanted a job that meant working from home so I cleared it out, sanded and painted an old desk, bought a gorgeous turquoise lamp, some wicker baskets and jugs for storing thngs. Hey presto! Home office.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

I would love to do our front room - mainly carpets, painting and sideboards instead of very childrenish toy storage. What holds me back is money.

Igmum Fri 23-Aug-13 20:56:32

I love ALL of these! My unloved room is the box room upstairs. At the moment it is the Place the Junk Goes and full of 400 tons of rubbish that I haven't yet recycled/sold for a fortune/given to charity but what I REALLY want to do is turn it into a Mummy's Den. Nice comfy chair. Books. Music. Sorted. Lock on the door would probably be good too otherwise I'll have about a nanosecond by myself in there before it becomes the new home hub. Taking the first step towards this idyllic state by getting central heating in there but am very worried that it will be heating in then do nothing for 10 years grin

camtt Fri 23-Aug-13 21:26:28

I have sort of revamped two rooms recently - that is I painted them, after a lot of deliberation over colours, and then I got stuck and so I now have two rooms in search of furnishings, and one in search of a purpose, other than to be waked through on the way to somewhere else.

What's stopping me? I'm useless at DIY and anything more than the most basic painting scares me off as I am sure I will get it wrong, won't have the right tools, and won't even be able to work out which tools are the right tools when I go to the store. (Tools don't usually come with instructions and that makes me think they must be intended only for people who already know how to use them, then I am even more put off). I also find myself overwhelmed by choice when it comes to paint/paper, fabric etc. Since I don't plan to decorate very often I fret about making a choice I end up not being happy with.

Basically, the whole decorating thing stresses me out. Which is a pity since I moved in Feb and have all rooms to decorate, most with various flaws that go beyond the basic painting!

FreeWee Fri 23-Aug-13 23:05:08

I'm currently making over my decidedly unloved garden and am slowly making a rockery on an old bit of concrete to hide it. Going to get some compost and flowers this weekend as I cleared the area of weeds this week. Hope the weather holds out!

Letitsnow9 Sat 24-Aug-13 00:45:25

They are all fab. Budget and time are the 2 biggest reasons for no revamping unloved rooms

groovejet Sat 24-Aug-13 08:54:05

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from?
Mainly colours, made the move from usual cream/beige to go grey in the lounge.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months -
Recently moved so most rooms have had a touch up, the Lounge was the biggest one. Took a week, could have done with longer but had a week between completion and moving date so rounded up some help and had a few late nights. Had to replace the 70's floral carpet, remove a brick fire surround that went across entire wall, remove wallpaper borders and paint.Tips ask for help, DH friend from work is very hand, also ask places for discounts, we went to local fireplace shop who did us a great deal on a marble surround and hearth as it was an unwanted order just sitting in the back.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

Still got some rooms that need doing, the bathroom which is a bit dated and the playroom which was used as a utility could do with painting and new flooring to warm it up a bit. Biggest job is the garden, the patio area needs some love but time, money and know how is stopping us making a start.

somuchhassle Sat 24-Aug-13 18:12:12

I thought more could have been done for three hundred pounds, but i'm probably bitter about not being picked twice!

CheeryCherry Sun 25-Aug-13 12:23:16

Having looked at the photos, I'm still not swayed by floral wallpaper feature walls, and not sure if the grey look either.
But I like the turquoise and white bedding with matching curtains, and I'm impressed with the revelation of the fireplace....well worth that mammoth effort!
In the gardens, I love the steps with pots on...that would be a fabulous space saving herb garden. And u really fancy a water feature, would be lovely on our patio.
We really need a new bathroom, bought our downstairs loo/sink from b&q and would happily buy a bathroom suite from there. Ours is shabby, the bath is so worn it is see-through in parts! The walls have tatty wooden cladding on, and the paint is peeling like it has sunburn! Might do it one day....

Reastie Sun 25-Aug-13 15:32:35

Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

Love happyhippys wall colour on her room. We've just done our dining room in the past couple of weeks or so and chose a similar colour for it. Looking at all of the mners hard work makes me feel a combination of envy , motivated to do my own house and miserable at how desperate parts of my house are to redo.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

We've repainted the kitchen and dining room this summer, and as I speak DH it laying lino down in the downstairs loo (I'm just listening out for swearing.....no signs yet so hopefully it's going well!). It's been DH and I (and DD age 2 'helping' ). We've only been able to do it at week ends and with a toddler it's taken alot longer, so we've been doing it for around 5 week ends. My top tip would be to get the rellies in to look after the DC so they don't get in the way.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

We still have alot we need to do. I need to paint the downstairs loo once DH does the lino <crosses fingers it's still going well>. We also need to redo the shed (FIL is currently reroofing it for us then we're hoping to turn it into a 'playcentre' type Wendy house for DD). and then it's the spare room and then the bathroom wallpaper (which hasn't been done in over 20 years) and then the hall. It's just it'll take us ages as we are saving up in between each room before we do the next one. We'll get there eventually though.

ItAlwaysPours Sun 25-Aug-13 19:07:25

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

They were all inspiring - and served as a reminder that I really should get on with the rooms and garden that I keep putting off.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

I've made a start on stripping the hall wallpaper - but the walls are too high up the stairs (and a fear of heights doesn't help). I haven't worked out how to do that yet - I might have to resort to getting someone in to do the work for me.

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

My garden was reclaimed from the wilderness earlier this year (the plants and weeds were taller than me and covered the whole garden). Now I've just got to make it nice and keep back the weeds that are starting to grow again. Indoors - after the hallway - I've got the bathroom to focus on - from the leaking toilet to the half depth bath in a "lovely" green. Time, energy and money are keeping me from focussing on them although I will get there in the end. I know what I want to do with each of the rooms - it's just a case of getting it done which can be easier said than done when you have to do it all yourself.

CrayolaLola Mon 26-Aug-13 16:54:07

Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

At first, I didn’t even want to look at the lucky chosen few gardeners’ revamps due to being in a very un-grown-up sulk at not winning the B&Q vouchers for my own fantastical shopping spree. For some ridiculous reason I’d convinced myself we were going to be able to turn the other half of our garden into a thing of beauty in a week rather than a year… to match the half we’ve spent two painstaking years transforming from a ‘green carpet’ to a colourful oasis. I have since recovered from my strop and looked at the great ‘before and after pictures’ that other Mumsnetters have displayed…and I now really, really want some raised planters, giant pots and fancy gravel to turn a dead patch of sun-starved lawn into a fun play area.

If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

When we moved in to our new-build house two years ago, the garden really was just a ‘green carpet’. We have dug borders, one at a time, and planted buddlea, bamboo, ferns, sunflowers, lavender and lots of colourful flowers (including old fashioned Geraniums to keep the cats away as apparently they don’t like the smell! grin). We’ve made sure everything has different flowering times so we have all year round colour. The plants have all grown beautifully and we now have lots of height and colour, which we all enjoy as a family. The second half of the garden doesn’t get much sun and is a bit barren. We’ve planted some clematis but nothing else wants to grow there so have decided to turn it into a play area with some big plants and herbs around the edges.

If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're [sic] from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?

We are still working on the barren half of the garden slowly but surely and it’s by no means unloved. It will take time though… and a lovely voucher from B&Q would really help to speed up completion of the project so we can enjoy it this year before the winter sets in.

icklekid Mon 26-Aug-13 18:45:14

Great to see what can be done with just some little changes. Like others above we are just about to move house and want to put our stamp on it. Most of the new house is fine but horrible bathroom and properly 1980s lime green swirly carpet on the stairs! Just love seeing what others can do to transform rooms.

flamingtoaster Mon 26-Aug-13 18:52:12

1. I think they are all inspiring - especially the garden ones because really changing a garden isn't easy!

2. I haven't revamped a room or garden recently.

3. I'd love to revamp our garden but it slopes in two directions so it's a very scary prospect. I think I need to star by revamping our bedroom first which is in serious need of some changes.

pussinwellyboots Mon 26-Aug-13 19:11:33

- Are there any Mumsnetter room revamps that you'd take inspiration from? Has looking at the room and garden revamps spurred you on to tackle your unloved room or garden?

There are so many snippets of inspiration - living rooms that look warm and welcoming due to lighting and lack of toys everywhere! Gardens that are neat and tidy with nice lawn edging.

- If you've revamped a room or garden of your own over the last few months, we'd love to hear about how you did it. Who was involved? How long did it take? Did you have to overcome any disasters to get the job finished? What top tips would you share with other MNers about how to make revamping a room or garden fun and not stressful?! Please share an image of your revamped room or garden on this thread if you'd like to.

I am in the process of stripping off the woodchip wallpaper in our bedroom, putting up lining paper and then finishing it off with coving. However, due to the chaos that is children on summer holidays, it's having to wait until I get a window of opportunity when ds2 starts nursery!

- If you haven't revamped a room or garden, but would like to, then we'd love to we're from you too! What's keeping you from doing up your unloved room or garden? What would you like to do to your unloved room/garden?
As above - waiting until children start school/nursery - time and motivation!!! Also unsure as to whether I have the necessary skills etc

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 26-Aug-13 19:16:56

They are all pretty inspiring. It just goes to show that a room can be transformed on a budget and gives me hope. The trick seems to be storage and a lack of clutter.

I'm going to transform DD's room next as it needs to change from a little girl's room to the room she will have until she leaves (could be many years). It will then become our spare room so needs to be done nicely and in a style that won't date too quickly.

AllSWornOut Mon 26-Aug-13 21:25:27

I'm motivated by three raised beds and wildlife garden projects.

We've just bought a house that needs some tlc, both for the garden and the living room and kitchen. I don't have green fingers so the garden will be a challenge. I don't really know where to start, so that's holding me back at the moment.

ChocChaffinch Tue 27-Aug-13 19:14:04

my gosh we have so many disasterous rooms and we have totally run out of money to do anything.

Our room is a dingy fright, our bathroom is literally green and the tiles are climbing off the walls, the garden is awaiting a patio... the lounge is covered in children-sized fingerprints.
Urgh just really down on it all as the little bits that do get done, just make the undone bits look 63 times worse.

Nice pictures though, well done, MN

laeiou Wed 28-Aug-13 16:20:42

I found the pictures of other revamps interesting but want inspired by them.

Haven't revamped a room ever.

What's stopping me? Lack of inspiration. No idea what i want to do or could do with the room, so it remains the same. Also outs never a tip priority. Actually I might check out pinterest for ideas.

JakeBullet Wed 28-Aug-13 18:24:20

I missed out on both of the B&Q testing things (I am not bitter MNHQ...oh no) grin

I applied both times and both times wanted to do my garden.

What this DID do was focus my attention in what I wanted to do and plan for if I was picked an also if I wasn't chosen...I wasn't sadly.

But I did do a small corner of my garden which was overgrown with weeds. I levelled it and then covered it with white/rose Cotswold stone. The I added some pretty pots and flowers...in fact I really like what Dointitourselves did with her pots, really liked that spiral and what was achieved. That has inspired me with the idea of adding design to the top of pots etc. Very pretty.

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Sep-13 10:32:27

Thanks for all your comments everyone! Congratulations to Cherrygrape, who has won the £150 B&Q voucher - I'll PM you shortly smile

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