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Share stories and photos of the unloved parts of your home with B&Q - £150 giftcard to be won NOW CLOSED(72 Posts)
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 and garden revamps here. Now, B&Q would like to hear about the unloved parts of your home.
So, what parts of your home could use some more love? Maybe your bedroom wallpaper has started peeling? Or your bathroom tiles have started getting mouldy? Could your kitchen do with some new cupboards?
Please share details, and preferably a photo of the unloved parts of your home here, and tell us where they are and what you'd like to do to make them more loved.
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From a selfish point of view i would love to do my bedroom if i could afford it. Its been the same since i moved in. The wallpaper at present is like a cream with a brown pattern on
its the worst paper i have ever seen and it has a brown carpet that has seen better days.
I would love to put a wooden flooring down. And also put a plain coloured wallpaper up. That way i could get to work with my sewing machine and make new curatins and bedding that would allow the room to stand out and become somewhere me and DP could chill out!
We had no kitchen when we moved in in Dec 2011. It's still only half done and I would love to get it finished; tiles on the walls, fresh paint and shelves for the cook books/cat oh and the plaster work needs some TLC
I think another Xmas in a shabby kitchen would put me firmly in the dog house.
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i'm in a new build.....its all dulux (crap)magnolia which comes off if you wipe it! every room is huge and I need to start making this house a home. i'mthinking of some wallpaper as well as paint.
tha garden is basic too....roll on spring
We have a newbuild home and we have an upstairs room of everything we can't bear to look at or do anything with. It's awful. Every other room is nice and new and we just chuck all our problems into the unloved space. It has a bed and I sometimes have to sleep in there with DS if he has a rare bad night. Takes a while to find the bed under the rubble.
We've got a carpeted bathroom and ensuite which I really hate. The bathroom has no window either so it stays damp for ages and is causing my allergies to play up.
I'd love to change them both to hard flooring.
Well, I desperately need to sort out the lounge which has been unloved for decades! I moved here last year and now have a 12 week old son who is going to get mobile at some point. Before that stage, at the least, I need to get the electric cables safely chased into the walls or run under the floor. Would also be nice to get a new carpet as the one in the lounge is super old and not actually in one piece! Wallpapering the walls too would be fairly super.... I stripped the old wall paper off (mostly) and it is now the least nice of rooms.
Lots of unloved, half finished rooms here. The carpets upstairs are ruined, they were cheap ones when we moved in and have suffered at the hands of our daughter and also the claws of our cats, but we can't afford to re carpet.
The bathroom shower is pitiful as the water pressure is poor and I would love a power shower.
The kitchen cupboards again were poor quality and have been damaged by the heat from the oven. Also we had an undetected leak that meant the kick boards rotted away.
Our bedroom has never been painted in the eight years since we moved in, nor has the spare room.
Finally we have no blinds in the bathroom and it is painted with horrible yellow paint. I would love to paint it white.
We've got a really odd room that's not really a room beside our kitchen where the stairs are as the result of a loft conversion. We need to walk through this room to go upstairs so it's quite a public space yet it's become a dumping ground for buggies, golf clubs and tricycles. I am desperate to sort it out but don't know where to begin. A paint job and decent storage would be a start
We've been saying for two years we need to do it, but something always comes up that needs the cash more. The floors are awful creaky laminate the last owners put down and the woodwork is yellow, we'd redo the front door too, spyhole is set slightly off centre (and too high for 5'4 me!) which annoys me greatly!
We are moving in a couple of months, the new house has been a bit neglected by the current owner, the wallpaper is peeling (and not very nice anyway!) and we will need to strip it all and redo. The bathroom also desperately needs retiling. And pretty much the whole place repainted and carpets ripped up! Help!
Our bedroom is the least 'us' room in the house. We decorated it plainly, in haste, when we moved in, and because it is still adequate and in good nick, we haven't bothered to change it. I'd love to make it more cosy and luxurious.
We too have a new conversion and then ran out of money before we could decorate. The whole house is white which suits some rooms like the lounge and kitchen.
But our bedroom has no character it's just where we sleep and I would love to get some beautiful curtains for the three windows and some elegant furniture. It would be nice to make it my haven!
I would love to do up my kitchen or my bedroom, they've both been really basic and the same since we moved in over 2 years ago.
For the kitchen I would change the cupboard doors, have new wall tiles and a fresh lick of paint. And for the bedroom I would paint and wallpaper the walls, have new blinds and curtains, decorated in a nice romantic style.
The most unloved room in our house is the spare room where we put everything we don't want to put anywhere else. We really need some good storage in there to tidy things up. We are also at the stage where the whole house needs to be repainted because it looks dingy!
Our main living space is a lounge diner which was bland when we moved in and 5 years later is still the same. But now has toys everywhere and no style or grown up hints. I'd love to make it into q stylish space with toys hidden away.
my son's playroom is the only room in the house that hasn't been decorated in the 8 years we've lived in the house - it used to be my office so is a haven for magnolia and a carpet stained by spilt coffee and tea. I'd love to be able to buy some funky wallpaper and paints to give him a room to be proud of when his friends come to play/sleep over.
I'm too embarrassed to post a picture
I would love to do up our bedroom. We've just moved into a new house and currently have a wall of mirrors taking up way too much of the room (fitted wardrobe), a very grotty once red carpet and a very unusual light-with added delightful blue bulbs! We are currently using our spare room as our bedroom as can't face taking the mirrors down, stripping back the wallpaper, having to get the walls replastered, getting the ceiling boarded so its all the same height, followed by replacing the carpet and light...before we can think about decorating the room and making it ours! We would love to paint/wallpaper around the firebreast or maybe even reinstate the fireplace. A room that has been very unloved for a long time!
Do gardens count?
FIL took it upon himself to clear all of the weeds underneath our fruit trees - we got some "shady lawn" seed and have been trying to look after it and now we can pick up the windfalll apples without worrying about stinging nettles.
I would have to say my bedroom is probably in need of some TLC. It always seems to be the area of the house which is least loved but would be lovely to be able to do it up and have it as a place to relax in and not a dumping ground! Our room is where we hide everything when people visit or the washing gets stored there as there is no storage anywhere.
Our spare room is a dumping ground and really needs sorting out with some decent storage. I dream of making it into a second sitting room where the DDs can go with their friends (especially as they get older and want to bring boys round- no bedroom access for them!).
I do have a nice sofa bed in there but it's currently under a big pile of ironing.
The shower. I had a new shower fitted as an emergency measure last year, but really it all needs to come out, get retiled and new door fitted. New flooring fitted and the ceiling below needs re artexing and painting.
I might get it painted soon.
Yes an unloved and overgrown back garden here!! Unfortunately I do not have green fingers or the time to dedicate with 3 young children! My husband seems to prefer spending spare time at the allotment whilst our garden goes to rack & ruin :-(
attic! not yet converted but really want to, need to to store growing memorabilia mountain of our child :-)
I have a conservatory done by the previous owners which is shaded by the rest of the house so that the only time it ever gets sun is midday in the summer, so freezing apart from the middle of summer when it's roasting. It's where we dump stuff that doesn't have anywhere else to go. It needs the roof fixing and better insulation and all the junk clearing out
My sons room is badly needing a total gutting. My husband lovingly built him a cabin bed when he was 4, he's now 11 and to say its too small for him is an understatement. He only has one tiny window and the new velux is currently in our hallway waiting to be fitted. He goes to high school next year and we really need to bring it up to an acceptable standard for him to bring friends back.
Our toilet has the most anaemic flush. Sometimes, it won't even fully wet a single sheet of toilet paper, let alone flush the contents of the bowl away.
unloved entrance porch! After it was extended a couple of year ago we never got around to doing the finishing touches so still got the old light fitting, the tiles on the floor come to an end and no flooring is in the new bit, and needs a good tidy up storage wise as the shoes still get dumped everywhere. will post photo another day if i get the chance.
Very unloved hallway and utility room. We have been in our house for nearly 24 years and only yesterday, yesterday! did we manage to lift the really badly done 'parquet' style flooring in the hall which was a horrible dirt trap. However lots more to do, need to fit skirting, repaint everything, fit a hand rail, fix cupboard doors and paint those.
We have put down tiles from hallway through to utility room but rest of that room needs done too, we need to add a tall cupboard to store laundry stuff and work top and cover our hot tank, tile round sink and paint everything! We need help....
I would like to sort out our storage in my son's room and our bedroom so he doesn't have to share his room with half our computing kit, my stationery and fishing gear while our bedroom is also full of other clutter: fitted cupboards would be great!
Our bedroom is the last room in the house that needs updating. We still have the wardrobes from when we moved in - not my style at all and very dated. Plain light fitting and bedding and boring wall paper.
If I had £150 I would jazz up the room with new wallpaper, bedding and a fancy crystal swirly whirly light fitting - I have my eye on one! The wardrobes are on our 'saving up for' list but a coat of wood paint to make the dark wood cream and paint over the three mirrors on the doors would be a start!
I could choose several areas that are unloved in my house. The kitchen has 1980's cheapo wall tiles that I want to paint and the sink and worktops could do to be replaced as the 'white' sink will not whiten up anymore and the worktops do not fit properly. Doing those few jobs would be fabulous and would mean I could live with the med/dark oak cupboards as they are.
My loft space is another possibility as it is virtually unlagged. I would like to Celotex between the rafters and replace a problematic valve in the water tank up there.
My 'garden' is very overgrown and is in need of
energy money and love to make it a usable area as it has been systematically vandalised over the years. I'm hopeful that that has now stopped and would love to be able to use it! My children (15 and 6) have never been able to play out there and I've lived here over 19 years.
Our living room keeps being neglected in terms of being updated and recdecorated - it is because it needs to be in use all the time there is never a good time to battle it.
We have a very unloved downstairs toilet. We did up the whole house and ran out of money (time and patience too) and so we have a room with plumbing but no actual toilet in it. It has become used as a junk room! The thing is there is never enough money to finish it off!
I hate this room in our house. It is classed as a small bedroom but is really more suitable for an office type space. I currently use it as a "getting ready" dressing room type area with my cosmetics, hair dryer, etc all stored here. Two cheap ikea shelves with DVDs and books on are located in here as well as loads of other junk that we have no where else to keep.
I would love to have some creative storage in this room with a proper dressing table that I can put all my cosmetics and bits and pieces away in drawers so that it could also be used as a desk. Also, better lighting would be great for when I am applying my make up. It needs some TLC for sure!
my unloved room is not a room - its the hall and staircase. I used to have lovely textured paper all the way up....now everything below the handrail has been picked/ripped/pulled off and so many cars have been driven down the rails that there is very little texture left on the top either! It needs to be stripped and replaced - preferably with something super durable! The hallway carpet needs ripping out after daft dog decided, during her season, that the hallway was the place to poo and wee. (she went a bit doo-lally). so carpet is stained and yuk. Sigh. Just never seems to be the right time to decorate the hall!
Our unloved room is our bedroom. We started off okay as we did the fitted wardrobes and re-carpeted when we moved in 6 years ago (had to replace the dirty 'white' shagpile the old owner left us!)
I really want to get some wallpaper to bring some life into the room, or maybe paint it. It is very much boring beige at the mo. We haven't even bought new bedding, the blue set is DH's from uni (errr... 18 years ago).
As you can see from the mess, we simply don't have enough storage either. I'd like to make more of the alcove space. There's also nothing personal in the room, no pictures or anything. Inspired by another B&Q renovator, I'm going to get some wallpaper samples and frame them for over the bed.
Even the lampshade is from our old rented house (with gorgeous high ceilings) so is stupidly large for our room now.
£150 giftcard would see our bedroom changed from a random room with a bed in it, to a fully decorated, tidy and relaxing space.
weve had the house rewired and havent re decorated over so there are gaps in every room!!also our landing is so high around the staircase so getting someone in to do this is far to expensive and far to dangerous for us to do alone.
mine has to be my living roon which is a lounge/dinner in one. so is quite big in size.
not had a chance to do anything since u moved in 3years ago.
i have large windows at the front with horrible tatty curtains and at the back covering my patio door i have old fashioned curtains hanging on a snapped pole selotaped together.
the walls are long and plain with pen, grease marks everywhere after my daughter went through a bad phase a few years ago
Ds2 has inherited what was the old family room. It had patio doors which we have removed and blocked off but it really needs a bit of TLC. He is very envious of his brothers having proper bedrooms.
The most unloved part of my home is the baby room. I am currently expecting a baby girl at Christmas and we just don't have the time or money available to kit it out nicely or paint it like a nursery. We do ave a cot in the corner but my husband's desk fills the rest of the room!
I would love to decorate our livingroom as it's the same green wallpaper that was here when we moved in but really, it's not too bad. The most unloved room, sadly, is our DSs room. We quickly painted over the mis-matched wallpaper when we swapped rooms round nearly 3 years ago when DD1 arrived... After reading the last B&Q unloved room thread showing the revamps which people had achieved, I became determined to do their room properly - I started stripping the paper but could only manage an hour or so at a time while DD2 was napping. The plaster started coming off too so I really lost motivation and have not touched it for weeks. So, the poor boys are now left with a room, still with mis-matched painted wallpaper but also with a couple of half stripped walls and a big hole in the plaster (which they keep poking and making worse!)
I reckon it could just take a couple of days to get done but it's so difficult to find that time; between work and looking after the kids. I really need to set a deadline and do it - I do feel guilty every time I go in there. They have a nice carpet so at least they have something nice
A lot of our house could do with love with all the gloss work but the worst room is the box room with all the paper peeling; mould; badly discoloured woodwork and nothing in it than an old divan and one seld. Sadly ignored room due to cost and time. Would love to solve thw mould problem redecorate with paint and one feature paper wall and accessorise it to make it less anaemic and unloved and more welcoming and warm
We had a conservatory built in 2008. It still isn't finished. It has no light in, the windowsills need sealing and painting, we need skirting board for it, we need beading for the main wall above the door... We relied too much on a family member to help us (who never did) and then had kids so its taken a back seat on our 'to do' list. We'd love to get it into some sort of decent shape so we can use it as a room but its just a dumping ground. And now we have two kids we need the space to relax in.
As Flora begins to move we're realising more and more baby proofing needs to be done.
Our fireplaces need sorting, we've never got around to them
They're uneven and have holes in the back, they're really in desperate need of cementing.
Probably needing digging out and cementing.
If we won this prize I would use the money to buy some tiles to make it look special and suit our Victorian house
Without it, well I guess we will just have to make it safe.
I've not got great DIY skills and therefore struggle to get motivated but this could be the incentive for me to push myself beyond my boundaries
I would love to have either my bathroom redone as the bath is cracked and overall look of the room is shocking. Or I would like to turn a room into a proper kids room so my niece and daughter can both stay in and play with no worries.
Books are our problem. They are on our sideboards, under our side boards, on our coffee table, under our coffee table, on our dining table. Our living room is much loved, but I think that more book shelves would make it not only loved, but also loved looking.
Oh and it has light feature antlers on the wall. I don't object to them really, but some nice free standing lamps would really help as well.
Our bedroom. It's dull magnolia, has awful cheap curtains/bedding and cheap furniture. Would love it to be more of a sanctuary!
The room optimistically referred to as the the study but is really where piles of paper go to die. I am pretty organised and like having things in order, but my DH is a bit different - a source of a bit of disagreement. It's the last room for us to redecorate since we moved in. I think the wallpaper is older than I am!
mine would be the bathroom. We have a mould problem and we really need to strip the old wallpaper off and put some tiles on, have to say that it is quite minging...
We had a leak from our shower that had gradually leaked through to the hallway downstairs and the ceiling has started to come away in places which isn't very safe. Add to the artex on the walls which cuts you when you brush against it and the cat wrecked carpets and bannisters (courtesy of the previous owners!) The hall is in a sorry state.
It isn't the welcoming room we would love to have when we come through the front door.
The most unloved room in my house is the hall, it is where all of the gardening things go and the tumble drier lives, it was decorated but the dog made a mess of it and the tuble dryer moisture makes the wallpaper crinkle. its an awful place to come into as a first impression of the house but because we have little storage is the store for anything that doesnt have a place
The study. It is little girl pink (previous inhabitants). We had plans to sort it before the children arrived but I gave birth much earlier than planned and then lost DD1. Lost motivation oddly enough and it no longer mattered. Starting to bug me now four years on, particularly as I work from home . As usual the issues are lack of time with another child in the house and stupid work schedules.
I hate baby pink!
So, what parts of your home could use some more love?
- the kitchen units are pretty old and tired. I fancy painting them but the worktop is dire and the actual cupboards are not really in good enough shape for it to be worth it.
- the DC's room hasn't been decorated since we moved here 7 years ago. I'd love to revamp it as a surprise for them, maybe in some cool colours rather than motifs (which might date/become desperately uncool quickly).
All of our house is a bit tatty really but it's home and we love it anyway
We are slowly working through our house but I'd love to do up the spare bedroom. It's untouched since we moved in and whist it is a bright and airy room it is devoid of any character whatsoever.
It needs new carpet, curtains, lighting and a paint job.
It has built in cupboards with the original 60’s
I'll fitting doors I would like to replace them myself.
I do a lot of DIY and can do most stuff myself except for electrics and plumbing.
. Sorry for the typos,I think my post needs a make over too.
I'd love to do our bathroom, we really need a convert from just a shower cubicles to a bath with a baby on the way and I would love to get on top of the damp in there!
Its a very small bathroom but there is potential for it to be much more family friendly and prettier to the eye. As it is, I don't think it has been updated since the 80s, peach spackled wall and cheap cut to size lino is such a good look!
Our front room is sadly lacking, and hasn't been touched since just after we moved in 12 years ago. The rest of the house has been updated over time, but the front room is just the same as it was, and needs some work to be updated and become the safe and fun room it should be for my 18month dd.
My son's bedroom. The teeniest, tiniest bedroom you ever did see. It has 2 external walls making it the coldest room and suffers with condensation causing damp and mould so I have a daily routine of wiping the windows and walls to prevent it taking over. Our plan is to empty everything out, strip the walls, move the radiator to one of the external walls. Then treat the walls and re plaster before decorating and new flooring. Also would love a
magician carpenter to design and build a sleeping/storage/study area to house ds and all his stuff
My parents' bedroom was always at the back of the DIY list - dark and cramped with outdated fitted wardrobes. Would be nice to give something back to them.
the small patch at the front of the house is sadly neglected. it is a small area, gravelled over with wrought iron railing.
It gets forgotten about because it is functional but not used other than to get in and out of the house.
But the trees opposite drop leaves onto the gravel and we never bother to clear them up. And the wrought iron REALLY needs rubbing down and repainting, but its such a horrid job that will take ages that we haven't done it.
Its a shame really because our house is so pretty, and these few details would really enhance the look.
Our garage is the place where things go to get mouldy and lost. I really need to clear it out and set up some proper storage. I am sure we could put wellies on half of our neighbourhood if only I could find them. Now where did I put my winter boots .........
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the whole of the upstairs of my house looks like some one has got confused and put laminate floor on the walls. I'd love to get rid of the swedish sauna look.
Thanks for all your comments, the winner of the prize draw DinoSnores - congratulations! I'll PM you for your details shortly.
It's a tie.... this is a rented house, ad it has some 'lovely' design features. The blown vinyl wallpaper (impossible to paint, foul to look at), the all mismatched bathroom, the bland beige kitchen... but my top two parts for attention are
1) The vile bruise-purple badly applied chimneybreast in the living room, that I have to look at every single day. This clashes wonderfully with the cream and red flowered wallpaper in the alcoves, and the pale blue blown vinyl on the other three....delectable. The carpet is a revolting shade of poo-brown....
2) The bland and blown vinyl horror of my bedroom. It currently looks like an explosion in a clothes factory as not only is it ugly, but supremely non-functional. You would think somewhere so joyless would at least have somewhere to put things.....no, it has no storage whatesoever.
As I have to look at these horrors daily, being at home with a small baby and no job, it would be lovely to banish them!
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