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NOW CLOSED Talk to B&Q about the most unloved room in your home - £150 giftcard to be won

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Jul-13 09:31:56

As you may have seen already, we're working with B&Q, who so far have helped 20 MNers revamp the unloved rooms in their homes - check out the video of their fab revamps here. MNers have also been posting their before and after pics of rooms they've revamped here so do check out both of those threads for Mumsnetter room makeovers!

What B&Q would like now is to hear from as many MNers as possible...

Which is the most unloved room in your home and why? Is it a bathroom that's more shabby than chic? A garden that's more of a jungle? A living room that's past its best or a spare room that's just a dumping ground?

Everyone who shares their unloved room stories 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 with the prize draw

GladbagsGold Mon 15-Jul-13 16:01:01

Congratulations snowgal!

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Jul-13 11:23:08

Thanks for all your comments! snowgal has been selected as the winner of the £150 B&Q giftcard - congratulations smile

twoboots Mon 15-Jul-13 10:30:00

The music/junk room. A large bedroom which is filled with musical equipment and junk!

May09Bump Sat 13-Jul-13 22:23:10

Always our bedroom - ends up a dumping ground. We are getting more storage for every room on our next move, trying to prevent this happening and to make our bedroom more relaxing.

louisianablue2000 Sat 13-Jul-13 22:19:15

It's our kitchen. We've done something with every other room in the house but left the kitchen to last. We both love cooking so are in there a lot and now we're in our 40s and have never had the kitchen we want yet. The people who owned the house before us put a new kitchen in so we lived with it but it's so depressing now and really needs sorting.

Hopezibah Sat 13-Jul-13 21:33:03

unfortunately our most 'unloved' room is the room we actually spend the most time in - our living room! Because it is always in use, it never gets the chance to be revamped. It has not been redecorated in well over 10 years whilst the rest of the house has.

It now looks out of place with our fab B&Q kitchen, and all the bedrooms re-decorated and brought up to date.

But there never seems a convenient time to be able to do the living room. I think because there is so much to do too it puts us off even making a start. It needs the dado rails removing to match the rest of the house, a skim of plaster on walls and ceiling, new curtains and fire-surround - just don't know where to start!!!

Spottybra Sat 13-Jul-13 18:56:35

Mmmmm, tough one. Here's my to do list instead;
Buy new furnishings for the den including cushions
Finish stripping the paper off in the dining room and paint, change the light fixture from the horrendous one I inherited and also strip the carpet put and replace with a child friendly easy to clean floor with soft rug for the play area.
Decorate the hallway, stairs and landing as its been 6 years and they are definitely showing wear and tear from a dog and young children, including remnants of washed off drawings. Finally get my photo wall completed too.
Decorate the bathroom. I have the colours in my head, think all over pearl oyster shell with accents of turquoise green sea.
Decorate ds' bedroom (last done 2 yes ago) in his favourite colours.
Decorate our bedroom and add new built in wardrobes, new cream carpet as ours is not so cream despite cleaning.

But the ones I'm desperate to finish is the den and adjoining dining room before winter so we have a play to snuggle and feel cosy.

camtt Sat 13-Jul-13 12:39:24

Kazzabaz : re ground elder, we had this in our previous house when we first moved there. Even if you can't pull it out, don't let it flower, cut the heads off. We never entirely got rid of it, it's just a matter of controlling it as best you can.

cather Fri 12-Jul-13 22:42:29

The downstairs toilet, it doesn't have a window in it and it is always dark and dreary.

KazzaBaz Fri 12-Jul-13 21:20:47

We've lived in our house over 4 years now and to be honest most of it needs work doing to it still! Mainly cosmetic, but the spare room, stairs/landing and garden are competing for the most unloved room title.

The spare room and stairs still have the original textured magnolia painted wallpaper. The stairs themselves have no carpet and are creaky as anything, whilst the spare room still has the previous owner's stained carpet. The gardens (front and back) haven't seen a lawnmower for over a year, we just let everything die over winter and then it kind of looks ok again... until summer comes around. We have a horrific weed throughout called ground elder, our garden is sadly too small though for Alan Titchmarsh's recommended cure of a flame thrower!

Though I think our spare room wins out as most unloved room for the additional following reasons. The ceiling paper is literally peeling off and underneath is all cracked and lumpy. There is an interesting beam diagonally slanting down the middle of one wall toward the corner from the centre of the room (hard to describe!). Down this beam drips a brown thick liquid every now and then, but we're not sure what it is. Also damp is now starting to come down the wall near to the corner where this beam disappears, but we're pretty sure it's due to a missing roof tile. There's a wardrobe in there for our guests (yes, we make them stay in this room when visiting) but they can't use it because it's full of old dresses, jumpers and coats (mine and his) which will probably not be warn again. Also you can't actually open the wardrobe to see that the inside is full as our whole old glass shower cubicle pieces are propped against it whilst it isn't selling on ebay! There are also multiple empty and full boxes piled high and tools... oh so many tools, mainly electrical strewn across the floor in one corner where they have spilt out from a cupboard. There's also a snowboard in the room somewhere and an excess of freecycled rolls of carpet intended for the stairs/landing, but never even unrolled. The Christmas decorations are in there, I think, we didn't put any up last year because we weren't sure where they were exactly; fortunately DD was only a few weeks old at the time so she didn't notice. And the curtain pole is falling down.

It's chaos quite frankly and needs a massive clear out of what is listed, plus everything I don't remember owning, before we can even think about replacing the entire ceiling with plasterboard and removing the hideous wallpaper, then plastering the whole room, then painting the whole room including door and radiator... and sticking in a new carpet, skirting board and architrave. It's a lot of daunting work so we need help (and motivation) fast! And don't forget that we currently make our guests sleep in this room...

captainmummy Fri 12-Jul-13 16:52:02

Hall stairs and landing, deffo. They are carpeted in Dark Blue carpet, and because i hate it it is covered in small paint splots from when I repainted (walls were yellow! envy With dark blue!) and fraying in the doorways where i pulled it about when re-wiring... and it is 'velvet' effect so looks bloody awful straight after hoovering.

That and the small bedroom -full of bits of toys, old clothes, duvets, feathers (from the budgies when they were in there) dust, bits of coving, books...It was a 'dressing room' so had large floor-to-ceiling cupboards which we had to take out to fit a bed in, but now we have no storage. grin

Bumpstarter Fri 12-Jul-13 16:46:24

The living room. It is painted a dark shade of brownish grey. It has a pretty wallpaper to go with it, but it is a north facing room, so the darkness of the whole walls is really depressing. Then there's the odd curtains. I must buy a pair. They are approximately the same shade, but wildly different lengths, and it matters because the streetlight shines right in. I do not love being in this room as much as I thought I would, mostly because of the darkness, and it has a single bulb instead of lighting with 3 bulbs like the dining room does. It would be brilliant to put in a new light fixture. It was laminate, but somebody took the central part of the laminate up and put carpet in. The landlord insists that any laminate put back in be soundproofed for the benefit of the downstairs residents. Sigh.

Reastie Fri 12-Jul-13 16:30:07

Ours is the spare room. It hasn't been decorated since the mid 1990's and has an awful blue and green sponge print effect wall paper with sun and moon border. The carpet was second hand from my Grandparents and installed before I was born (I grew up in this house so know about the history) and is threadbare all over the place and well over 40 years old. The furniture is a complete mismatch of free stuff we've been donated from people over the years and nothing works with each other. It also has the washing machine in it. It's a nightmare which I try to avoid as much as possible but it's so frustrating as in essence it's a nice double bedroom with original fireplace and could look so lovely with some time and alot of paint on everything.

GladbagsGold Fri 12-Jul-13 13:38:52

Aw thanks ReginaPhilangie. The good news is that four people were arrested and two remanded smile but looks like I will never see my late mum's necklaces again sad

al88 Fri 12-Jul-13 11:27:49

Our spare room is a mess!

It doesn't have any furniture in because buying 'spare' furniture isn't really a priority when we don't have much spare money. Its just become full of various piles of junk or unfinished projects or things to put on ebay or washing I haven't put away and just everything that doesn't really have a place to go.

I'd love to do it up so that it was a lovely welcoming guest room. At the moment when we have people to stay we have to hide all the junk and put out an inflatable mattress. I don't think its very comfortable at all! I'd like to paint, get a new carpet and a nice bed for my guests to sleep in!

newmumsuchfun Fri 12-Jul-13 10:21:11

The 'spare room' which is too small to do much with. Currently a dumping ground for clothes and rubbish - as well as a Futon my partner spends most of his time on while I deal with night feeds.

McPrice Fri 12-Jul-13 07:53:14

the bathroom, we bought the house 5 years ago and every room was decorated nicely. but the bathroom is cream flowery tiles with a peach shudders bathroom suite its also falling apart the loo handle barely flushes etc. we keep saying we need to do something about it but never having the money to do so. looks in purse and moth flys out shock

ThePeppermintHippo Fri 12-Jul-13 01:40:52

The hall way entrance when you come into the flat. It just looks a bit shabby as its old carpet, walls need reprinting especially scruffy skirting board... A shame as it gives a bit of a run down first impression though the flat is nice on the whole!

Alidoll Thu 11-Jul-13 23:07:26

With a 3.5 yr old wrecking most rooms, difficult to pick just one but probably the bathroom as have tried every mould killer available and scrub the walls daily but the dreaded black stuff round the grouting seems to multiply overnight while I'm in my bed ready to glare at me in the morning. Would love to get something that finally gets rid of it (or at least means I'm not on my hands and knees in the shower with a bottle of bleach and a headache!)

QOD Thu 11-Jul-13 22:48:05

The lounge, dark dreary and drab.

Also dd stole it a couple of years ago so I rarely even go in it, she controls the tv and frankly, it's so un welcoming, she's welcome to it!

miluth Thu 11-Jul-13 22:27:25

It has to be the spare room that we have been meaning to turn into a playroom since we moved in 4 years ago but is currently used as a dumping ground and somewhere to store stuff that doesn't have a real home. It houses at the moment 2 bookcases of books/CD's/DVD's, OH chest of drawers, clothes horse and ironing board - all very "child-friendly"!!!! It also has the delightful pink carpet inherited from the previous owners that is also in the lounge, bedrooms, stairs and the bathroom (who carpets a bathroom?) And don't get me started on the bathroom!!!!

NoImNotSpecial Thu 11-Jul-13 22:23:49

Living room. Is a "dead" area used only for kids to watch a manky TV in (none of your F@** Off huge wall screens). Has morphed from a cheerful, kiddy friendly room years ago when they were toddlers into a dull, characterless space, magnolia walls, two ancient, stained sofas that don't match, and another unmatching armchair that DS has ripped all the foam out of the arm. Long to turn it into a cosy, welcoming pod where I can have girly nights curled up in a cosy chair with a large glass of wine..........

flamingtoaster Thu 11-Jul-13 21:22:58

The spare room. It hasn't been painted since we moved in 19 years ago - and everyone tends to put things they don't want in their room in there. I also store toilet rolls and kitchen rolls which I buy when they are on offer which doesn't help. I've been trying to sort it out recently but it needs proper storage. We tend to keep the door closed and only go in when we have to to retrieve something!

glorious Thu 11-Jul-13 21:12:06

DD's room. Everyone was shock when I was pregnant and said I wouldn't decorate the nursery until she arrived. She's 5 months now and it hasn't been done...

The carpet is covered in splodges from the previous occupants' toddler (I hate to think what!). The lining paper is peeling and it's a horrible baby blue with glue left from decals. We've only just managed to chip 'Jake' off the door (not DD'S name obviously!). It's full of pushchair accessories.

I'm about to start making curtains and a quilt and then I'll repaint. Hopefully it'll be done by the time she moves in. I've got a while because it's on a different floor so even if we move her at 6 months it won't be there initially - too paranoid and too lazy!

mishmash5 Thu 11-Jul-13 21:11:10

It is definetley our kitchen. We moved in, in 2010 but have not got round to revamping it. Some cupboard doors are missing, others do not open and the sealant around the kitchen sink is black and coming away from the wall. This sounds really gross, but I've also seen some silver fish in the bottom cupboard!
As I'm on maternity leave there is no spare money to save to do up the kitchen this year. Most of the rest of the house is done so the kitchen really is an eyesore.

Can't wait for it to get done! Maybe in 2015....!!!!

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