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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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Congratulations snowgal!

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