Phew! Never have I felt so grateful for a Grace Day -the extra day after a Bank Holiday that my work gives us off. We've spent the last three days working really hard to strip back our rather oppressive dining room, so we can start the fun part...decorating!!!
This means I've done zero sewing and it also has absolutely nothing to do with stitching, but I promised you guys I'd share progress on the house front after you showed such an interest in our living room renovations (in progress here and revealed here).
Our dining room faces the North/East and doesn't get much direct sunlight, so why the previous owner decided to wallpaper it such a dark colour is totally beyond me!?! The dark green made it feel oppressive and it also had some hideously yellow/sick-coloured accents. Just eeeeew!
So, we got busy on days one and two removing the shelves and wall lights, perforating the wallpaper, steaming and stripping it, sanding the walls, filling in any imperfections (note all the white patches on the walls) and sanding them down again, whitewashing the walls, removing the door all ready for professional stripping, and finally painting the ceiling and ceiling rose.
On day three we decided to be brave and see what lurked beneath the tired carpet and we weren't disappointed! We discovered a handsome set of floorboards, but not before having to rip out the carpet and underlay, prize off the gripper strips that were nailed to the entire perimeter of the room and wrestle with an excessive number of tacks which were holding down some random wires.
We're loving our blank canvas so far and have loads of ideas of how to decorate it in our much loved modern, yet retro aesthetic - you can check out my Pinterest board to see what we're digging!
So there you have it...we've finally got our decorating mojo back just seven months after moving in! Inevitably, this will mean a drop in my stitching productivity, but I do have a second Lilou Dress to show you as soon as I get my nasty rash thing under control (check it out here and here if you're brave enough!).
What's been keeping you busy lately?