As promised on Friday, it's time for another installment of This Dilapidated House.
According to Tommy, this was the least ugly room in the house when we moved in. And he's right. Which should tell you a little bit about the state of the rest of it.
Some of you may even be saying "Well, that doesn't look so bad. Maybe a little outdated, but still...."
No. No, no, no, dear reader. The stench emanating from that carpet alone was enough to make even a seasoned flipper gag. It had been saturated in cat pee for sure. And the curtains. Whew. They were not only filthy, but so old that if you touched them with too much force, they would disintegrate. They actually did disintegrate. It made me wish I was wearing one of those bird flu masks.
The very first day we started tearing off the wallpaper (because we had no electricity and it was hung so poorly that some of it came right off the wall. Praise God.) but then something happened and we got distracted by the snakes in the kitchen wall or whatever and we decided that since it was the least bad room in the house, we'd stop thinking about it and move onto the bigger fish that were waiting to be fried.
So since then, the room has been like this:
Oh, did you notice the floor? Yeah, we rolled up that pee-soaked carpet (I say "pee" a lot, huh?) and found this underneath.
And the ceiling looks like this:
Oh, and I was in such a hurry to put up different curtains way back when that I didn't measure the windows carefully enough. The curtain rod just barely extends far enough to cover the larger of the two windows, which means that the curtains are always covering a portion of the window, making everything looks smaller and darker.
All those holes in the wall up there from the various window treatments are pretty chic, I know. And the way there's a big, gaping space between the two pieces of paneling? Love it!
Don't forget the trio of mirrors, one of which is, of course, broken:
Anyway, at the start of the project the least-bad room in the house looks like this from the doorway...
And the wall o'closet looks like this if you stand with your back to the east facing window...
Everything is just so brown. And sad and depressing
See, I'm planning on having a baby in this room. There is no WAY I am going to be in labor at 6 centimeters and looking at half-removed, grimy wallpaper. It'll drive me crazy! Every little jagged edge will be indelibly etched into my memory. I'll be trying to escape for sure. And no one wants to have their baby in the kitchen. Okay, fine. I don't want to have my baby in the kitchen. So a cheapo re-do it is.
The plan is to use just the materials we already have on hand plus the Amazon Christmas gift card from An Old Friend to make a happy haven for mommy and her brand new baby.
And maybe I'll let the other humans in our house enjoy it, too.
So, what would you do with a super limited budget to make this room warm and happy? What are your favorite bedroom colors? The windows are north and east facing and we live in Michigan, so keep that in mind. And what about furniture arrangement? Yes, there's a toddler bed in there. It's a long story.