Decorating to move house is the craziest thing I’ve ever done.
We are in the full throws of decorating our house to move house, this even includes our kitchen! I kid you not we are putting a new kitchen in. I could cry.
Why you may ask yourselves. Well opening a door in our kitchen is a bit like Russian Roulette – you never quite know if it’s going to stay on the hinge or try and break your foot or skull. I’m not exaggerating. We were also part way through several projects that never got completed when we fell pregnant with Thea and Gaius when Thea was 6 months old.
Our bedroom is stunning, Thea has an amazing Star Wars nursery, Gaius is in the old dressing room and I never poured my heart into his room because we were already planning our escape from this house when we were pregnant with him.
Just to put this in perspective here’s what we need to do:
- Hallway, Stairs and Landing – carpeting, filling wall, painting wall, glossing woodwork
- Utility rooms – Filling holes understairs, plastering and painting
- Kitchen – EVERYTHING but the floor
- Dining Room – Wallpaper stripping (thanks to the kids) and painting
Now, this may not sound like loads, but when we both work full time and have 2 toddlers decorating is not the easiest thing to do, not forgetting the cost we’ve estimated £2500. There’s a fine balance between quality materials and cheap that will make the house look cheap.
It will definitely look bland. All my beautiful Pinterest boards are to be ignored, and it’s going to be decorate boring and bland. I have a bold taste with colours in the home, which thankfully my husband trusts me with. But I know the best thing for the sale is to not go crazy. Personality, but not Tors personality.
My fear is the living room will look awful as it will be the only place that hasn’t been touched – I honestly hate the colour of our living room, but I don’t know if I can face the thought of doing another room.
I have impossibly high standards of decorating that drive my husband nuts.
The whole reason we’re moving is for schools, and to be closer to family. The schools where we live are ok, some are dreadful, but we live in an area we do not want to raise our children in. We’ve had to apply for schools here to make sure we’re in the system, but we really want to get moved before Thea starts school in September. So to add to the stress there’s a time limit.