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Finished our new bedroom (on a budget!)

By October 1, 2019 48 Comments
Finished our new bedroom (on a budget!)

First time posting here but long term lurker!

We bought out first house two months ago, a ~1900 Victorian semi-detached house in England that needs updating throughout. The lady selling the house had been living in it for 40 years and almost succeeded in wallpapering every interior surface going.

Neither of us have any real DIY experience, and the renovation budget is limited after buying the place.

But after a few months of floor sleeping, a few headaches and £500 later, [it’s finished!](https://imgur.com/a/q5EHMjZ)

Steps taken:

**Walls** – stripped, patched and painted with dulux’s white cotton paint. Accent wall behind the bed is Basalt by Little Greene. The worst wall needed a portion taking back to brick, then sealed with PVA, layered with sand/cement mixture then plastered to get it back to good form.

**Ceiling** – stripped, soaped, scraped. It was in a pretty bad way, so we opted for Polycell’s crack-free ceiling paint which did an alright job after three coats. If budget wasn’t limited, we’d rather have the ceiling boarded or skimmed by a pro

**Floors** – pull up carpet, belt and mouse sander with 120 grit, one coat of Danish oil natural finish

**Coving** – Supercove gyproc coving and the branded adhesive. I’d be happy if I never have to measure, cut and install coving ever again.

**Wardrobes** – sanded with 120 grit paper, sugar soaped, primed then coated three times with Rustoleum’s white cotton satin furniture paint. Bought new handles from eBay and fitted them.

Now it’s on to the next one…

I do have one question for anyone that might be able to provide some reassurance: when we removed the radiator to fix up the wall behind it we noticed that there are 3 steel brackets fixing it to the solid brick wall, but because the plaster/render wasn’t entirely flat the middle bracket doesn’t actually reach the rad.

So it’s held up by two brackets – one either side of the radiator. It’s probably been like that for ages, but it’s a heavy old thing and at the moment I can’t quite shake the anxiety that it’s going to just fall off the wall at some point in the future.

Doing some research, it seems like modern central heating radiators of a similar size and weight are mounted by two brackets.

So… is it safe enough to leave? Or is it something that should concern us?


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  • MadameKravitz says:

    Your hard work paid off!

  • SpinelPearlLapis says:

    That looks absolutely amazing!!

    You’ve just inspired me with my own house. It’s nowhere near the challenge you’ve taken on but it does need some thorough updating and TLC. To be honest, I’ve been hella anxious about it but your post really has spurred me to follow through and least give it a go!

  • bratcakes says:

    This is gorgeous! I’m envious of your wardrobes! Just stunning!

  • GiveMeCheesecake says:

    It’s beautiful!

  • helpmehomeowner says:

    Love the built ins. Good job!

  • raokitty says:

    Great job! Lovely wardrobe. For the future, the wallpapered ceilings were how people hid cracks. You can repair cracked ceilings pretty easily yourself. It’ll be easier than the wall repair you already tackled. The only thing extra you’d need is something called plaster washers which are perforated. You slip those over screws long enough to reach through plaster, lathe, and bite into joists. Find the joists with a magnet (the lathe nails will pull magnet). Use the screws and washers to resecure the ceiling and then skim with plaster. Cracks won’t reappear easily. You can secure interior walls with loose plaster with these as well if they are plaster over lathe. I’m really pleased with how many people are saving plaster walls on here, and you did a wonderful job.

  • t0mt0mt0m says:

    Well done !

  • binkynewhead says:

    It looks beautiful! I love the floors and the wardrobe!

    Question..what is a coving?

  • asIeeponasunbeam says:

    This looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Pollymath says:

    So you were able to remove the paint from walls as to allow for texture removal?

  • ringolio says:

    I just re-did a bedroom in my house… I can sympathize with sanding wood floors with a small sander. I ended up using a carbide scraper for most of it; it ended up being a lot faster but much, much harder work. Will absolutely rent a floor sander next time.

  • inflagra says:

    That looks amazing! Congratulations on a job well done!

  • LadyBosie says:

    You did a great job! I’m super jealous of the Victorian House! There was a house I was so in love with also from 1900 when my husband and I were looking but we were too afraid to buy a house that needed a lot of updating for our first house, you are much braver than I!

  • VenerableShrew says:

    Do your built ins have drawers at the top?

  • sharpei90 says:

    Wow! I started drooling when I saw the floors! Wardrobes look fantastic. Excellent work! Make sure you post your next project.

  • JapanesePeso says:

    That’s just wonderful. Great work.

  • Sevendevils777 says:

    Looks amazing! I love the closet doors there gorgeous! I’m so jealous whenever anyone gets to pull up carpet and has actual flooring. I pulled up mine (previous owner let the animals/birds maybe? Run rampant and it was covered in poop and smelt terrible. Ripped it up immediately and what is under there? Particle Board. No padding or anything. So now we’re in the process of figuring out what type of flooring for the bedrooms

  • cdnsugar says:

    Wow so lovely!

  • kenwulf says:

    There’s a special place in hell for people that wallpaper, especially ceilings.

    You did a great job OP, looks great!

    I’m in process of removing a shit ton of 40 year old wallpaper from my 1937 apartment. It’s painful.

  • DonHozy says:

    Great job!

  • a-PRIS-i-tee says:

    I’m always skeptical when I see these types of posts but this looks wonderful. I love your color palette!

  • lil_naitch says:

    Well done. This looks great!

  • with_brave_wings says:

    This is beautiful! Well done

  • stormieormerson says:

    looks amazing!

  • mockinghorse83 says:

    What a transformation. Hard to believe you were DIY novices

  • HierEncore says:

    you brits have really huge wardrobes. Your closets must be even bigger

  • MajesticAioli says:

    It doesn’t even look like the same room, amazing work!

    We have plaster and lath behind most of the walls, it’s good soundproofing but we need to rewire and reinsulate because the insulation has settled to the lower 1/3 of the wall. It’ll be “easier” (hah) to remove it and put up drywall than to work around it and patch sections…. I don’t look forward to it, so much dust!

  • Vaquera says:

    This is beautiful, great job!

  • Addledbyatmosphere says:

    You’re not newbies anymore and I would’ve never known it in the first place. AMAZING job! Love all the finishes, what a difference!

  • Onondaga1 says:

    Lovely, just lovely. You should be proud.

  • fatkidhangrypants says:

    Incredible job! The wardrobe is absolutely stunning.

  • twotimestacotuesdays says:

    This is beautiful! I am saving this for inspiration.

  • doebtown says:

    Wow! Looks great.

  • tracing_the_shadow says:

    The closet doors make the room.

  • Sledgehammered0 says:

    OMG phenomenal job. So so so beautiful! The doors on those closets. WOW!

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  • RockandSnow says:

    I love how the closets turned out. It looks completely different. Nice job.

  • WhoAllIll says:

    Can I pay you to come do our house?

  • iamthebetty says:

    Wow! It looks fanTAStic

  • sampson158 says:

    Those floors look amazing! I’ve always loved the look of real wood. I presume the wall closets (wardrobe?) are made from wood look veneered particle board, so that makes it less of a crime to paint it black. (P.S. if it was real solid mahogany, please dont tell me, I prefer to live in a world where no one ever paints over real wood.)

  • Zowwiewowwie says:

    Awesome job and a big task for someone just starting!

  • ins0ma_ says:

    The final result looks amazing! Great job with a small budget.

  • bobbingblondie says:

    Looks lovely! I wouldn’t worry about the radiator, it’s obviously been like that ever since it was hung. But if it’s playing on your mind, you could shin the middle bracket out so the radiator will hang on all 3.

  • babykittenbella says:

    I love love love this! ❤️❤️❤️ It doesn’t take exceptional talent to make a room look good with an unlimited budget. However it takes a damn genius to do this much on a shoestring.. Respect ✊

  • Claxonic says:

    Long panel rads like this one usually have 3 brackets. That being said if the two outer brackets are very solidly anchored you should be fine. Don’t let kids climb it.

  • splitpeace says:

    Un freakin believable. I am stunned by your creativity and care in creating this soothing bedroom.

    One question though. I’m about to do the same thing to a wardrobe and have been stuck getting started mainly on paint choice. Why did you choose the Rustoleum paint for the wardrobe?

  • throwawaypoppies says:

    Jeez!! I’m m impressed. I live in a house that was built in 1900. Australia. I (F 54) live alone and am doing all the the DIY myself. I’m teaching myself via YouTube. It’s extremely hard!! Do you mind if I dm you photos of my flooring and a corner in my pantry and ask some simple questions? I’m really struggling. You have done an amazing job!!

  • Derptinn says:

    That looks lovely. We’re redoing all of our floors in our 1930’s house right now. It’s definitely a lot to deal with.

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