We’ve been amazingly busy in our guest bedroom and have spent a huge amount of time finishing the stripping, skimming, sanding, painting and – wait for it – removing the laminate flooring!
Over the last few weeks the bedroom already progressed from this
to this almost stripped, almost plastered and almost primed room.
Okay, so it wasn’t a huge improvement, but definitely a start.
The furniture and other stuff in the room that we have been working around and moving from side to side has been slowly driving us mad, so we started the week by dismantling everything and having a good clear out.
After applying the primer, the walls the walls already look much better than before. Okay, so everything is still really patchy and there is almost more paint on the floor than on the walls, but it’s still an improvement on before.
After priming everything we then gave the walls two coats of normal white emulsion.
It’s still a bit patchy, but doesn’t matter too much, as we’re just using the white as a base coat for whatever colour we finally decide to paint the room in.
By now, I’m sure you all know how desperate I am to tear up the dodgy laminate flooring – well it’s done. It only took a few hours to rip it all up, and the fact that it was so badly laid probably made things a bit easier.
Almost every bit of work that has been done in our house by the previous owners has been done cheaply and poorly, so I was really surprise to find underlay under the laminate flooring.
So, after also ripping up the underlay the bedroom floor has gone from a complete paint covered, badly laid mess to this even worse paint covered mess.
You can see that in addition to finding the original floorboards, we also found the tiled hearth in front of the chimney breast.
The original Edwardian tiles are kind of still there, even if they are covered in layers of yellowy paint. They don’t seem to be in a good condition though and it also looks like some of them have been removed.
After a bit of paint stripping (if you follow us on Instagram you will have already had a sneaky preview) this is what the tiles look like now.
It’s always surprising that people would cover up original period features, especially pretty tiles like these ones. It’s such a shame that so many of them are broken and we’ll definitely be scouring all local reclamation and fireplace stores to see if we can find some more of them. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we found the original fireplace behind the wall, too?
It’s great to start seeing results in the bedroom. Everything already feels so much cleaner and brighter. There’s still a long way to go, but it’s great to be making progress at last! I already find myself just standing in the middle of the room staring at the clean and smooth walls.
Do you share my dislike of laminate flooring? Do you think we should sand the original floorboards or go for carpet instead? We’ve still not decided on a colour for the walls – let us know your thoughts!