Redecorating after Brunch

It all started because the milk was off.

Which meant no milk for my cereal or my morning cup of tea. Of course, I could have had toast and marmalade and a coffee (I drink my coffee black). But I don’t like coffee first thing in the morning, and I didn’t fancy toast and marmalade.

So – I decided not to have breakfast at all, but instead to go and do my normal weekly shopping and then have brunch when I got back home.

I have a dining room, but I haven’t really used it since my husband left 18 months ago – I just eat on the sofa and watch the TV. And to be fair, we didn’t much use it when he was still living here – only really if we had visitors.

I decided that I would do brunch properly – sit at the table. Set the table. Get the mats out.

I made scrambled egg with smashed avocado, on seeded wholemeal toast, washed down with apple and mango juice and followed by a cafetiere of decent coffee. I sat in the dining room and wondered why I don’t eat in there more often.

Correction – I wondered why I don’t eat in there at all.

And there are lots of reasons – but the one that stands out above all the rest is that it’s basically a very boring room. The walls are cream. The curtains are cream. The centre light is cream. The wallpaper is silver on – wait for it – a cream background.

There’s a clock on the wall but it stopped a long time ago and it needs an actual clockmaker to make it go again.

The room has no personality. There’s no life in there.

The only time I go in is to either put washing round the radiator, or on my way out to the garden.

There are bits that I like. With large windows, and the door to the garden at the side, it gets light from two directions. The fireplace is probably original, making it Edwardian. It has a high ceiling, and it’s a decent size.

So – what to do about it?

It needs warming up and it needs to be more interesting.

If money was no object, I would get rid of the cream curtains and go for something darker and more sumptuous. It’s a room that needs some sort of statement. I would also change the light fitting. But the thing that I think I might do is paint one of the walls.

So this afternoon I went to the well-known DIY chain that I work for, and collected some paint chips to see what I fancy.

The Edwardian fireplace has fabulous decorated tiles, and that’s where I’m starting. I’ve chosen colours that work with the tiles.

I’ve got them blu-tacked to the fireplace so that I can decide which I like.

Once I’ve got a short-list of two or three I’ll get some tester pots and set to work.

Quite excited. I’m doing this for me – I wrote about owning the space ages ago, and this is a room that is very definitely one that I’m not owning.

But I’m also doing it with half an eye on the fact that I know I’ll have to sell eventually – and at the moment the dining room isn’t very appealing. If I sort it out now, I get the benefit – and then when it’s time to sell I’ll get the benefit of that as well.

But, once I’ve sorted it out and made it a more pleasant space to be in – I actually have to use it. I have to get out of the habit of just slobbing in front of the TV at every meal. I have to find reasons to use it.

And to think if the milk hadn’t gone off, none of this would have happened.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Joan Mudd says:

    I like your dining room! It’s elegant and sophisticated. Mind you … my lounge is actually painted magnolia by (choice) so who am I to comment?

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  2. Joan Mudd says:

    And if I could edit my reply I would put (by choice). Damn these sausage fingers 🙂

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    1. I like the cream – I just think there’s too much of it. I’ve never been as happy with this room as I am with the rest of the house. It definitely needs ‘something’ – we’ll see how I feel once the walls are painted!!

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  3. gosforthgirl says:

    Hi- just in the similar situation as you but finding getting the ` right` tester pot very challenging! Why are the colours soooo inaccurate?

    Unlike you I`m not used to painting so this will be a massive challenge for me but at least no one to comment on the mistakes!

    Also you should get a discount on your paints which is good! xx

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    1. OO, that’s great, we can compare notes. What are you doing? Take your time – you should aim to spend longer doing the prep than you spend doing the painting (wiping the wall down, polyfilla-ing the cracks, masking tape if required). And if you don’t get finished in one day put your brushes/roller in a plastic bag overnight and they’ll still be usable the next day.
      I actually enjoy watching paint dry… And yes, discount is good!!!

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  4. Rachy T says:

    Happy decorating! Fate lent a hand perhaps? 😁

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    1. It’s certainly funny how one thing led to another!!

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  5. SisterStay says:

    How lovely to reclaim your dining room. Magnolia is a pretty safe choice when you come to sell the house. You could look on eBay for some new curtains or in charity shops for a new painting /picture for the walls… Look on freecycle too. It’s amazing what’s out there.

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  6. Oh yes!! All the furniture came from either our local auction house or our local antique dealer. £500 for a mahogany 8-seater table plus 8 chairs, £10 for the sideboard and I think about £50 for the dresser. Love a bargain, me!!

    But – do I paint a wall or change the curtains? I don’t think I need to do both. Painting the wall would be the cheapest option (the curtains are floor to ceiling, 4 widths for the window, and another width for the side door).

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    1. SisterStay says:

      I should have known. Who’d go to IKEA when you can get bargains like that?? Replacement curtains – even secondhand for a wnidow that big, plus a side door – would be expensive. I look forward to seeing the chosen paint colour!

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      1. I’ve got all the paint chips blu-tacked to the fireplace now, and I keep looking at them in different light conditions at different times of the day. There’s one I keep coming back to…

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