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Decorating The Living Room

Decorating the living room 

We were supposed to be decorating the living room a few months ago, only to find that we couldn’t afford to. This was simply down to unforseen expenses with one of the flats we rent out. But after some overtime at work and a couple of football bets going out way, we were suddenly back on track. We had decided to wait until after the New Year. However, as I wrote about in my last post about how John randomly began scraping our living room walls, well, now we’re finished (almost, since we’re just waiting on the delivery of the sofa which is due tomorrow).

Here’s some images from our decorating:

The geometric wallpaper
Scraping of the walls
Portrait in the wallpaper
Portrait in the wallpaper

I accidentally scraped a half portrait outline of a person while I was scraping the wallpaper off, no idea how I did it and could probably not do it again if I tried! But the kids said it looked like John lol

During
More scraping of the walls
Endless scraping of the walls
More endless scraping of the walls
During
Scraping again and moving furniture around the room
During
Lining paper going up
One wall at a time
One wall at a time
After
Rearranging the furniture
Finishing touches
Finishing touches
After
The geometric wallpaper

If anyone thinks this paper looks simple to put up, think twice! I was mentally drained on a Thursday night after putting this up. Pattern matching is no mean feat and hats off to all decorators out there who do this for a living.

Friday saw me laying the carpet and as no one is infallible, I messed up the carpet right at the living room door: it was a fraction of an inch too short meaning it didn’t fit into the gripper. John went all the way to B&Q only for me to find out we couldn’t remove the existing entryway gripper. Turns out whoever laid our laminate flooring in the hallway, nailed the gripper to the floor prior to laying it and to remove it would require much brute force and cost us a massive tear in the laminate flooring. I wasn’t willing to risk it so I had to improvise by adding a slither of carpet into the gripper and mailing the main carpet to the floor. This also proved difficult as our floor is concrete so carpet tacks didn’t cut the mustard here, I had to use black nails for concrete. So John’s trip to B&Q wasn’t a total bust as he picked up the nails.

We are still tidying up but we got the Company tree and decorations up.

Christmas tree
Christmas tree
The window lights behind the new curtains
The window lights behind the new curtains

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