The upstairs ‘spare’ bedroom stood as a bit of a dumping ground and guest quarters for some time but when Anya was due to come it was time to decorate. We’d already replaced the windows and other than some rather terrible plaster work the room didn’t need a lot of work. Here you can see the original gas lamp that was still in the wall.
Again the plaster was all hand pulled and poured plaster of Paris on lathe so it was a lot easier to pull down and replace with plaster board (dry wall) and even out all the angles. The floor had been recently replaced by the previous owner so it wasn’t an expensive renovation for the contractors. Thankfully the new walls meant our ability to repair the shocking HVAC install that a subcontractor had done.
Fresh dry wall was placed and then trimmed.
Then the plasterboard was skim coated to give a flat surface.
A replacement 6 panel door was purchased and the room was painted and properly trimmed with Victorian moulding.
I had originally intended hand painted mural wallpaper but the bump out from the chimney left the options frustrating and expensive. Instead we sourced these screen printed linen wall decals which gave a lot more flexibility for placement. We opted for a ‘woodland’ theme owing to the abundant oaks, squirrels and raccoon in the neighbourhood. Banking on a central ‘theme’ made decor and colours easy to blend without everything needing to be too matchy matchy.
We placed larger piece around the room and hung temporarily with painter’s tape.
This became a masterclass in sticker application.
Each piece being separate meant we could have some fun with placement of individual items.
I managed to find thematic woodland furniture, and for a steal because it was one of the only lines of children’s furniture that Ellen Degeneres sold after being Cancelled.
Then some sweet toys and artwork.
Of course it wouldn’t be a working nursery and play room if it didn’t explode in toys and need to grow with Anya. The theming has made buying storage and decor very easy and I recommend it to others.