I’m terrible for changing my mind. I used to do my dad’s head in by rearranging the entire downstairs of our house on a regular basis. He would come home from work and go to put the TV on, only for it to have reappeared at the opposite side of the room. Sometimes I could see a flicker of confusion when he walked through the front door, which was already unlocked, into a room which now had a completely different colour scheme and furniture, wondering if he’d walked into one of our neighbours houses by mistake.
Since he moved out two years ago, my boyfriend has been the latest victim of my indecisiveness. I’ve had him completely revamp our kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom – I mean painting the walls a totally different colour, buying new furniture and hanging new things on the walls.
When he first moved in, my bedroom was where his man cave is now and I had the little box room as my office. I then decided we’d move our bedroom to the master bedroom which my dad had just vacated and I would turn my old bedroom into my girl cave, giving him my little box room for his man cave. I rearranged my girl cave a half dozen times and then six months later I changed my mind and wanted my little box room back. So we swapped rooms again. I had a lot of stuff to move.
I’ve not been happy with the little room since moving back into it, it was very cold and grey and not very welcoming at all. I had also ordered a monster of a computer desk which shortly after being assembled and used, I decided I hated and desperately wanted my old, crappy, second hand wooden PC desk back from the depths of the dusty garage. I didn’t have the heart to tell my boyfriend that, since he nearly lost a couple of fingers and mildly missed being decapitated while erecting the new monster desk. The desk is also black and gets dusty really quickly, which used to drive my OCD insane. I couldn’t wait to get rid of it. And I could see the glint in my boyfriend’s eyes at getting the opportunity of a nice new computer desk, hand-me-down PC and getting set up to be a PC gamer (sort of).
I had decided from the off that I really wanted my new theme to be calming and relaxing as opposed to funky and techie. We went to Homebase and I trawled the paint aisle, sending my best friend photo after photo of colours that I thought might be nice – pinks, purples, baby blues and pastel greens. I decided on a calming purple (which was reduced to £7.50 because it was discontinued – bargain) and bought some wood coloured floating shelves to replace the current nasty black ones.
My old crappy PC desk was my next project. Back when I had my girl cave, it had been a God-awful 70’s brown colour and my boyfriend had half-assed painted it white. It still looked awful because he had only painted where he could see. I took two tins of pastel blue spray paint to it and covered it, before applying a candy coloured backing plastic to the top.
I gave my boyfriend my old TV to use as his new monitor for his PC which cleared up some space on the top of my bookshelf and made the room less heavy feeling (IMO). I put two happy plants and a blueberry crush scented candle on the bookshelf.
The rest of the additions included pastel pink voiles and an LED strip which I affixed to the underside of my computer desk and set it to rainbow mode to match my keyboard. Top this all off with a lavender air freshener plug in and my entire room suddenly radiates calm. I love being in it. My cat also loves it because he’s spent the last two nights stroking my voiles. He is absolutely enamoured with my curtains. Bless him, he doesn’t get out much.