I finally got fed up with our spare room / husband’s gaming room and decided to give it a makeover. I’ve had a plan to make the room over for a while but just haven’t got around to it, then Inspired Wallpaper got in touch and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to get this little project going.
We moved into our house 2.5 years ago and were so excited to have a spare bedroom after living in a 2 bed flat. It meant we had somewhere to put the husband’s computer desk, as well as a bed for when the mother-in-law comes to stay.
However we had no money to do anything with it as other rooms took priority. It just got left, has a donated bed, and looks more like a teenage boy’s bedroom than anything else! I never go in there as the state of it annoys me.
I want somewhere that I can go to work in peace. The bed is going to go as it’s only used a handful of times a year, we’ll look at getting a sofa bed instead and create more space. I’m not allowed to get rid of the husband’s computer unfortunately, but will look at tidying it all up a bit!
I didn’t really know what exactly I wanted the room to look like, just something a bit more stylish. Inspired Wallpaper have lots of great designs available on their website so I had a browse for some inspiration. It was hard to pick one but we decided it was a good idea to keep it quite neutral and not go for a particular colour. The husband uses the room most and he didn’t want anything “girly” – so that was the glitter and floral wallpaper designs out! We both liked the geometric patterned wallpapers, so we chose this design.
Neither of us have ever wallpapered before, and we both hate DIY so I was a bit worried about whether we’d be able to do it or not. Any kind of DIY usually involves quite a bit of swearing and bickering for us!
We borrowed a pasting table off some friends, watched a YouTube tutorial on putting up wallpaper and off we went.
The room is really small and we had to leave the desk in the room as it wouldn’t fit through the door without being taken apart. It was certainly challenging fitting wallpaper in such a small space!
We didn’t do too badly – the first 2 strips went up fairly easily and we managed to get the pattern lined up. The 3rd strip went a bit wrong as it got creased down the middle and we had to start again.
The wallpaper is good quality, it’s fairly thick and has a nice shine to the print. Had we not gone wrong with one strip then 1 roll would have been just enough to cover this small wall. Luckily we had a second roll as back-up.
We finished it without too many problems – and I only wanted to paste his face a couple of times. I’m really impressed with it and think it’s improved the room so much.
We’ve put the desk against the back wall now the bed has gone, it seems so much bigger by just doing this. This weekend we’re going on a trip to good old Ikea to see what storage we can find to fill some of the extra space and hide away some of the junk. I’ve also got my eye on some cool accessories and a nice print for the wall.
Once we have those bits sorted I’ll be back with another post showing the spare room makeover part 2. I’m very excited to get it finished, so ‘watch this space’!