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March 5, 2012

Things I really ought to be doing right now:

  • Going for a run
  • Looking for work
  • Writing a gig review for The Grapevine

Things I most certainly should not be doing right now:

  • Making a stop motion film entitled “Operation Redecoration” (and if one feels absolutely compelled to do such a thing, one should wear something a little more flattering than pyjama bottoms. Just sayin’.)

It had to be done, however (the revamping, not the video). For all the recent changes in my life, I needed a sanctuary. A room to retreat to. A place that felt more like me. So while the boy was at a stag this past weekend, I cleaned, repainted and rearranged our bedroom.

The before photo (of which there is only one, because, although I planned to do an entire stop motion video of said project, I evidently failed in the “before & after” department). However meager, “Exhibit A” still shows a beige 20-something bachelor pad, which gives you an idea of the direness of the situation. What you don’t see in the photo are the bike tires on the wall and a book-case full of wires and man gadgets and the Tranformers figurine on the wardrobe (although those words seem to be mutually exclusive as figurine sounds dainty and we all know that transformers are badass — though perhaps not fit for a 30-something-married-couple’s bedroom).

What you do see in the video is my plumber’s crack on  multiple occasions, which is not a good look, no matter how fit the ass. What IS a good look, however, is the final product. I think. Please note that I am on a shoestring budget (half of a shoestring actually) so my powers of transformation were limited by my lack of funds (the only thing I bought is the paint). I’d love to purchase new furniture but one needs a job for that (I really should start looking for work in earnest). And besides, I’m waiting for the perfect antique dresser, desk, bedside table, lamp and chair to come my way. But you just wait, people! The pizzazz will be something to behold. In the meantime, I’m digging the freshness of the room. Sure, it’s not worthy of Apartment Therapy but it’s a vast improvement.

I’m not certain how the British Boy feels about the change. Mind you, he did spend the entire weekend getting utterly pissed with his mates so his judgement may still be impaired. He says he likes it but there is a hint of a tone in his voice that suggests otherwise. Perhaps he’s in shock. I suspect he feels like part of his boyhood has been lost, or robbed as it were (it’s a good thing I didn’t get that giant unicorn painting). Maybe I should put Optimus Prime back on the shelf.

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  1. March 5, 2012 11:03 am

    Can you come and do our place next ;)

    You got skillz lady. Love it!

  2. Jamie Walker permalink
    March 5, 2012 11:13 am

    love the stop frame !!!!!! Wickeeeeed x

  3. March 5, 2012 11:28 am

    Love it… would have loved to have seen his reaction to it too ;-)

  4. March 5, 2012 11:39 am

    that was so FUN! love the tune, love the look, love you most! (crack included :P)

  5. Cynthia permalink
    March 5, 2012 11:53 am

    You look great love! Keep going, u are amazing! I shall be in Manchester from April 8-13th, so if there is a day in there to drop in and have an English tea with you… ok or a good pint… let me know! Lots of love, Cynthia

  6. March 5, 2012 12:02 pm

    you done GOOD! so fun watching it al come together, makes me wanna revamp something.

  7. March 5, 2012 1:01 pm

    This was so fantastic! I loved the music and the speedy transformation! Excellent results as well…I bet he will love it! I know I do!

    • March 5, 2012 1:04 pm

      Oh, and here are some more exclamation marks if you would like!!!!!!!!

  8. british Boy permalink
    March 5, 2012 1:09 pm

    wooo hoo to my bedroom I go !!! xo

  9. alix permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:39 pm

    Wow, you are a one woman miracke worker! – you deserve a lie down in said room now! xx

  10. March 5, 2012 2:57 pm

    figurines?
    pffft.
    dude, your husband has dolls.

  11. Elena permalink
    March 5, 2012 4:35 pm

    Fantastic job! Bravissima!
    You should do that more often…posting videos, not redecorating, poor British Boy! ;)
    But seriously, impressive transformation and all in a weekend!
    Ciao!

  12. March 5, 2012 5:47 pm

    Two words: Wonder Woman!!!

  13. Alison permalink
    March 5, 2012 7:20 pm

    Wow! That was really fun to watch. I loved it. I wish painting jobs really went that fast. Excellent work. Joe, I hope you like the change.

  14. March 6, 2012 11:03 am

    jeanine that was sweet!!! i owe you an email. my lord, my winter is spinning spinning spinning… wishing you well way the heck over there – love you millions.

  15. Libby permalink
    March 6, 2012 1:29 pm

    I love the room. Once you’ve settled your brain, got yourself organised, feel at home, then you can look for work. That is how my brain works. And I like the flowers too. You know a lady is in the house when there is flowers. Home Sweet Home.

  16. Kathy L. permalink
    March 6, 2012 8:45 pm

    Clean, fresh, fabulous! I hope he recovers from his shock – ’cause it’s awesome :-) Much more ‘home’ I’m sure. Is the accent wall blue or brown? In the still it looks brown, in the film it looks blue…….

  17. March 6, 2012 10:49 pm

    SUCH a speedy worker! Love the result.

  18. March 7, 2012 8:40 am

    I loved watching the transformation unfold in your video and really get where you are coming from in trying to carve out a cozy space in a male decorated enviornment. It is a dance for sure, carving it out and not stepping on toes. I love what you pulled together!

  19. sophie permalink
    March 14, 2012 10:56 pm

    your next installment? :-)

  20. March 15, 2012 5:57 am

    This is great — and I’m exhausted just watching! I’d pay you to come do my new apartment! (Not a bad idea — Gypsy Girls can help people make Home wherever they go). WOuld love to ask also how you made the video – good stuff.

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