As I mentioned in my WIP Wednesday post, we decided to decorate our bedroom this week. This had been in the pipeline for a while, but we hadn’t agreed on an exact timescale. Then Mr C got his operation date through and we thought we’d better get it sorted ASAP. We swiftly laid out some plans, bought tester pots and picked colours.
The contents of our room were piled onto the bed and covered with sheets, and Mr C painted whilst I was at work and the children were at school and preschool. We camped out on the sofa bed in the living room, which was a bit like being on holiday! (We are still sleeping downstairs actually, as the new curtains aren’t up yet.) Just as a side note, I’m not sure sofa beds are designed with comfort in mind; my hips and back think I’m about 90!
Mr C and I are not known for doing thinds by halves, and this was no exception. Last week we ordered a bunk bed for the children, thinking we’d just get the whole of upstairs sorted at once. This was due to be delivered on Wednesday so on Tuesday we dismantled the cot and single bed that were in their room, put the bed in the loft and got rid of the cot. The children were immensely excited about sleeping on mattresses on their floor for the night. (So excited that, despite me reading the rabbit story, they were up until 9pm diving across the room and landing on the mattresses!)
Wednesday arrived and when we woke up, our daughter’s face was covered in spots and she couldn’t go to pre-school. I had to work but Mr C was off so he booked a doctor’s appointment around the delivery times for the bed. Luckily it wasn’t chicken pox. (He wasn’t relishing the thought of constructing a bed with her ‘help’, but at least she wasn’t really poorly!)
On my lunch break at work I excitedly checked my phone and saw Mr C had messaged me. The delivery was here, but they’d sent a single mattress and a WARDROBE! Yes, really. I’m not sure whether it was an Argos special version of the Narnia wardrobe, but it wasn’t what we had ordered. Mr C was a bit cross, mainly because it threw our plans completely, but managed to arrange a new delivery for Saturday. In the meantime we are storing the wardrobe in our living room, as well as a single mattress.
Anyway, the race against time has continued. We need it all sorting by next Friday! Mr C managed to fit the carpet yesterday and it is beautiful, so soft and squishy underfoot. The children’s room was full to the brim with the combined contents of their own room and ours because we needed it out of the way during carpet fitting, and it all had to be put back before bedtime. They’ve also had the adventure of sleeping on mattresses for another three nights! I think they’ll almost be disappointed when their bed arrives.
There are still a few more jobs to do, including hanging curtains and hopefully the bunk bed arriving and being built tomorrow. (Placing bets now on weird and wonderful things that could get in the way.) I’m looking forward to the house not feeling completely upside down and having a few days of calm before Mr C’s operation, so hoping our plans will run smoothly.
If there’s one thing we learned, it’s don’t try and deal with more than one room at once, especially not whilst working almost full time! I still adore this owl wallpaper though.
Have you ever made plans which have gone completely wrong? Or bitten off more than you can chew?