Smelly Room Conversion

Shannon Lush converts a smelly room into a kid's bedroom, and shares her recipe for how to treat carpet odours.

A damp problem has been treated in Lindsay’s storage room, a tiny space they call ‘the smelly room’ – but unpleasant residual musty odours remain and they’re keen to treat the smells so their son Dan can move in and away from his little brothers.

Most of the odours are trapped in the old carpet and can be treated.

How to Treat Carpet Odours
1. Mix unprocessed natural wheat bran and bicarb soda in equal parts and combine well in a bowl.
2. Spread the mixture generously over the carpet and sweep it in with a broom. Make sure it really penetrates, so leave it on for at least 5 minutes and it can get to work on the problem. The bran - an abrasive and absorbent - works on the moisture content and the bicarb soda works on nasty smells and acts as a deoderiser.
3. After 5 minutes, vacuum the mixture away. The carpet should look and smell a lot fresher.

Next, the room was also painted a vibrant green Taubmans paint called Green Imp - $48 for a 2L tin (Low Sheen), available from Bunnings Warehouse.
A chalkboard paint (500ml $16.73, available from Bunnings Warehouse) was used on one wall, and after 24 hours it's totally dried.
A loft bed was also specially built for Dan. This provides a great solution for a small space but as with anything custom made, it cost a pretty penny ($2,680). Just remember, with any raised bed, you must have a guard rail or safety side to stop you falling out.

For more information and tips from Shannon, visit the Lush House show page here

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