The main bedroom was really fun to give a makeover and it feels awesome to wake up every day to the sight of furniture that me and my Dad built together from scratch. This room has come such a long way and I have received lovely compliments on it. I am really pleased that others love it as much as I do.
Here’s how the room looked when I first bought the house:
There wasn’t much in the way of furniture in this room and the magnolia walls were a little bare. We decided not to keep the bed as we thought the bed that I had when I lived with my parents was much better with feature wallpaper behind it. We did decide to keep the wardrobe (which I don’t have a “before” photo of) but we painted it an eggshell black colour. The chests of drawers were brought in from my bedroom when I lived with my parents and were also painted black.
Below are some photos taken some time after the initial redecoration, but the bedding was tired and the pillows misshapen. Giving the bed a new lease of life was one priority for the more recent transformation.
When I gave the room a makeover myself in 2017, I decided that there was way too much black in this room and I wanted something lighter to make the room feel much more bright and open. I also wanted something a bit more characterful than magnolia for the walls. I went with two shades of grey from Dulux – Chic Shadow and Polished Pebble. This fits in much better with my love of monochrome decor and there is something so calming about it.
I went to my local B&Q one evening after work and took this along with me. They were incredibly helpful in cutting the materials to the sizes that I needed and it only cost about £60. I used 16mm conti board to build this, purely because it was the colour that I wanted already and had a nice finish that didn’t require sanding. The storage capability of my Citroen C1 was pushed to the limit! But one weekend, my dad stopped by to help me put it all together. It was definitely a two-person job to get all the parts drilled together and to lift it into position.
The TV is mounted on an icing turntable, which I bought from Amazon. The idea of this is that you swivel the TV to access the DVD slot on the side or to plug extra things in to the back.
The finishing touch – the bottom compartments light up! This was a set of remote-controlled LED cupboard lights from Maplin.
As for the bed, I just went with plain white sheets as you can’t go wrong with them (except for them showing every crease, ugh) and I bought some black and white stripy cushions, plus some pink furry ones, all from Next. I will get a chunky-knit bed runner from Chun-Kees in the future to go across the front. You can probably tell that I am a big fan of Next. I’m such a regular in my local store that most of the staff recognise me. They are incredibly friendly and helpful in there and they sell great clothes and homeware, plus a good place to have your lunch on a weekend when you’re out shopping. What’s not to like?
Finally, how could I forget my cute little chair blanket from Chun-Kees to finish? The one you can see below is the oyster colour and, unlike the one in the living room which is made of acrylic yarn, this one is made of merino wool. This feels unbelievably soft to the touch and I can’t wait to get that runner I have been swooning over for so long now. How cosy do these look?
So there we have it. I think it’s safe to say that this room has come a very long way. See below for the before and after 🙂