Seeing as I’m now a homeowner and would rather splurge on pillows over playsuits, I thought it would be nice to give you all a little peek into some of the rooms we’ve decorated.
Since getting the keys back in February, we’ve done quite a lot to the house, but the master bedroom has been our biggest project – so I only thought it was right I started with our master bedroom makeover!
I’ve had to break this room up into two blog posts, firstly because there’s a lot of snaps and secondly because our bedroom isn’t fully finished yet. Apparently decorating is quite a hefty task – WHO KNEW. My second blog post will show the bedroom in all its finished glory, but for now you can see how it looks today vs when we got the house.
Talking of which, here’s a before shot for you to feast your eyes on.
WARNING: If seeing paint samples painted straight onto walls and doors anger you, BACK AWAY NOW. We definitely made the mistake of spaffing paint colours everywhere and next time will be sure to use the ole paper trick!
The master bedroom is one of the rooms that really drew us to the house when we viewed it. You can easily fit in a king size bed without it filling up the room, and the wardrobe space is great. The ceilings are really high too, which gives the impression of more space. The only downside is that as we live on quite a busy road and we do hear the traffic a lot, but seeing as I sleep like a god damn log it isn’t that much of an issue…
So, first on the agenda for the room was having the swirly artex ceilings dealt with, so in came the plasterer (who at the same time plastered the ceilings in the lounge, dining room and utility room – but that my friends is another story).
After that we (and by we I ofc mean my boyfriend) did the following:
- Painted the ceilings
- Sanded the whole room and filled any cracks
- Caulked the windows and skirting boards
- Removed carpet (to reveal underlay in good quality – bonus for saving £££!)
- Casually painted colour samples all over the walls and wardrobes (note to self – always paint on paper and hold against wall as these can be a bugger to paint over!)
Our biggest project in the master bedroom was the wardrobes. Although the space inside was great, they looked really tired and needed a bit of TLC.
This in itself took a while, as the inside of them needed about 4 coats of paint. I know we could have left it as it was, as theoretically it will never be on show – but we don’t like to do something half hearted so if we were going to freshen everything up, the inside was getting a revamp too!
For the bedroom walls I chose Fresh Linen by Home of Colour – despite trying numerous Farrow and Ball colours I’m so glad we went for this; at just under £20 for 5L it’s given great coverage and is just a really fresh colour. We ended up using it in another 2 rooms of the house!
Then it was time to start on the doors. This was perhaps the most stressful part of it all, punctuated by many arguments, pizza takeaways and Spotify playlists getting us through it all…
Matt spent ages sanding the doors down, removing the interesting lilac trim on them, giving them two coats of paint then re hanging. We bought new magnets for these too, which means they now open and close smoothly. The new handles were an absolute bargain as well – I spotted them in the ‘last chance to buy’ section of HomeBase and they worked out at 50p a knob!
Afterwards we painted the door frame, door and skirting boards in white satin. It’s such a small thing but I think painting those things offsets everything you’ve done in the room and gives it such a clean finish.
Finally, the new carpet was laid down and the room was ready for furniture!
So, without further ado…TAKE A GANDER AT MY BARELY FURNISHED BEDROOM!
I raided homeware shops and was met with one or two eye rolls from Matt, but eventually we settled on bedding and a few accessories.
I wanted to go for a pared back feel in the bedroom; somewhere that’s fresh but also tranquil, so I kept the colours quite neutral and chose dusky pink for the accent colour (I am shamelessly aboard the dusky pink hype train) as I find it really calming.
I was also kindly gifted the wall prints from Blim & Blum, which I was so pleased with! I wanted something simple for above the bed but also something that would add a nice focal point, which I think it definitely does. I love the font too!
So next on the agenda is getting curtains, something for above the chest of drawers, a new bedroom light, bedside tables, lamps and perhaps some more wall art for the wall that’s opposite the wardrobes. It’s looking a little bare right now, but I can’t wait to start making it feel more like home and I already love laying back on the pillows after a long day…
I’d love to know what you think of our bedroom makeover?
GET THE LOOK!
Tassells cushion, HomeSense (can’t find it online)
Tom Dixon Eclectic Collection Orientalist Scented Candle, Amara Living, £55 (a lovely house warming gift from the girls at work!)
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