Whilst waiting for the Old House Renovations to continue in the Spring, we decided to make over the Master Bedroom. Even though we have decorated this room when we moved into the Old House, we decided to completely overhaul the bedroom to make it exactly as we wanted it and I have to admit, I absolutely love the result! I’m really excited to share this room with you.
The Bedroom as it was
I liked our Old Bedroom but it wasn’t exactly how we wanted it. When we moved into the Old House, I painted the walls a light lilac colour and bought new curtains. The previous owners had left their wardrobes that I painted and they looked good in the space either side of the fireplace, but it was clear that we needed more storage.
New Fitted Wardrobes
We asked a local carpenter to build fitted wardrobes to fit either side of the fireplace. As the space was small, I wanted floor to ceiling wardrobes to maximise the space.
Choosing a Statement Wallpaper
I knew that I wanted a strong wallpaper either side of the fireplace. I looked at loads and I loved this wall mural but I wasn’t sure a mural would suit this space. You know when you have a picture of what you want in your head but you just can’t find It? Well, that was me! I wanted a strong, pink floral wallpaper but I just couldn’t find one I liked. One day, I took the pink bedspread off my bed and realised that I didn’t like the colour! As soon as I had decided I didn’t want a pink wallpaper, I found quite a few wallpapers that I liked. In the end, I went for a Laura Ashley wallpaper as it was in the sale and had 50% off. I thought that if I really hated it, it wouldn’t be so hard to change it. I didn’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on something I was unsure of. It wasn’t until the wallpaper was on the wall that I could see that it was perfect!
The Wall Colour
Once I had chosen the wallpaper, I knew that the colour on the walls would be easier. At first, I chose a Farrow and Ball colour called Palma Grey but it was a little more of a chalky blue than I wanted. I wanted the walls to be darker than the paper so in the end I chose a colour called Slate which is also by Laura Ashley. It made sense as I knew it would tone in with the wallpaper. The paint was in the sale so was a complete bargain at less than £50 for 5 litres (2 pots). It went on the walls really well although was more gloopy than some other paints we have used in the past. We did two coats in one day which worked well as it dried quickly. I think if you did one coat on one day and left the roller and paint overnight, you would get flecks of dried paint in your second coat the following day. We painted the fireplace surround, the coving and skirting boards in Timeless by Dulux to match the wardrobes. It gives the whole room a really fresh look.
The Gallery Wall
I have been collecting pictures for about a year but have never got around to putting them on the wall! The Georgian ladies were £2 each from a car boot sale and the roses prints were from Shepton Mallet Flea Fair and were £10 for the three. The Vogue print cost £95 and was from King and McGaw which is a fabulous site to get a whole range of pictures for your entire home. I love the end result and still have room for more should I see anything else I love!
My old curtains were my favourite ever! They were from Cath Kidston and a floral masterpiece but our house is damp and they had mould on them! Removing the mould proved tricky and it was so upsetting! We didn’t want to spend a fortune on curtains again as it just wasn’t worth it. Ready made curtains are better value for us as I can change them every few years if I need to due to living in such a damp house. I chose plain grey curtains for about £75 as they match the dark grey Headboard from SleepStyle at Etsy. I spent ages choosing the headboard and I loved the one over at The Pink House. Choosing a dark grey one was a more practical choice as I wasn’t sure which colour to go for. I absolutely love my new headboard and I would recommend choosing one through Etsy as SleepStyle were easy to use and delivered the headboard quickly.
Dressing the Bedroom
We bought a lovely new bed linen set which is a soft blue, brushed cotton. It was £75 from a department store near the Old House called Leeks. We already has a grey throw but bought a Slate coloured blanket with Pom-Pom details from Laura Ashley. I can’t remember where we got our bedside tables from as they are years old but the bedside lamps were from Dar Lighting. They were expensive but are a few years old now and I love them! I bought new chalk pink lampshades from Dunelm and they were a bargain at £19 each. I’m glad I kept a little bit of pink as it goes with a chair that I have had for years that I love.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Master Bedroom Make Over! We hope to start renovations to the Old House again in the New Year so do pop over again to see how we are getting on. Happy New Year everyone.
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