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Bedroom Makeover Challenge – Before and After

I was recently asked by Hillary’s Blinds to take part in a bedroom makeover challenge, along with some other bloggers.

We were given £100 and some tips from interior designer, Joanna Thornhill.

Here’s what she suggested for me:

1.Netting around beds can create a dreamy, romantic look, but in a small
bedroom it can feel a little full-on – I’m not sure if you still have these up,
but concentrating them in one spot to create a bed pelmet would allow you to
retain this sumptuous feel without feeling like it’s taking over the space, as
well as making more of a focal point of the bed.
2.I feel like you could potentially have a little fun here with your
wardrobe doors – I’d pick out a colour palette for the whole room, then you
could potentially paint each door in a patchwork of colours to create a real
point of interest. To stop it looking too busy, stick with colours from the same
palette and simply alter the tone, or go for harmonising colours (those which
sit either side of your chosen main colour on the colour wheel). Perhaps moving
away from pink towards a more mauve palette would feel more sophisticated yet
still retain a feminine feel – you could opt for a relatively pale tone on your
walls then play around with the spectrum, bringing in light greys down to much
darker, almost mocha hues, also bringing in the odd splash of warm fuchsia pink
to break things up a bit. If in doubt, visit a paint mixing store with a Dulux
Mixlab machine, and pick colours of different intensities from the same colour
card, to ensure they all work together tonally. Your wardrobes look like they
might be melamine, so you’d need to coat them with some ‘difficult surfaces’
primer first before adding your main colour (go for an eggshell rather than a
gloss finish, for a more contemporary look).

 

3.Your television is quite prominent on the wall across from your bed – to
lessen its impact, try creating a gallery wall full of framed artworks of
various different sizes, filling the whole wall all around it, to help blend it
in. Keep costs down by framing inexpensive materials, such as pretty decorative
wallpaper scraps, or try sites like Etsy.com for inexpensive work from new
artists.

Before

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before
With the netting

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before
Without the netting

After

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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Hilarys Blinds – #blindofthemonth Competition

I’ve spent a nice quiet morning (the kids are away with family for a week) dreaming about creating a lovely summer bedroom. When we moved here a few months ago we decorated every room except our bedroom. It has pink walls and our curtains and bedspread are pink so we decided to concentrate on the other rooms and leave ours as it was.

Now I know we’ll never be able to afford all the bedroom furniture from John Lewis (I’m writing this so Ant doesn’t have another heart attack when he sees the prices!) but it’s been nice to dream!

I’ve had enough of pink but I still wanted something calm and relaxing so I’ve gone for a soft lilac with a few bold purple accessories.
We have to have a blackout blind in our room otherwise I’m awake far too early but at the moment we have a boring white one.
Hilary’s has a large selection of designs, including Monochrome Midnight. I don’t usually go for stripes but I like this design. I’ve fallen in love with the Windsor shutters and the Diamonte Lilac cushion covers, also from Hilary’s.

One of the things I love the most about decorating a room is shopping for all the accessories 🙂

bed with pillows on - Hilary's blinds bedroom makeover competition

Kaycee and Ella’s Room – Before and After Photos

This was going to be our room but after talking it over with Ant we decided it made more sense for the girls to have the biggest room because they had the most stuff!

Before:

After:

 

 

 

 

After all their complaining about not wanting a pink bedroom, they did a u-turn and loved the bedding and curtains that their Nanny gave them!
Since these photos were taken they’ve added some stickers to the walls that they chose from B&M and we still have their new pictures to put up so I’ll take more photos when we get them up 🙂

New house – decorating update

We’ve had the keys for a week now and even though we’ve been busy all day, every day for that week it doesn’t feel like we’re making much progress.

The plan was to work on one room at a time, get it decorated then unpack, starting with the bathroom. That turned out not to be very practical because I had to keep waiting for different jobs to be done by Ant that I couldn’t do; he still has to go to work so he’s fitting in as much as he possibly can after work and on the weekends.

So as it stands now, the bathroom is stripped but we’ve not actually got any more done in there. We need to paint the walls and fit new lino. We also need to clean that light fitting.
I’m going to be working on the bathroom tomorrow and hope to get it all finished apart from the lino 🙂

The toilet is just about done, I still need to gloss the door and we need to pick new lino because I don’t like the brown lino that’s down. At some point, Ant’s going to build a storage cupboard on the back wall above the toilet.

Aiden’s room is done, I just need to get his furniture in now and unpack 🙂 I love his carpet, we got an off cut from Carpet Right for £50.

Kaycee and Ella’s room just needs the carpet fitting which Ant is probably doing as we speak so we’ll just need to get the furniture in there and unpack (note to self, take a photo when the room has been cleared, not when it’s full of junk!).

Our room (currently being used as a storage room!) just needs the walls washing and the carpet cleaning so once the bathroom is painted and lino fitted, that’ll be all the rooms upstairs done.

Actually, after writing all that down, it does finally feel like we’re making progress and I reckon it’s going to come together all at once and we’ll be taken by surprise when it’s ready to move in!

Time to get organised

New Year always brings with it a deep seated need in me to rearrange and reorganise the house.
I know Ant will now have a sinking feeling in his stomach after reading that because he dreads those words but it has to be done I’m afraid!
I’ve ordered Aiden a new wardrobe and I’ve also ordered two DVD shelf units from Very to accommodate our growing DVD collection. The bookcases we are using at the moment are most likely going to go into Aiden’s room as the white bookcase he has in there is broken. As you can see, the new DVDs the kids had for Christmas are piled on top of the shelves because we’ve run out of room.

I’m sending Aiden’s canvas Spongebob wardrobe to my sister’s for one of her boys. It was fine when Aiden was younger and all his clothes were small but now he’s getting bigger, it’s useless. His clothes won’t all fit in the hanging shelves and it’s been used as a place to store all his board games for the last couple of years. His clothes have been on the bottom two shelves of his bookcase, which isn’t a very good place for them either so I decided I’d had enough and he was having a proper wardrobe.
I want to give his room a new coat of paint to freshen it up and I’m looking at getting him a throw for his bed because he just can’t seem to keep duvet covers on the duvet! He asked if it could be painted because he said he’s too old for Spongebob now!

The girls are going to have new bunk beds and a wardrobe each and I also want to repaint their room. It’s been about 3 years since we last decorated it and it’s looking a bit grubby now. They currently each have their clothes in a 3 tier toy storage unit that we bought from Argos but they’re getting a bit small now.
I’m going to use these for their toys, along with the other unit they have that’s similar and hopefully that will provide enough toy storage for everything they got for Christmas.
I’m not doing a themed room when I decorate this time because it costs a fortune. We’re just having pink walls and maybe some butterfly stickers or something.
I’m going to get new tab top curtains and a curtain pole because I’m sick of the curtain hooks coming off and them looking messy all the time. I’ve also decided to get them pink canvas furniture for their room. They’ll love it more than a wooden wardrobe and as it’s cheaper I’ll be able to afford other units so they’ll have more storage.
I’ve just seen a half price offer in Argos for a pink canvas wardrobe set but obviously it’s out of stock everywhere! I hope it comes back in stock before the offer finishes but knowing my luck it won’t!
So the plan of action for today is to dismantle Aiden’s Spongebob wardrobe, empty his bookcase and sort all his stuff out.
I’m also going to take the princess tent down in the girl’s room and sort their clothes out. I need to get the toys put away so I might put the girl’s clothes in our room until we get the new furniture.
Granddad’s taking me to B&M so I can price up the curtains, pole and paint for each room and hopefully I’ll find out from Very when the new DVD shelves are going to be delivered. They arrived at the Lincoln depot on the 31st Dec so hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer.
I’m eager to get started so I’m off to have breakfast and a coffee (Yummmmm Tassimo coffee!!), get the kids off to school and Ant off to work so I can get cracking 🙂