Our bedroom makeover (so far!)

Our bedroom was one of the first rooms we decorated when we bought our house over 7 years ago.  We didn’t do a particularly good job in the first place (I hold my hands up to getting paint from the walls on the coving, Dad hadn’t taught me about “cutting in” at that point) – and 7 years down the line our bedroom has housed three babies, been used as a storage space, suffered from leaky windows, damp patches from an overflowing gutter and generally seen some wear and tear.  The curtains are terribly faded and wonky after I got fed up of them being on the floor and ripped them one day, planning to hem them later – I didn’t. 

Our bedroom is probably the most neglected room in the house.  It’s the room which gets the least attention.  It’s the room which gets cleaned last, the room which I shove things in to hid them, the room where I pile up the washing to do or put away.  This isn’t what I want for our bedroom.  I want a grown up, calm, relaxed sapce.  A childfree space. 

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I’ve known for quite a while that I wanted a navy theme to our bedroom – long enough in fact that I asked for navy sheets from John Lewis on our wedding list three years ago.  At the time we had been planning to get a larger bed pretty quickly so we chose King Size sheets – and they have remained safely packaged away ever since.  Our bed is a standard double and besides being old, tired and uncomfortable; it’s just far too small for us.  A new bed is steadily sneaking up the priority list and I’m hoping it’s something we’ll sort pretty sharpish once we get into the new year. 

In the meantime, despite much of the rest of the house being full of unfinished jobs, we launched head first into a full makeover of our bedroom and I wanted to share our progress so far with you today! 

We were given a £100 budget and a number of tips from interior designer Joanna Thornhill.  Now I hold my hands up, we have spent more than £100 on this makeover so far but the majority of the work was done within the spend – it’s amazing what a lick of paint and a jolly good tidy up can do! 


What we’ve done:

* Painted the old dark stained wood window sills with white gloss 

* Repainted all the skirting boards and door with white gloss 

* Repapered and painted the walls a soft grey

* Swapped the picture frame for a new white one 

* Added a frame for some new art work above the bed 

* Added a new lamp which we brought back from France

* Decluttered!!!

* Ordered new navy blackout curtains from NEXT – these should arrive next week

What we’ve still got to do: 

* Swap the middle two wardrobe doors for mirrored doors to break up the dark expanse of wood

* A dressing table (and get rid of the full length mirror) and new storage for all my make up bits

* A new light fitting

* A new, much bigger bed!

* Put up the new curtains when they arrive

* Find a suitable picture for the frame above the bed

* Frame a typography from our first wedding anniversary to go above the chest of drawers

Of course when the room is finally complete I’ll share some more photos with you! 

You can see the results of an array of tips and blogger bedroom makeovers (including ours) here: http://www.hillarys.co.uk/bedroom-designs-before-and-after/

*Disclaimer – We were provided with a £100 budget towards redecorating our bedroom*



  1. October 18, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    I would love to be given a budget to do a room makeover – although I think I need our extension first – most of the other rooms are done! Your bedroom looks so much better and I lol-ed at the before pics – you're so honest, I would have tidied up first! hehe x

    • October 18, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      I figured it made for a more dramatic makeover 😉 Our room is always such a mess, as I said in the post it's the last room that ever gets any attention!

  2. October 20, 2015 / 10:35 am

    Its looking lovely! I definitely need to re-do my room soon, since i moved in with my boyfriend I've sort of abandoned it a bit due to it being a shared space so i definitely need to get on it.

  3. October 21, 2015 / 8:43 am

    loving this Colette i know you have desperate to get your space back to yours! .. looking super 🙂

  4. Carla Shreeves
    October 27, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    I'm loving the nautical theme. It's looking great so far!

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