I have wanted to move for a while now as since having are third child are home is way to small and we need somewhere bigger. Knowing that we will be moving in the near future has meant that my current home is getting rather neglected, as I don't see the point spending lots of time and money doing it all up if we wont be around long enough to enjoy it.
I did however decorate most of are home two and a half years ago when I was pregnant with Sophia and we managed to decorate everywhere apart from are bedroom. At the time I cleared the room out, stripped it and then never got around to getting it done. After Sophia arrived I was busy with a newborn before falling pregnant again just five months later, resulting in the undecorated bedroom getting left undecorated.
|Budget bedroom makeover before and after photo.|
As no-one ever went in are room apart from us we ashamedly let it get into a state, as it turned into a bit of a dumping ground full of boxes and clutter. The room felt cramped as we also have a cot in are room as well as are king sized bed. As it was undecorated and unloved it was a room that no one liked to spend any time in, we used it purely for sleeping. I kept wanting to decorate but never actually got around to doing anything about it so it has stayed looking uninviting, cluttered and unloved for years with mismatched bedding and bare walls.
However help was at hand as I was recently giving the challenge of spending £100 on giving my room a makeover with expert advice from interior designer Joanna Thornhill, on how to transform my dull bedroom into a nice grown up calming bedroom that we could enjoy once again. Originally I thought that I wanted the room white with monochrome accessories and the odd splash of colour to brighten things up a bit, however after spending hours on Pinterest browsing bedrooms I decided that I wanted grey walls with white bedding as it looked so relaxing.
Joanna offered me some tips to get started on my room such as having my walls plain to give us a blank canvas. Buying a large rug can help to freshen up a room and is cheaper then a new carpet if you are planning on moving home in the future. Choosing a design in the window dressing that will compliment the bedding and cot bedding. Buying a throw to drape over the headboard to hide the broken slat on it and moving the bedroom furniture around as the room was taken up by are bed.
With these tips in mind I got to work firstly I cleared out the whole room getting rid of the boxes and clutter and freeing up a lot of room in the process. I was also lucky enough to be sent some wallpaper from Graham & Brown to celebrate national wallpaper week, as we have never wallpapered before I selected superfesco easy to use wallpaper in destiny. I got to work painting the ceiling and woodwork to freshen the room up a bit before the other half got to work wallpapering the room, instantly the room looked better decorated.
Next we decided to change the room around moving the bed to the end of the room and moving the cot where are bed use to be and the wardrobe near the door. I could not believe how much more space we had by doing this and the room feels so much bigger.
I then brought some new blackout curtains from Dunelm in a nice grey colour. I also brought new bedding also from Dunelm which is white and grey and matches are curtains and walls well. I also took Joanna's advice and brought a grey throw from TK Maxx which I draped over the headboard and is something I never would have thought of doing myself. The bed looks so different by having the throw over it and is such a easy and inexpensive way to transform a bed.
I am so happy with how the room looks it is now a lovely room that I would happily spend time in other then sleeping as it is uncluttered, inviting and relaxing.
I still have a few things to do with the room such as we want some under bed storage boxes as we don't have much space. I also want a new wardrobe as the one we have is old and doesn't look very nice. I also need to add some pictures to the walls, some pillows on the bed and add some kind of storage unit so that I can add all the little bits and pieces we have that make a house a home.
What we spent the money on
* £20 on decorating supplies such as paint, brushes and paste from Wilkinson's.
* £30 on blackout curtains from Dunelm.
* £35 on a duvet set from Dunelm.
* £12 on a throw from TK Maxx
* £4 on a lampshade from Argos.
Total = £101
This challenge has shown me that you can transform a room on a budget of just £100 which I never would have thought possible before. I thought redecorating are bedroom would cost hundreds of pounds and that is why I have been putting it off for so long, now I know it can be done I will be transforming more rooms in are home on a budget.
You can see the results of some other bloggers bedroom makeovers along with Joanna's tip's at www.hillarys.co.uk/bedroom-designs-before-and-after.