Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Are Budget Bedroom Makeover

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.

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43 comments:

  1. There is nothing more cost effective than painting to totally change the feeling of a room. It has trully transformed yours! You must be chuffed with it! :)

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    1. I really am chuffed with it and can not believe that we were able to change it on such a tight budget xx

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  2. Great job on the room, it looks so much more relaxed just with a lick of paint. And there's so much more you can do with it now too :) x

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    1. Thank you, it really is so much more relaxing. I know we have so much space now which is a novelty xx

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  3. Ahhhh it looks a million times better! We have a grey/silver and white bedroom and I find it SO relaxing, I hope you do too!!! It looks lovely well done! xx

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    1. Thank you Hayley, I love grey/white colour scheme and find it very relaxing xx

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  4. I would never choose those colours but it looks fab hun. I really like it. You can do a make over so cheap its amazing what a lick of paint can do. x

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    1. Thank you Rachel, I know I was so shocked that we managed to do it on such a small budget. I have been putting it off for ages as I thought that it would take ages and cost a fortune but we managed it in a weekend xx

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  5. That looks so much better now....Well done!
    You must be so pleased with it x

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    1. Thank you Kim, yes I am so happy with it and actually like spending time in the room now xx

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  6. Oh wow, what an improvement! We painted our bedroom grey and love it x

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    1. Grey is such a lovely colour for a bedroom I am finding it so calming xx

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  7. It's so nice to just make things look fresh and new and it can all be done on a good budget! I really like the colour of the walls. My perfect choice as well!

    Angela x

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    1. I know I love having everything all fresh and new compared to the state it was in before , I actually enjoy keeping the room tidy and spending time in it now which is a nice change xx

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  8. I really like the grey. That's what I'm debating for some of the rooms in our house

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    1. I am so glad that I went for grey, I was unsure as I thought it might be to gloomy but it is perfect and so relaxing xx

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  9. Wow! It looks so much better now, I love the grey, it's so calming, Now for the fun bit, putting photos up! x

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    1. Thank you Sabrina, it really is so calming. I have been searching online for some nice prints to hang on the walls and little nick naks to make it more homely which is lots of fun xx

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  10. I like the grey decor you have done a great job of renovating your room. Grey is a neutral colour making it the perfect hue for both men and women.

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    1. Thank you Ana, yes I totally agree that it is perfect for both male and females xx

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  11. Its amazing change. When you will add the pictures, it will bring little bit of colors and it will look very good on the simple light color background. Well done.:-)

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    1. Thank you, yes I am hoping adding pictures and little accessories will make the room feel complete xx

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  12. I kept scrolling up to look at your before pictures as I couldn't believe how much bigger the room looks! you have done an amazing job and I like the colour you have chosen and all for such good prices!! :-) x

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    1. I know I can not believe how much more space we have , it looks even bigger in real life. I have been thinking of getting a desk and setting up a blogging area now the room is so nice and we have the space xx

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  13. Wow, what a transformation for £100! I would never think to paint a room grey but it looks gorgeous.

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    1. I know I can not believe how different the room looks and how much we managed to get for only £100 xx

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  14. We have been talking about decorating for months due to being in a one bedroom flat with 2 littles and 2 adults. I moved in 4 years ago and think we will be going down the neutral colours, minimal and less money spent route as well, as realistically, we don't want to be there much longer! Thanks for sharing - I always forget dunhelm exists xx

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    1. Oh my gosh I bet that is a bit cramped, we are the same we need a bigger house as we only have a tiny 2 old fashioned house and need to move thats why I kept putting the decorating off. I feel much better now I have done it though xx

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  15. We have been talking about decorating for months due to being in a one bedroom flat with 2 littles and 2 adults. I moved in 4 years ago and think we will be going down the neutral colours, minimal and less money spent route as well, as realistically, we don't want to be there much longer! Thanks for sharing - I always forget dunhelm exists xx

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  16. I loathe decorating, re-designing and renovating, so totally know how easy it is to lose faith in a room and let it go to ruins! With that being said though you've done an amazing job and on quite a good budget too! Now here's where my proposal comes in, I've got a hallway, bathroom, upstairs landing and two rooms to do, do you want to come and help me ;) x

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    1. Haha thanks for the offer but I think I will pass as I got stressed out just doing a bedroom thats why it took me so long to get around to doing it xx

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  17. It looks lovely and for only £100 is impressive! We chose similar colours for our new bedroom in the extension once it's finished and can't wait to get in

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    1. Oh I bet that it will be lovely once it is finished xx

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  18. Good grief what a transformation. It looks fantastic, well done x

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    1. Thank you Amy, I know I can not believe how different and how much bigger the room is xx

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  19. I can't believe that entire makeover only costed £101!! It looks so amazing and chic! Now I want to do a makeover to my bedroom as well! I've always loved that color scheme. However a tiffany blue pillows would also look super beautiful! :D

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    1. I know I never thought that I would be able to transform a room on such a small budget. Oh I love tiffany blue that would look amazing with grey x

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  20. What a transformation - the place looks gorgeous now, very sophisticated and grownup as well as totally relaxing. Moving the bed looks like it makes much better use of the space. What a transformation for a bargain price, well done!

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I know it really has made such better use of the space. xx

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  21. Wow, it looks amazing! What a difference a few small things can do :)

    Gemma xx

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    1. Thank's Gemma, I know I never knew that you could change a room so much just by moving furniture and decorating xx

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  22. I love grey painted walls. It's such a calming colour. Enjoy your new room - it looks great :)

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    1. Thank you, It really is such a calming colour I want to spend all my time in the room now xx

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