Starting Our Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

So far this year, all the home projects we’ve completed have been totally unintentional. It’s not been anything particularly major but instead of talking about things and then spending months not doing them, we’ve been quite proactive by our standards. Most recently, we’ve started a makeover of our master bedroom and it’s turning out quite well so far.

The previous owners completed a loft conversion which is great – we’ve chosen it as our master bedroom so it feels like we’re getting away from the rest of the house when we go to bed plus it has at least a functioning en-suite which is handy since nothing in the main bathroom works! However, neither the build quality nor the layout is fantastic and I would have definitely done things differently if it was our project from scratch.

We recently had Sharps bedrooms out to talk about the possibility of turning our slopy ceiling area into a kind of walk-in dressing room so that we can move the bed to where the wardrobes are. It wouldn’t be a massive project but it seemed very much beyond their capabilities. The cost involved doesn’t bother us, we’ve got a good track record with saving up and spending money when it’s exactly what we want. With them though it was all about what they couldn’t do, what wouldn’t work and so that was the end of that. We’ll revisit it with the builder who did all the rendering work on the front of our house because I know we can make it work but for now it’s a parked project.

Instead I decided to give the bedroom a lick of paint, have a little rejig of the furniture and see if that helped to turn it from a bedroom into a beautiful boudoir. Our furniture is all a bit mishmash – part leftover from the previous owners, part brought with us from our previous rental and part from Pete’s previous home. We didn’t want to spend money replacing it or changing the flooring but I had no idea what a difference painting it would make.

I wanted a pale grey and after the Farrow and Ball debate to end all debates on Instagram, opted for a Valspar paint in Silver Thistle Down. This was SUCH a great choice, the paint was so beautiful to work with and is exactly the shade I had in mind.

So here’s some before pictures because of course, there’s no point showing afters if there are no befores! It’s a fairly big room with windows on opposite sides and we have two double wardrobes, two big chests of drawers, a king-sized bed, two bedside tables and a lot of empty floor space. Oh and check out that horrendous light fitting!!

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

And then came the grey. It took four days because I’m fairly slow and the doors still need to be done but we’re so happy and can’t believe what a difference it makes.

Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

I’m going to leave the rest of the pictures for now until we’ve completely finished but as you can see we’ve moved one of the drawer units over by the window which has freed up space for my new dressing table area which I’m so excited about! I’m planning a copper/blush pink colour theme to compliment the grey and we already have a few bits and pieces on the way. Plans include a round copper mirror to hang above the dressing table, an Eames imitation rocker, plants and prints. Watch this space!


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  1. mackenzieglanville
    April 26, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    that is super exciting, gosh I love decorating! I think it is perfect to have the loft space it is so intimate, I love the grey tones and the idea of the copper mirror sounds gorgeous!

    • April 27, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      I actually find decorating really therapeutic so it’s very much my happy place 🙂 X

  2. April 26, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I literally can’t believe the difference a coat of paint has made – it looks like an entirely different room! You must be so pleased. And Valspar is definitely the best paint choice – I do love F&B colours but I haven’t ever found the coverage to be great, so now I colourmatch Valspar to F&B if I want to use one of their shades. Best of all worlds!
    Excited to see the final room, it sounds like it is going to be lovely!
    Also – stupid Sharps – I can see loads of potential for doing what you want with the cupboards in there, I am sure your builder can figure it out for you – it was probably just going to be too much work for them so they didn’t bother!

    • April 27, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks lovely yes I am literally over the moon, I had no idea how much painting and rejigging things a bit would make such a difference. I’m impatient now to finish it but it will take a while 🙂 In total agreement with Sharps, although now I’ve realised that at least it’s shown me the path forward. Our builder will probably come in cheaper and do a better job! Xx

  3. April 26, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    It’s looking so much better already! Can’t wait to see the finished thing xx #HomeEtc

    • April 27, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you Becky, funnily enough it feels like painting was the easier part and actually getting all the bits and pieces will be more tricky!! X

  4. April 27, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    It looks fantastic so far, can’t wait to see it once it;’s fully styled! What a shame about the company who came out, so annoying, especially if you have an idea of what you want to do yourselves and they can’t/won’t accommodate it 🙁 #homeetc

    • April 27, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      It’s LOVELY I’ve been spending so much extra time up there just because it’s a nice space to hang out. Boo to Sharps but we’ll get there in the end Xx

  5. April 27, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Wow! I’m a huge fan of grey walls and that paint colour is perfect and has made such a difference to the whole ‘feel’ of the space. So much lighter, brighter, classier and weirdly it seems ‘warmer’ despite being grey. Fab choice and a great start to your room makeover, Lins. #HOMEETC

    • April 30, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      I totally agree Jane it’s funny how those cooler colours can end up making a room look bigger! X

  6. April 28, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Ohhh yay, I can’t wait to see it finished. Love the wall colour.


    • April 30, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you Nancy, I can’t wait for it to be finished either, just need to make sure I don’t drag my feet as is my tendency to! X

  7. April 30, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Wow what a lovely grey, fantastic choice! It instantly looks a more relaxing place to be compared to the blue. I’ve heard a lot about how good Valspar so it’s encouraging to read that you rate them too. Sounds hugely frustrating about Sharps, you’d think, being a well known brand, that they’d understand good customer service!

    • April 30, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      I’m really over the moon with Valspar, we’d used them last summer when I painted the hanging tiles on our house too but obviously with that being a masonry paint I didn’t have any experience of their regular wall paint but it’s great! Yes, Sharps loss is someone else’s gain but by the time I’m finished with the makeover I think we’ll be sufficiently happy with it for quite some time 🙂 X

  8. May 1, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Looking good, Lins!! You know, you might be better off sourcing a really good chippy and asking them what they can do re a wardrobe or shelving. Some of them are better than the bedroom companies.

    • May 6, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      I think you’re spot on Rachel! I think I’ll tap our builder up and see if he knows someone, would definitely rather that than pay a lot for what we don’t want Xx

  9. May 2, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Oh my, what a huge difference just from changing the colour! I love the grey you’ve chosen, I’m making a note of that shade for when we decorate the lounge. Can’t wait to see the finished look 🙂

  10. May 2, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Ooooh how exciting! I love what you’ve done with the colour – I love that shade of grey we have a lighter shade of grey in our sitting room and are just about to do it darker. I agree with the comment above about getting some ideas / quotes from a carpenter. I look forward to seeing more! #HomeEtc

    • May 6, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much Sian! Yes I definitely think a local carpenter/builder would be able to solve the issue for us X

  11. May 2, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    It’s starting to REALLY come together!!!! Love the paint choice — I’m a bit obsessed with Valspar too. We painted the she-shed in it and the finish was incredible. We bought some on the weekend to give the kitchen a once over, funnily enough. Am SO sick of the fagnolia finish in there… it’s the only room in the house that we’ve never touched and we can’t afford to re-do it properly at the mo but I’m SO fed up of it that a mini makeover will have to suffice for now! Can’t WAIT to see the after pics!! xx #HomeEtc

    • May 6, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Ahh I totally hear you but I’ve realised the mini-makeovers can be so effective too! I was so disgruntled with the state of our bedroom that I thought only the building work could repair it and we were both floored when we saw what a difference painting it made. Not to say we won’t do the work at some point, but I totally agree with you that a lick of paint can work small miracles Xx

  12. May 2, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    You know I’m a sucker for grey too! It looks great. I second what you and Caro say about Valspar, we’ve used it in a few rooms and I’m really impressed with it. I’m totally with you on enjoying being in the attic to. It’s our place to escape the chaos! Xx

    • May 6, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      It feels so incredibly tranquil to get away from the rest of the house, I love that feeling of being away from it all Xx

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