A quick update from me folks. We've spent our bank holiday weekend making our bedroom look pretty :)
This time last year my home was shared on the Direct Blinds blog. Whilst it was always fairly nice and character-filled, we'd only just moved in so naturally I had a whole list of improvements to make.
My bedroom needing a fresh look was one, but it seemed to take FOREVER to make progress. It's only now I can see it taking shape.
As you can just about see from the image above we used to have Farrow + Ball's Eating room red in the alcoves (the same colour as our living room) which the previous owner painted.
Red bedrooms kind of disgust me, haha! so as soon as we gave the bedroom a fresh lick of grey and white paint I saw instant results. The room looked cleaner and I finally had a blank canvas to work with.
We had the whole room re-plastered to prep for a much smoother, tidier paint finish. Above is how our bedroom looked for a solid 2 weeks. Dust everywhere, clothes piled up in our hallway, it was hell but worth every minute. Our walls are absolutely spotless now, no lumps and bumps from years of bangs and scratches moving furniture and hanging frames badly had scarred them with.
I'll tell you what, plaster work was always something I never noticed as a renter, but as a home owner I'm completely sold what an improvement and investment it is.
It took about 3 days to dry fully then we gave it a wash with white paint + water to seal it in, waited for it to dry then did 2 coats of Valspar's paints. Summer Grey matt for the alcoves and summer grey satin for the skirting boards, window and back of the door + frame, with Tidy White in matt across all of the other walls.
This paint was a dream to work with on top of the new plaster as you can imagine, but I'd used Valspar (in Smitten) on my mum's bedroom walls which need replastering and it still gave excellent coverage. A little goes a long way no matter what condition your walls are in.
Until this weekend, we were left with something a little like this ^. Nice paint work, new bedside table from Ikea, but there were wires everywhere and nothing hanging on the walls. It didn't feel like it had a 'scheme' or personality to it.
I'd been putting off hanging things on the walls because I was petrified of ruining the plaster work we'd shelled out £400 for, until I just thought to myself, it's worth the risk. If we make a hole, we can fix + repaint it, and luckily Neil took full charge and worked his magic on it. I'd be dangerous behind a drill, so left it to the expert.
From then I began by gathering together some ideas for wall hangings. I found that beautiful mini art deco mirror from Oliver Bonas for only £10 and knew it had to be mine. I saw it looking great as part of a gallery wall.
Now I was originally going to do a feature gallery wall on the chimney breast in the centre of the room but decided for a more subtle mini-gallery, framing prints from my favourite company at the mo - Old English Prints.
I bought some cheap frames from amazon, played around with layout and got my assistant Neil to do his thing hanging it all.
A little bit of interior styling later, and here we are today. I'm really liking the direction the room is taking.
It's not finished yet, I still need to refit a light, find a gorgeous blind + curtains to suit the room, and I'm in desperate need of a new wardrobe. I'm also wanting to work the new trend of layering rugs, so might keep my eye out for a new hide to sit under the sheepskin.
But finally I feel like progress is being made! :)
What do you think? Are you currently redecorating too or have plans to?
I have a new interior class you should download (it's totally free) and will help you release your interior goddess... I'd love you to check it out.