Friday, 9 January 2015

Master bedroom makeover.

The master bedroom was one room that needed to be fixed up before Henry was born as he sleeps in a cradle in our bedroom and also has a feeding chair in our room.
Our master bedroom is a great size with a connecting walk through wardrobe which leads to a bathroom. For now the walk through wardrobe is staying the same but there's a door to close off and then I wanted to have a tranquil, neat and clean master bedroom. I decided to get a bit more adventurous than my usual love of white walls and below shows the pale green walls were started with.

This before photo is what the room looked like with the old owners furniture. While the room looks in okay condition there were actually cracks everywhere and the curtains were threadbare see through curtains that hadn't even been hemmed and just trapped dust. It did not in anyway feel like a master bedroom although it had a nice sized walk through robe and is actually quite a large room.
Here are some before snaps with our furniture in it which also shows the condition of the bedroom walls.

We decided to work with a few existing items we already had. Husband and I had purchased a four part bedroom suite when we were living in the country that is quite special to us so we wanted to keep our existing bed side tables, tallboy and four poster bed. The bed has a special carving in it that my Grandpa did using an image from our wedding invitations. With these furniture restrictions in place we really wanted to create a calm, peaceful and beautiful bedroom. One dresser wasn't quite enough for my large clothes collection so we also placed my recently upcycled white dresser in the room.

Although the bedroom is still not finished - especially as we are currently sharing it  with the baby, we've made some significant progress.
The first thing we tackled was the long rectangular window on the back wall. When we moved in our old ikea curtains were not a fit and the constant stream of light in our bedroom was not welcome. As the window is an odd shape we ordered a custom blind during a recent blind store sale- 30% off. The blind fills perfectly and really blocks out the light. Because of the length of the window and position of our bed in relation to the window, we are not going to have curtains.There is a second window in our bedroom which still has the old original wooden blind (pictured in the before photo) but we don't quite have the funds to replace it. The reason the bed is not centered in the window is because we needed room for Henry's cradle and also due to the placement of our walk in wardrobe and fact we have a 4 poster bed, it was the necessary position to allow us to watch our television in bed.

Then it was time to paint and this time 'antique white' (my usual choice) was just a little too safe. After buying several test posts, we settled for 'hydro' by taubmans.  It's a turquoise, grey colour. That's right, we went colourful! I think most of my previous paint choices have been fairly safe, thinking about future resale and timeless colours but since this a house we really want to make our own, it was time to get adventurous. The walls needed a fair bit of patching but thankful my dad is a patching machine. We removed all existing hooks to get a clean, fresh space but the best change was going from green crown molding and a creamy ceiling to a fresh dulux 'lime white' ceiling. It's amazing how much a white ceiling cleans up a room.

Our old furniture was then put back in place along with items we use often (like my jewellery collection). We also put up the mini hot air balloon and moved in the bassinet we got from my sister in law as well as the rocking chair that orginally was going to be in the nursery.
I also splurged and purchased some new lamps for the room. They suit the room well and I'm loving their pattern. The bases are white and simple so if we ever want to change it up again, we can simply replace the shades. The pattern also ties in with the bedcover that goes on top of my rocking chair (wooden rocking chairs are far too uncomfortable to sit in for hours of nursing and my newborn liked to feed for hours on end).

Henry has a distinctive area in the room and once he moves into his nursery, we'll work out a new use of the space. For now the room is very practical and peaceful to be in.
The lamps and rocking chair were purchased from gumtree, the pillow is from bed,bath and beyond and the bedcover on the rocking chair is from kmart. The canvas prints of Henry were made via canvas factory and the bunting was homemade.

I do have a few future ideas, the main one being to either DIY the fan or replace with something a little more interesting and modern- although it will still need to be a fan as the Australian climate begs in fans in bedrooms. For now it is a big improvement and once the baby starts sleeping through the night (please, please be soon), I'll be on my way to getting a great nights sleep.
Lisa x


  1. I love your bed....I really want to get a 4 post bed in the future!

    1. Thank you! 4 post beds are great but do take up a lot of room. I love ours :-)