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I think my husband might be considering divorce with my current love for renovating and redecorating practically every room in our house. But I can’t help it. I’m a Pinterest addict and just get so inspired to decorate our house.
The last month I’ve been working on updating our bedroom. It’s had a few little updates over the years, but it’s been a room that I’ve tolerated rather than loved. Until now.
I was challenged by Valspar Paint to for the National Home Improvement Month challenge update a room of my choice with their paints, and I’m going to show you how we got from mish-mash colours to a grown up green haven.
As you can see from the before photos, we had a few different colours going on, which now I see after our makeover, I’m like, what on earth was I thinking?
My biggest bugbear with the room has always been the wardrobe. We took the doors off some years ago because they were awful and have rejigged the space so many times. Unfortunately it’s a really odd shape so we’ve never been able to fit it out properly with drawers like a proper fitted wardrobe. So after four years, we decided enough was enough and to get a proper wardrobe and re-use the space. In order to do this we had to completely shit the room around, particularly the bed, by 180 degrees.
We also got rid of the TV as we just weren’t using it in our room, and moved all the shelves off the main walls to open up the space which I knew would be impacted by the addition of the new IKEA wardrobe.
In the old space for the fitted wardrobes, we ripped everything out and fitted new carpet and painted in Valspar V700 in Teapot. It’s the same colour we used for our kitchen. It’s now been turned into a desk area which I will write about more, further down. This colour took two coats to fully cover the lighter green, and three for the orange sections, which I was really happy with.
As for the other colour of paint, I wanted to match up with the dark green we already had in the room. It’s called Deep Green Sea, again in a V700 mix. It took three coats to cover the bright orange we used, but I’m so happy with the result. I’ve always found dark colours going over other colours need a lot of coats to get the depth and coverage right. The last thing you want is an uneven finish on such a statement wall.
So now we have two large green statement wall opposite one another, and the other walls in white to keep the space from feeling too small. I also thought white would look better in the alcove of the ex-wardrobe which doesn’t get a lot of light anyway.
The desk made from the shelf that was previously sat higher. To give it a nice finish I found some marble effect sticky back plastic and it really looks so nice. The shelf on the left used to hold the TV, and the long one in the centre used to be in our kitchen before the renovation.
I’m now very much in love with our bedroom, and my little work space which is very handy for getting work done and keeping organised. Now I just need to find time in the day to actually use the space and not the dining room table!
The dinosaur prints are from Amy Harwood. The flowers around our headboard are all from eBay and wound around the top bar. Bed, bedside tables, wardrobe and chest of drawers are all IKEA.
*I received paint vouchers in exchange for coverage on social media, and this blog post from Valspar. All opinions, as always, are my own.
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.