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19 Aug 2020

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Bedroom Renovation


 Aside from the kitchen, the biggest piece of work we’ve done on our house is renovating the master bedroom. I can still remember the estate agent showing us around this house and telling us that potential buyers had been put off by the size of the bedrooms which amused me because that didn’t feel like a very good sales pitch. Our bedrooms probably are considered ‘small’ but given we can fit double beds into 3 of them, I never really got what the fuss was about. However, the inbuilt wardrobe in the master bedroom did bother us because it wasn’t actually that big and yet took up so much dead space. Similarly, the cupboard next door housed a water tank we were about to remove, also creating dead space. So we got busy. 


And by ‘we’, I do mostly mean Gary and my step-dad, plus the tradesmen. I have no qualms admitting that I mostly watched and then nipped in right at the end to add furniture and lamps. We all gotta stick to our strengths. 


Bedroom Renovation


Removing the water tank 


The first step, in August 2019, was to remove the cupboard door on the landing and have the water tank inside removed by a plumber (it then sat in the bedroom for a few days looking like a forlorn dalek). We had a combi boiler installed upstairs and the necessary piping was put in the original cupboard door frame. Which meant for several weeks, we just had a doorway to an empty cupboard blocked by pipework which sort of looked like a weird attempt at modern art. 


Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation



Knocking down a wall 


Towards the end of September 2019, Gary and my step-dad took on the task of knocking down the wall that the bedroom and cupboard shared, taking the wardrobe out with it. Not only did this give us roughly 1.5 square metres extra floor space, it gave us a square room as opposed to having half the wall jutting out. All I can say is; it is incredibly handy knowing people who are good at DIY. Gary and Andrew took the wall down, removed any redundant piping, moved some of the electrics and filled in the old cupboard doorway (incorporating the piping) using the plasterboard they had just ripped out. Like I said, handy.  


We then had to wait a few weeks for a plasterer to come round and plaster the freshly exposed bedroom wall, and the newly filled-in cupboard doorway on the landing. And for a long time after that, everything was left whilst we ummed and ahhed about how exactly we were going to have things. 


Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation


Building a wardrobe


I know it probably seems ironic that we removed a wardrobe and then immediately started talking about building another one but this project was never about making the room bigger, it was about using the space effectively. We now had the space for a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobe and were keen. We took a couple of quotes but eventually, Gary came to the conclusion that he wanted to build it himself. See what I mean about handy?! I loosely sketched out the idea I had for the amount of hanging, drawer and shelf space we wanted and then Gary spent a while drawing up designs. He started building in November 2019 and it took him about 3-4 weekends in total and every time I look at it, I’m still taken aback that he built it and we didn’t have to pay anyone to do it for us. 


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Flooring, skirting, painting 


To save money, we took the left-over flooring my rents had from when they re-floored their house (we just had to top up with a few extra pieces). Then, in one final blitz days before Christmas 2019, Gary pulled up the remaining carpet, painted the walls, lay the flooring and fitted the skirting boards. 


Bedroom Renovation


We then spent the few days after Christmas putting the room together. In a mad moment, we ended up in Ikea on Boxing day to buy the bedside tables, rug, bedding, lampshade and mirror. The bedframe we’d bought from John Lewis months previously just before we first moved in and we bought the king size Emma mattress in the Black Friday sales. 


Final touches 


Adding the finishing touches has been a gradual process over the last few months and this is definitely where Gary passed over the reins to me. The basics in the room were all white so I wanted everything else to have bold colours and patterns. The white waffle duvet cover & pillow cases were from M&S, complimented with the pink pillowcases from La Redoute and the yellow geometric cushions from Made. The sunshine yellow, patterned blind is from John Lewis and the rose gold touch lamps just from Argos! 


Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation


For the artwork – the bike prints are from Desenio, the wall hanging from Oliver Bonas and the autumnal print from this Etsy shop. I have a bit of a gripe about blank walls so wasn’t happy with the blank space between the mirror and window. I decided just to go a bit random and fill it with a mini gallery wall. The four colourful A4 ones are from Eleanor Bowmer who has the best prints. The heart ‘where it all began’ print was a wedding gift from my friend Susie and the petals are from my wedding bouquet, pressed and framed.  


And to finish off, the colourful dried flowers on the windowsill are baked blossoms from The Happy Blossoms


Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation

Bedroom Renovation


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