Before and After: Spare (Very Pink) Bedroom Makeover

The spare bedroom was the last room in the house that was left to do. I purposely left it last as I could never decide what to do with it. The spare bedroom has an odd shape, it does not get great light through the day as the window is facing North.

When we first bought the house, I quickly painted the spare bedroom light grey and used furniture what we already had, then through the years this became our dumping room. We finally decided that it was time for the room to get a facelift.

The old wardrobe needed a replacement and as the room has awkward angles, we decided to try and make the most of the space and have the wardrobes custom built by a professional joiner.

We designed the wardrobe and talked through some options with our joiner, then he built it in a couple of days using some MDF boards.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that at the end of August I had to take Coco to Liverpool and on our return we had to self-isolate for 14 days. We planned it so that I had all the materials, supplies and paint so that I could finish the spare room.

I used a laser and painters tape mark the lines on the ceiling.

I used a primer on the MDF boards before painting it in Eggsell finish.

I decided to be a little bolder with colour in this room and went for custom pink colour which was mixed by Valspar, similar to Farrow and Ball Crimson Red (but slightly more pink).

I couldn’t decide on the handles and really wanted something big and bold, I used my chopping board for the size and boom – idea was born in my head! I ordered some plain wooden chopping boards and cut them in half to create the gorgeous wooden handles for the wardrobes.

We already had most of the furniture in the room, I simply added some colour by painting sides of the chest of drawers to match the doors. I used Frenchic Al Fresco in “After Midnight”

I got the headboard from an antiques shop and painted it in Frenchic Alf Fresco Paint in “Blackjack”. I added a shelf using some brass brackets. [I wasn’t 100% happy with them so I will not be adding a link]

If you are in the ISLE OF MAN and require a brilliant joiner – look no further – Mikey Cowin from MC Joinery and Maintenance who built our amazing wardrobe.

Items: Curtains – Marisota – in Teal, Paints – Valspar Custom Mix for walls, skirting boards and woodwork, Frenchic Al Fresco in Blackjack and After Midnight, Artwork by – Sakina Saidi – Harmony and Sian Jordan – Moonchild, Cushions – mixture from George and Matalan and DIY bolster cushion (using a bath mat!), Planter with face – DIY – you can see it here, Velvet Light Shade is from TK Maxx.

4 thoughts on “Before and After: Spare (Very Pink) Bedroom Makeover

  1. Wow, that is an unusually shaped room. Could it be converted attic space? Whatever I really like the way you decorated it and especially love the cutting board knobs! Very innovative!

  2. The cutting board knobs are genius . . . unusual and surely a look-at-me feature. Did you attach the knobs flush to the wardrobe or did you attach a riser behind them and, if so, what did you use and how did you do it?

    1. Hi Betty thank you so much , I cut a small piece of timber and attached it to the back of the chopping board then screwed it on to the door. This allows enough space between the wardrobe and the handle for the hand/fingers to hold and open the doors

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