Looking back on these photos and I can’t help but feel immensely relieved our master bedroom is finished and is now a restful space where we love to crash. With a renovation it’s so easy to forget all the work you put in to a room once its completed. The estate agents pictures below don’t really show the reality of what we actually needed to tackle when we first decided to take on this project.
There was a large crack on one eave from a historic water leak that had been bodge repaired some years prior and this combined with the velour green curtains and old pale green / grey carpet made the space a room you didn’t want to spend too much time in. The pink glass lights were so low my husband would bang his head on them every time he got out of bed. Although a quick solution here was to tie a knot in the electric cord to shorten their length!
Both sets of windows had long lost their protective quality and were filled with water. The wallpaper was tired and dated, as well as peeling off a few walls (so was naturally quickly torn off as its hard to resist tugging on peeling wallpaper).
On the plus side, the room is dual aspect and overlooks fields to the rear, it’s also a good size (5.32m x 4.26m) and has plenty of natural light. It’s a joy to lie in bed in the morning and look out over the field, watching early morning dog walkers taking a stroll.
The below photo shows how we lived for the first 18 months of our time living in the house. It could have been far, far worse.
In terms of what we had to do to the space it was pretty much everything. From replace the electrics, adding new windows, planning the lighting (for example the spotlights were placed to avoid directly shining over the bed) to stripping off the old wallpaper, there was plenty to do. New carpets, two new blinds and full decoration were also required.
We moved out of the house for approx. 8 weeks whilst the builders came inside and did the electrics and major works. This picture shows the rooms appearance on the day we moved back in. It’s quite a grim moment looking at the bed and thinking ‘I need to sleep in you tonight!‘ when you are faced with so much stuff to sort out and clear up. Lets not mention the dust.
Wallpaper was stripped and repairs made to the eaves (a really horrible, mucky job) then the room could be plastered. Whilst this was happening we were sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the 4th bedroom (it was actually really comfy!).
Once this was dry we painted walls in Farrow & Ball ammonite and woodwork (including skirting boards) in ammonite (estate eggshell). Windowsills were painted in Farrow & Ball strong white. One wall was papered in Fantasia (Wonderland) although I did really love this Melville wallpaper but Christian didn’t like it. With the addition of a soft grey carpet the room totally transformed.
The bed and chest of drawers we primed before painting in ‘Ink’ by Neptune Home, its expensive paint but we loved the colour. We reused some really lovely curtains we’d had made in our old house and used a local lady to use this material and make two blinds – this made me so happy, to reuse rather than buy new was such a bonus.
The stag head above the head I’ve had for years but he originally came from Cox & Cox. The round black mirror was super cheap, approx. £5.00 from Home Bargains. Pink cushions and throw are from Brissi. The bedside wall lights are the Croft Collection from John Lewis. The chunky silver candlesticks came from the White Company and were purchased in the sale a few years ago, they don’t appear to be stocked anymore – sorry. The small feather jewellery trays are from Next and the black chunky photo frame is from Cox & Cox (part of a set of 3). The silver heart that you can just see hanging on one of the bedside drawers is actually a Christmas decoration that I picked up from M & S.
So the bedroom is finished!
Well actually it isn’t. We plan in the next couple of years to add a small en-suite bathroom in to one corner of this space, we factored this in at the time of renovating so all services and sockets are placed accordingly, the budget is just being prioritised elsewhere at present!