Thursday, 6 March 2014

Bedroom makeover

The inspiration for my bedroom makeover began when I saw this beautiful sky blue wallpaper from Mini Moderns (in collaboration with artist Rob Ryan) on a program a while back called Kirstie's Vintage Home. 
The wallpaper shows Rob Ryan's distinctive paper cut designs and is called 'Our Adventure is About to Begin'. The little birds are holding these words in their beaks along with flowers and leaves as they fly away from their open cages.
I had a plasterer skim the ceiling and over a number of months I painted all the woodwork and hung the wallpaper.
My backroom housed my bedroom and I slept in my eldest daughter's bedroom while she was away at uni. It was all a little chaotic but I managed to move back in just before Christmas when my daughter returned home.
I painted my pine chest of drawers.
I hung a mirror with an 'old gold' finish bought from a charity shop for £15. I'm not usually a 'gold' person' but I do like this mirror.
 I removed all ten of my pine wardrobe doors over the summer and painted them and the framework. 
I also painted my old pine bed as I was determined to upcycle as much of my existing furniture as possible.

I treated myself to a pretty quilt set from Dunelm Mill called 'Duck Egg Beautiful Birds' (£19.99). 
I joke to my children that all the birds in my room keep me awake at night with their chirping!
I did start to make some patchwork curtains but they just didn't look right in the room. Too many different fabrics maybe? Instead I ended up buying curtains that matched the quilt cover and will use the patches (only pinned in this photo) to make a colourful patchwork quilt (but that's a blog post for another day).
It took me ages to find a ceiling light shade that I liked and could be fitted easily. In the end I bought this laser cut one from Wilkinsons with crystal effect droplets for £20.
I've also added some heart lace effect fairy lights that I also bought from Wilkinsons at Christmas. They look really pretty if I'm reading in bed with my bedside light on.
I still need to paint my pine bedside cabinet and a small blanket box, hang pictures and generally dress the room. I'd like to have a small table and chair in the bay window too. It feels so much brighter now although it still needs those finishing touches to make it feel a little more cosy and lived in but I'm pleased with how it's progressing so far.


  1. What a lovely makeover it's beautiful! I love the wallpaper it is so pretty and the the mirror adds a great contrast of colour! I really like lace fairy lights, they add a really nice warm feeling to the room. The bird pattern linen is so cute and I LOVE the flower embroidery, what a great makeover, I can't wait to see more!!
    - Becky x

  2. love the wallpaper and I can hear the birds sing from here! Lots of hard work but well worth it, x

  3. Gosh - you have been busy! Room looks amazing. Love the wallpaper.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Wow you have created such a beautiful bedroom, I love the little birds must be so proud... It must be hard to leave your bed in the morning... just so beautiful
    Thea xx

  5. It looks lovely, the wallpaper is fabulous!

  6. So a lovely and beautiful room!! Love the gorgeous wallpaper and all the pretty touches throughout!! Enjoy your beautiful new room!! xo Heather

  7. What a beautiful room you have created! I love the wallpaper and the white painted furniture looks perfect with it. All your extra touches are inspired must be a lovely room to use now it is completed.
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xx

  8. It is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why you fell in love with it and that mirror just fits in perfectly, in fact the whole room is stunning. I adore that crochet too x

    1. The crochet blanket was bought from a charity shop. I have quite a few of them. I've tried to teach myself to crochet a couple of times without any luck. Maybe need to go to a crochet class to get started!

  9. Its gorgeous Jacqui. I love everything you picked.

  10. Jacqui: You have done such a great job in your bedroom. I hate painting woodwork and walls. It takes me so long. You had a lot to paint but it looks so charming and soft and feminine. Love the wallpaper and especially your bed covers. I think curtains of that pattern will just finish it off and now you have another quilt almost done! Very pretty, Jacqui..Happy Thursday..Judy

  11. It's so lovely! I love Rob Ryan and Mini Moderns so that wallpaper is a match made in heaven. I love the white painted furniture, too. x

  12. Oh so beautiful! Loving the entire room!!!! Please come to my house and redo all the bedrooms! :-)

  13. Your bedroom looks beautiful! I love pale blues and white, so resteful and fresh at the same time. Adore the duvet cover and curtains, the perfect duck egg colour, and the wallpaper is dreamy.
    It all looks so lovely, clever you. I bet those cupboards took time to paint.
    Gill xx

  14. It looks really lovely! I remember that wallpaper from the show as well and thought it was fresh and peaceful. Love the lampshade and those fairy lights!