A warm welcome to the first of the before and afters!!! I will start with the guest room because then the fogies can check out their new spot whilst they are back in Blighty for New Year celebrations. When people come to stay with us, I wanted the guest room to have a boutique hotel feel to it so that it feels like you're on holiday even if it is a crazy chaotic household outside this room.
The idea of a dark backdrop to the metal bed frame we've had for years, really appealed and I was keen to see if it would give that sexy, boutiquey feel I was hoping for. I used hammerite on the back wall, suitable for interior as well as exterior, straight over wallpaper. Bizzarre I know, however we have done up each room on a tight budget so I have been using things to hand, such as the leftover paint we used on the outside of the caravan!
At first I just tested a patch on the wall and the other half gave me a quizzical look, the kind that says ‘What the hell are you thinking?! But fine, I’ll let you crack on anyway just for an easy life’. Once the paint had taken we pressed on and painted the whole wall, after a little encouragement for the dubious other half. But given the carpet was a cheeky little brown number it just sort of looked a bit like a bizarre 70’s colour scheme. It just needed a little splash of avocado to top it off.
So we ripped the carpet up and found some pretty handsome floorboards underneath, ripe for painting – with leftover grey tile paint from the bathroom (which also did wooden floors). And once that was dry, we all agreed that it looked AWESOME. No word of a lie.
After all of the many stubborn polystyrene tiles were down, the roof skimmed and freshly painted (one word – Supamatt, available from the Trade section at B&Q, super thick paint that can go on two day old plaster and still allow it to dry underneath, totally worth it and none of that stupidly thin emulsion nonsense), we were chomping at the bit to get to the fun part. Dressing the room.
Once the bed was in it already started to looked rather cool, but after we added the silver tree stump tables (first created here), the glitzy ceiling light fitting and elegant black lamps, which were originally lime green and spray painted black, it really started to come together. Keeping it simple meant that we could afford to have a key piece of furniture to wow and that came in the form of a chest of drawers bought for £10 in a charity shop, lovingly painted with Wilkinsons metallic silver paint and given a full frontal face lift with modern shiny pewter handles, the total cost came to £16, which shows that you can totally create a key item very cheaply.
We added one of our beloved mirrors, a few key picture frames and a bright pink orchid in mid bloom and ooh, la, la, we had a glamorous and glitzy guest bedroom with a very chic boutique look and feel for very little money. Obviously, given my obsession with chalkboard paint I had to add a little frame with some chalk left out for guests to leave their own messages. And we even glammed that up by introducing a mother of pearl shell – a gift from friends on their travels in New Zealand.
We love it so much, we were almost tempted to have this as our main bedroom, but we decided to share the love and let others enjoy it. Including the rabbit, who has fallen in love with the furry throw, we suspect because he thinks it’s another rabbit, and is completely camouflaged when sprawled out. So here’s to the first of the makeover pictures – more to come!