(Not) Planning the bedroom. False start.
When I first moved in, I felt the need to have one room finished and sitting pretty, so that I could take my time and plan out the rest of the house, whilst still having a place to relax and retain my sanity. That never quite happened. Yes, I decorated a room, but it was never quite finished and I was never fully happy with it.
I had decided that since I had already started the fireplace mess, it may as well be the bedroom.
I had a rough idea of what I wanted, but no strong plan. Mistake number one.
I rushed and bought flooring (not cheap!) without pondering my decision or shopping around. (Expensive) mistake* number two. *turns out I really like it now, so not really a mistake.
I chose a few paint chips that were close to what I wanted, but not many. I got tester pots, tried them on the wall, then bought the same morning…without trying it out at night. Mistake number three.
And finally, I had a wardrobe plan…involving a fair bit of work. I decided against this option, in favour of a more convenient alternative.
Mistake number four. (Mistake number 4.5, not taking better before shots. Sorry!)
I didn’t actually mean this to be a list of my failures, but there we have it.
What I ended up with was a room that certainly wasn’t hideous, but just wasn’t what I wanted. When that happens early on, it fair takes the wind oot yer sails.
To try to overcome this, I decided to draw up a recovery plan…
A new headboard and bedside tables (all DIY’ed!), a new rug, cushions and some new accessories, and the place was looking more like the vague original plan that had been swimming about in my head.
Now, I can already hear you asking… “what’s happened to the fireplace?” Well, I painted it, okay?!
I really didn’t like the colours all together. The brown of the tiles looked too rich with the blue and the grey surround was lost, so, I painted it. Let’s just consider it the awkward style phase of growing up. Okay? I actually really liked it, it was just a bit…faked.
Again, I apologise for the crappiness of these photographs… I never intended these to be ‘after shots’ so therefore, never took any quality ones. Rookie mistake.
So, I had accessorized the room, but something still wasn’t right…
those monolithic wardrobes.
Now, as much as I love and NEED a lot of storage space, these ate up the room. Walking in, you’re faced with a big blank block of wardrobe side. Horrible. As much as I would champion IKEA PAX wardrobes for value, flexibility and design options (I’m not being sponsored, in case you ask!), the layout of my bedroom just wouldn’t accommodate them gracefully. Eaves are no fun!
So, here’s where it all begins again. Plan two.
Chop those big Ikea bastards up and go back to my original thoughts…
Fitted. Wardrobe. Loveliness.
This would make the most of the dead space under the eaves and would in fact give us more storage space! It would just take effort… and a saw.
(to be continued. Soon!)