Just recently we moved Nina James out of her first ever bedroom into one of the bigger rooms in our flat so that she could have a bunk bed and more space to play and run around. Her old bedroom has been sitting empty or let me rephrase that, has been used as a place for us to store all the stuff that gets in the way for over a month now. A real refresh of that space was needed and so I tried to think of clever and cost effective ways to turn it from a glorified storeroom into a cool, clean guest bedroom that hopefully our guests would be happy to sleep in.
Like I mentioned I didn’t want to go overboard on the budget so I tried to think of ways to use what we had in our house, coupled together with a few key purchases, like a base for the bed and a nice big plant. I started the whole process with a new lick of paint which should never be underestimated. There is nothing quite like adding a bit of colour to a room to bring about instant change!
I decided to paint only the wall that the bed would go up against. I wanted to use a modern but solid colour so I painted it with Dulux’s Colour of The Year – Steel Symphony II. I also thought it would be awesome to create a D.I.Y headboard made from NJ’s old shelves and a few of our framed art pieces that we have spread throughout house, then I picked some of my favourite novels, bought a couple of plants and roped Shane into helping me make and hang some cord and filament bulbs on either side of the headboard as nightlights.
I think the D.I.Y. headboard turned out really cool, even if I do say so myself. I stuck to a monochrome theme throughout the room, which was inspired by the Steel Symphony II paint colour that I chose and I’m pretty chuffed with how it all came out.
I’m also pretty happy that all in all I spent a total of R3000 on this room, which included the bed base, the whole light set-up, the glass beaker, all the plants, the enamel pot plant holder and some chocolate to get me through it. It also only took two days to complete, so if you’re currently staring at a room that is making you want to punch a stuffed animal in the face you hate it so much, just step back and imagine a few simple things that you could buy and then some that you can borrow from the rest of your house and then just go for it!
I’ve made a little stop frame animation of my whole process, which I really hope you will enjoy and I have another little surprise element that I’m hoping will make you smile.
If are currently thinking about sprucing up one of your rooms or a corner in your house, then I have an R1000 Dulux paint voucher as well as an R1000 voucher from Loads of Living to giveaway to one of you guys to get you started and all you have to do is:
- Tell me which room in your house you’re thinking of using these vouchers in
- Make sure you like Dulux’s Facebook page and Lucky Pony’s Facebook page.
- You can enter twice by leaving a comment here and on my post on Facebook.
- I’m choosing a winner on the 10th of November.
Someone has already made themselves comfortable hehe.
Brass light fixtures and cord from Hoi Ploy
Enamel grey plant box from Mr Price Home
Bed base from Lotters Pine
Plants and glass beaker from Garden Shop
Ceramic Kewpi Doll made by Shane and I
Shelves made by Shane