Our youngest daughters bedroom is tiny, and I mean REALLY tiny. There wasn’t anywhere for her to play, her carpet, had that line going around the edge when it collects dust (yuk!) that no amount of vacumming could get rid of. It was too young in its design, bland, and even with the addition of a rug to try and brighten it up, it still looked boring.
The main problem we had was trying to keep it dust free. Due to a health issue Miss A (aged 6) has, I was never convinced it was clean, and that I was just distributing the dust when I vacuumed, rather than getting rid of it. There wasn’t enough storage for her toys, at a level she could reach, or floor space to play with them. If she did get anything out to play with, the place looked an awful mess, and you literally couldn’t walk across the floor. Also as she was getting older, the room didn’t lend itself to her having friends over, whether to play, or for a sleepover. Honestly, its been a room that is way overdue being sorted!
In the far corner was a built in double wardrobe. Which was great for storage, but used up way more space then a room of this size can afford to. It also limited the room in terms of where we could put furniture.
The first drastic step was to remove the fitted wardrobe and the carpet, the two biggest offenders in the room.
We reached again for our favourite flooring company Harvey Maria, for a solution. We had already used Harvey Maria in Nia’s room (you can see it HERE) and we were so impressed we wanted to use the company again. Its simple to lay, looks and feels expensive, and the improvement compared to the carpet is immeasurable!
We decided to go for tiled effect vinyl flooring called Lattice in pebble grey by Dee Hardwicke. It arrived in packs and each tile is a square (30.5 x 30.5 cm) that needs to be stuck to the floor with an adhesive. This can also be purchased online at the Harvey Maria site. I thought the pattern would add interest to the floor, and to the room. Its a modern grey and white colour scheme with a vintage hand painted look, and turned out perfectly.
As soon as the vinyl was lay, the room looked twice the size, so much lighter and brighter! We’d also given everywhere a coat of white paint to freshen it up, and add a base.
We then set about choosing the paint colour for the walls. Miss A has always had either cream or white walls, so she wanted a little colour in this room for a change. As soon as we looked at the Disney range on the Graham and Brown site, she knew exactly what she would go for, Cinderellas Perfect Pastel Paint. Its a light pink, that’s not too pink, and kept with the fresh and bright feel of the new room. Added to that a few framed prints, also from the Graham and Brown Disney range (she is a huge fan) and we were really starting to get somewhere.
It’s been lots of work. My husband had worked really hard with the decorating and putting together all of that flat pack but are so happy with the finished result, not least Miss A
We still need a new light fitting, but that’s been ordered, and should arrive any day. We kept the Great Little Trading Company storage box, and now it’s got a dual purpose and being used as a bedside table for her Phillips Mickey night light.
We were particulary pleased with the new bed, which neatly fits along one wall. It has storage in two large drawers, and it actually pulls out too, so that it can be used as a twin or double bed. Such a nifty idea, its from Ikea as is the new wardrobe and drawer unit. The only issue we have had, is the mattress we have already (which is nearly brand new) is a slightly different size to the base, but we’ve compromised with some cushion tucked in at the bottom, which also act as an anchor to stop the duvet cover falling off.
She really can’t believe how much floor space she has now. Enough to dance and put on big productions when she plays dress-up. She’s finding it easier to get her toys out and play with, and even been putting them away herself, as they all at a level she can reach.
The new bedding is from Houseology and its gorgeous, I have a real thing for bedlinen, and the quality of this is brilliant, super soft but thick too, its definitely going to last well. Ferm Living Cloud Bedding in mint green. its £80 as a set. Its important to note that the pillow is square in design, and not a standard pillow size. I got my inner pad from John Lewis. Ferm Living is a Scandi design company which I am huge fan of. This is illustrated by Swedish-based artist, Ingela P Arrhenius.
We added two cushions, also from the Ferm Living range at Houseology : Little Ms Rabbit – £36 with a Billy Bear cushion – £32.
The bedding came in a cute bag, that we’ve re-purposed for Miss A’s favourite doll.
You can spot two of the prints from Graham and Brown in this image, one of Tinkerbell, and the other a night scene from Peter Pan.
My favourite has to be this Bambi one though, above her tall boy drawer unit.
It looks so much better than it did, and we can now hide away all of the ‘stuff’ and leave out all of the little collections that she has, like her comprehensive Disney Animation Dolls collection.
We couldn’t be happier with the finished result, just a few more tweaks, including the light shade and we will be there. At last she can invite her friends for a sleepover!
Flooring, paint, bedding and art work are review items sent for this makeover.