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Planning A Bedroom Makeover

As the days get lighter and the painful memories of our spare bedroom renovation begin to fade, we’re starting to think about our next project. It’s time to start planning a bedroom makeover.

It’s a biggie, but hopefully not quite as painful as the weeks of stripping, lining and painting that went into the spare room. We’re tackling the master bedroom. It’s an east-facing rectangle with two big windows, a chimney breast, original floorboards and bags of potential.

Psst! Looking for other room makeover posts? Check out these:

Spare Room Makeover

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Planning a bedroom makeover

First up, we need a list of things to fix

  • Patchy walls pocked with holes and overflowed filler
  • Distressed paint job on the floor boards
  • Unsecured and gappy floorboards
  • Textured wallpaper on ceiling
  • Cement patch in front of chimney breast where a hearth has been
  • Stripped original features – no fireplace, coving, ceiling rose…

Next, we need a plan…

Walls & Ceiling

We’re going to start with the ceiling. It’s the biggest obstacle to us so it’s central to planning our bedroom makeover. We’ll strip the textured paper using a wallpaper steamer, scraper, bags of patience and many cups of coffee. We’re expecting the ceiling to be in Not Great Condition, so planning for some filler and restorative paint work.

Next, we’ll repair the walls with filler and paint. So they’re finished before we move onto reinstating some period coving and a ceiling rose.

The Floor

After nailing down some of the loose floorboards, we’ll fill the bigger gaps with wood filler. Then we’ll apply some white floor paint to address that shabby chic finish I’m not so fond of.

The Fireplace

Earlier we found a salvaged cast iron fireplace in the garden last year and have been gradually restoring it to its rightful glory. So it’s time to get that thing attached to the wall, and tile up a hearth below it to cover the patch of cement.

Finally we’ll be on to the fun part – furniture and furnishings!


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