Updating my Bedroom

It was a long overdue project. Update my bedroom. I had ugly, custard yellow walls, purplish trim and liked nothing about the room. Time to change that.

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I had already bought a new bed base (out of necessity as my old bed had broken), painted the bedside table, and made a headboard but the walls were horrible.

I started by moving everything into the spare room and painting the walls and trim white. I had the perfect opportunity to do this when my hot water system cracked flooding my entire house. I then set about moving everything back in.

My bed is an Ikea base with storage drawers (the Brimnes in white, queen size) and difficult to move. When I eventually got it reassembled, I had set it about ten centimetres too close to the wardrobes (I have a tiny bedroom). I solved this problem in an unconventional way- I removed the wardrobe doors.

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By doing this, I could also tuck my antique chest of drawers in the wardrobe and have minimal furniture in the room itself.

I went back to Ikea to get a curtain rod and simple white curtains (used 2 pairs) to cover the wardrobe. I hung the curtains at ceiling height and had it cover the entire wall so it doesn’t look busy. Whilst at Ikea, I got new frames and 2 picture ledges (one long, one short) to put above my bed. I also got a new lamp (the Hektar in bronze colour) which clamps on to the end of the picture ledge.

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I have only one bedside table- the room is really small and if I put the other table in, it will get hit by the door.

I also got new curtains for the window (the same as the wardrobe wall) and bought a shadowbox frame for a Japanese fan that a friend brought home from Japan as a souvenir. At my father’s house, I saw the old Singer sewing machine base and decided it was perfect for a small dressing table. As it was sitting in the backyard, it was rusting and I’m claiming I ‘rescued’ it. I had to clean it up and paint in black satin metal paint. I also spotted the piece of marble leaning against the fence (I had been told it was my grandfather’s) and it was the perfect size for the top.

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That’s it. That’s everything in my bedroom. It took a bit of work but it didn’t take too long to achieve everything.

The round-up:

Ikea- ‘Brimnes‘ bed base, ‘Vivan‘ curtains (3 pairs in total), ‘Räcka‘ curtain rods, ‘Betydlig‘ wall/ceiling brackets and curtain rod holders, ‘Hektar‘ Lamp with clamp in Bronze, ‘Mosslanda‘ picture ledges (55cm & 115 cm), ‘Ribba‘ & ‘Fiskbo‘ picture frames, ‘Kallax‘ shelves (similar- mine are about 5 years old, no longer stocked), ‘Kvarnvik‘ round storage boxes (blue no longer sold but now comes in grey)

Quilt cover (old)- Bed Bath N’ Table, White table lamp– Kmart Australia, rattan/blue basket (old) from Freedom Furniture.

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