As regular readers know, we’ve been hard at work the last week, creating a total transformation in our 7yr old daughters’ L-shaped tiny shoebox bedroom. You can follow all the Tiny Room Makeover posts here, but this is the end result. And we’re a bit pleased with how it finally turned out…
We were there, finally!
In went the shelves… down came the shelves onto the husband’s head… up went the shelves again with much bigger fixings, and filled with her books and soft toys.
Her easel was broken down into the chalk and white boards, painted in the wall’s pink and fixed to the wall.
A wicker heart the husband spotted in the reduced bin at B&Q was also given a lick of the pink wall paint, and fixed to the end of her bed.
Her upcycled chair was placed by her new desk.
Her new reading lamp (IKEA’s SNÖIG, £15 ) was installed.
An ebay bargain baroque mirror was another upcycle with the wall paint.
All the small finishing touches were finally added.
A quick vacuum and dust… and we were done.
And it looked… Brilliant.
Far better than we had ever imagined.
WE loved it – but what would Bear think of it?
She had been defiantly stubborn in her resistance to a ‘new room’. She didn’t want to lose her old bed, her green walls, or even her skanky 1980’s peach carpet. She had sleepless nights with the worry – and we’d consequently had sleepless nights worrying she’d hate the new room.
So it was with pride and excitement but not a little trepidation we covered her eyes and walked her up the stairs. I swung open the door as the husband presented her new room with a quiet flourish – and we held our breaths.
It made her grin as the door was opened before her.
She ooh-ed at the details.
She looked askance at the fabulous girlie pink chandelier light (she’ll grow to love it).
She wriggled her toes in joyful delight into the carpet.
She clambered into her seemingly-enormous bed (compared to her cotbed), stretched out and star-fished in glee.
Then she scampered off to drag her brothers in and gave them the guided tour of the whole room, exclaiming loudly and proudly over every little detail.
We watched with tired satisfaction as she explored her very own cupboards.
As she ran her hand lovingly along her own bookshelf above her bed.
She liked it.
Huge and enormous thanks to all the people who made the makeover possible:
To Cormar Carpets for the properly splendid purple carpet.
To Carpetright, for a fabulous bed which she adores, and for unmatchable loveliness in the face of adversity.
To Dulux, for their patience and invaluable expert opinions and help.
To Spin Collective for their cheerful emergency help which made such a huge difference.
To web-blinds for their extraordinary patience, and for starting us down this road so many months ago.
(also to my boys – who fetched and carried and made drinks and lunches and didn’t require parenting for days on end. And lastly to my husband, who hates painting but who made the whole thing fun.)