Master Bedroom Makeover

Disclaimer: This post was written in paid partnership with Craig & Rose Paints.

When Craig & Rose Paints asked me if I was interested in taking part in their #followyourtrend campaign and decorating a room in my house with their 1829 Collection paint (beyond dreamy FYI), you just know I was gonna go all out, right? Our Master Bedroom (The Sad Room is actually our spare/guest bedroom) has never been decorated – that’s right we moved in almost 5years ago and have never touched the room we sleep in every night. Is that weird?

Anyway. Our bedroom has been screaming out for a makeover and this was the perfect excuse *ahem* opportunity (sorry Mr S!). I have been documenting the entire process via Instagram Stories which you can see here if you want to see the makeover in step-by-step excruciating detail, or continue on for a quick recap… and of course, see the reveal!

THE BEFORE

So the important bit before we get to the makeover; The Before. This is what the room looked like in all it's glory before the Craig & Rose makeover (after we’d removed all of our stuff. I’m minimal but I’m not that minimal):

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Yup. It’s lilac. And Yup. There is a sink in our bedroom. But it isn’t that bad (is it? lol) .

I felt like the room had really good bones (that fireplace!) and so had the potential of becoming a beautiful room. With a little help…

INSPIRATION

I’d seen an image on Pinterest of a headboard, a few weeks before I’d even thought of redecorating our bedroom and stored it away for ‘when everything else is done’. That image sparked the start of the inspo for this project and was used as a starting point to collate images for a mood board.

For us, a bedroom is all about being calm and cosy. I knew I wanted neutral colours, I was really keen to experiment with a dark(er) ceiling and definitely wanted to incorporate some cane webbing and from that, the Master Bedroom mood board was formed:

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The  headboard image from  @istome_store  that sparked the room design - cane webbing was a must!

The headboard image from @istome_store that sparked the room design - cane webbing was a must!

The neutral tones and dark, detailed ceiling in this image from  Semikah Textiles  are  everything

The neutral tones and dark, detailed ceiling in this image from Semikah Textiles are everything

Bed is life and I want all the gorgeous white, textured bedding on mine, like this from  Serena and Lily

Bed is life and I want all the gorgeous white, textured bedding on mine, like this from Serena and Lily

A dreamy suite at  Ett Hem Stockholm  is the whole vibe I want to nail; calm, cosy and stylish.

A dreamy suite at Ett Hem Stockholm is the whole vibe I want to nail; calm, cosy and stylish.

SAMPLES

My first port of call once I had the inspiration was to the Craig & Rose website to order a (free) colour card and then to my local Homebase (UK-wide Craig & Rose stockist) to get ALLLLL the samples. If you’re lucky enough to be in London Craig & Rose have two showrooms (and one in Edinburgh) where you can browse all of their selection and talk to their very knowledgeable team about your project. You can also order all products online via their website.

Craig & Rose’s 1829 collection offers 110 beautiful colours; described as ‘a nod to the past and an eye to the future’ which is exactly how I would describe the style of our 100+ year old home! With our renovations we are trying to maintain it’s Victorian charm and character but with modern finishing and styling. So really, could there be a better paint?

From the range of period colours available, I chose 8 samples; 5 light neutrals and 3 darker colours for the ceiling.

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Left to right (top): Iona White, Mallord, Pipe Clay, Royal Circus  Left to right (bottom): Turner, Chalky White, Angelica, Zeitgeist

Left to right (top): Iona White, Mallord, Pipe Clay, Royal Circus

Left to right (bottom): Turner, Chalky White, Angelica, Zeitgeist

You can tell from the samples alone that the paint is beautiful quality; thick like double cream (the perfect paint consistency FYI), great coverage with a super matte, chalky finish.

After a less-than-usual length of deliberation and a few Instagram polls, I chose Zeitgeist for the ceiling – there was never really going to be any doubt when I saw that dusty black – and for the walls… well you’ll have to read on to find out..!

DIY

So when I told you I was gonna go all out, I wasn’t joking. As you probably know by now DIY is my thang and I managed a total of 4 (pretty big) DIY’s, plus painting all of the walls, woodwork and ceiling in only six weeks! And I’ve recapped the DIY projects for ya here:

 1. Installed polystyrene coving and a (wooden) picture rail

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Our home is Victorian (built somewhere between 1875-1890) and so the coving and picture rail are in keeping with the era of the property. But mainly, I just wanted to give some extra detail and drama to the black ceiling. There is a step by step on my Instagram highlights if you want to install your own. Spoiler alert – it’s really easy!

 

2. Built a new headboard

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We love the 4-poster bed we already have which is a second-hand Gumtree bargain (I think about £80). It was originally pine and we stripped it and painted it black. The downside is that it came with no headboard and just felt a bit unfinished; the plus side is that I got to design and make my own – exactly the way I wanted! You can find the cane webbing I used here.

3. Tiled the fireplace hearth

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We discovered the original fireplace tiles under the pebble effect which was a lovely find BUT I just wasn’t a fan of the colours. Fortunately I had over ordered (as usual) on the tiles for our Victorian Pathway and had a few spare of these beautiful Victorian mosaics from Topps Tiles to create the perfect hearth. I re-used the board that the old tiles were tiled on top of so as to protect the original tiles, in case anyone ever wanted them in the future.

 And the big one…

5. Built a whole new under cupboard sink (with the help of my Dad!)

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Yes, we decided to keep the sink. I appreciate it’s an unusual feature but it was there and actually, it’s just really useful. I didn’t have a better idea for the space (that could be done with my own hands in 6 weeks with next to no money) and actually, I really love how it’s turned out. What do you think? Could we start a new craze of sinks in bedrooms..?!

THE REVEAL

OK, OK, I’ve stalled long enough.

You’ve seen a few sneaks of the colour already and you have probably guessed that we went with Royal Circus for the walls. From the first sample the combination of Royal Circus and Zeitgeist was everything and exactly the rich, calm and cosy feel we were after. I hope it’s been worth the wait…

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WHADDAYATHINK?!?!?! DO YOU LOVE IT?

FINISHING TOUCHES

We were also very very lucky to work with Spark and Bell on this project who gifted us with the most beautiful lighting for that perfect finishing touch. Anyone else getting serious Hotel Panache vibes or just me?!

Spark and Bell hand-make all of their lighting in their own little workshop and so it’s completely customisable. I know. Dead. I could have honestly chosen any single one of their products but in the end went for the classic Triple Arm Opal Shade Chandelier , the matching Arm Wall Light with Opal Shades for above the mirror and the cute little bedside lights (that I had put on a switch to save chasing in) are the Aureole Light.

All of the bedding is IKEA (which I picked up in store and can’t find on the website, sorryyyyyy) and the gorgeous mirror is the Otto Tilt Mirror from Graham & Greene (on which we received a PR discount).

So, thats it! If you’re a story follower on Instagram, I hope it’s been worth the wait? I’d love to know what you think about all of it in the comments; the black ceiling, the secret wall colour, THE SINK?? Let me know!

K, love ya, bye x