Toddler bedroom makeover…part one

Toddler bedroom makeover

This decorating lark is such a slow process. We moved into our new house back in June and despite my grand plans we haven’t got very far. I have so many ideas but we’ve been hit with a few set-backs, the biggest of which discovering that the entire house needs re-wiring. Gulp. This is going to be an incredibly long process as it involves beveling out walls and re-plastering the lot, but if we do the renovating room by room it shouldn’t be too much of an upheaval, I hope!

Since we moved in Rose has been quite unsettled, I am assured by friends this is normal but it has taken her a while to adjust to her new surroundings. She suddenly became very frightened of the lights being switched off in her bedroom or having her door closed at night, neither of which bothered her before so I can only surmise that it is down to her not feeling comfortable in her new bedroom. To be honest I wouldn’t either.

At the moment our sleeping arrangements are not ideal, with her moving into our bedroom as she refuses to sleep in hers but I’d really like for her to be back in her own bedroom and happy as soon as possible.

The house is stuck in a bit of a 1950s time warp, with lots and lots of dodgy wallpaper. We have to start somewhere and even though it feels like a job of epic proportions we have finally made a start.

My first thoughts were to go with a girly themed pink room but Rose is not really a girly girl and after hours and hours spent looking at Pinterest and other blogs for inspiration I settled on a plain canvas with lots of colourful and retro accessories to brighten the room.

First task was to strip the dreadful wallpaper that actually beggars belief it ever went into production in the first place, you can see from the picture below how truly dreadful it was, the blue skirting boards and wall opposite were just as dire!

Picture of horrible wallpaper

Before-Yuck! wasn’t it awful?

We headed off to Homebase to stock up on paint, brushes, rollers, trays, and wallpaper paste. Grateful that everything we needed was under one roof and we didn’t need to traipse around other shops trying to find the bits we needed. When decorating we usually go for Dulux, the colour range is enormous and it’s 3 for 2 in Homebase, which is a massive saving. Even though we chose a very plain colour it’s important to get the tone right. I wanted something to compliment the wallpaper we had chosen from Mamas and Papas (same as Baby has in her room-thanks for the inspiration Aby!) The colour we chose is called ’Timeless’ I really like the end result of the paint, it covered the bluest of blue with ease.

For the woodwork, Mr T spent ages sanding down the dark blue skirting boards and I followed behind with satin paint for wood. Carefully painting the skirting boards and door frame. The coverage is amazing and it doesn’t drip at all, I find it much easier to work with than gloss paint-it’s not shiny like traditional gloss yet has a really nice modern sheen to it.

Painting a bedroom

So, for the past week I have spent a lot of time steaming off wallpaper and up a step-ladder but I know the end results will be so worth it.

It has been really exciting buying all the fun accessories for the room and I can’t wait to put the finishing touches together and for Rose to see it. I really hope that by having a lovely new bedroom it will help her to sleep better.

Toddler bedroom makeover

After-new wallpaper and Dulux ‘Timeless’ on the walls

At the moment we are waiting for the carpet to be laid and then Mr T has the job of putting all the furniture together. It already looks so much lighter and brighter though and I’m so pleased we chose the colour scheme we did. I can’t wait to show you the finished room in part two, so watch this space!

*Post written in collaboration with Hombase

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  • Zoe Alicia

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    The wallpaper is beautiful! So simple but elegant and stylish. Can’t wait to see what you do with the decor in the room now :)

  • Vikki Holness

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    I know exactly how you feel mama, it’s such a time-consuming process! We’ve spent the last couple of weeks having our living/dining room, upstairs landing, master bedroom and study redecorated and it’s thrown the whole house in to chaos. Absolutely LOVE this wallpaper you’ve chosen though, it’s gorgeous and perfect for Rose xxx

  • Anna Fraser

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    It looks lovely Amy. We have ‘Timeless’ all over our house … And the last one, and the one before that too. It’s just so … Er … Timeless!

    Exciting times though in doing up your house, renovating is always one of those things which seems better in the memories! Anna x

  • Linda

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    I can see why you wanted to decorate! Afraid of the dark might just be an age thing. We put up glow on the dark stars and instead of the wow we expected, my 2 year old freaked out at being led into a dark room… We have another night light instead now!

  • Jane Duckworth

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    Decorating can be an absolute nightmare of a job can’t it?! I always think doing just 1 room disrupts the entire house!

  • gemma

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    home decor is a love hate thing for sure im four years in my house and still doing it! but when i see the finished result the feeling of pride is brill. your little ones room is fab i cant wait to see the accessories

  • Sarah Golding

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    It looks so lovely already. We’re in the process of redecorating but its a slow process with a toddler and Baby distracting us. Our toddlers room was the first to be done as well

  • claire

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    We moved in February and haven’t made as much progress as I would like. Our toddler’s room was first to be done too (although it still needs a few finishing touches). Love that wallpaper.

  • LadyNicci

    Written on 2nd October 2015

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    Wow, looks so fresh! Can’t believe the ‘before’ pic – agree, truly awful! we are looking to redecorate our sitting room and baby bedroom, to be honest, i find it all very daunting. im not talented when it comes to interiors and have wasted loads of money :/

  • sandra

    Written on 3rd October 2015

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    its beautiful, really bright and timeless. Your so right about the satin wood instead of gloss, its horrible to work with and looks dated, that satinwood finish is so much nicer

  • Zena's Suitcase

    Written on 3rd October 2015

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    It’s coming together amazingly. It will soon be a space she will want to sleep in I’m sure. The old wallpapaer would have given me nightmares I think!

  • Emma T

    Written on 3rd October 2015

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    Bet it’s a relief to get started and be so close to finishing. I like the wallpaper.

  • Anna C.

    Written on 4th October 2015

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    Decoration can be a pain in the butt but in the end is so rewarding!! I love decor and now my hunsband and I are thinking about getting a place just for us two. I can’t wait to start decor everything! :D

  • Ana De- Jesus

    Written on 4th October 2015

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    I love the neutral print it really makes the place seem more welcoming and larger. Perfect for a little toddler.

  • Lisa - Leelee Loves

    Written on 5th October 2015

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    Oh it’s looking gorgeous! I hope she settles in nicely. We have m&p paper in our nursery but I think I prefer this much more subtle one. I doubt I can talk the OH into redecorating just yet though! Xx

  • Charlotte Braithwaite

    Written on 5th October 2015

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    I really want to make a start on decorating Hayden’s room. I wouldn’t even know where to start though – I love the wall paper you’ve chosen … its perfect
    I will be keep a close(r) eye on your blog to see the outcome.
    Good Luck
    x

  • Ickle Pickle

    Written on 5th October 2015

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    Oh her new room is going to be gorgeous – I love the new wallpaper. It’s a lot of work isn’t it? I redid the kids bedrooms last summer. Kaz x

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Written on 5th October 2015

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    So glad you went for that wallpaper, we love it and it is the perfect backdrop to anything else. It looks wonderful so far huni xxx

  • Kate ✚

    Written on 5th October 2015

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    LOVE the wallpaper! Can’t wait to see the finished result. Hang in there; it’ll be worth it in the end x

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