Guest Bedroom Makeover – An English Garden

Spare Bedroom

I’m so excited as we have finally finished our guest bedroom makeover! It has to be said, I feel a little disappointed that we never took pictures of what it looked like before, now that it is done because it is quite different. When we moved in it had been a boy’s bedroom and was bright blue with a large chipboard piece on the left hand side with 100s of drawing pins in it, artex ceiling and damaged laminate flooring. It was definitely in need of some TLC.

Phase 1 – a blank canvas

This is quite a small room. We had to squeeze a double bed in, as it used when people stay over. So because of that, after a bit of thought as to paint colour I decided we needed to replaster the ceiling and paint the room white in its entirety to give an illusion of a little more space. A plasterer did the ceiling and then Dave did the walls and all the painting. We used plain white eggshell for the skirting and plain white for the ceiling but Crown Sail White for the walls, which has a very slight grey undertone. I ummed and ahhhed a lot about finding ‘the right white’ for the walls and read lots of posts on the internet. The one that tipped me into Sail White was this one from Rock My Style. I had thought about trying greys and finally decided to be brave and give it a go. As such, we got a simple hard wearing grey carpet from an off cut at the local carpet mill for £167 with fitting, underlay and carpet plates.

The blind came from Dunelm Mill and was just a simple neutral roller blackout blind. I knew because of where the bed would fall that curtains would be problematic so decided just to stick with a blind only. Then we got simple brushed chrome light and plug fittings. The light fitting was also from Dunelm Mill and I just was captured by the floral detailing. So at the end of phase 1, we had a totally blank canvas, at which point we kind of stopped for a few months ……..


Phase 2 – trialling Annie Sloan chalk paint

So, we had some quite scary old orangey pine furniture that has been with us for some 16 years, and survived a multitude of house moves. I only have a picture of the bedstead from when we moved in prior to painting but there is also a bedside table and chest of drawers. It was solid though so we thought it was worth trying to rescue it. I had kept reading about all these amazing makeovers that people had done with Annie Sloan paint.

It felt like a  risk to buy the paint, the wax and the brushes because the concern was, that it would all go wrong and we would have wasted a load of money on paint!! However, we went ahead anyway and I picked Paris Grey, clear wax and dark wax. The dark wax lightly applied over the clear wax gives a soft slightly aged look.


The chest of drawers were done last and to finish them off and a little touch of glamour, we bought these glass crystal drawer knobs from Amazon. These were £13.99 for 16, so we still have 5 left in case we can come up with another project. This picture taken outside best picks up the tones of the dark wax, and the unusual appearance it gives the paint work.


Phase 3 – Getting inspired by an English Garden

My inspiration for the colour scheme came our back garden when everything has started to  bloom. As the room overlooks the back garden, I loved the idea of bringing the outside in.


I came across the Joules Ruby bedlinen made by Bedeck and just loved the vibrancy of the bright bold colours, to go against the muted tones of the room. This then set the theme and then all I needed to do was find a couple of finishing touches to finish the room off.

Phase 4 – Finishing touches

I love looking for second hand and inexpensive accessories and so went to my local carboot on Sunday that was just starting up again  for the year. My favourite find was from a man who had a couple of dusty crates of old bottles. When I looked I found they were from local makers and date approx 1930 to 1940s. He only wanted 10p each and so I picked five out. They were not very clean but a good soak sorted them out and they came up sparkly bright.  The flowers are fresh and from the garden / leftovers from a bunch of bought flowers from last week. Although I might look for a couple of artificial flowers for day to day and just use fresh if we have visitors.


I also found these vintage 1950s observer books for a £1 for the 5. They are worn but I like the look they give.


The two photo frames in a grey vintage washed wood were bought in the sale at Asda for a couple of pounds each a few months ago. I always like to look for frames when the supermarkets are clearing out because you can find them at really good prices. I printed some victorian botanical images off onto card to put inside the frames, and resized them to fit on my trustworthy Picmonkey. I liked how these turned out, and it is much more inexpensive than buying art from the shops.



The Sweet Pea candle was from Sublime Candles for £8.99. I got this from a craft fair they had a stand at. It smells beautiful and is all sparkly on top.


The little alarm clock is from Actim and the mirror was what we got on our trip to Bradford on Avon, see my blog post here.

The end result





Until next time x

Home Etc


  1. 11th May 2016 / 8:48 pm

    So peaceful! You have done a great job and I love how you repurposed existing furniture and brought the outside in!

    San x

    • 13th May 2016 / 6:33 am

      Thanks San, I am made up with how the furniture turned out 🙂 x

  2. c jamieson
    13th May 2016 / 9:00 am

    the room looks fantastic, cant wait to come, well done.

    • 13th May 2016 / 4:25 pm

      We can’t wait for you to come either, Georgie keeps asking when she will see you x

  3. 13th May 2016 / 10:26 am

    I really love this room, what gorgeous colours and the flower garden theme is brill! #Homeetc

    • 13th May 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 It is lovely to hear other people like it too! xx

  4. 17th May 2016 / 12:22 pm

    The difference is staggering — especially the bedframe!! I’m obsessed with chalk paint — and love the Paris Grey. What a fantastic makeover, I bet you’re chuffed to bits! Thanks for sharing on #HomeEtc , Caro xx

  5. 17th May 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Looks amazing and SO pretty 🙂 What a fantastic room. Thanks for sharing – love Jess xx


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