‘It had to be GIRLIE BUT GROWN UP’

Wendy, 38, turned a run-down space into a dream scheme where her daugh­ter can read, play and sleep

Style at Home (UK) - - Girl’s Room Makeover -

My hus­band Mark and I de­cided our next house would be a project, so when this 1950s semide­tached came up for sale we jumped at the chance to buy it,’ says Wendy. ‘It was a per­fect ren­o­va­tion op­por­tu­nity we could carry out our­selves, and wouldn’t cost too much.

The pri­or­ity was for my chil­dren, Lola, 7 and Con­nor, 4, to have their own rooms, as they had shared pre­vi­ously in our old two-bed­room ter­race. Lola bagged the mid­dle-sized room, as she was des­per­ate to have a big­ger room than her brother! My only con­cern was the old boiler cup­board in there, as it was an odd shape and not much use, so we de­cided to box it in and make the bath­room next door larger.

Get­ting started

Lola and I had very dif­fer­ent ideas about decor, but I wanted to en­sure her bed­room would be suit­able for a good few years. We set­tled on a colour scheme of aqua, pink and grey – girlie but with a grown-up feel.

The first job was to strip the space back to ba­sics and block up the cup­board door with plas­ter­board. Rather than just treat the walls where the plas­ter was coming off, we had them all skimmed, as well as re­mov­ing the dated Ar­tex on the ceil­ing, so we’d have a bet­ter can­vas to paint on. We moved the ceil­ing light to the cen­tre, and added a few more power sock­ets.

The ba­sics

After a few dra­mas about Lola want­ing too much pink, we even­tu­ally set­tled on a pretty aqua wall colour from the Light & Space range at Dulux. We chose that shade as I thought it would help to keep the scheme feel­ing fresh and light. To add a hint of glam­our, I found an el­e­gant white chan­de­lier, which added the wow ef­fect that Lola wanted – I knew she’d feel like

a princess sleep­ing un­der it. I chose a soft grey car­pet, which is comfy and also prac­ti­cal in case of any colour­ing pen ac­ci­dents! It makes the room feel cosy, too.

Up­cy­cled finds

Lola loves read­ing, so a book­shelf was vi­tal, and she also needed a desk. I hoped not to spend too much and wanted some­thing I could up­cy­cle. I was pleased to find an old school desk and book­shelf at a junk shop. The desk was sanded down and up­dated with pas­tel and soft grey chalky paints.

We in­vested in sim­ple white fur­ni­ture and then the main search was for a bed. I found this gor­geous hos­pi­tal-style de­sign from Feather & Black – I’m thrilled with the colour, as it looks so stylish. Lola and I picked out some pretty but­ter­fly bed­li­nen, pink cush­ions and her favourite flamingo cush­ion. I ar­ranged a few of her pic­tures on the wall around her bed and then fin­ished with an el­e­gant mint desk lamp and shelves full of her favourite books and toys.

Now, Lola thinks her new room is per­fect and has ac­tu­ally said she’s ex­cited about do­ing her home­work at her new desk!’

‘pick clever pieces - we chose a dress­ing ta­ble mir­ror with a drawer,which stores lola’s bits and bobs and will be per­fect as she gets older’

PRETTY PA­PER ‘I used some wall­pa­per rem­nants to jazz up the back of these book­shelves’

PRETTY PER­FECT ‘Lola loves her new room. It’s full of colour and cre­ative ideas, and the stylish sin­gle bed will hope­fully last for years’

Sim­ple Stor­age ‘Lola’s old wardrobe looked a bit child­ish, so we picked up this match­ing set from Ikea’ style tip ‘Plan ahead. The room had to grow with Lola, so we picked good­sized fur­ni­ture’

take note ‘This home­made pin­board was so easy to cre­ate’

‘I used mag­netic chalk paint on the inside of the desk’ it’s a doo­dle!

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