‘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
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.
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.
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.
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!