Bedroom 1 Make-Over

Redecorating the bedrooms was one of the hardest things we’ve had to do. This bedroom 1 make-over will show you what I mean. They were all extremely neglected and terribly out-dated. The neighbours told us that the last owners’ tenants had dozens of people stay over. They mentioned that they were so many bodies, mattresses were laid out in the cold garage. Here are pictures of the garage makeover. Only by seeing them, will you truly understand how ragged it was. 


Here are before and after pictures of bedroom makeover number 1. As you can probably see, this room was mainly storage and no space to unwind. It was a double room, but with all the redundant storage, the only place in the middle of the room left free, was big enough for a mere single bed.

Bedroom 1 make-over: using the space more effectively


old, dull bedroom cupboards

After: We removed the above cupboards from the back wall, and put in a free-standing double wardrobe. This fit perfectly in the corner and left enough space to add a door into a new en suite we had built adjacent to this room.

free-standing cupboard was much better

too many cupboards, not enough space for a double bed, dingy front wall


bedside cabinets are enough storage

After: a better use of the window space. Two bed-side cupboards are just the ticket! A new window adds to the room and to the security of the house in general. The wall paper on the window wall are the only remaining ones in the house. We removed all of the old, cracking stuff and completely sanded, primed, filled and repainted. However, this wall paper had a striped texture to it. (It was a plain magnolia, as you can see from the before picture above). I painted terracotta and cream colours into the stripes and put a thin coat of varnish to keep the effect intact. The result is a beautiful, striped front bedroom wall. The colours in the stripes are the same as the rest of the room. Go to ‘Add interest to plain wallpaper‘  for more details about this aspect.

After (the right of windows where that old, white cupboard used to be)


Before (left of windows – a completely wrecked wall)
The wall on the left side of the window was terrible under all the layers of of wall-paper. There were holes and dents to fill. The wall had been gauged out at some point to put in a telephone and cable wires. It was then wall-papered over and looked innocent enough.  I did a lot of filling, sanding and priming. All the cupboards were removed. This Ikea shelf below was added. A tall, slim wardrobe was put in the corner to match the double one on the back wall. These two are enough for storage in the room. Storage boxes on top of the wardrobe add interest and colour to the room.

After (the left of windows)


the other side of the window

A floor mat completes the entire look! We’re now very happy with this bedroom. It meets all our needs and is a cool place to relax and unwind. What sort of problems did you have making over your bedroom? Please feel free to share your experiences below. For more bedroom makeovers and to see the rest of our extreme makeover, go to our home makeover page.   If you would like more ideas on what furniture or beds to get for your makeover, check out these great looking metal beds here
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28 Responses to Bedroom 1 Make-Over

  1. Marry April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Thankyou so much for sharing your beautiful ideas.

  2. Audi TT Miami April 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    WOW. You did an awesome job with this room. I’ve always been a little nervous about redecorating any room in my house, because I wasn’t exactly sure what steps to take. This really helps!

  3. Margaux Allen March 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Oh I love how you maximized the space Anne. I really want something like this. The window makes it all so perfect!

  4. Margaux Allen March 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Good job to you! The place is so cool! I love it! I already bookmarked thanks a lot for sharing! 🙂

  5. michael mak110 February 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Outstanding piece of work you have done.These information helps me consider some useful things, keep up the good work.

  6. Keith February 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I like to decorate my bedroom myself. I also possess a hobby of drawing and painting on the walls. Last year, I painted a beautiful garden on the wall opposite my bed. I painted it with a variety of bright colours to make every morning of mine as colourful as the painting because I can see it right in front my eyes everyday I wake up.

    • Anne February 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      I like the idea of having a garden painted on the wall opposite my bed. It must be really relaxing.

  7. Kevin February 2, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    It gives me an incomplete feeling when my house is unsettled or if I am unhappy with the way the furniture is kept. I think you too have the same streak Anne. However I recently shifted to my new house, had a tough time settling things down, it took me ten days to figure out which corner of my bedroom is best for my bed.

    • Anne February 4, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      I know. It takes a long time to decide positions for your furniture when you move house. This was the case with us as well. It took us months to organise the new house because we also had builders in for a while.

  8. Dyon January 31, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    I’m planing to renovate my house, as it is little compact, I want to make it more spacious, You have provided a very useful blog, I really liked the 2nd makeover, thanks a lot for sharing.

  9. David January 28, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I love my bedroom to be clean and not very congested. This is the reason I do not prefer too much of furniture or other things to be stuffed in my room. If it comes to redesign my bed-room, I would like to concentrate more on the colour and patterns on the wall, paintings and a designer mirror in the closet.

  10. Rey January 28, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Hiring a professional and paying loads of money is not the solution when when redesigning or redecorating the house. One must do it themselves in order to get the expected results and save a lot of money. It just needs a little brainstorming before we start shifting the furniture and the other accessories. It is usually fun.

    • Anne January 29, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      That’s right, Rey. I’ve only ever hired professionals when the job required them. Most of the work can be done on your own if you just do a bit of research and put your hands to it. You may make mistakes, but you learn from them and move on.

      And you’re right. It’s fun.

  11. Kyron January 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Think about the amount of storage you need before you plan your bedroom design, you have shared some wonderful designs. I will keep this for my future reference, thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Anne January 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Kyron. You’re right. We need to plan for storage before we design our bedroom – not just stick a huge amount of storage in because we MAY need it sometime.

  12. Bryon January 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    I think bedroom is a private space where we rest and often for work and leisure. Some people even like to spend most of their time in the room, so I think it is the most important place to focus. You have provided some good designs, thanks for sharing.

  13. Joseph January 17, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I really love the ideas that you have shared in this post and it will be quite helpful for me when i try to change things around in my bedroom.I have a very tight budget and so i will have to spend every penny in the best possible way.

    • Anne January 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Joseph, unlike the kitchen and bathroom, bedrooms are very cheap to update. Most people already have their beds and side tables. The only thing left to do really, is to clear up, streamline and choose a good colour scheme.

  14. Terry January 16, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    I really love your bedroom makeover.The bedroom looks completely different and also it looks so spacious.I am planning for my bedroom makeover because it looks quite dull.Can you suggest me some low budget makeover techniques?

    • Anne January 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Terry, bedrooms are quite simple to change. Depending on your colour scheme, you can paint your cupboards and side tables if you can’t afford new ones. You can also buy cheap bed spreads or make yourself one (like I did in my daughter’s bedroom at this post: As you can see, I removed some of the cupboards and painted the remaining ones to suit the colours in the room.

      Even changing your cupboard handles can go a long way to an update – and it’s cheap. Use pretty boxes for storage until you can afford another alternative (you can search for ‘storage’ on the site).

      Also choose a light colour paint and only use dark colours on one feature wall.

  15. Alex January 16, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    I really liked the designs, I want my kids Bedroom to be very creative. I’m thinking about this for a while now, Please help me with the designs.

  16. Nelson January 15, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    I have cleared out many unwanted things that were lying around in my bedroom to make it look spacious.The make over that you have done to your bedroom is really fantastic and there are many changes that can be spotted in those pics that you have uploaded of before and after.

    • Anne January 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      I’m glad you liked it, Nelson.

  17. Thomas January 10, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Wow! What a make-over. I am sure this took you a lot of planning, creativity and hard-work. It does not look that easy because making place for new things when you already have so much furniture in the house is very difficult. But, the bedroom now looks fabulous.

    • Anne January 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Thanks, Thomas. It did take a lot of planning, creativity and hard work. You’re right about that 🙂 I actually started planning and drawing up/writing down ideas for the rooms of the house the day I came to view it (before we bought it).

      The built-in furniture wasn’t ours. It was all here – put in by the last owners. We like a clearer, more streamlined look – the way the entire house look and feel at the moment.

  18. Wandering Thought January 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm #’re so hard working, Anne..It looks beautiful, and practical after the remodel for sure!

    • Anne January 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

      Thanks Icy. It is such a drastic change from when we moved in. It feels more at home and wows visitors as well. Goes to show you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot.

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