Mini Spare Room Makeover

Saturday, 23 March 2013

A few weeks ago, I had a long weekend off work, in order to use up some of my annual leave. I decided to put the time to good use, by organising and improving my spare room, which I had been meaning to do for months, but never got around to.

My spare room is also my office, wardrobe (as I have too many clothes and shoes) guest room, and general dumping ground. I wanted somewhere to be able to work, blog and somewhere I would be happy for guests to stay in.

So here is the before:-

So yeah, one almighty mess right? 

But here are the after shots:-

I started off by just giving it a general tidy up and actually putting my washing away etc. I washed all the spare bedding and the sofa bed cover, and stored the bedding in vacuum packs underneath the bed, so it can be made up at a moment's notice. The big throw adds extra warmth and colour to the room. The colour scheme isn't particularly 'now', but this was the colour scheme in my room in my old house, and the bedding and accessories were still useable, so it seemed a waste of money to buy all new, so I recycled them.

I also made the noticeboard (tutorial coming soon) and hung some picture frames I'd had floating around for ages.

My desk was pine, so I decided to brighten it up by painting it white with kitchen cupboard paint. This worked quite well, but I now wish I had put a varnish on as well (although the tin says this isn't necessary) as it does seem to scratch easily. I re-arranged my desk set up and added a blanket and cushion for extra cosiness. I will show my desk set up in a future post.

One of the biggest problems with my spare room is damp, so I can't really have doors on my wardrobes as it prevents the air getting around them, but I didn't want to keep looking at my clothes all the time. Instead I bought a retractable net pole and some voils, which keeps the air flowing but looks prettier. I also painted this pine chest of drawers with which emulsion, after some sanding. I had intended to get some new drawer knobs but I actually like the effect of the original ones against the white.

This white frame was pine - I got carried away with painting things white I think - and I cut up an old  birthday card that my Mum gave me, to go inside as I liked the picture and the sentiment. The large photograph is genuine vintage, I think early 1900's. - It's my great-great grandmother Rosa, who I'm told I got my auburn hair from when I was younger, (wish it was now, but it's a mousy colour when my roots show!) The frame she was in was no good anymore, and I'm still looking for one that's suitable so I can hang the picture above the drawers.

So that's my mini room makeover in a weekend. Most of it was just tidying and re-arranging, but I really enjoy spending time in there now, and I have had guests since too!

I intend to do a few more home decor posts - is there anything you would particularly like to see?


  1. The photograph of your great great grandmother is beautiful! I really want some meaningful pieces in my house.

    I'd love to see more home decor posts from you! xx

    1. I think it helps that she was clearly a beautiful lady as well! You might like a post I did last year about a home made with memories as I try to have lots of things in my house with memories attached

  2. Love those drawers!! xxx

  3. Wow! What a transformation! Do you want to come and sort out my spare room?! Mine is a general dumping ground!
    The chest of drawers look amazing, and I agree with the knobs being kept in their original colour.
    I agree with you keeping the colour scheme, there's no point wasting money when your bedding etc are still in good condition.
    Can't wait to see the noticeboard tutorial. Keep up the good work.


    1. My other spare room is a dumping ground! lol
      Its funny that now it's all nice and organised I manage to keep it tidy all the time now!

  4. Wow can you come sort my place out lol... I love these kind of posts xx

  5. This all looks fab! I've been wanting to paint some drawers for our living room for ages but need to find a bargain first. Would love to read the post on the notice board when you do that. x gem

  6. Wow, I've been meaning to do this with our spare room for a while now. I am always dumping clothes here there and everywhere. I love your little desk area xxx

  7. great room make over! The vintage photo of your great great grandmother is absolutely gorgeous.

    Lauren x

  8. This looks lovely! I love that you didn't spend a fortune on it too. And that photo is incredible, I love proper old pictures! x

    1. Also, I nominated you for a Liebster Award over on my blog (, I hope that's ok! x

  9. This looks amazing! The drawers look lovely, and I really like the voile panels, too.

    Jesss xo

  10. Wow this looks amazing I really like how you've done it, especially the white chest of drawers :) It's so satisfying doing things like this! Really looking forward to more home decor posts, I'm looking for inspiration atm as I'm not happy with how my living room and hallway are decorated/laid out.
    Love Holly x
    P.s. I love your layout and header :)

    1. I really think if you stick to neutral walls then you can change the other elements more often that way
      Thanks! Abby at unobserved did it all :)

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