DIYer Shares Her Bedroom Overhaul That Only Took 5 Days
Originally contributed by Ali Carroll
Ali has a diverse creative background. Having worked as a writer, editor, graphic designer and illustrator, she brings a unique skillset to Makey, offering helpful tips and tricks from 20+ years of hands-on DIY experience!
One of the exciting things about buying a house is that you have total freedom to make each room your own. The old bones act as a jumping off point for your imagination to run wild, turning what was once just a house into a home.
When Instagram influencer Leanne Lim-Walker bought a house with her husband, they were faced with a daunting challenge. The place was incredibly old and outdated, with worn rugs, fixtures and framing littered around the whole interior. It called for a full-blown overhaul, stat.
Stepping up to the plate, Lim-Walker took a swing and knocked it right out of the park. In a five day overhaul, they were able to take this horribly downtrodden spare room and turn it into a dream bedroom.
First thing was first, if they were going to be spending five days inside this room, those dated, sun-faded walls and baseboards had to go. Painting the room entirely white instantly made the space feel so much more airy and modern. Instead of dark baseboards drawing the eye, the bright neutral color works to unify the features, highlighting the unique architecture of the room.
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Similarly, painting the frame around the fireplace neutral white like the rest of the walls allows the original brickwork to pop without anything distracting your eye. By then painting those same bricks black, you create a strong contrast between them and the rest of the room. This contrast works to highlight the unique feature and pay homage to the original structure while still providing a modern twist.
The next thing that just had to do was to tear out the eyesore of a carpet. Covered in years and years worth of dirt and stains, ripping it away revealed the most beautiful wooden flooring. Kept in remarkably good shape, a bit of scraping and scrubbing made it the perfect base for a lovely coat of pastel chalk paint.
One of the great things about creating a room using principles from Scandinavian or Bohemian design is that there's lots of room for color play when choosing your accents. By using a neutral and clean base like white walls, you're granted the freedom to experiment with something that's a little more fun - like painting your floors rosy pink. By picking and choosing where you decide to put pops of color, you actually create areas of interest all over the room that work to unify the overall design.
The principle of design like this is that every piece of furniture staged around the room now serves a purpose. By creating a neutral background you're technically allowing your room to become a blank canvas, and your furniture becomes the focal point. With that in mind, painting items like nightstands, drawers and bed frames a dark color like black doesn't just contrast the walls behind them, it also ties together your furniture.
And finally it was complete! Leanne Lim-Walker's newly finished guest bedroom is a sight to behold. The black frame of the bed, nightstands, picture frames and pillow allows your eye to wander about the room, appreciating the design as a whole rather than getting stuck on one thing. The areas of exposed wood, pink flooring and the placement of plants brings warmth and life into the room, emphasized by the pop of yellow on the bed from the stunning throw.
Overall the whole project was completed in only five days, and the final transformation is incredible! Without doing any structural changes, Leanne Lim-Walker and her husband relied on only a can of paint, a brush and a great eye for design. The remarkable room is yet another example of how much you can do on a low budget if you use just a little bit of imagination!
What do you think, did this renovation get your DIY-brain buzzing? Send us pictures if you've achieved your own marvelous room transformation, or let us know if there's anything you'd do differently with this design! But most importantly my faithful DIYers, let's get making!