Bedroom Makeover – Beach Cottage Coastal
Tue 5th, Apr, 2011
It’s a funny day here, started off raining this morning, but that has kinda turned into sunshine here and there so the garden is dripping with glistening bits…my veggies didn’t need watering this morning and when I went out to check on them they were all sparkly with rain drops…love that…and I spied my very first home-grown aubergine, I think some of you will call that eggplant…talk about psyched, I nearly kissed her that little perfectly-formed egg-shaped purply lady blooming in the middle of my veggies, right there and then
…and yes I did spend the next 20 minutes sitting in the sprinkling rain with my camera taking photos of an eggplant when I should have been getting my children to school.
Anyhoo, this is the bedroom makeover I was talking about last week…
I had a couple of not-so-nice things happen last week and so in true Beach Cottage form I decided on the best therapy, I retreated spectacularly for a whole day with some foofing and moving around, and cleaning and pottering and playing stylists…
I moved the bed to the other wall and the suitcases and old pie cupboard to the other side…and added the ruffle to the window (yes that is a hole in the wall…it is an air vent..old Australian houses like this have them…I love how the breeze comes in, no it doesn’t seem to make it cold in the Winter, but then again people, this part of Australia, though I moan to high heaven about 2 weeks in about how cold it is, really we don’t see very lowly temps here).
Now this bedroom has been the scene of many changes and I love doing that…it saw daffodils and caterpillars one Spring, it started off the other way round, the bed is normally under the window in the summer and it has rather a lot of different linen now (including two new doona covers, oops no Mr BC I mean really old ones ;-) – did I say one of those new old ones had a million ruffles and is waiting for Winter, or that the other one is full on polka and waiting for Spring..haha )
This time I wanted to bring in a few more coastal things, together with a hint of Prairie Chic, seeing as that is on my mind at the moment and I wanted to prop the boots around too ;-)
Most of this stuff I already had, a frugal makeover…the only new thing the new ruffle curtain (you can find out more about that and where I got it here)…
The side tables are really old, in fact the one on the right is one of the first things I ever bought to do over, back in England, it is actually a sewing box, the lid lifts up an inside it is lined in red satin…the other one I have had for ages, thrifted on the beaches and I madeover a while ago with some aqua…you can find that here
The first night after I moved this around I was really excited to go to bed…it had not taken very long but I had also done a deep clean…stripped everything from the bed, hoovered and turned the matress, found about a million dust bunnies, wiped down all the skirting boards, zapped the floors with my trusty Dettol, purged under the bed of cr*pola that I seem to accumulate faster than I can get rid of, pared down the huge pile of books that was beside my bed, and threw out a load of lotions and potions that were beginning to make the opening of the side table somewhat like a miliatary operation…
There is nothing like this feeling for me…call me boring and suburban but a deeply cleaned bedroom all crisp and waiting for you after a long day, a million and one trips to sporting events, the general day to day looking after of 3 kiddos, and a deep bath is pretty much one of the good things in my life.
So in my pj’s I walked in and sighed, and tucked up in this bed just doing nothing but sitting there with the lamps on, propped up and thinking about what had goneon…I was there like that for ages…
In the morning I woke up, sat up and thought goodness I had had a good sleep in this new setting… and with that looked around and thought
‘oooh my bejesus this bedroom is sooooo WHITE!’
I turned to Mr BC….errrm what do you think..does this bedroom have too much white?
To which he refused to reply.
I am not sure if this was for one of a few reasons…1. if he had said yes I would have forced him to decorate it in a different colour or 2. if he had said yes I would have sulked all day 3. if he had said yes I would have bored him stupid for weeks talking about incorporating new colours into our bedroom.
So as is usual in this house, when in doubt Mr BC makes no comment.
…and yes it is looking very very white, save a pop or two of colour from flowers and old boots ;-) but you know what, that’s they way I like it…
most everything you see here is thrifted, or IKEA, or budget or from from my treasure hunting searches ’round these beachside suburbs…with a few specials from my days in England thrown in for good measure…a bedroom on a budget by a real girl who dreamt of sleeping on an old white bed, with a coastal breeze, old vintage things all around and living in an old cottage near to the sea…
Let me know what you think, I hope you like it
and with that white coastal porn I will be gone!
…and yes I would like your comments
you can find the story of this bedroom before and all about that including a picture of what it looked like when we bought it here
& the one with the daffodils and the caterpillar here