Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Our Little Cottage - Master Bedroom Makeover and Renovation

A little while ago I did a collage of my dream bedroom. While this new bedroom isn't exactly dream material it's definetly a whole lot better than it was. Our old bedroom needed a make over so badly. I was like a child stomping my feet about it. It was nasty, the walls were spongy from moisture damage, and we were constantly trying to stay on top of the mould that went all over our furniture and walls. We have spent so many hours, even days, cleaning mould off things in our room. To make matters worse the walls were not insulated, which is very common in a lot of old Australian homes and makes total sense in a land famous for it's hot weather. In the summer our room was muggy and hot and we would have to shut the door so it wouldn't make the rest of the house that way too. In the winter it was very drafty and so cold.  Ever since we moved in 6 years ago we have wanted to rip out the walls, add insulation, vents in the ceiling, a new ceiling fan and of course - NEW WALLS! 








Our temporary digs (note: we were going to stay in a 5 star luxury resort but this idea seemed so much better): We moved our mattress into our lounge room for one and half weeks while our bedroom was  renovated. Very handy for WWF with your toddler.


On left is the very shit-hit-the fan dial. Don't be deceived by the range of numbers, only 2,3,5 worked.  On right is our new tiny, very practical light switch and fan dial.

On left is our old fan on our ugly ass ceiling. We had a completely new battened ceiling put in over the existing one. I have learned so much, my husband did so much research and taught me heaps. This saved a lot of time and effort for the builder, making it the less expensive option. We purchased a rosette for our new ceiling for around AUD $90. We regret that we didn't choose a larger rosette because it's so pretty and the new fan hides a lot of its beauty. 

Ceiling being battened over existing: Didn't freaking know this was possible. Kinda awesome!

Walls ripped out and insulation going in, this has helped so much with the main road traffic noise 

Eeeeeeeek  - new walls! We also had a brand new picture rail go in so we could paint white above it and colour below, and hang pictures from it instead of putting holes in the wall. It also adds to the cute cottage look we have.

 Once the builder was done it was our turn to do the work. Since we now have a (apparently bogan) baby it makes things a little bit more tricky. When the new walls were going on Charlie narrowly missed falling into a bucket of bright green plaster's glue. Thankfully Dave's family jumped in to help with some babysitting, and a crap load of painting. Don't know what we would do with out this cheerful crew!

I was watching Dave work alone while I cared for our kid outside.
Then he turned up...
...finally, shit got done a whole lot faster. Here's Dave with brother Michael (number 5 Brother of 6 Brothers) and sister Rebekah (number 4 of 5).

Here is Dave's gorgeous sister Hannah (number 2 of 5 sisters)

Now it's just us.
We put the baby to bed and get started on adding colour! It's the first time in my whole life that I have gotten to choose a colour for my own bedroom. We were so tired but so determined to get one coat of paint on that night. We chose DULUX - ENTERPRISE because I'm a huge star trek fan. LIE. I'm not at all.

OK, I'll stop talking now and show you some before and after photos because I know that's what you're really here for. SHUT it!

On Left: Before renovation, with huge fan dial and ugly ceiling.

On Right: NEW, NEW, NEW!!!!


BEFORE - see the dark mould?

AFTER - We now have two outlets for our bedside tables instead of one, and
ceiling vents too.
 



So far the only thing hung on the wall is my photograph, on canvas, of my babushka doll
One of my favourite flowers (and my only tattoo)
We'd love to have a new bed and bedside tables to go with our new room but for now we will settle for a new duvet/quilt cover from Aura Home
This bed really needs some cushions and that wall needs some sexy art work ... gotta save up.
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35 comments:

  1. Renee at Mummy, Wife, MeOctober 7, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Wow! What a transformation! You guys have excelled yourselves. It looks like a lot of hard work, but also looks like you all had so much fun. You're lucky to have such a great support network around you. I love the canvas of your babushka doll. I bet you just can't stop looking at your new room :) Visiting via #teamIBOT

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  2. oh my gosh, it is beautiful! What a fantastic job by all. Great colour choice! I'm sorry, how many brothers and sisters does your husband have!?!?

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  3. This is gorgeous!!! I am a total sucker for interiors. Love that wall colour.

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  4. I love it and I LOVE the wall colour!!! I am actually a bit jealous, I would love to be able to paint even a tiny wall!!!

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  5. @stufffromthesuburbs are you a renter. I have always live in rented houses until this one so it's nice to be able to do what you want and put your stamp on your home, isn't it!

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  6. Thanks Hugzilla. Glad you said so. I thought maybe I should wait a few years to take the after shot, you know, until I could afford a new bed, bedside tables, lamps, art, and cushions. Glad it came out alright ...

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  7. @Aroha @ Colours of Sunset My husband has 11 kids in his family. NUTS, eh? It definetly comes in handy for moments like this. They were extremely generous with their weekend.

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  8. @Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me You made my day just saying you liked my photo of my babushka. It was one of the first ever photos I took on a fancy camera! Also enjoyed your feedback on the room. You are too sweet!

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  9. Le sigh, yes I am a renter, I hope to buy a house before I 35 (5 years and counting)...THEN I will paint. :D

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  10. I love the new quilt cover its so nice and the room looks so much nicer! We have been renovating our bathroom for over 2 months now and its pretty much finished apart from the little bits and bobs. I'm jealous you got a whole room done in a week and a half.

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  11. What a gorgeous makeover! You are so clever. I would love to be able to tackle this sort of thing. I'm feeling a little inspired now. Rachel x

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  12. What a fab transformation! You're a woman after my own heart liking bold colours! The quilt cover is awesome.

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  13. What a stunningly beautiful makeover well done! It must be simply divine to sleep in such a gorgeous space xx

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  14. Nothing better than a beautiful bedroom. You'll want to hang out in there all the time.

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  15. Wow this looks so great! It must feel so good and fresh! This is my plan for next week when I have a week off work, except we're renting so there will be no paint (hopefully just new bedding, new bedside tables, maybe curtains and a good spring clean!). I love the paint colour you chose and your new duvet cover. Enjoy!

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  16. Wow it looks awesome! You guys did an awesome job of revamping your bedroom. It must feel so much better to go to sleep in your new stylish room!

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  17. Lucy @ Bake Play SmileOctober 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    This looks absolutely fantastic! Good on you guys!! Nothing like a little sleepover in the loungeroom. Love your big window!!! xx

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  18. Looks fantastic. Our house in NSW really needs this style of makeover before we sell but gosh it's hard finding and trusting someone when we are so far away now in Perth.

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  19. Oh it really would be hard! Well if your house is in the Newcastle area I know a guy :)
    Peter Snape.

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  20. @Lucy @ Bake Play Smile It also came in handy when the paramedics arrived to check my toddler for head or neck injury after he fell head first from his highchair. We all just sat around on the mattress together waiting for him to show signs of whatever...

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  21. It does @TeganMC thanks! I just REALLY want some art for that bare wall. Guess I should be happy that it's a good colour now though.

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  22. @Laura Fisher thanks! I really want all those things you mentioned too. I have my eye on a bed at Domayne that's $3000. Not going to happen. That's the same price we paid for the renovations. HA!

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  23. I do, but the Toddler follows me in and wants to wrestle. Not very relaxing. haha! BUT fun. @Michelle@myslowlivingadventure

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  24. YES, and in a gorgeous doona cover! hehe! Thank you @Josefa @always Josefa

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  25. Yay!! That means something special coming from you! Thanks @The Plumbette

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  26. We hired a builder. There's no way I would have survived 2 months of bathroom renovations. Our bathroom (SEE PINTEREST) took about 4 weeks with a builder. We did all he painting ourselves, and the picking out of all the bathroom things. @Toni Are you planning before and after photos?

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  27. Fantastic, I love it! How gorgeous is the stuff from Aura Home? Good on you for doing it yourselves.

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  28. What a turnaround! I bet it feels super satisfying to have done it yourselves! Congrats!

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  29. Wow what a difference. Amazing how quick things get done with back up arrives. Bet your glad your not camping out any more.

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  30. Your new room looks wonderful. I love the wall colour and the babushka print. It must feel so wonderful to walk into that room now and see the results of your hard work.

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  31. Actually the property is in Maitland. Also if you are looking for sexy artwork you might be interested in this.... http://www.msmysterycase.com/2013/02/love-making-art.html?m=0

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  32. How exciting!! To finally have a new room and see all your efforts come good like this. Must be so satisfying.

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  33. yes when its finally finished. We still need to get a shower screen, towel rails, put the mirror back up.

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  34. Bel from Balance in WonderlandOctober 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Oh how wonderful. I'd love to make-over our bedroom. It's always the worst house in the room- its where we move mess and its always so cluttered. Has the quality of your sleep improved? I bet it has!

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  35. oh how wonderful is that renovation!!! We used to live in an Old QLD that was so very moldy all of the time...and yep we had to renovate every room, when we got if finished we sold it :)
    Now we live in a Motorhome and sometimes our cupboards get mold in it - we have used mold resistance paint which has helped a bit, but not completely.
    Would love a Newer Motorhome - one where we could renovate completely with our own designs.
    Love your new bedroom room, love the colour, love the fresh feel to the way it all went together.

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