Saturday, 16 March 2013

Shabby Chic your room

Wow it has been a long time. Im so sorry for the haitus but Ive been really busy with work, and life just seems to get in the way. I have had a lot of reuqests for blogs and have replied to emails on an individual basis but the over riding topic that I seem to be discussing with fellow bloggers, girls on my facebook and people I know in real life is "how do you make your bedroom look shabby chic on a budget".

Now this is something I am comfortable with talking about as I have been aiming to get the perfect shabby chich bedroom for the past year and finally feel I have achieved the desired look. You must bear in mind that I live with my partner Joey and so I have to ensure my shabbychicness does not overspill onto girly territory ie no pink.

The colour palette I have been working with is predominantly cream (neautral, see?), pale greys and duck egg blue (blue for a boy right?) and I haven't heard a peep of complaint from the lad.

When we first moved into our house the bedroom was painted a pale lemon which was, quite frankly, revolting. So, this first thing we had to do was repaint our walls. We chose cream. Obviously. My dream has always been to have a huge cream oak king size bed, with distressed matching furniture, such as dressing tables, wardrobe and chest of drawers. As we did not have a limitless budget we started small and did a lot of up-cycling. For those of you not familiar with the term it merely involves buying things (or using what you already have) on the cheap, sanding them down, painting and finishing them in your own style.

The first two items of furniture for our bedroom that we purchased, were a dark wooden double bed and a 6 drawer chest of drawers. We spent the weekend sanding the wood (so as to remove the varnish), painting the furniture (initially with a duck egg blue and after 24 hours of waiting for that to dry 3 paint of cream paint) so that the overall effect was cream but if you look closely a hint of blue was visible. The blue is not necessary but does add something else. It can be replaced with pale grey or pale turquoise for an equally shabby look. We did the same to the chest of drawers and any other furniture we have bought since then including dressing table, mirrors, shelves and signs. The look is so fresh and clean!

Now for some accessories; if you are working on a budget as most first time home owners or renters are, then here are some tips for you:

Choose statement pieces such as large bird cages - these really are a statement feature of a shabby chic room.

Wire distressed looking shelves - these are perfect for putting bits and bobs on and using to hang signs or mini chandeliers.

Wooden boxes - perfect for storing photos, or unsightly possessions that you have collected along the way.

Jewellery holders - whether it is a free standing jewellery stand or something that hangs on a wall - the look makes your bedroom feel more cosy and personal, as well as stopping necklaces from tangling together and being inaccessible.

To maximise space make sure you are really utilising your stoage options. Buy pretty boxes to keep paperwork in (you will find these in TK Maxx to a very reasonable price), use window sills and sides for storage, if things are pretty and shabby chic have them on display; if not store them in a shabby chic box - simples! Keep the colour tone simple, opt for cream and add in another colour (blue, grey, pink, pale green, pale yellow). Brighten the place up with fresh flowers, fairy lights and candles.

Finally, keep your bedding neutral. At the minute mine is from IKEA and is cream with pale bluey/grey french shabby chic leaf patterns as seen in the photo below (dbl not single). When I make my bed everyday I use a Laura Ashley throw to keep everything looking neat and add cream and blue cushions.

I really hope that has given you some ideas and anything you need to know please continue asking xxx


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