Monday 16 August 2010

Master bedroom: before and after

I love 'before and after' posts on interior blogs.....or in magazines, for that matter. I love seeing, side by side, the complete transformation. From dull to dazzling! Do you like 'before and afters'? Is it just me?!

I realised I hadn't done any specific 'before and after' posts. So...I thought I'd do my very own!

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Master Bedroom: before and after. Here is the first before shot, taken before we moved in:

List of hideousness:

Not one, but two, TWO hideous borders. Open hanging rail wardrobe thing. Flimsy tongue and groove covering the lower half. Orange pine shelving unit. What can only be described as a gaping hole in the wall (with broken glass in the bottom). Bed position breaks the room in half, visually and practically.

.....and after the renovation:

We had builders and carpenters and plumbers and electricians and plasterers and decorators in to:

rip out the shelving unit;
rip out the hanging rail;
reposition the attic hatch outside the bedroom;
remove the tongue and groove and TWO borders (!);
move the door by 90 degrees so that we could reposition the bed;
put in two large Velux windows, rather than the teeny tiny ones in before;
reposition the radiator under the sloping roof to give more usable wall space;
build cupboards to look like original Edwardian cupboards to match the age of the house;
move the light switch and light;
move the plugs from on the beams to above the skirting board;
change the door and door handle and architrave around the door;
fit a new skirting board.

Another before:

Why they chose those windows in the first place, I'll never know! The new ones make the room lovely and bright.
We had the walls painted in Farrow and Ball Light Blue, which is possibly my favourite colour ever.

It was a wonderful moment when it was, at last, completed (this along with two other rooms downstairs). The house was back to ourselves (although, I should add the workmen were fantastic on the whole).

We had gorgeous weather on Sunday afternoon. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Aren't those two days off heavenly?

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Helen said...

Gosh that looks just beautiful,
Love Helen xx

Amanda said...

The difference is SO striking! I love your taste and, erm... modern country style, for want o f a better phrase!

Amanda xxx

vosgesparis said...

wow It looks so different Well done!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Thank you! I really enjoyed doing it and, as this was the first big project we did, was pleasantly surprised with how it all came together!

{northern cottage} said...

wow - that is SOME before and after....your results are beautiful and what a great color combo you did choose. The brown just makes it so calming and restful. Well done.

Heidi said...

What a transformation! Isn't it amazing what a crew of guys with toolbelts and power tools can do to a room?
Your bedroom looks super cozy now! Great job.
I'd love it if you'd drop by for a visit sometime!

Richella Parham said...

Wow! What a transformation! I know you must be so happy and proud with the results! A beautiful, restful space you've created--and I think many people would not have been able to see the potential here. Well done!

Hootin Anni said...

Well done....well done!! I always so enjoy the 'before and after' posts like this.

Sheherazade is my link to Show n Tell...a doll I finished for the Halloween Season coming up. I do hope you can find time to visit with me! Have a super Friday, and a blessed weekend.

Gale said...

Gorgeous re-make! Love the colors! (This is making me re-think grey...although, this is just a touch green, so maybe not really gray).

the cape on the corner said...

wow, this looks great. i love the paint color, it's so calming and sophisticated! do you know the color it is?

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

It's gorgeous! I think the best thing is that the room looks the way it probably should have looked all along. Authentic.

Well done!

Lila said...

Found your blog through the link party...glad I did I am now following. i hope you come by and follow me too.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

The colour on the walls is Farrow and Ball's Light Blue. It's grey-blue-green. It's delicious!

Thank youso much for your loveliness!

Suzanne, you TOTALLY made my day by saying it looked authentic!!

Jami said...

How over-the-moon are you? To see your new place turn into a home right before your eyes must be so satisfying! You did a brilliant job!

Megan Gunyan said...

Simply beautiful! I love the new colors and the style is wonderful. What a great job.

René said...

What a serene room. Love it.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love before and afters too and boy is yours a good one!! The before room didn't look restful at all! The room you have now is so lovely and serene! Really beautiful!

Shaunna said...

What a lovely transformation! I love the wall color!!! Thanks for linking up to Style Feature Saturday and sharing it with us! -shaunna :)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Love your room re-do, the cabinets are lovely.

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt said...

I just want to cuddle up and indulge in some cookie, milk, and a good book. I love it!!!


cindy said...

This room is just delicious. Yum-may! It obviously took a lot of work and planning, but you hit it out of the blue and brown ballpark :)

Thanks for sharing it with the Blue and Brown Blog Bonanza!

Rose :: said...

you went from 'oh my gosh' to 'oh heavens' with this bedroom
what a dramatic make over.

OK. I am inviting yout o post this on our website so our readers can find you also... there is tutorial-kind of content enough for this to 'quallity' as a tutorial:

(each wednesday we open a new party for diy craft tutorials, so be sure to back with more project tutorials over time.)

My Shabby Obsession said...

You did a great job!

Gina M. said...

I love the comforter! Where did you get it? :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

The comforter is from The White Company. It's silk and velvet and always feelso snuggly. I used to feel freeeeeeezing in the winter but now I'm snug as a bug in a rug!

Unknown said...

What a cute cosy bedroom, a great transformation, I bet you love sleeping in here!

beth said...

That looks really good! I love the light blue color on the walls!! Very soothing. Great job on the makeover!!
Beth. :)

Heaven's Walk said...

How in the world did anyone sleep in that room??? Ugh! But what an incredible transformation you did! It looks so very cozy and inviting now. It just feels like "hug"! lol! Happy MM to you!

xoxo laurie

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Thank you for your comments! I really do love sleeping in here, Deanne. It feels so unbelievably different. The 'feel' is different, not just the decor.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Thank you, Laurie. Sometimes it's hard to understand how other people's choose their decor. But choose it they did so I guess they loved it! But it was SOOOO good to change it!

Nita Stacy said...

Wow! what a transformation! I love the way it turned out. I need to do something like this. I am desperate for closet space. Great job!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Stunning tone! It's the perfect shade for a bedroom. High end and soothing. Lovely change!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Thank you, Nita. I love built-in storage. It saves space and,I think, looks fab too!

Errr.....I should add that I do seem to expand my clothes to fill the space I have so I'm not sure I could ever solve the clothes storage issue!!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Wow! Thanks, Donna. I shall have Created a 'high end and soothing' bedroom' on my epitaph!! I LOVE it!

Carrie said...

I must get my hands on that wall color. It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely space!

Holly Lefevre said...

It is gorgeous! It gives me hope...I really want a beautiful master bedroom one day...very soon.

Ashley said...

great job!!! looks amazing!!
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