Bedroom makeover: 'Simple updates have made a big impact'
Take a look at how Ruth transformed her outdated bedroom into a calm, coastal retreat
A fresh lick of paint, upgrading bedroom basics and clever upcycling hacks were just some of the simple steps Ruth Melton made to transform her space into a calm, relaxing retreat.
Here, she tells us all about her bedroom makeover experience...
My bedroom makeover
We bought the house in September 2019 and set about renovating straight away. Just as we got around to starting on the bedroom, Covid struck so it became our lockdown project.
I wanted a room that felt spacious and clean with a calm, coastal theme but I didn’t want the standard blue nautical look.
Over the years I’ve collected lots of junk buys that I thought would fit in with the rustic, weathered scheme and Ben is really good at DIY so I was confident we would be able to give the room a new lease of life on a budget.
Welcome to my home...
A bit about me I’m Ruth Melton, 34, and I work for the ambulance service. I live with my husband, Ben, a firefighter, and our daughter, Erin, who’s six and, when he’s back from university, Ben’s son, Rylee, 19. We live in Saltdean, Brighton.
My problem bedroom The room had very little character. It has a lovely bay window, but with outdated metal blinds installed, I wasn’t making the most of the light. Generally, it felt cold and uninviting and was in need of some personality and warmth.
We removed the old alcove units, sanded the floor, which we repainted white, and stripped the walls.
We used Jasmine White from the new Dulux Simply Refresh range, as it’s designed to only need one coat, which was perfect for getting the job done quickly and it gave the room a lovely bright feel.
A bit more about my home...
How I made it work I removed the fitted cabinets, created a rustic feature wall and made more of the window by adding a dressing table and new roller blinds. I painted the room white for a fresh look and added warmth with blush-coloured throws and bedding.
My favourite part I love the ladder above my bed. It adds character but it’s also a really cheap way of creating shelving and hanging bedside lights. My old, weathered dressing table was a bargain second-hand buy and the soft pink really makes the room feel welcoming.
I wanted to use the bay window for a dressing table, so I swapped the old metal blinds for a more stylish design by Clarissa Hulse at Blinds 2go.
I had planned to only use greens and blues but I went off plan a bit as I started to introduce different accessories in soft pinks, which I love, and I think it still works.
I now have a room that’s welcoming, relaxing and a space I can escape to at the end of the day.
‘I wanted a feature wall but didn’t want to use wallpaper or paint. We had some old planks of wood left over from a previous project, so we trimmed it into thinner pieces before cutting to size and attaching to the wall with extra strong wood glue and then painted it white to match the other walls.
‘It was such a quick project, and the results look amazing. As time goes by the wood moves and cracks, which only adds to the rustic weathered look that I love.’
Clear out your clothes
To increase the sense of space and create an uncluttered, calm feel, Ruth got rid of her built-in wardrobes and went for this free-standing rail from Cox & Cox instead. It fits snugly into the alcove and, with a rack on the top and bottom, there’s plenty of room to keep shoes and other accessories.
‘I use the spare room to store the majority of my clothes,’ Ruth explains. ‘I tend to get out the clothes I’m wearing for the week, so I only have a few on show at any one time.’
‘I found the ladder at a reclamation yard and was going to use it in the garden to hang flowerpots, but I decided to hang it above the bed instead. It’s the ideal place to hang my lights and frees up space on the bedside table.
‘The sides are wide enough to use as a shelf space and I like to display some of my plants here. We treated it with a lick of varnish to keep its aged effect and Ben used brackets to keep it in place. It also cost a fraction of the price of shelving and looks amazing against the cladding on this wall.’
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Feature and styling Zoe Bishop. Photos Lizzie Orme.