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How we updated our spare room

Just in case you need a reminder – here is the spare room pre-makeover, in desperate need of some TLC. And a good clean to boot.

After a thorough clean, many coats of paint and some carpet later, the room basically became a dumping ground. Following a clear-out, it then became a home office for quite some time, a couple of years at least. Although if I’m honest, it shared the title of home office with dumping ground a lot of the time!
We had a desk in the room for a long time and we eventually decided that it was much too large for the room and took up way too much space, so we made the decision that the desk had to go. We removed it and completely changed the room with the new found space we had available.
First, we took out the old IKEA Aneboda wardrobe we had in the alcove next to the door because it didn’t really suit our storage needs. It had a rail for hanging clothes and we decided we just wanted a cupboard with lots of shelves, so I managed to persuade my husband to make his own cupboard and he has done such a good job! 

I love the bright colours and the large polka dots on the storage box that sits on top of the cupboard – it’s so fun! It’s a large box too so it’s great for storing more stuff out of sight. What I don’t love is that awful patterned ceiling though. Why oh why didn’t we get it re-plastered?!
I had really wanted a mirrored dressing table for a while and when I found this one in the sale at BHS I had to have it!
I think I may have to spray paint that bin gold to make it fit in with the room more. It may not look quite so random then! We also need to replace the carpet at some point – it is old carpet my parents’ kindly gave to us when they replaced theirs and it is looking a little tatty now.
We found some storage units at a ridiculously low price when browsing a clearance sale at B&Q one day. They were meant to be for a bathroom, but we thought they would be great for our spare bedroom to put our books etc in. We actually just bought one at first, but when we got it home and saw that it fit so well in the room, we went back to the store and bought a second one! We were lucky to get it because the rest had all sold. 
Spare bedroom storage units
We put the two units next to each other to make them into one storage area. The printer sitting on the top of them isn’t ideal but it is really the only place we can think to put it! 
Some old seagrass baskets we had fit perfectly into the top sections to hold lots of bits and bobs and keep them out of sight. 
Our Vera Wang vase was given to us as a gift at our wedding and so it is very precious. It is so precious that I don’t want to put flowers in it! So it sits nicely in the storage unit alongside some accessories that I spray painted gold to match the room.
I wasn’t sure where to put the sewing kit my Mum bought me when we updated the spare bedroom but it is so cute with the little coloured scottie dogs all over it that I thought it would look good on display! Isn’t it cute!
And so there you have it. Our spare bedroom has gone from an unsightly mess to a dumping ground to a home office, and now finally it is a highly useful place to do my make-up/storage area. 


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  • Reply
    Grace Bee
    9th July 2016 at 19:55

    I absolutely adore that dressing table! If I had a spare room it would 100% be my 'get ready' room!

    Grace xx


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    Home Love Queen
    11th July 2016 at 20:58

    I love it! I would love to be able to have it as a proper dressing room with a great closet space too xx

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    2nd August 2016 at 20:22

    It looks great! And the storage works so well for that room! I had the same issue with my spare room and didn't know what to do. I had it as an actual guest room but it was just wasted. So after a while I changed it into a little study and love it! I use it all the time now rather than just walk on by ha. x


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    Home Love Queen
    3rd August 2016 at 16:45

    Thank you 🙂 Yes it is like the perfect storage solution! Same here – I use it everyday now whereas before it was just a dumping ground 🙂 x

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