Our Master bedroom Makeover…

What do you do on a windy, rainy day?
Well naturally I decorate!
Inspired by yesterdays images, I gutted our master bedroom to just the bones, gave my mate Dyson a workout cleaning it from head to toe, then re worked it…and all for nothing!
This is my kind of BEFORE shot.
I stripped everything out and seeing today was linen washing day (every Friday) it seemed like a good day to do this.
We haven’t really done much to this room as it is one of the rooms that hasn’t been renovated yet. It need new plasterboard (I would prefer beaded board everywhere), cornices, skirting’s etc…but I have just given it a make do coat of paint that will suffice for now. I am happy with it and I don’t think Mic minds it either.

BEFORE
This is an old Coogan’s piece we inherited when we bought the house and it has been out in the shed for years doing nothing and I was over the long table at my side of the bed…so while the boys were playing I went out and attacked it!
I dry brushed some white timber colour onto it and added some new knobs and…

Voila! The AFTER shot is so much nicer. It took about 20 minutes and dried just as fast with the wind. I added some little blue and white china knobs to it and I think it makes a much nicer side table for me now.

There is a little nook in it where I can keep reading material and my gorgeous stone ball.
You can see the dry brushing and I didn’t want it to look all neat, but worn.
Next, I needed something for the top.

It so just happens that my beautiful pure white Hydrangeas have been the first to fully bloom from my Hydrangea bed in the front garden. So, out I went a got a few of them and they are more stunning than I remembered last season. I took this close up so you can see the little centres. Some have green ones, some white, and the other is a very soft lilac…all from the same bush!!

Three little tea lights and the side table is complete. Oh, I did make over the lamp too. I will show you…

BEFORE

These little lamps were an Engagement present from my Sister back in 1996. I have always liked the shape, but have been really annoyed with the long white part on it. I have tried bigger shades, but they never seemed to look right…so, I gave them a dry paint too and sprayed them with some left over Scandinavian Grey spray paint we had in the shed and…

Voila! The shades got a dry wash as well with the white and I think they look much nicer now. What do you think?
While all of these pieces were drying, I quickly whipped up this long linen cushion to go along the front of our pillows. It is a French love letter that is printed along the front and I thought it appropriate for a master bedroom. I have been meaning to sew it for ages and lately haven’t been able to do it, so I bit the bullet and done it…glad I did too. It is so lovely.

The cushions goes so well with our Irish Linen pillow slips that have gorgeous detailing on the front of them.
Here they are all together with our Marie Claire cover my Sister (same one) gave us and the pure white European covers I made. The canvas will probably change now too…ran out of time.

This old iron Singer sewing table used to be on my side and I was over the wood top. So, it was given a white wash too and swapped to Mics side along with one of dad’s birdhouses, and old French Moulin Rouge poster, an Irish ironstone soup tureen (which has a huge crack in it and I cant use it anymore) filled with little roses and the other re vamped lamp. I meant to move Mics ugg boots before I took the shot…sorry!
A close up of Dads birdhouses. I will be selling these in the barn when it opens. They have individual floors in them so you can really use them as nesting houses in the garden…so cute!

My old chair has a ticking buttoned pillow on it and one of my little bird pillows I sold in the store a while ago. It is made with linen and the bird is in grey, so I thought I would use it here.

Our old fireplace mantel had a makeover too.
A taller arrangement was called for since my big clock fell of the wall one night and scared us half to death. The previous arrangement looked so tiny without it because of our 11 foot ceilings.
This fire is awesome and gives off great heat, it is just really old and rusty and we are due for an update I think. The surround for this fire was found in the garage under loads of spiderwebs and the like doing nothing, so we moved it in here, painted the bricks (which are a horrid orange red) in a stone colour and it looks so much better.

You can see the day we had here. It is meant to be summer and I am in jeans and a thick jumper…and it is Summer!!!
I used Mic’s Pops old metal trunk as the base for the little suitcase I picked up for $2.00 (remember I used it at the markets?) and put our big market basket full of Peonies on top . The little canvases above are all French prints Mum got at a bargain shop for $2.00 each!
I still have to put the paintings of roses I done away, but I couldn’t wait to show you what I got up to today.

What do you think?

Ness xx

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  • Just beautiful…good skills! youve been very busy indeed..what a makeover…oh..and completely envious that you can just whip up a cushion..haven’t really tested out my sewing skills as yet.

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  • I’d love to fly you over to Portland Oregon USA and re-do my master bedroom. WHAT TALENT!

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  • I love all the details in your room transformation ery peaceful and cosy!!
    Isabel

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  • Great makeover!

    /helena

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  • Amazing! Your room looks fantastic! My favourite is the love letter pillow – beautiful!

    Rachael

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  • Dear Ness,
    your makeover was really worth all the work ! I like your decoration as well and most of all you pillow! And your dad´s bird house. And your lamp and fireplace matel :-))) Everything !

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend !
    Eve, who doesn´t need an answer 😉

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  • Great job Ness. I love what you did with the furniture, especially the nightstand. Love the fireplace and mantel(wish I had one in my master bedroom). Love it all.

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  • OMG Ness, I can’t believe you did all that in one day. You have a major skill that so many of us could only ever wish for. The finished product?… just beautiful. You clever girl! A-M xx

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  • How beautiful it all looks.Will you be selling those bird houses on line cause I would love to buy one.

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  • oh well now I just feel lazy! Nice job Ness xx

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  • Bonjour Ness! Beautiful job – especially like the love letter pillow!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  • Well done Ness, your bedroom looks gorgeous! I too love the love letter pillow.

    Bon courage et bon weekend,

    Leeann

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  • I like. 🙂

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  • Looks wonderful! You were quite busy to accomplish this all in one day. Love all the projects.

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  • Ness, you are a force to be reckoned with – I can’t believe you managed that beautiful makeover all in one day! It would take me a year to get around to doing all that. Your ‘new’ bedroom looks heavenly!! Lee 🙂

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  • Hi Ness,
    This is the first chance that I’ve had to call in today. I have my brother and family down from Queensland over Christmas. I just love the french love letter cushion that you made for your bed and also love the ticking cushion on your chair. I, unfortunately am not a sewer and envy anyone that can “whip” things up in a flash. Every time I use my sewing machine I have to “whip” out the instruction book just to read and make sure that I have it threaded up properly!!! It takes me so long. My son when he first started School, I decided to make him a library bag, very well made if I do say so myself, but it took me the best part of the day. This included hand sewing some farm buttons on the front, he was pretty happy with it, that’s the main thing. I am very slack forgot to say congratulations on the newest member of your family Alex, glad that everything went well. Am going to sign off now as it’s quite late here. Have a good weekend.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO

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  • It’s gorgeous Ness! I love your little fireplace, how sweet. Happy weekend to you. 🙂

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  • Ness, Your sanctuary is just beautiful. It has such a calm and peacful feeling to it. The fireplace is to die for. What a difference a little paint makes! Have agreat weekend, Lori

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  • I’m inspired…just lovely. I’m getting a new bed on Tuesday and I will be doing the same thing!
    ~Tara

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  • i love the singer sewing machine base.
    i had one with glass on it.
    i painted it white and used it next to my bed as a desk/nite stand.
    xxx

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  • Wonderful job! You’re room looks lovely! My favorite piece has to be the love letter pillow, that’s such an awesome idea!! Love it!

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  • You made that the bedroom looks so beautiful♥ A great work!

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  • Ness,
    Whenever do you find the time??? Great makeover!! You are so talented. I adore the pillow.
    xx-Gina

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  • I love it all. I especially love that it looks high end but was done with things you already had! Great job.

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  • omg that love letter pillow is to die for. please please please make more and sell them in your etsy store, im begging you!!

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  • Oh Ness, so very pretty. You achieved so much in such a short time too – WOW. You’ve also given me a few ideas for some items I have laying around. Where’s that white paint?

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  • You are very talented Ness and make it look all so easy…you have inspired me.

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  • What a great job, it looks beautiful!
    ~Michelle

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  • Beautiful reused nightstand and the flowers on top of it are amazing! the whole room looks really gorgeous…Holiday hugs, Erika

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  • I can’t believe what you accomplished in one day! I adore the color you painted your lamp, and you gave your little cabinet a whole new life!
    You really scored on the luggage and the artwork. You have such a great eye!
    Happy Holiday Ness.

    xo
    Brooke

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  • well this is an amazing effort, it looks fabulous – you’ve def inspired me to do something I was thinking about anyways, and in fairness, I’ve seen your etsy site, you are obviously a keen “handy” lass, whereas meself, not-so-much! But you have inspired me, now just to start doing it! Well Done!

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  • Hi Ness – your transformation is amazing, you must have been so full of creativity getting all that done. It looks so inviting and cozy and i cannot believe its COLD there, i have had the air-con cranking and its as humid and hot as can be! LOVE IT, Mel xxx

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  • It’s all so lovely! I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see the sewing machine table. I love these pieces of furniture and seem to collect them. They’re all over my house, and so very useful!
    Brenda

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  • How gorgeous everything looks. Love your bedroom, you might want to keep the little painting above the bed, I kind’ve like how a bit of black anchors the whole scheme. Isnt it fun reworking things, and amazing how well it comes up without having to spend much, apart from heaps of time of course. xx

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  • MMW…that would be great. I would love to decorate in Oregon!
    Ness xx

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  • Joanne,
    I would like to sell them in the store…but I think the postage would be horrendous. I might check it out in case it isnt. There are so many different styles Dad makes and they are beautiful. Some have gorgeous embellishments, glass knobs, shingles etc. Just depends on what he feels like whipping up.
    If I do sell them, I will do a post about it so you will know.
    Ness xx

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  • Thanks Lee,
    It only took about 2 hours to do everything. I was very happy with what I done in that time.
    Thanks,
    Ness xx

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  • Thanks Janine,
    I am a self taught sewer and I recently found the first cushion cover I made…quite detailed by still very dodgy! So, dont give up on your sewing machine. Mine is like another limb these days!
    Thanks for the congrats too. They are both doing well.
    Ness xx
    Have fun with your relatives.

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  • Lori, You are a woman that knows the benefits of paint and I think we should start a painters annoymous group!!!
    Thanks,
    Ness xx

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  • Oh Gina…I dont know, but I was on a roll that day. Me andd christmas carols can do amazing things. I need to play it all year!
    Ness xx

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  • Erica,
    That thought has crossed my mind and it is in the works. If it happens i will post it so you will know.
    Thanks,
    Ness xx

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  • Celtic Rose,
    Go get it!!! You can do anything with paint, especially white.
    Ness xx

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  • Thank you Erica,
    I do love my hydrangeas and keep popping in there to admire them.
    Ness xx

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  • Thanks Brooke,
    It does mean a lot coming from you.
    Happy Holidays to you too.
    Ness xx

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  • Ness,I think postage would not be that much.I have bought things off ebay and online and postage has been reasonable.Anyway it would be worth the extra in postage just to have one of them in my house.

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  • Annie,
    I hope you do finish the project you want to do. I have a had a wonderful weekend and done so much because of the rainy day…it just snowballed to other things.
    Ness xx
    …thanks for your sweet words x

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  • Thanks Mel,
    It has been weird here lately. Hot one day, then electric blankets on full the next. I dont think we will get to put the air con on this Summer.
    Ness xx

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  • Jan, I think I will now unless I find my bus rolls. They are black so it will still work. I need to find some from france now. I bet they are like hens teeth!!
    Ness xx

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  • how lovely! i think you did a beautiful job. you are wonderfully creative and resourceful!
    xox

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  • THOSE are my faves. Use what you have, done in a day projects!

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  • Ness, almost missed this post. Your room looks gorgeous – so relaxing. I love everything and was admiring the grey lamps before your reveal shot! That pillow is amazing – love the long shape. Great job.

    xo Terri

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  • I think it’s lovely Ness….xv

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  • Well Done! It’s a space I could happily move right into!

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