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MY ROOST: A Bedroom Makeover Reveal with Before and After Photos

Bedroom makeover with blue and gold accents

After six long months my new bedroom is finally complete and now, for the first time in my adult life, I have a room I REALLY love. One of the reasons the room revamp took so long is because we did it all ourselves, around caring for two young children. As anyone with young children knows, kids and DIY do not mix.

Anyway, I want to take you on a little tour of the new room today, along with some photos to show you what it looked like before.

Are you ready?


Bedroom wardrobe before


Blue bedroom with gold accent colour


Bedroom dressing table area before


Dressing table shelves


Bed before


Bed with art


Bedside table before


Bedside table with gold vase and white desk lamp


Bedroom storage before


Bedroom storage solutions

The most obvious change is the colour on the two walls. We decided to really make a statement with colour and painted the wall, woodwork and mantelpiece on two of the walls in Annie Sloan’s Aubusson Blue. I’d love to say it was a considered decision, after months of looking at paint samples and fabric swatches but, actually, I made an impulse buy when I saw the wall paint on offer for half price at a local interiors boutique.

I knew I wanted an inky dark colour in the room, partly because I’m a sucker for a trend (I blame Abigail Ahern and her championing of murky, dark colours) and partly because I wanted this room to have a very distinct, different feel to the rest of the house.

Blue walls and painted fireplace bedroomTo balance out all the blue we kept two of the walls white and introduced a gold accent colour – although being the fickle magpie that I am I couldn’t resist the odd splash of copper too.

In an ideal world we’d have lost all the woodchip on the wall but the reality is this is a HUGE job that encompasses the whole house, and something we simply don’t have the budget or energy for at the moment. Still, even with the woodchip intact, I love the feel of the new room.

Blue and metallic bedroom with Berber rug

In the rest of the house we’ve gone for bright pops of colour, with plenty of pink, turquoise and yellow downstairs. Our bedroom couldn’t feel more different. The dark blue and gold give it a luxe vibe, with the beautiful wooden blinds from Clover and Thorne adding to that grown-up feel.

I’ve been hankering after wooden blinds ever since our stay in the beautiful Hermitage on the Isle of Wight, and when I saw the Kaleidoscope collection by Clover and Thorne I knew we’d found our ideal blind. The Kaleidoscope collection comes in a range of colours, so you can use the blind to add a contrasting hit of hue to a room, or (as we have) to create a statement and continue the seamless colour along the wall.

Blinds by Clover and Thorne

We swapped our old, battered dressing table (complete with toddler scrawl marks) for a shelf from IKEA that we hacked to turn into a wall dressing area. This instantly gave us more floor space, meant our toddler could no longer get at all my makeup, and created an opportunity to pick out the gold accent colour and create a feature on the plain white wall.

We replaced the chest of drawers with a new wardrobe we (or, I mean, my husband and dad) built to match the existing one on the other side of the mantelpiece.

Desenio gold prints

The pair of gold prints from Desenio complete the look, mirroring the collection of framed objects and newspaper clippings we have on the opposite wall above the mantelpiece.

Bedroom details blue and gold

There’s a story behind everything we have on the walls. In the glass hanging frames from Cox and Cox I have a selection of photos (of my daughters) and newspaper clippings.

The clippings were found in a second hand book my friend was showing me on a recent visit. When the page fell open and the newspaper page fell out, all weathered and yellow, I gasped. It was an old page from a newspaper years and years ago, advertising places around where we now live or have visited. I used to live really near the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth when I was doing my Postgrad degree, and we visited the Bedruthan Hotel as a family last year.

In the gold frame I put a Valentine’s Day card I bought my husband earlier this year – a design by the talented Katie who blogs at Hurrah for Gin (she has a book out soon by the way!) and sells cards through her online business Gin Bunny Prints. It’s so deliciously unromantic it makes me smile.

The logs in the fireplace were another really quick DIY job to add some colour to the fireplace and pick up that gold accent shade again.

Venetian wooden blinds Kaleidoscope collection Clover and Thorne

Above the bed we’ve hung a print that I found after hours of trawling through the internet. It’s from Canadian Etsy shop MapsAsArt and is a map of Havana, where we spent our honeymoon. Top tip: if you’re ordering from here don’t forget to add the UK import tax to your final figure (like I did!). Oh, and check the size of the print before ordering a frame. Better still, get it framed professionally.

Berber Rug from John Lewis

The final pieces of the bedroom puzzle are a gilt-framed mirror I picked up for a bargainous Β£40 on Gumtree (serious bargain – it’s almost identical to one I’d seen new online that cost Β£350!) and this beautiful Luxe Berber Rug from John Lewis.

If you’re interested in recreating this look in your own home then I’ve put together some gorgeous accessories from the Roost Shop here. You can buy them all directly from this post – just add your picks to your cart and check out. There’s a full list of stockists detailing the items in this room at the bottom of this post too.


PAINT: Aubusson Blue wall paint and chalk paint, Annie Sloan

ART: Cactus print & feather print, c/o Desenio | Havana map print in 24 x 36 inches, MapsAsArt

BLINDS: Kaleidoscope Real Blue High Gloss Wooden Venetian Blind, c/o Clover and Thorne

BEDDING: Easy Care Polycotton plain white bedding, John Lewis

TEXTILES: Gurli throw in blue & Stockholm throw in beige, IKEA

CUSHIONS: Malin Figur cushion & Gullklocka cushion & Ottil cushion, IKEA

RUG: Luxe Berber Rug, John Lewis

STORAGE: Gold polka dot storage basket, HEMA (similar here)

PHOTO FRAMES: Delicate hanging glass frame in copper and three delicate hanging glass frames in copper, Cox & Cox

MIRROR: Gold framed mirror, vintage, via Gumtree

LIGHTING: Copper lampshade, John Lewis | Ranarp work lamp, IKEA

VASE: Upcycled jar with gold washi tape


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  • Reply Anna International June 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

    It’s amazing Molly!! Absolutely LOVE those dark walls and your husband and Dad have done a brilliant job of matching the built in wardrobe – it makes such a difference.
    Ours isn’t even finished yet but it is such a wonderful feeling having a grown up bedroom where everything has it’s place, at long last, so I totally understand!
    The spray-painted logs are great – hadn’t even thought of anything to put in the fireplace yet! Might have to ‘borrow’ that idea! πŸ™‚ xx

    • Reply Molly June 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Ooh I can’t wait to see your finished room Anna!

  • Reply Adele Jarrett-Kerr June 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! The change is immense! Great job, Molly! I’m always nervous about dark colours on walls but it has really worked here. The space feels modern and stylish yet cosy.

    • Reply Molly June 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Adele! I’m the same re. dark colours but I’m glad I took the risk in this case. I just told myself if it didn’t work then I could paint over it all again!

  • Reply Aimee June 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Oh I blooming love this! It’s just BEAUTIFUL <3

    • Reply Molly June 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Ah thanks Aimee. xx

  • Reply Alice | More Than Toast June 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I LOVE this Molly – its completely striking, so cosy and yet super stylish at the same time. Definitely worth the wait x

    • Reply Molly June 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks Alice! x x

  • Reply Jess @ Along Came Cherry June 14, 2016 at 6:05 am

    It looks great! I really like the dark walls and they are perfect in a bedroom as it’s somewhere you want to be dark when you are trying to sleep. The wood chip looks so much better when painted too! x

    • Reply Molly June 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks Jess. The dark was a leap of faith but I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out!

  • Reply Polly June 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Wow!!! It looks so different!!! Really love it Molly!

  • Reply Ghislaine Forbes June 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful and stylish. You appreciate things more when you’ve had a long wait! Love ma x

  • Reply Gemma June 15, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I love it Molly! I know I’ve already said it on your own blog but that blue really is fantastic! I’m a huge fan of Abigail Ahern too! I also love the gold accents and the bright cushions, gorgeous!!

    Gemma x
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  • Reply Slummy single mummy June 15, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I LOVE the colour – well done! I love too that you’ve painted the cupboards – it looks fantastic as a big block like that.

    • Reply Molly June 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Jo! Initially the husband was massively anti the painted wardrobes, but I’m glad I managed to persuade him. We both really like it now!

  • Reply Laura June 17, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Oh wow Molly I absolutely love the transformation – it looks stunning. I know just what you mean about trying to update a room with two small children – it’s almost impossible so I am in awe of what you have done!

    Laura x

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