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Whether you crave an opulent boudoir or just a place to lay your head each night, there are a multitude of ways you can transform your bedroom into a unique and inviting space. Many of these DIY ideas are simple, cheap and can be completed within a weekend, so you won’t have to call in the builders!
Making your own headboard is surprisingly easy, and can give a bedroom a dramatic and exciting focal point. There are lots of different ways you can create your own board, from using fabric to cover foam on a board backing, to the slightly less conventional repurposing of old wood.
Using found materials such as old doors or wooden pallets can bring impact and texture to your bedroom. For a unique take, try gluing twine or rope across an old door, before securing to your wall using drywall hooks.
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Transforming an old chest of drawers or bedside table can really brighten up your bedroom. If you don’t have a piece that you’re willing to revamp, head to your local flea market or car boot fair to pick up cheap furniture you can experiment with.
Sand down completely to remove any existing varnish and wipe clean, leaving to dry completely before painting with a wood primer. Opt for a water-based acrylic paint that’s suitable to use on wood, and test on a small patch first such as the back of a drawer.
One of the great advantages of painting your own furniture is that you can be as creative as you like with the finish. Cover in two or three coats for a dense, polished look, apply with a sponge or rag for a mottled look, or sand over painted areas to give a worn, shabby-chic feel – the choice is yours.
Your floor, that is. A great way to bring a sense of texture and drama into a room is to take up old carpet and dress the floor boards underneath.
You will need to hire an industrial sander or floor scrubber to ensure the floorboards are left clean, smooth and free from residue, but other than this expense, making the most of your floor will require little more than elbow grease and your choice of wax, paint or varnish.
Once you’ve coated the entire floor (usually with two coats of sealant and two or three of varnish/paint), furnish with soft rugs to give the room a warm, inviting feel.
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Aside from their functional use, mirrors can enhance a room as they bounce light around even the smallest of rooms, giving the illusion of space. Look out for old and interesting mirrors and frames and make a feature wall by hanging them together in a cluster, interspersed with framed artwork or photographs.
It’s best to plan out your cluster on paper first, including the dimensions of your wall and all the mirrors, to ensure they fit and are arranged to look visually appealing. After you’ve completed a plan, mark out where to drill or hammer using a pencil or piece of tailors chalk. Keep a vacuum cleaner on hand if you’re drilling into brickwork, as the dust can stain walls and skirting boards.
Lighting is vitally important when it comes to setting the tone and atmosphere of a room. Consider making the most of yours by making your own lampshades for floor or table lamps.
Wire frame rings can be found in craft shops and online hardware stores, and you’ll also need fabric of your choice and PVC backing material.
Iron your fabric to remove any unsightly creases and carefully measure it out, not forgetting to include an overlap. Once you’ve applied the backing material to your fabric (which will give it structure and protect it from accidentally touching the light bulb) it’s time to apply double-sided fabric sticky tape to the inside of the fabric, and carefully attach to your frames.
Once you get the hang of this you should be able to knock up a ceiling lampshade and two matching table lampshades in one afternoon.
All of these ideas will take no longer than weekend, so what are you waiting for?
Estelle Page is an interior designer who works for companies such as Furniture Camden and loves nothing more than fun, quick DIY projects. Here she writes about how to give a cheap chest of drawers and other old bedroom knick-knacks a whole new lease of life.
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