Saturday, March 19, 2011

Beach House Blue Bedroom

Ok chickadees. I admit it, I am very happy with the way these 'after' shots turned out. But, I am not ready to show you the before shot yet. If it got top billing, I don't think you would stick around for the rest of the post.  So here are three more of the after shots first. 

OK, now I feel I can dip my toe in and show you the before shot.

Yes you guessed it my lovelies.  Brown wood. Yucko!! To think I have slept in this room for six years, except for those nights we were playing musical beds, with the Beach House Brats.  You never know where you are going to wake up in this house. I knew I had to paint these babies, but they never really stuck out, to me anyway, until I saw them in this photo.

So after several requests, Mr Beach House hauled the tables
into the garage for me last weekend and I put the Beach House Brats to work.  This is what I call kiddo quality time.  They get to make a mess and I get my furniture painted.  What synergy!!

It was interesting sharing the only serviceable paint brush, to be found at the Beach House.

 But we managed and here are the results.

Much lighter and brighter I think.

These are my two fave books at the minute. Coastal and French, sitting on a vintage breakfast tray, picked up at a garage sale, for a song.  Oh sweet heaven, my three interior loves, beach, French and vintage.

  Espresso coffee and a candle to enhance what's left of the romance, after 11 years of hangin' out with Mr Beach House.  Oh how I love Sunday mornings.

Beach House Brats squashed in between us, coffee flying everywhere.  Oh sweet reality!
But sometimes, I can sneak in here for a coffee all alone.

Now for a run down of how I created this look.  Most of the accessories come from that ab fab Swedish Supermarket we all know and love.  Yep IKEA!  It is truly like a supermarket.  You can never find a trolley, at the entrance to the store.  Despite this, I luv that place!

The furniture sets, the arrows on the floor pointing you in the right direction, the endless supply of pre packaged seafood in the cafe.  It is all so familiar and yet, if you leave it three months or so between visits, everything changes.  For me, it's a great day out. My only rule is weekends are to be avoided where possible.

And what about that part they call 'home decoration'?  That bit downstairs, where all the accessories are shelved. Oh my, this is marketing 101 on steroids.  I have never been through that place without picking up at least 5 things I didn't need, but once I happen upon them, they become 'must haves'.

This is where they hide the trolleys as well.  I could do a whole post on that store, but that is for another day.

Now.......... the greenery in this makeover is from IKEA.

as are the glass bottles,

the espresso cups and saucers and the central stripey cushion.

The lamp shades, I picked up at the Palm beach markets.  To see my post on that quaint little market and when the next one is on, click here.

The shell wreath and boat in the bottle, are from the local charity shop. The blanket box at the end of the bed, was from Lisa's Junk and Disorderly Garage Sale (click here for that post)

Well, that's it from the Beach House tonight, Thanks for making it this far.  I know it was a long post, but I am very happy with my new boudoir!  Sleep Well!!!!!
Lot O' Love

Also I just wanted to introduce you to Cheryl, over at her gorgeous new blog Beachcomber.  She lives on the other side of this gorgeous city of Sydney, to me. So if you are a beachy type, I am sure you'll love her pure and elegant coastal style.
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  1. Great makeover and what a lovely bright fresh room... aww your little girl so cute :) the paint brush is nearly as big as her x

  2. Everything in your bedroom is absolutely gorgeous!!! Everything! I want it all!
    Such a bummer that Tassie doesn't have an Ikea! It's not fair! Cheap beach furniture? Sounds perfect for Tassie to me!! Haha. I live the made over side tables too! So lovely! Totally look better than if you'd just bought white ones too!

  3. I love the bed, the tables, the bottles on table, wreath and the blanket box. :)

  4. Always like blues and white - says fresh and calm! Love how you have your own laborers too! Very pretty!
    xo Cathy...thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm signed on and will be back

  5. Your bedroom is so lovely and wonderful - we love Ikea too!! The striped pillow cover is fab!!

    We'd love to feature this post on our blog...

    Please let us know if that is okay with you. (

  6. Beautiful coastal stripes. Love those pillows. The lamps too. I'll have to find some more fabric to makeup some pillows. The button on it are really cute.

  7. wow your kids did a great painting job! you have them trained well.... lovely all the blue & white. thankyou so much for the mention!!

  8. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for adding me to your blog list. I will return the favour. x

    I love this make over and think your 'little helpers' have done a marvellous job on the side tables..! :)

    Have a great start to the new week.

    x Charlotta

  9. It looks the helpers!!

  10. Turned out cute and beachy. Thanks for linking up to Flaunt it Friday! :)

  11. Love the blue & white! I use them in my living room for spring/summer.

  12. They look great in white, totally different!The blue and white pillows are lovely.

  13. That is coastal chic beauty! We don't have an Ikea anywhere close, or I'd go :(
    Visiting you from Show and Tell Friday

  14. Simply gorgeous! Loved seeing your little ones paint. Too cute!

  15. Your room is gorgeous! I love the dresser painted white and your kiddos are adorable!!! I LOVE those lamps and IKEA!! Oh I need to go so soon!!!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  16. The room is gorgeous! Love the sea/nautical look, so relaxing.

  17. Really nice. The room is really pulled together more. good for you.


  18. GORGEOUS! I love the blue & aqua combo. You did a nice job with the details! Thanks for linking with air your laundry Friday!


  19. Lovely! Looks like the rest of your home is beautiful as well. Saw this over at Boogieboard Cottage's party...

  20. You've got a beautiful the painted side tables..I did the same thing for our bedroom and it really made it turn into something must more pretty! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back and show more projects!

  21. your home is turning into one of those in a BOOK, not a magazine!
    it is looking soooo good. well done you.
    I would have you come and style my home for sure, just cant afford the airfare at the mo, sorry hon.

    how does mr beachhouse like his new room?

  22. Your entire bedroom is lovely...well done and love the end tables...I'm a beach girl myself in the US...take a visit to my blog...I'll be decorating my beach house this summer....Mariaelena

  23. I just love your room. I am a blue fanatic! Everything turned out so nice. I love your little painting helpers- always makes things take a bit longer but makes for cute pictures. )

  24. I can easily see why this is your most popular post, what a wonderful bedroom! I love your bedside lamps!

  25. Hi, I just discovered your blog, and have been having fun visiting your home - I love your coastal style bedroom :)

  26. Your costal style is so lovely, the shell wreath is perfect for the bedroom. The blanket chest is really a keeper. Great job. Visiting from Seasonal Sunday.

  27. I love the bed, the tables, the bottles on table, wreath and the blanket box. :)


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