From Box Room To Dressing Room: A Space Just For Me

Ever feel like you have no time to yourself? Or a space that’s just yours? Yep, me too. Being the only female in our house makes finding a suitable space to relax and pamper myself very tricky.

That’s why after having my second little boy, I was adamant I wanted my own hideaway because I was quite literally running out of places to go to get myself looking half decent.

Luckily we had an unused box room which had become something of a dumping ground since having our extension done. When I say ‘box room,’ I might even be being a little generous. It’s minuscule! But not one to be defeated, I set about using the space creatively to transform it into my own little sanctuary.

Having recently styled and decorated our downstairs into a bright, white and fresh looking space, I was craving some colour, depth and darkness in the house. I was inspired by Amanda from @houselust and her impressive renovation of her bathroom using two contrasting colours (very dark grey and a subtle pink) . It was a match made in heaven in my eyes. I used Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink emulsion on the wall and an egg shell paint in the same shade on the skirting boards. To make a feature of the door I painted this in Railings by Farrow and Ball.


Dreamy Dressing Table

I had a relatively new dressing table that was bog standard and simple but could see it could be transformed with some TLC. I painted it in Farrow and Ball Railings and added some cute bumble bee gold/brass handles from Sass and Belle. I wanted to introduce granite as a main component of the room as I felt it would create the luxurious feel I was craving. After calling up a very kind, local granite supplier I found myself with a beautiful piece of white, marble granite.

The company polished and cut the granite to size for me and it cost me £50 in total. I then attached this to the top the table which gave the piece a whole new lease of life. I am no stranger to revamping items of furniture but this really does have to be an all time favourite.

I wanted a comfortable and supportive chair, rather than a stool, as I spend a lot of time sat at the mirror, let me tell you! I opted for the velvet chair in Charcoal from Sostrene and Green. The round black mirror is from JTF.

Stylish Storage

The wardrobe was purchased some time ago from a local furniture auction and also has an inbuilt mirror saving vital space in the area. Feeling there were many years of life left in it, I decided to paint in Farrow and Ball Railings, to match the dressing table. I used an eggshell paint to ensure it was durable and hard wearing. The doors and the wardrobe top were detachable, so I removed these before painting them and used masking tape around the edge of the mirror for a neat edge.

The storage solution on the wall next the dressing table was from One World and is perfect for organising all my lotions and potions. The lower level of storage was originally silver but I sprayed with gold paint to tie it into the rest of the decor.

We removed carpet from the room to reveal floorboards that were thankfully in good condition. We painted them with Johnson’s White Flootred, a specialist paint for high traffic areas. I don’t regret this decision at all as original floor boards instantly inject character and soul into any space.

A Sharp Looking Shelfie

Having previously negotiated a price for the granite for my dressing table, I knew that three additional granite shelves wouldn’t be within budget, so I began thinking about other ways to recreate this look. I stumbled upon a genius solution using vinyl covering. You can read our ‘How To’ guide on this just a few blog posts before this one.

Shed Some Light On The Situation

Lighting is essential in any dressing room. I opted for a space saving wall-hung light fitting, created using an IKEA bracket, plug in gold light fitting and Edison Bulb from Ebay . It really is a low cost and stylish solution without the mess of cutting into plaster and rewiring.

The Finishing Touches 

My plan is to replace all the blinds at the front of the house with shutter style blinds over the next couple of months. I think they are a great way of creating the look of shutters, without the expense. Make My Blinds offered such a fabulous range of venetian blind colours, in a range of finishes and designs.  The website was so straight forward and guided me through the entire process step by step. I ordered free samples, which arrived the next day and the blind soon after. In the end I opted for a plain white blind, with a wood effect finish. It came with simple guidance for fitting and has totally transformed the room.

The room wouldn’t be complete without soft furnishings; a rug, throw and cushions complete the look. I found Home Sense has the most reasonable rugs and Matalan a fabulous range of throws to cosy up with.

I hope this has given you some inspo for creating your own little sanctuary if you have the space. It’s certainly been worth it for me. Even though my two little terrors do still regularly invade it!

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