Sunday 21 October 2018

The renters: A beautiful DIY bedroom update

Renting a house doesn’t mean you can’t put your own stamp on it- there are many small changes you can make to really make it feel like home.

Ellen and Leon have been renting their apartment in the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin since last June. The couple, who met while travelling in Sydney, felt the time had come to brighten up their bedroom.

Bedrooms are more than just where we lay our heads at night- with the right colour scheme, furniture and accessories this space can be transformed into an oasis of calm. With a few small changes, it is easy to update a bedroom to create a bright, airy space. Creating a restful mood can go a long way in helping us relax and get a good night’s sleep.

Heading to their local Woodie’s, the couple began their DIY project with the help of Woodie’s knowledgeable staff.

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Sean talks the couple through shelving options for their project

“The service was great, Sean was a really nice guy and really helpful,” Ellen says. “He gave us some really good advice.”

“For the paint there was really everything we needed, a really good choice,” Leon adds.

They decided to keep things clean and simple, choosing a bright white wall paint that they also applied to their existing bedroom furniture. They also picked up some bedroom accessories, like their white wicker laundry basket to complement their colour scheme. Spreading the work over two days, Leon primed the walls while Ellen did the painting.

For anybody with a green thumb, Woodie’s is a must-visit when shopping for plants. Even if you live in an apartment, like Ellen and Leon, and don’t have a sizable garden you can still bring a little bit of the outside in with a selection of vibrant indoor plants dotted around the room.

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Picking up some bedroom accessories

“I love having some greenery in the bedroom- it really brightens up the space,” says Ellen. “They had such a wide selection of plants in Woodie’s which were ideal for our space.”

Succulents and indoor foliage bring a fresh, natural element to any room and the floating cubic shelves they found in Woodie’s were ideal for cradling the plant pots.

“It was great to give the bedroom a bit of a facelift and with Sean’s tips the project took a lot less time than we had originally anticipated,” says Leon. “The fact that we didn’t have to remove the wallpaper, along with Sean’s recommendation to use just one coat of paint really saved us man hours.”

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Looking at colour swatches in Woodie's

With a budget of just €250 Ellen and Leon created an inviting bedroom space that looks like the perfect place to unwind after a long day, and are inspired to keep going.

“The whole process really showed us the difference a lick of paint and some new accessories can make to a room. We can’t wait to decide what our next DIY project will be”.

About the Homemaker series

Our perception of home has changed dramatically over the decades. Gone are the days when home meant a mortgage and house. These days, home is a semi-D and a share house; it’s a converted barn and a care facility; it’s a studio apartment and student digs.

Gone, too, are traditional household roles. The Homemakers of today come from all walks of life, and all sorts of homes. They know that home is made as much from bricks and mortar as it is from the memories we make there.

They also know that homes are rarely perfect in that glossy magazine kind of way. They are lived in and a little ramshackle but full of the things that matter like our framed photos, mantlepiece mementos and that favourite, if not slightly sunken, armchair. Home is the hand-me-downs and the inherited furniture, the walls we painted ourselves and the garden we planted with pride.

For thirty years, Woodie’s has been helping Irish families create their ideal home and garden. We found five very different Irish Homemakers and asked them to transform a pocket of their home with the help of Woodie’s. The Homemaker series documents their progress and shows that with a little help from the experts and the right materials, everybody can love where they live.

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