The bedroom now..
When we purchased the cottage 3 years ago, it was a stale listing. Having languished on the market for an entire 2 summers with a reluctant seller and difficult agent, we cajoled her into “letting” us see it. It showed like a dog with fleas! But I was so excited….I instantly recognised the potential and mentally had all of my vintage and farmhouse bits moved in. After a 6 hour negotiation en route to Montreal, it was ours.
A master bedroom could sell a house. Or in this case. NOT SELL THE HOUSE. This is the master bedroom from the real estate listing.
Yes, this was the master bedroom. A weensy bit more than 8’ x 9’, it totals 73 square feet. One of two bedrooms of equal size. To top it off the previous owners had added a sink unit to each bedroom. ???? We had to remove the sinks on moving day as we couldn’t get the bed in. The room had bunk beds; a wallpaper border hung 6 inches from ceiling further diminishing the ceiling height, and zero charm.
The exact same view after the makover
Because of its diminutive size, I decided to make it what it was. CUTE. It could be nothing but cute. I envisioned a lovely, cottage-y bedroom with flowers and ruffles and a big mushy bed with down filled pillows. What it lacked in size, it was going to make up for in comfort.
I removed the industrial carpet and found the original wooden floor underneath in pretty good condition. My rule for the cottage was to re-use my existing pieces or second had finds only. The bed was from IKEA 20 years ago, and found a new life here in this bedroom. The dresser was a find from a flea market in Ottawa when we were first married. I painted it white and it fits perfectly into this space. I added a vintage lamp with a pretty ruffled silk shade (I did have it rewired). The green chair was found in local junk shop.
This room has no closet, so the best I could do was purchase Rubbermaid storage bins for under the bed, and I added a peg board and an old farm bench at the foot of the bed. I can at least stash my bags here and hang my nightie...
This is the closet!
And...the only place to stash anything....(that knob on the bed has been wobbly since the day we bought it.....)
I painted the walls Farrow and Ball's Middleton Pink mixed together with Farrow and Ball Strong White for a peek-a-boo hint of ballet pink and threw on pillows and a duvet with ruffled edges. Not wanting to buy or make a new blind, I kept the existing Venetian and hung a lacy tablecloth on 2 nails to diffuse it.
If I was going to go pink...why not pink and ruffled...I used linens from my new line from Pine Cone Hill.....
I hung a vintage medicine cabinet to hold my makeup and bits......
Peeking in from the hallway....I would like to use a chadelier, but the ceiling fan is wonderful for summer sleeps......
So this is it. A teeny space filled with squishy pillows, pinks, flowers and cotton candy prettiness.