I feel like the title of this post really should have been ‘Dressing Room Progress???’. I keep reminding myself that you have to make things worse before you make them better when it comes to DIY.

Before I show you the ugly before and destruction pictures, I thought seeing a floor plan of how I intend to layout the wardrobes and furniture in the room might help give a clearer idea of the size of the space and how much I’m hoping to cram in – it’s so difficult to take pictures of the room because of it’s petite size. Dressing Room Floor Plan

This weekend I made the trip to Ikea and purchased a MALM dressing table and PAX wardrobe. I already had a 50cm wide, 58cm deep PAX from my pre-move bedroom but picked up the 75cm deep PAX; playing a fun game I like to call “How Much Ikea Furniture Can You Fit In A Ford Fiesta”. I’ll need to make a mid-week visit to pick up the remaining 35cm deep PAX wardrobes and a Billy bookcase, which will become my shoe closet.

So, here’s what the dressing room looked like before destruction started… Dressing Room Before Dressing Room Before

Those pictures are dreadful but it’s such a tiny space it’s pretty much impossible to get the whole room in. This shot of the floor, taken with me squeezing myself against the wall in a corner, gives a good idea of just how small it is (ignore the tape on the floor, that’s for marking out where wardrobes will go.) Dressing room floor

The old coving was ripped out as it was in pretty bad shape along with the horrible, yellowing old plastic curtain rail and skirting boards. As I said in my dressing room inspiration / mood board post the Thibault Tanzania wallpaper was always a must for me and was something I ordered straight away. Luckily I only need one roll so it’s not hurting my bank account too much. I managed to find the perfect paint at the Valspar counter at B&Q for the other three walls. Dairy Belle compliments the wallpaper without being too creamy against the all white Ikea furniture. Dairy Belle Valspar Paint

This progress picture shows how much lighter Dairy Belle is compared the pale yellow walls that were originally there – the room definitely feels a lot lighter now. Dressing Room painting in progress

Painting has been completed and wallpaper has went up this weekend.  New coving is currently drying (is that the even right term?) in place. Dressing room coving

The last thing that has changed in the dressing room is that last week the old radiator was replaced. The previous one was too high and would have meant that the dressing table wouldn’t have been flush against the wall so a gas/boiler/plumber dude (whatever the official job title is for the people who are actually qualified to mess about with things like this. I know my limits and there is no way I’m messing about with radiators!) replaced it with this smaller one, which is also more energy efficient, whilst a few other radiators were being replaced and the central heating system was being flushed out. #glamourtimes. The radiator was around £25 from B&Q and the guy didn’t actually charge us anything extra for the labour as he was already here doing work. It might sound silly to change the radiator but in such a small room every centimetre of space counts so for me this was a worthwhile spend. Baby radiator for the win… Replacement radiator

Anyway, no pretty progress pictures as yet, but at least the bulk of the “dirty” work has been completed now. Once the coving has dried it just needs caulking and painting and then I’m all set to start making organisational magic happen in there! After building a lot of IKEA flat pack furniture…


Of course the first, eminently sensible course of action when faced with a house that needs some serious TLC is to prioritise having somewhere pretty to store your clothes…

In my defence the bulk of my possessions are clothes, shoes and books so it’s not perhaps as ridiculous as it initially sounds. Having somewhere to store clothing and accessories, along with make up and beauty products, from the start will mean that I’m no longer rummaging through suitcases and boxes to match up a pair of shoes and will hopefully mean no more panic buying of underwear four hours before a flight leaves because I’m unable to actually locate any of my own.

Before moving I spent many a happy hour browsing on Pinterest at amazing dressing rooms. Huge rooms devoted to wardrobe after wardrobe of clothes and accessories, not to mention the utterly swoon worthy shoe closets. Be still my beating heart. Dressing Room Inspiration 1

Dressing Room Inspiration 2
Source: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right

My obsession with the Thibault Tanzania wallpaper is a long-lived one and this Tiffany Richey designed office mixes that with a little bit of gold. My inner magpie adores this. I love the open storage concept Aimee Song uses – if I can’t see it, I just don’t use it. It’s as simple as that, so this is definitely the route I want to go down. Finally, shoe closets. Ohmygod, shoe closets. Love. Need. Want.

The reality is, the space I have to devote to all things frivolous is a mere 2.2m x 2.1m so this little room is going to have to pack some serious punches in the space saving and organising stakes.

My initial thoughts are:Dressing Room Mood Board

  1. Thiabault’s Tanzania wallpaper is a must for me, paired with hints of coral and brass. It’s not cheap but I’m planning on only putting this on one wall and as the room is so small I should only need one roll.
  2. Muji’s acrylic organisers. Yes, everyone has them but that’s for a reason. They’re great for make-up storage and visually light.
  3. Love this print. I bought this from Etsy (the seller I bought from is no longer on there, but if you search on Etsy similar prints come up), I just need to get around to framing it.
  4. Matching hangers = successful adulting in my book. Time to chuck out the mismatched plastic hangers and invest some of these. I’ve heard velvet covered hangers work wonders at preventing clothes from slipping off the hangers (a true #firstworldproblem but frustrating nonetheless!) so I’m going to invest in some of these.
  5. IKEA’s MALM dressing table. Again, everyone seems to have this but I’m yet to find anything else I like with a large enough drawer for storing my make-up in.
  6. More IKEA. PAX wardrobes are about the most cost effective out there, are well proportioned and give you the ability to fully customise with rails, shelves, drawers and baskets. Sold!
  7. The dressing room has laminate wood floors and it doesn’t make sense to change them as so little floor space will remain once I add in wall to wall wardrobes. A sheepskin rug will help cosy things up a little and hide the nasty laminate!

Any essential dressing room requirements I’m missing?