A grandfather has transformed a room in his home for his granddaughter, creating a £2,000 Beauty and the Beast themed hideaway.
Robert Rideout, 49, from Greenock, Scotland, used his skills to transform the empty space in his home for Disney-crazy granddaughter Harriet McConway, six.
The freelance carpenter got the idea when he was taking Harriet to see the musical Beauty and the Beast, and she couldn’t stop talking about it.
So he scoured junkyards, Facebook Marketplace and even salvaged some items from a dumpster to make sure everything used in the room was second-hand – and as a surprise, transformed it into a magical palace fit for a princess .
Robert lives in an 1870’s mansion with his wife Lynn, 54, who owns a hairdressing salon, and she helped upholster the bedroom furniture.
Robert Rideout, 49, has remodeled a room in his home for his six-year-old granddaughter, Harriet McConway
For just £2,000, Robert has created a Beauty and the Beast themed hideaway for Harriet
The price of £2,000 includes all furniture, flooring, wall coverings and blinds, curtains, cushions and bed linen.
Robert said: “We had taken Harriet to see the musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Edinburgh and had the idea of recreating something magical for her in one of our guest rooms when she comes to stay the night.
“She stays with us at least once a week, maybe more depending on the circumstances, so we wanted to create something very special for her to remember fondly because she loves everything Disney – especially the beautiful one and the beast.”
“Everything is either second hand or I found it in the junkyard on my travels.”
“The room is quite small but has a high ceiling and my original plan was to build a sort of French looking window with mirrors to make the room appear larger than it actually is.”
“Part of my daily work is restoration work and I regularly visit junkyards and antique shops.”
The Rideouts bought their home in Greenock, Inverclyde four years ago and have used Robert’s skills to refurbish the rest of the mansion.
Previously the bedroom was used to store rubbish at their home in Greenock, Inverclyde
Robert took Harriet (pictured) to see the musical Beauty and the Beast in Edinburgh and he had the idea of recreating something magical for her
The room took several months to complete – Harriet asked her grandpa why he had to make it ‘so fancy’.
The idea came about when Robert found two matching overdoor gables that had been removed from another old house.
They were painted a horrible brown and quite worn, but had beautiful detailing, so he set about restoring them and putting them over the room doors.
“I remember bringing them home and hiding them in the room so my wife couldn’t see them as they were in pretty bad condition and I paid a couple hundred pounds for them,” he joked.
“I just knew that with a little care, they would be amazing.”
He then made a window base out of MDF and used two old glass doors as a mirror element before adding an architrave around the edges.
Robert lives in an 1870’s mansion with his wife Lynn, 54, who owns a hairdressing salon, and she helped upholster the bedroom furniture
Robert said Harriet was amazed when she saw her new bedroom and loved her new fancy bed
“It was at that point that I really got a feel for the space and felt more creative the more I did,” said Robert.
“I had some mirror glass cut to fit in each of the openings on the two doors and found some French style handles to complete the look.
“I added an old ceiling canopy that was broken and salvaged from a dumpster because I thought it would look nice painted under the doors.”
He added pillars on either side of the doors, clad the walls, and added an MDF valance over the window.
“I also added a baroque cornice, plaster ceiling canopy and chandelier and finally came up with the idea of making a French style bed canopy by cutting off the top of an old, damaged cupboard and fastening it to the wall with intricate cast iron brackets. “
The raised living quarters were painted a horrible shade of brown and worn, but had such beautiful detailing that he set about restoring them and installing them over the room doors
The idea came about when Robert found two matching overdoor gables that had been removed from another old house
He then made a window base out of MDF and used two old glass doors as a mirror element before adding an architrave around the edges
Robert even added some ostrich feathers to the top of the bed using the center piece from an old chandelier before hand painting it and adding gold leaf accents to the whole room
The couple restored and partially painted the door in shades of green and cream, and even added a large, chunky set of keys to the door for an extra Beauty and the Beast touch
Robert even added some ostrich feathers to the top of the bed using the center piece from an old chandelier before hand painting it and adding gold leaf accents to the whole room.
A student artist who had to make a painting for her course work painted the murals on some of the walls.
The rest of the furniture could be found for free or cheap on Facebook Marketplace, and a B&Q parquet floor was added to replace a tatty orange carpet.
The bed was around £100, the bedside tables £200 and the console £300.
A student artist who had to make a painting for her course work painted the murals on some of the walls
Little Harriet was overjoyed with her princess bedroom in her grandfather’s house
Lynn then added blinds, curtains and bedding.
The couple even added a large, chunky set of keys to the door to give the door an extra Beauty and the Beast touch.
Robert said Harriet was amazed when she saw her new bedroom.
“She couldn’t believe it,” he said.
“It was amazing to see how happy she was and worth every minute of her work.”