So i told you last week how i’d given our bedroom a winter makeover?
Well, here are the pix of the before and after and the details as to what went down.
So here’s how it looked beforehand. This is my side of the bed – with my ‘piles’ of mags and baskets which were driving The Captain nuts. I battle to contain all the stuff i accumulate. The bedside/butlers tables cost me R199 each form Mr Price eight years ago – i figured they’d had a good innings and it was OK to invest in some new ones. As you can see the open table situation does not work for someone like me who collects a lot of stuff on my travels.
So here is the totally new look (this is The Captain’s side of the bed with our bathroom and wardrobes in the background).
What i did:
• Wallpapered the wall in Graham & Brown (code: 19038) paintable wallpaper. It cost R565 per roll and we used two rolls to cover the wall (the wall is about 5mx3m). I found it at Wallcoverings Inc. They recommended a wallpaperer to me who came and sorted the wall in a morning and he did a great job.
• I left the wallpaper to dry properly for a day and then began the painting process. The colour i chose i Plascon Cashmere in Nautilus and i love it – i spotted it in a back issue of Plascon Spaces and although i bought a few other sample colours to check it was Nautilus all the way! It was a major decision to go navy blue (it looks quite a bit lighter in the pic because of the glare) but i liked its richness and depth and it stays away from being too black a blue if you know what i mean. I wanted to create a space that’s cosy for the colder months hence the dark colour and it doesn’t make the room look smaller either and i love that! (Tip: Plascon has a dedicated DIY website now which you can use to answer all your questions such as how much paint you need to paint a certain area or what paints and brushes to use for different projects etc, it’s really useful).
• Another major change were the bedside pedestals. These i found at Biggie Best – they were really well priced and i like the classic shape, subtle decorative details and that there is a drawer. I also liked that there is still space for our magazine/book holders (found at Mr P a few years ago but they tend to repeat these too). The pedestals were originally whitewashed but i gave them two coats of Plascon High Gloss Enamel in Carribean Sea. (Tip: foam rollers give a brilliant, really glossy finish but be sure to leave the paint to dry for at least 12 hours in between)
• See the gold bedside light? If you scroll back up to the original shot – you’ll see it was white, i bought them at @home about four years ago (they tend to repeat this light with various patterns every season or so). I spraypainted these with Plascon Aerolak in gold and i love the effect. The Captain looked a bit terrified when i told him we were going to have gold bedside lamps but he’s over it. The glow they give off at night is so gorgeous and i love the feeling of glamour they bring to the room. I’m not sure whether the Aerolak was a good idea considering that lamps can get quite hot so we are just going to have to be disciplined in not leaving them on all the time.
I bought the faux fur throw at Whitehouse – one of my favourite places to buy linen – they are really well priced and the quality of their products is excellent. The mohair throw was a wedding present and i love it too. If i could have five blankets or throws on our bed i would – love them.
Here’s a close up of the pedestal where you can see how glossy it is now (i kept the handles as is) and also the beautiful pattern of the wallpaper – the best thing about this wallpaper is that it’s designed to be painted so when summer comes along we can repaint and do a new scheme. This entire process took three days – 1 to wallpaper, 1 to let the wallpaper dry and 1 to paint.
Hope you likey. V x
PS. If you’re wanting to know about the headboard, read this post where i spoke about having it made