Towards the end of last year, I decided I had had enough of the bland beige bedroom wall. And I was all of a sudden desperate for new bedroom furniture, and a headboard. I’ve never in my life had a headboard, and I felt that the time was NOW to finally have a proper adult bedroom with a matching bed set. Cielo was having an awesome sale on the headboard and bedside table set that I had wanted for (literally!) years. I bit the bullet and ordered it. Then I decided that we were not allowed to open and use the new furniture until I had painted the feature wall.
Here’s a before pic.
Pretty ugh, super bland.
All our linen is some shade of blue/turquoise/teal/duck egg, so the feature wall needed to work with that. I took my colour inspiration from my favourite Le Crueset colour, Carribean Blue… and decided I needed an Ombre wall
Off I went to Mica, browsed the Plascon paint samples and picked these 3 that I thought would work:
I bought 1L tins… 2 tins of the lightest colour, and 1 tin each of the medium and darkest colour.
Then the fun started. I painted the whole wall in the lightest colour, one coat only.
Then I measured the wall and taped it off into thirds. The tape is for a guideline only, not neat sharp lines.
I started getting a bit nervous at this point, as the tutorials I had casually watched were all so different I wasn’t quite sure which technique to go for. So I just went for it. I painted 2 coats on each of the 3 sections, leaving a gap of about 30cm between each colour band.
Once each section had 2 coats of colour, I got even more nervous as the blending had to start! I took one part of the lightest colour, and one part of the medium colour and mixed a new colour and used a roller to “join” the top 2 colour bands with the new colour. Then I took a wide paintbrush, and dipped it in the lightest colour, added a touch of my “new” colour and kind of went at the join in a crosshatch motion, drybrushing the line to blend it between the sections. Did the same with the same new mix colour and the medium/middle colour.
Then repeated that process to mix a new, new colour to blend the middle section to the darkest, bottom section. And did my same crosshatch/drybrush technique to get it blended better.
It was nerve wracking I won’t lie!
I kinda just kept going, and making my own little blends in small plastic tubs until I felt like
I couldn’t anymore it looked good
After a long and very messy day…
we unpacked our awesome new bedroom furniture, measured it out and mounted the headboard to the wall and pushed everything back into place…
I have these awesome 10m strings of fairy lights that plug into USB, so we glue gunned a string all around the headboard to give a pretty glow, day and night!
I REALLY LOVE IT!
I knew what I wanted above the bed, and searched around, but my word, canvas is expensive! I eventually decided to buy a canvas in the kiddies section at MrP Home, for a mere R149…
I just spraypainted over the trucks and trains, and then went about my DIY. I wanted a quote by poet and author Zaki Mlaba . I typeset her first poetry book about 2 years ago, and there was one quote that just stuck in my head since the minute I laid eyes on it, it’s so beautiful. So i printed it out, traced it onto the now pale grey and white canvas (this was tricky and i kind of used of school carbon paper, and my eye and a freehand) and painted it with some leftover paint from the wall. Added a bit of gold and some tiny gold dots…
And with that, I feel our bedroom makeover is not complete, but definitely on its way.
While this was a pretty daunting task, the cost of the wall paint was just under R250 a tin, so the whole wall, plus the cheapy Mr P canvas totalled around R1000. And a whole day’s work. Obviously the furniture was the bigger spend here, but I really recommend Cielo for their prices and quality. Their delivery was also not bad. All in all, I think our bedroom is now finally a beautiful calm space that is quite reflective of my style. Once all this came together I finally figured out a name for the feeling I’m trying to achieve … I think it is Coastal Farmhouse… what do you think?