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Guest Room Makeover: the decorating

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Ta da! Here it is. The first of OneandSeventy's rooms to receive The World of Suzy Homemaker makeover treatment! I've since done a bit of tweaking and added a few more accessories, but more on that in a later post.

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You may recall that when we moved in, our Guest Room had squattersRemember this monstrosity?

A fairytale mural - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

After swiftly evicting those pesky fairies… princesses… (whatever!), it was time to get painting.

My paint of choice

Homebase Home of Colour Undercoat – Pure Brilliant White
Crown Satin Paint – Pure Brilliant White (I'd have been happy with Homebase, but Beloved picked up this one)
Homebase Home of Colour Emulsion – Pure Brilliant White (size - LARGE. I plan to use a LOT of white during my OneandSeventy decorating journey!)
Homebase Home of Colour Silk Emulsion – Black Magic

I plumbed for the Homebase Home of Colour range because...

a) it's reasonably priced
b) it has good reviews
c) Homebase is our DIY store of choice thanks to Nectar Points. (Y'know, Beloved and I earned £120 on our Nectar card last year, just on food and petrol. Imagine how much we could make this year with all that decorating! #rubshandshandsFaganstylie)

Post-makeover Note: I can happily add a fourth item to that list...

d) I'm pleased with the results!

The woodwork 

With no funds to change our carpets, I have no choice but to decorate with them in situ for the time being. I may not like them much, but I'd like 'em even less splattered with paint! So, I took the precaution of protecting the edges with wide masking tape.

After masking, I sanded down the skirts, sills and door jamb (nothing major, just a light key), before applying undercoat. The transformation was immediate! Just look how yellow that skirting was!

Yellow Skirting Boards - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Yellow Skirting Boards - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

(Please forgive the shoddy photography - the new paint (on the left) really is very lovely and very white as you will see!)

When the undercoat was dry I applied two coats of satin and allowed the requisite drying time between coats. (Translation: I made sure I was out of the house at a sewing class, just to be sure impatience didn't tempt me!)

The walls

Since the ceiling was surprisingly fresh-looking, I decided it didn't need painting. So, getting straight on with the walls, I hauled in that very large tub of white and got started.

My applicator of choice is generally a paint pad. Application is slower than a roller, but I find a pad gives me better coverage and a smoother finish. It's also great for straight lines (Tip: If you have walls and ceiling/woodwork of similar colours, a pad can save you having to cut in with a separate brush!)

So there I was, merrily painting away with the pad, when I realised that as the walls were already white(ish), I could have saved myself a lot of effort and gone straight to roller. D'oh!

Oh well.

I made the switch for the second coat, opting for a roller with a sleeve for smooth surfaces. However, I soon discovered that lining paper only gives a smooth EFFECT - OneandSeventy's walls are actually rather more bumpy than anticipated. Using a smooth sleeve resulted in the roller 'skipping' over the surface, which meant I ended up going over the same area again and again in order to achieve full coverage *sigh*. I should've used a sleeve for "rough" surfaces (silly me!). Luckily, I had one in my kit for the feature wall. Phew. 

It was a bit of a pain, but I got there in the end.

Lesson learned.

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See? White! Wink

Impatiently, I waited for the white to dry before cracking open that luscious black paint.

With such a strong contrast in colours, I thought it best to mask the adjoining walls, woodwork and ceiling. (Translation: clumsy? Moi?!)

Masking woodwork - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

After such slow progress with the white walls, the feature wall was a breeze. I cut in with a brush and, returning to my trusty paint pad, the silk paint glided on effortlessly.

Cutting in - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The silk emulsion also dried quickly, but I was very good and resisted temptation to apply a second coat too soon. 

Black feature wall - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I have to admit, it's true that silk shows up imperfections more than matt emulsion, but I don't care. It still looks GORGEOUS!

Instead of sapping the light as black can sometimes do, you can really see how the added sheen helps to bounce the available light around this small, North-facing room.

I absolutely love it!

I hope you do too and that you feel I've gone some way to doing justice to my source of inspiration.

A hui hou,

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