Our kids went away to their grandparents for a week. It overlapped with the four day Easter weekend. (Don’t hate us too much.) We did what any other young parents-of-two would do. We painted our dining room!*
The dining room also happens to be a conservatory. It was super fun even after a little bit of
arguing passionate discussion about:
- what colour grey we’d choose
- what hue of mustard would best complement it
- whether it’s worth buying a one-coat ‘premium’ paint (it totally is!)
- every single one of my Spotify playlists
Before – the walls were plum and brown with odd bits of peppermint green showing through. Nothing matched, and there was just a lot of clutter in the room.
After – we cleared it out, streamlined the stuff and tried to stick to a colour scheme of grey, mustard, black and white.
The main colour is Empirical Grey from Valspar. The mustard is also from Valspar. Almost all of the other new bits – frames, picture shelves, candles, rug, aloe vera – are from IKEA.
These guys seem to like it, and we do too.
Top tips we learned from the experience:
- This job, which took three or four days in all, would have taken three weeks if the kids were around
- Painting a set of shelves takes much longer than painting a room
- Get good painters’ tape
- Get help – we should have had a ‘decorating party’ to get some of the stuff done, but our friend did help with the shelves
- One-coat paint with built-in primer really does work
- No pictures are going to fit in that IKEA frame
*We also had a day out in Manchester together, and a couple of leisurely mornings, and drank coffee in cafes, and ate steak. We’re not idiots.
Did anybody else do any bank holiday DIY? Or any other projects on the go? Let us know in the comments below.