For the past few nights, I've been busy painting and glossing my littlest's bedroom ready for a change in furniture (he's losing a chest of drawers and gaining a much-requested desk) and because he has suddenly become more opinionated about what his room should look like. Just as the fumes from the gloss were sending me slightly dizzy, I suddenly remembered that I had this post sitting in my drafts folder and, as the room will soon look nothing like this, I should probably finish it off and share it with you.
Back in the autumn, I worked on a few home 'fakeovers' for Endsleigh Insurance ... little tweaks that you can make to you home if you're renting and not allowed to decorate. We experienced this when we were living (and renting) in Switzerland so the boys didn't have particularly pretty nurseries to reside in when we brought them home from hospital (not that they minded, preferring to spend their days sleeping on me, but it would have been nice).
So I put my thinking cap on and set to work on a few temporary projects to add a touch of character to a child's room. Ones which would be easy to remove and leave no marks should you wish to move out or move house.
This is what the little dude's room looked like at the beginning of the day (yes, the whole transformation took less than a day) ...
I started with easily-removable vinyl wall stickers - Swiss cross ones to remind my dude of his roots. I love wall stickers. They don't ruin your walls, are nowhere near as tricky and fiddly to put up as wallpaper, and are not such a big investment in terms of time or cost. To get the pattern and placement spot on, I measured the wall and plotted it on graph paper. But, the great thing about wall stickers is that if you spot one which looks slightly out of line, or you realise that you're not happy with the pattern after all, you can easily peel them off and start again.
Next, I customised six clipboards to be arranged in two rows of three. I covered three in wallpaper and painted three in complementary colours. I love clipboards and how versatile they are. Paint them, paste wallpaper on to them, or simply leave them in their natural state ... it's entirely up to you. Group them in twos, fours, sixes, or even a whole wall's worth. Because they're super lightweight, you can stick them to the wall using two easily removable command strips so no nails, no fuss, no mess! They're such a super easy and low cost way of brightening up your walls without ruining them.
Because he didn't have one in his room when he was a baby, I decided to make him a mobile to hang, using a removable command hook, from his ceiling. I opted for origami diamonds (made using this tutorial) in the same wallpaper which I used for the clipboards. Actually, it's worth mentioning that I adore this wallpaper from Ferm Living but at £75 a roll it's so expensive to cover a whole room in it. These simple crafts are a perfect way of weaving something potentially out of budget in to your child's room.
Finally, I decided to spruce up an old bookcase. Bookcases are relatively inexpensive to pick up nowadays, either second hand or new. They're fantastic for displaying favourite books and trinkets and are so simple to customise. You can paint them, cover them in wall stickers, or, like I've done, back them in wallpaper.
And here's a few more photos (because who can resist little feet?!) ...
I really, really loved these fakeovers. So much so, I used to walk in to my littlest's room and sigh. However, and the reason why I'm currently mid-decorating, he hates the Swiss crosses and thinks that green is 'yucky'. Stars and primary colours are the way to go, apparently. So the reason I know that these fakeovers work? Well, it's because last weekend, I took them all down and not a mark was left on the wall. I even managed to peel the wallpaper off the clipboards and bookcase and replace them with something more to his current tastes (which I will share with you very soon).
If you want any more information about any of the crafts or 'fakeovers' do let me know and I'll put together tutorials with more detailed information.