To take my mind off the heat and to stop myself from walking to the freezer for an ice lolly every five minutes, I decided to give my six year old's bedroom a very quick mini makeover on the small stretch of wall between the door and his bed. The door opens up on to it so I couldn't put a picture frame, shelf, or anything sticking out more than a few millimetres there; I remain wallpaper-averse so that was out of the question; and he changes his mind rather a lot, so it had to be something easy to touch up or take down without damaging the wall. Oh yes, and stripes, the colour red, lightening bolts and super heroes also had to feature. Say what? Yes, that was one very confused brief. But I think we got there.
I wasn't planning to write about the makeover on here but I received a fair few questions about it on InstaStories so I thought it might be a good idea to put everything together in one post. BUT, it means that I don't have photos of the whole process, sorry. It was simple enough to do, though, so I'll talk you through it as best as I can. Just leave a comment if there's anything additional that you want to know and I'll get back to you asap.
First up are the stripes. The part of the wall that I painted is approximately one metre wide and I used tape to randomly section off the areas to paint. I've tried many different tapes and Frog Tape Multi Surface is by far my favourite. It doesn't take any paint off the walls when you peel it off and there's virtually no paint bleed.
To make sure that the lines were straight, I started at the top of the wall and ran the tape down alongside a spirit level. It was a bit fiddly but it only took about half an hour to do. Obviously, a full wall would take you longer. I also taped the top and bottom inch of the wall to give the stripes a floating appearance - take a look at the very bottom photograph to see what I mean.
The paint is from Laura Ashley and is a matt emulsion in powder grey. If you read the reviews, a couple of people have said that it's not a true grey and dries more like a blue or a lilac. For me, this is not true. It's a lovely colour and looks grey to my eye and in these photographs. It took two coats to get the coverage I wanted and around 20-30 minutes per coat.
The request for red was slightly trickier. No way never was I going to paint the wall red. It's such a hard colour to paint over. Browsing the tinyme website for lightning bolt wall stickers, as soon as I spotted them in red, I knew I could kill two birds with one stone.
I've used tinyme wall stickers a couple of times and they're so easy to apply and really do peel off without damaging the paintwork. There's a huge selection and they're a great price, too. I definitely recommend them.
For the metre-wide section of wall, I ordered 30 stickers at a cost of £20 and scattered them randomly up and down the stripes.
All in all, the transformation took around three hours in total, including shopping time. And we're both really pleased with it. It brightens up a rather bland section of his room and it will last as long as he wants it to. For just three hours work and minimal spend, I don't even mind if it's a temporary feature. Peel off the lightening bolts, unstick the clipboards, and paint over the stripes and the wall can be back to white in an hour and ready for his next whim or flight of fancy.
I love a super fast mini makeover and wouldn't it be perfect for a rental property? What do you think? Would it be something that you'd consider doing in your child's bedroom? Maybe using different colours or a different theme? Let me know. Also, for those of you who are waiting to hear more about the mountains I painted in my youngest son's room, a post is coming soon!