solvi’s new room

March 15, 2013

wallpaper stencil by The Painted House

One of the pitfalls of a DIY house is that, with no contractor keeping you to a timeframe, you can perseverate over decisions ad infinitum, at the expense of ever actually getting anything done. I keep starting projects, never to finish because I can’t quite decide on the right fixture or best shade for the trim. So now I’m living in a half stripped, part painted house. It’s driving my husband crazy. What I need is a deadline.

And that is why during a recent Remodelista editorial meeting about an upcoming DIY week, I found myself saying, “DIY? I have this great project I’ve been meaning to get to… A wallpaper stencil in my daughter’s room.” I knew that an editorial deadline would provide the final motivation I needed to just get it done. And it did….almost.

Ack! Solvi’s room before was so dark and cold.

Here’s the back story. As you can see, Solvi’s room before was the same oppressive red that was in the office. I wanted the effect of the room below from Farrow and Ball, but I couldn’t afford the wallpaper. Then I chanced upon paint rollers from The Painted House that mimic the effect of wallpaper. It seemed easy enough, but the project remained on the back burner.

Long story short, after calling in my mother to watch the children for a day so I could make my deadline, I actually finished a room! (You can read the long story, as well as a complete “how to” on Remodelista today.) I love it. Solvi loves it. It’s the perfect combination of girly (for her) and sophisticated (for me).

Now, I just can’t figure out if I want to paint the floor (off white or gray) or leave it as is. But that’s a decision for another day…

Farrow and Ball Wisteria

The base coat applied, with Benjamin Moore “Old Soul” (CSP-65) in matte on the walls and Linen White in eggshell for the trim.

bird pattern from The Painted House. Don’t forget the applicator!

rolling out a sample

a closeup of Solvi’s new wall

Solvi’s new room!

Solvi’s Esthex bunny enjoys her new surroundings.

With a clear theme to the room it was easy to pull pieces of furniture from other rooms to complete the romantic look.

The new color looks great with all the warm pinks and yellows in Solvi’s room.

Here it is with the floors. What do you think about painting them?

Solvi’s antique day bed received a fresh coat of Linen White (in semi-gloss) as well.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth March 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I wouldn’t paint the floors — I think they add great warmth and contrast to the beautifully stenciled walls. Just lovely!


Jenna @ sweetfineday March 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I don’t think I would paint it. The wood gives it warmth. I think a white floor might feel too stark. The room looks great!


Jennifer Last March 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Very pretty results, Justine–nice work!


Violet March 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I would not paint the floor. It provides a lovely, warm, organic contrast. The end result is very impressive; good job!


Your mother March 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Nix on the floor paint! But you already knew that. Good work with that balky roller. When are we doing the next room???


Lynda Mathey March 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

I have an antique house and I love painted floors in the bedroom, but in your case I love the way the floors look with what you’ve done, and they are beautiful. I would leave them.


joelle March 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

It’s so lovely! I think you should paint the floors. I also live in an antique house and find myself going back and forth between paint or a cool tone stain, and am still undecided. Mostly for resale value, but do we really need to take that into consideration inside our own home? In any case, look at that floor in the Farrow & Ball photo, it would be perfection in your daughter’s room!


Brenda March 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I have to agree with everyone else, the floor is gorgeous, please don’t paint it. It lends perfect rustic character, and just the right amount of warmth to the room. The balance is perfect with what you’ve done. Beautiful room.


Jill March 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

The floor looks beautiful. It would look lovely painted as well but it wouldn’t make it more lovely. Great job!


xenia March 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm

so beautiful!


cari-jane March 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I have had my eyes on these rollers for a while – this is SO great to see someone actually using them in a room! Goodness, you must have been holding your breath as you rolled the first roll! It looks enchanting!


amy gordon March 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Love your daughter’s room. Thank you so much for the tutorial.
Oh please, don’t paint the floor. The wide planks and warm aged color add character and harmony to the room. The entire concept looks charming, like a Victorian doll’s house.
I can’t decide what to do with my bedroom. I want it to be romantic but…… I have been going through colors and ideas for over a year. I am going to take your suggestion and give myself a deadline. Hope it will be better than lose ten pounds by….


Deborah Beau March 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Magnifique – love it just as it is!


lorna mc March 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

definitely paint the floor! The colour of the wood is too warm (orange!) for the walls. A pale grey would look incredibly sophisticated. Please post photos if you do it!


Katrin March 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

So lovely. Really, I love it. And I actually like the floors as they are!


Maggie March 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Wow, Justine—perfection! I bet Solvi’s loving her new digs. Hmm, wonder if I could get Jack to agree to a wallpaper stencil in our room


Percy March 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Wow, Justine, it looks great in there! Wish we’d seen this last week. It would’ve been perfect for this one wall in a friend’s apartment we just did!


woolf March 24, 2013 at 7:25 am

so this is what it all looks like! grand!
i read the article on this woman’s work in CL, and find here an absolutely beautiful application.
stunning! i think i may be sold (being a renovator myself, by force of happenstance).


angela March 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Stunning! the best girl’s room I have ever seen!


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