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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