Sneak Peek Kids Room Update | When You Paint For Days

20th January 2017
grey-blue Scandi kids room decoration

Note: the patchy, not-so-white walls…grrrr…

No one ever tells you when you start renovating a place just how long it will take. Or that there may be minor set-backs, like when you choose the same shade of white for the walls as the floor and it turns out that it actually isn’t the same after all (let’s call it cream). So you then you complain and the paint company “runs tests” and tells you that actually it’s fine and must be something to do with the way you prepped the wall (it wasn’t, by the way).

But it’s all good. I’ve calmed down now, resolving to plump for Dulux’s Ultra White (did you know it has light reflective particles in it?!) and I’m back with my last update on the kids room before the big ‘before & after’ next week. Before we do that, let’s take a look back over our progress…

Following this post where, having had three out of four walls re-plastered we then worked on painting the wooden floor, before cracking on with painting the walls, woodwork and installing a new radiator. Rob worked flat out repairing and painting the ceiling and putting in new electrical points (just you wait!)

grey-blue Scandi kids room decoration

Any cracks in the wood were filled before a coat of primer & undercoat.

The original cupboard doors, which started out in orange pine, have been given a refresh and if you saw my recent post sharing kids room style influences, you’ll have seen I was going all out on finding the perfect grey-blue to paint it with. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy finding the right shade – I must’ve stood for hours with tester paper all over the wall studying the light, trying Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray and ‘Mount Fuji’ by Crown to name a few but yet again Dulux came good with ‘Celestial Cloud #4’. And it really is celestial. Ahhhhhh.

grey-blue Scandi kids room decoration

grey-blue Scandi kids room decoration

It instantly makes the room feel calmer, don’t you think? We extended the blue out to the skirting board and the back of their bedroom door which I thought was an effective way of bringing more of the colour in without it being overwhelming. To finish the treatment on the cupboard, we reattached the brass catches and added two sets of bespoke handles – I can’t wait for you to see it all come together!

grey-blue Scandi kids room decoration

An efficient update.

Eventually all the radiators in the whole house will be replaced with modern column styles, so we started the process here with a simple two column design. It did of course mean that some of the boards had to be pulled up to get it plumbed in, but it was a minor cosmetic job.

grey-blue Scandi kid room decoration

And that’s all you’re getting for now. I’m spending the next few days adding a few last minute touches and tweaks and I’ll be back with the first complete room in the house next week. Progress!

Photography © Tiffany Grant-Riley

This post is in collaboration with Homebase.


i cant wait to see the final result. you’re doing a great job 🙂

It’ll all be worth it in the end Tiff! And those blue hues are divine xx

Such a beautiful blue! Well done on all your painting, it’s hard graft!

Oh this is beautiful that blue looks so crisp against the white

The cupboard doors look so much better! It sounds a long-winded process getting the colours right, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.

Oh that’s a stunning blue and so pleased to hear you sorted out your white walls/cream floors dilemma!! Getting paint colours right can be so difficult. Can’t wait to see the final results!

Love a sneak peek! That colour on the door is just perfect. Can’t wait to see the finished room. x

Love it, my kind of pale heaven. PERFECT ! x

Can’t wait to see it, it’s looking beautiful and that shade of blue is lovely! I think I have the same radiators and stool 🙂

The blue is totally calming. Lovely

Gorgeous Tiff! We too are replacing all our radiators, but with cast iron ones. They make such a huge, huge difference. I also love the blue shades you’ve gone for. My Leanora’s room is in blue and she likes it, but it’s still the original decor and needs an upgrade – a little fresher and brighter, I’m stealing your shades! 🙂
Love A xx

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