Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Here we go...my first blog post is something I have been considering for months now! Late last year I decided my house needed a refresh. It is 6 years this August since moving in and so nothing needed majorly changing in terms of bathrooms, kitchen etc, but I just fancied a change that reflected my current tastes.
On a very small budget and with no real decorating skills I decided to take it one room at a time and do small things that would make a big difference. I have never been a fan of the word ‘upcycling’, but I guess that’s what I did. I am really happy with what I have done and always managed to find a Bella Vita product to throw into each room.
Although I am currently working from home and attempting to home school, the current pandemic has meant my house ‘to-do’ list keeps growing.
So let’s start with ….
I never wanted a porch, I never saw the benefit! We had one built on the front, when we had work on the house originally and I am so glad we did! It was the perfect dumping ground for shoes, coats etc that made my hall a better place. It had been painted with a plain white paint and had a variety of Ikea crates and some shoe storage shoved in over the years. It is a tiny space, but also the first thing you see as you enter my home, so I wanted it to have a nice feel about it.
I was also obsessed with Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue, but don’t really have a room with enough light for such a dark colour. Unfortunately I don't have many before pictures, so trust me that it was pretty boring and plain white.
I really wanted to include the Stiffkey Blue on one wall. I decided to paint the rest of the walls white, as it is such a small room and add colour in other ways. The only other paint I used was the pink - Valspar, The Pearl and a copper spray paint that is the perfect colour...in my opinion!
Apart from painting the one wall most of the colour paints were used on things I already had, such as frames, storage crates (I love these Ikea one's) and my shoe storage chest. It's amazing how tiny touch ups make such a big difference. Below are the finished crates; complete with copper vinyl stickers, the painted shoe storage, with sprayed copper handles and the spray painted coat hooks.
I bought this simple shelf from Ikea and painted it the same pink and I even spray painted the existing light fitting and the letter box in the same copper colour (reaching new levels now!). I found these awesome Umbra plant hangers, they come in a lovely grey, but I decided to paint them in the stiffkey blue to keep with the same 3 colours. I added some fake greenery and they look great. I changed the sockets to match and added some Bella Vita artwork.
All in all I am really pleased with how it turned out for relatively little cost.
The hall is next!