A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to be one of 3 Mums who met the challenge of transforming my daughter’s room into a beautifully redecorated and rather different space in one day. Too right I did!!
Dulux have a brand new ‘Bedroom in a Box’ range out especially for children. The range includes Fairy Princess, The Avengers, Peppa Pig, Jungle Adventure and, the one we chose, Sea Adventure.
I know that Grace has a love for all things nature. She is particularly interested in Wildlife programmes including most of the David Attenborough series. She has always been one of those children that picks up bugs and asks questions about the animals and plants around us. She is also fascinated by the sea. We went to Eygpt when she was 4 years old and she loved going on a special submarine to take a look at all the sea life.
So, this was her bedroom before…
We had a crew sent by Dulux to film the day as well as give me a helping hand to transform Grace’s bedroom during the time she was at school. Grace left the house not realising that there was a film crew secretly filming her departure.
Once she had left, Operation Decoration was go! We made a start and never a truer word was spoken when someone said many hands make light work. They certainly did!
The ‘bedroom in a box’ comes with 12 panels of wallpaper – the mural – a tin of Dulux Matt emulsion and a tin of Dulux quick dry satinwood mid sheen (suitable for wood and metal) as well as a pack of Polycell maximum strength wallpaper adhesive. The Sea Adventure emulsion colour is mineral mist and for the satinwood it is white.
We got to work preparing the walls by taping off the power points and woodwork as well as removing the smaller items of furniture from Grace’s room. The rest we covered with a dust sheet.
Two of the walls were already a similar colour to the mineral mist so we gave them one coat, the other smaller wall with the window we gave two and, of course, the wall that was going to display the mural didn’t need anything at all! We also painted the radiator with two coats of satin wood. I must say at this stage, that up until now I have never found a decent radiator paint – but this one is brilliant! Thankfully I have some left over and will certainly be using it for the rest of the radiators in the house.
After a break for lunch, we started on the mural. Having never wallpapered before, I was a little apprehensive that I was going to mess it up!! One of the crew helped hang the top half as I couldn’t reach due to my shoulder, however, I found hanging the lower sections fairly straightforward and this was made even easier by the little markers on the paper to help guide the sections into place.
Once the mural was complete we had 30 minutes to hang curtains, tidy up, get the furniture back in, vacuum the carpets and hide the crew before Grace arrived home with Ross to her surprise.
As she walked through the front door, Ross told her that she didn’t even need to remove her shoes, just go upstairs to take a look at something in her room.
She walked through the door and the look on her face was a picture! She was over the moon – and a little bit shocked that there was a strange man in there filming her but she tends to take these things in her stride these days as she knows how Ross and I roll!
Here is Grace’s opinion on her newly decorated room…
She was so pleased that after everyone had left, and I went off to do some work, I could hear her in her bedroom playing ‘Mermaids’ and the dolphins were now her pets.
And me? I am thrilled. I wanted to swap rooms with Grace! Many people have asked if the sea picture is a painting. I am surprised at how easy it was to get everything done and how great the products themselves are.
Disclaimer: We were commissioned by Dulux to work with them on their ‘Bedroom in a Box’ range, however, all images, words and opinions expressed are our own and have not been influenced in any way.