New Home: Hannah

in children's rooms, colours, my home  10 comments
Jul 29 2008
Hannah's IKEA Chandelier with the gorgeous walls.

While I have loved our new home’s layout, size and feel, one thing I DO NOT LIKE is that every darn thing in the house is the same colour. The wall tiles, doorknobs, toilet seat, architraves, trim, doors, splashback, floor tiles, carpet, bathtub and shower stall.

Yucky cream-apricot.

So, painting started basically the day we got the keys to the house.

We have washed, wiped, cleaned, primed, painted and painted. We have cut in. We have rolled.

The first space to be tackled is the huge living room (still painting and trying to decide on furniture and artwork so not quite ready for reveal yet).

The second space to be tackled, almost in tandem to the living room is Hannah’s room. She’s just over 2 and already exhibits a bright and vibrant personality.

The walls are done, but the door and trims in Hannah’s room still have yet to be painted. But it feels great to have one room 85% done.

Before:

Hannah's room as when we first bought it - pre painting

Hannah’s room as when we first bought it – pre painting

After:

Secret: I’ve NEVER held a roller brush before. And only paintbrushes to furniture and craft. So family were shocked that I’d chosen a very strong colour. But I stuck to my guns… and after two coats of Chilled Wine (a purply red) by Haymes Paint:

Chilled Wine from Haymes on Hannah's walls

Chilled Wine from Haymes on Hannah’s walls

I love the quality of Haymes Paints. I’ve never been disappointed by it. It goes on well and is suited to the Australian climate. It does cost a little bit more than the other ranges, but I find the covering superior.

It’s a deep purpley-red, perfect for Hannah’s vibrant personality. I’d always planned on a vibrant room for Hannah with oranges and reds.

Hannah's IKEA Chandelier with the gorgeous walls.

Hannah’s IKEA Chandelier with the gorgeous walls.

And this shade does not disappoint!

The $8 chandelier I got from IKEA (now discontinued) goes perfect with the walls. When turned on it casts crystally light glows on the upper walls and ceiling. It’s princess touch with the chandelier but the deep purpley-red steers the room away from “princessy”.

Hannah still in her cot at this stage, enjoying the warm glow of lights + new walls

Hannah still in her cot at this stage, enjoying the warm glow of lights + new walls

Those lights are kid-safe lights. If one bulb gets pulled out, the entire string of lights turn off. The entire thing only works if every bulb is in. The bulbs also don’t get warm/hot to the touch. (May be LED.) This was why I felt safe draping it over her cot. She loved sleeping at night with them as a nightlight. (When the lights are turned off, the glow isn’t bright.)

The small walk in closet, perfect for her sunny dresses.

The small walk in closet, perfect for her sunny dresses.

See how the cream trim clashes with the purple walls? I plan to paint the entire closet and trim white. Although, in her closet, a happy orange might be an idea! We managed to drag in her dresser and that fits perfectly in that space. While she doesn’t need full length hanging space yet, it is the perfect height for her little size 2 dresses to fit on top. That IKEA curtain was such a good fit!

Happy curtains from IKEA for her happy walls

Happy curtains from IKEA for her happy walls

The vivid colours really makes the space. They’re strong colours. Grounded by the teak sideboard.

I love the red glow of the butterfly lamp I made in her room against the purpley-red wall.

I actually love this room. Every time I pass the room in the hallway, the warmth invites me in. :)

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