Monday, 30 September 2019

How to transform a room with half-painted walls

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.

Our spare room has had more makeovers than I've had lie-ins since little lady was born - we're talking literally five revamps in the five years we've been here. After spates as a snug, a crafting room and first nursery, I finally settled on using it as a spare room a couple of years ago - somewhere peaceful just for me to escape when I needed to. But just couldn't decide what look to go for.

Whilst debating whether to DIY my own wall panelling (I had a go in the downstairs loo last year and fell in love), or maybe create a feature wall with wallpaper, I popped some bits on a shelf above the bed in an attempt to make it look tidy while I was making my mind up.

The funny thing was I found I actually really liked the simplicity of the room, and wondered if it needed anything much else after all? It did, however, feel like it was missing a final touch. And that's when I decided to paint the walls halfway. This is something I'd seen all over Pinterest recently, and had been dying to have a go.

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.
The Before - nice but definitely missing something...

You will need: 

Paint
Roller & paint brush
Frog tape - I always use the green frog tape as although its pricier than other masking tapes, it really is the best quality, and never fails to leave lovely, sharp lines
Tape measure
Spirit level
Pencil

So the first thing I did was choose a colour. With all the greenery in here I knew a dusky pink would work really well, and eventually settled on 'Muted Blush' by Graham & Brown. I then had to choose how far up the wall to paint. There's loads of different approaches you can take here, so really depends on personal taste, but I knew I wanted to go slightly higher than half-way, so settled on 115cm from the floor. I then started to mask off the line using frog tape and a spirit level.

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.

This is definitely the tricky bit, as you want to get it dead straight, so make sure you take your time and check every few cm's that your line is still straight using a spirit level. Also don't forget you need to tape above the line that you want the colour to come up to - I learnt this the hard way and had to re-do an entire wall!

Now you're ready to start painting! I used a roller to give a neater finish, however its a good idea to use a brush closer to your frog-taped line.

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.

Once you're all done (I gave my walls two coats), and the paint is fully dry you're now ready for the most satisfying bit - pulling off the tape! Do this slowly and you should be left with a beautiful neat, straight line.

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.

Now to style - I've decided to style my wire words either side of the paint line, and use a macrame wall hanging to connect the two colours. However, hanging large pieces of artwork across the line can be really effective too.

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.

How to transform a room with half-painted walls. DIY room update. How to use frog tape to section off a wall and paint a feature. Boho bedroom transformation.



What do you think - is this something you'd like to attempt in your home?

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx

*The paint was gifted as part of a previous collaboration, however this post is not part of that - I simply wanted to write a how-to tutorial*
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