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We’ve got the lovely Rachel from The Ordinary Lovely here to show us how a little lick of paint can go a long way when it comes to giving your home accessories a makeover.
Itâs just twenty days and counting until we move house and I cannot wait. We seem to have spent nearly every weekend since Christmas sorting, sifting and sending an untold number of toys and tiny clothes to the local charity shop. All rooms are now mostly rid of things that wonât be making the less-than-one-mile journey with us. No, this is not a massive relocation, more of a hop, skip and a jump down the road.
Last week, with a visit from the removal company scheduled, we turned our attention to the furniture. Mainly thinking about what would work where in our soon-to-be new home. We were mentally redistributing pieces from one room to another (and popping a couple of eBay when we couldnât think of a space, place, or reason, to keep them).
The last item on our list was an old chest of drawers â an inexpensive set but still with plenty of life in it. We donât need it in our new bedroom and couldnât come up with a different location for it.
âI want it for my room. But it has to be BLUEâ.
The voice of my five-year-old.
And looking the house plans? Wouldnât you know it? His bedroom has the perfect alcove for it!
Iâm not going to lie, I tried to nudge him into choosing the gorgeous HedgerowÂ paint (I love that colour and am desperate to find a project to use it) but he was insistent that we use Pale Seaspray. You can see, itâs a really lovely colour that changes from blue to pale grey depending on the amount of light in the room.
If youâve got a little helper with a BIG opinion, these are my top tips for getting them involved in painting projects. (Without you losing your mind or fearing for your carpet):
Involve them from the very beginning. Both of my boys love to feel included and be consulted. I talk to them about their favourite colours and what ideas they have. I might not always go with what they want, but I really do try to incorporate their wishes whenever I can.
When it comes to starting the painting, cover everything. You, your children, the floor, the walls, EVERYTHING! From experience, the moment you put a paintbrush or roller in their hands, excitement levels run high. They might be painting a piece of furniture a couple of metres away from the wall, but their little arms suddenly seem capable of reaching it.
Letting them tackle the first coat is best as they get to see immediate results. Second coats are boring for young children, as thereâs little to no change in the colour. As long as they donât put too much paint on the brush or roller and create thick patches, they can do little to no damage being in charge of the initial coat.
Stay close by but donât jump in. I canât help but nervously hover but I know my children donât really appreciate it. However, unless I can see that theyâre about to damage a piece of furniture or spin round randomly with the paintbrush, I try to leave them to it (it pains me, though, it really does).
Touch up where theyâre not there. You get a great result from Laura Ashley furniture paint with just one coat. However, I prefer the deeper colour that two gives you. I tend to do the second coat when my children are in school so I can make sure that whatever Iâm painting has a really neat finish. To this day, I donât think that theyâve ever noticed that Iâve smartened up their work.
Can you spot the theme chosen for his newÂ bedroom?
That will be âcool countrysideâ âŚ a modern-day Wind in the Willows-type room. I hope we can pull it off!
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