Revamp, Restyle, Reveal, the big reveal
Hello to everyone who is joining me from the lovely Melanie Lissack for the Revamp, Restyle, Reveal big reveal! How amazing do all the revamps look so far? I could not be more excited to show you the results of my bedroom project! But before I do, if you don't usually read my blog my name is Kate, I live in the South of England and I am a little obsessive with monochrome boho interiors! That's me in a nutshell! Welcome...
How it all started
Last June I received an email from the lovely Lisa Dawson asking me if I was interest in taking part in a brand new project she was working on together with Bianca Hall and Oliver Thomas called Revamp, Restyle, Reveal! The project would involve 10 bloggers and one room to be revamped in four weeks. As soon as I read the words "revamp a room" and before even knowing some amazing sponsors would be involved, I was in! The project was due to begin in September so I needed to choose a room fast. I briefly considered the bathroom but I wasn't brave enough to attempt a full refit! The office was a contender too but again I was too unsure of what I wanted. So I settled on the bedroom. It was the first room to have been done when we moved in, it was beginning to look a little tired and the bed had definitely seen better days! I also was keen to reshuffle the layout and have rrom for a desk and the possibility to work in there which in turn would free up some of the office space to make room for a bed/sofa for guests to stay.
As soon as I heard the list of sponsors involved in the Revamp, Restyle, Reveal project I was excited! AO.com the headline sponsor, Maisons Du Monde, Amara and two paint sponsors Earthborn and Frenchic! What a line up! So I got to work and started putting a mood board together and trying to incorporate everything I needed in there.
The obligatory before pics!
Usually when I put a scheme together I have one item which gives the project its direction. It can be as big as a sofa or as little as a vase but there is always something I either own or want which is the starting point.
The starting point, thank you Maisons du Monde!
As soon as I spotted The headboard from Maisons Du Monde I knew the scheme had to work around it. It was perfect! The huge headboard is hand carved from mango in India and already painted in an antique white was gonna be the perfect statement piece in the room even if it meant getting a new bed base and mattress! I also chose a desk chair and I loved the look of the Circle Matte chair in white.
When practicality and design come together...
Having decided to include a desk and computer in the bedroom left me with a big dilemna: the ugliness of cables, quickly followed by needing something more than my iPad but not as big as a PC but faster than my laptop! I was well and truly stuck and whilst usually looks win over practicalities, in this instance I needed it to be practical and something to would blend in with the peaceful surroundings of my bedroom. So when AO.com suggested the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, I seriously did a little dance! It's versatility is second to none and whilst I am not gonna pretend I know my shit when it comes to high tec, I can tell you that taking the magnetically attached keyboard on and off is a breeze, the Surface pen allows me to scribble on web pages, sign documents and use it as mouse, it is small enough to put in my bag when I go out but big enough to be able to edit pics without having to magnify the image! AO.com were right, this was the perfect thing.
Next on my list: A little luxury from Amara
Having sorted the tec dilemma and decided on a new bed, it was time to focus on a few luxury items I badly wanted... I knew I needed another sheepskin rug and when I spotted the Bloomingville one from Amara I knew this had to be mine. Tibetan lamb fur and an ombre design it had my name all over it!
Then I was randomly looking at cushions, which I definitely have enough of to cover the road from my house to Gretna Green, not even exaggerating, when I spotted the king of all cushions! Made by designer Zoeppritz and sold by Amara, the silver Crack cushion is everything you need and more in a cushion! I know I don't do metallic very much but since discovering that silver sofa in Sera Hersham Loftus home I have been slightly obsessed with the white silver combo! This cushion was perfect! Already distressed and so incredibly soft...
Colour, colour on the wall...
Of course it was going to be white! But which white? There are so many different shades it can be hard to decide. After getting samples of white, Hopscotch and St John from Earthborn paint I decided to stick with white. It is a warmer white than I had used in the past but the result is sensational!I chose the Claypaint as I wanted an ultra matt finish and it went on like a dream and didn't smell at all! Earthborn paint is a true eco paint with no oils or acrylics.
Frenchic for the lockers
Final decision to be made before I could get started was whether or not I wanted to paint my old beloved lockers! I agonised over this for a few days as I remembered how hard it had been to strip them of their old hideous green paint! Finally decided to go ahead and order Frenchic chalk paint in Virgin.
And I got to work...
Call me naive but in my head 4 weeks seemed like a huge amount of time to be completing a simple revamp so the first week I took things quite easy and mainly spent it clearing up the bedroom, filling up holes, prepping the walls and choosing paint colour! Week 2 and the paint from Earthborn arrived and I started painting the walls. The paint goes on like a dream and only needed a couple of coats. I had chosen white but being a warmer white than most I did have a moment of panic. However as soon as put the headboard against it, it was perfect! After week 2 things started to get a bit blurry and I started to panic a little thinking of all the jobs I still had to do in 2 weeks! I still needed to find a light for the desk, some art work and of course paint the lockers, fit the headboard and a never ending amount of faffing for the final touches! So I started painting the lockers with Frenchic furniture paint. By the time I started on the second locker the first one was covered in rust spots, they were popping out everywhere...
Yes you've guessed it I had forgotten to apply a primer! So managed to wash down the paint and apply primer reapply paint and ta dah! perfect!
As my budget was very limited I decided to make art work as well as make a moodboard to attach various pictures to. The moodboard was made out of a pallet and some random mismatched pieces of wood stuck to it. I then diluted a little Frenchic white with water and applied to the wood generously! and here it is in 4 easy steps...
The War is over artwork was again super easy to do. I had an old canvas which I painted white (Frenchic again). I then pencilled the words in and painted them in black paint! simple and free! Finally the light above the desk was a lucky find at the tip! It must have been an old industrial or maybe even farm light and already had a long cord and a plug on it. I put a hook on the ceiling and attached it to it, That's it! This project was of course about featuring some amazing products from our sponsors but it was also to show that with a little imagination you can create a beautiful room reusing, re purposing, reclaiming materials. I do believe it makes the space so much more personal and special.
The final reveal
So how has it gone? Without a doubt it was hard work but it was also incredibly fun! Not just the revamping part but also seeing so many people get involved on Instagram and sharing their revamp. Our hashtag #revamprestylereveal ramped up 1000 posts over the 4 weeks project and the Revamp, Restyle, Reveal feed reached nearly 4000 followers. The website had over 8000 hits and the You Tube channel where you could follow our progress each week received 5500 views which means our objective of a multi platform challenge was well and truly hit! So take a look at the final reveal pics...
So what do you think? Please if you have got a few seconds let me know what you think in the comments below I would be so grateful!I am taking a day off and then start on the next project! You can now hop on to the next blog and see how Meera from Arty Home got on with her living room revamp! I also would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors who were incredibly generous and helpful. It was such a pleasure working with them all!
Meera Pendred, Arty Home Studios - Living Room Revamp
Dee Campling, Dee Campling Interiors - Boys Bedroom Revamp
Ruth Matthews, Design Soda - Hallway Revamp
Fiona Cameron, Around The Houses - Guest Bedroom Revamp
Lisa Dawson, Lisa Dawson Styling – Entertainment Room Revamp
Bianca Hall, French For Pineapple - Kitchen Revamp
Oliver Thomas, Oliver Thomas Interiors - Living Room Revamp
Kerry Lockwood, Kerry Lockwood In Detail - Girls Bedroom Revamp
Melanie Lissack, Melanie Lissack Interiors - Master Bedroom Revamp