Thursday, April 13

Bedroom Makeover: The Reveal!

You know I love a room makeover reveal don't you? Well, I'm particularly excited about this one, because I've stepped outside my colour comfort zone, and just really gone for it. Yes, even for me, this colour was pushing it.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


If you saw my moodboard post, you'll know the colour I chose is called Pink Nevada 3. This is no shrinking-violet blush, it's unapologetically, in your face P I N K. But what saves it from being sickly and overbearing, is a good dash of dirtiness. It's this dirtiness that makes it feel calm, cocooning and warm. In the day it's bright, but not overwhelmingly so, and at night it's just beautiful - relaxing and inviting, with a soft glow that makes me so happy. And I can actually see in my bedroom again! The oppressive black walls are but a distant memory...

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


Though I chose the colour with the headboard in mind, and I didn't want to steal it's thunder, I didn't want to go neutral either. Maybe one day, but I was definitely feeling the need for pink this time round.

Because I always get asked, I used Dulux Endurance Plus Matt on the walls. It only took two coats to completely cover the previous black which was a pleasant surprise. I didn't use a base coat first.

On the woodwork and wardrobe doors, I used their Paint Mixing Eggshell. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught me singing the praises of this eggshell on my stories. Not only did it cover beautifully - again, just two coats to cover the black, when I was expecting to have to do three at least, but it's so nice to work with. It's quite thin, but in an easy to work with way, and doesn't get gloopy and clog up your brushes really quickly like so many other eggshells do. Again, no base coat or primer was used because the last paint was still in excellent condition and was also a water-based eggshell, so it wasn't necessary.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


I just adore the bold pink next to the Earthed 'Torrent' fabric.

The Beni style rug that used to be in the bedroom has been relocated to the living room, where it looks as if it's meant to be, and in it's place is this stunning silk 'Obsessions' rug, from Plantation Rug Company. Aptly named, because honestly, I can't stop looking at and stroking this rug, and although it was chosen after the paint colour and headboard fabric, it's as if it was made for the room and the colour scheme. The pinks and soft golden browns of the mesmerising painterly abstract pattern, tie in so beautifully with the rest of the room - it must have been fate!

It's ridiculously soft and lovely to walk on, and the colour are either lighter or darker depending on which way the pile and light are facing. I absolutely love it.

If you don't already know about Plantation Rugs, they're are great source for really reasonably priced great quality fashion-led rugs, so do check them out.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom





French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom



And of course in my quest to up the glam factor and make the room feel a little more boutique hotel like, it would not have been complete without new bed linen.

Now I get the whole crisp white sheets thing, really I do, but give me soft, relaxed French linen over that any day. 

A friend once said that a linen bedding was like being given a lovely big hug every time you got into bed, and she's exactly right. Linen falls around your body in a way that cotton just can't, instantly cocooning and relaxing you. So I'll have French linen in my Boutique Hotel thanks very much!

This is the Blush French Linen from Soak & Sleep, a barely there pink that complements that wall colour and headboard so well. I've teamed it with some of their white linen pillowcases too.
French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom
French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

Edie has become *slightly* obsessed with our bed. I keep finding her in it, and she's actually spotted that there's definitely a difference between our linen, and hers (that's from a certain high street store) saying that ours is way softer. She's like The Princess And The Pea - I may have created a monster! 

I wanted to go with acrylic bedsides, so that the headboard was covered as little as possible. On my side, where there's a larger space because of the door, I've used a vintage piece that used to be in the living room, swapping it for my old bedside table. The vintage acrylic piece is one of my best ever eBay finds from a few years ago and I just adore it. I paid £50 for it, and I recently saw exactly the same one for £475. I remember Ed saying when he got back from collecting it, that the seller (a vintage furniture dealer), said to tell me that I'd got a real bargain. Which of course I knew! I absolutely adore this piece. 

On Ed's side, I had a simple acrylic side table made with a bespoke height to match mine. 

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom




The room looks and feels like a completely different space, and my plan to keep it clutter free has held up for several weeks now, which is a good sign.

A huge thank you to the lovely companies that worked with me on this bedroom transformation...

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Let me know what you think in the comments below! And keep your eyes peeled because I'll be sharing plans for my next TWO room makeovers very soon.
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Wednesday, April 5

Sideboard Pimping (or adding stepped panels to sideboard doors!)

I'm a little obsessed (okay, a LOT), with super high-end, super-glam, slightly bonkers, completely and unapologetically bold, and for most, myself included, utterly unobtainable interiors. See Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors



I make no secret of the fact that I have Champagne taste on a nearly always Prosecco budget. Babysham even. But then I quite like both those, so it's not always a bad thing. Not having the cash to run out and buy everything your heart desires, helps you to appreciate what you can afford, and for me, it's also a reason to think creatively, and of clever ways to achieve the odd Wearstler-inspired touch, on an almost always modest (often non-existent) budget. 

But what it's not, is a reason to paint everything white and call it a day. To settle. I don't like settling.

Anyway, the other week I had a lightbulb moment. I'd been thinking about adding some decorative moulding to the dining room sideboard doors for a quite some time, or maybe some long brass handles. Something to glam it up a bit. I was perusing Pinterest and a few sideboards (crezendas for my American friends) caught my eye. Moulding and handles like my living room cupboard doors weren't the answer after all, but a full on pimp. This was my inspiration - on the left, belonging to the super talented Rosie Case who is one of my favourite Instagrammers (I promise I'm not actually stalking you Rosie, but I do LOVE your home!), and on the right, belonging to Christine Dovey (custom made, I believe). 

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors
Rosie Case (Left)
Christine Dovey (right)




I realised that something like this would actually be relatively simple to achieve with a bit of measuring, cut to size MDF, some more measuring, my favourite Mega Bond, some primer and paint. Obvs. 

People often say that they admire my patience and drive to do these things, but honestly, it comes from my stubborn streak, and really, really, really, really wanting something. A LOT. 

I think I kind of know my limitations for projects such as these, but I can never quite work out if I'm fearless and confident, or naive and stupid. Perhaps a mix of all the above? Wait, don't answer that.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors


The dining room sideboard is made up from five Ikea kitchen wall cabinets, that are mounted sitting just above the skirting board, with a bespoke top sprayed to match. We put this in not long after we moved into this house nine years ago, and it serves as fantastic storage. It sat quietly in the room, but after all these years I felt it needed a to stop sitting quietly in the room and be a bit more brash.

Here's a reminder of what it used to look like. This was taken not long after we moved in, and you can see that the top hadn't actually been fitted yet - it was literally five wall mounted kitchen cabinets. 

Actually, this shot reminds me that an image of my dining room made it into a Terence Conran book called Plain, Simple, Useful. The sideboard is still useful, but not so plain and simple anymore!

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors (BEFORE)


Here's what I did:

I wanted four layers (or five including the doors themselves) on each door. I figured out that six centimetres got me nice separation between each size, still leaving the smallest one a decent size, and worked out what I'd need cut and ordered it in.

I made the panels first, by using Mega Bond to stick all the pieces together, then I caulked around the edges of each rectangle to cover any gaps for a nice finish. Then I gave them two coats of wood primer, and a light sand, as the primer raises the grain.


French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors


I removed the doors from the sideboard, and with a specialist primer (Zinsser 123) primed approximately the front outer 10cms only and the edges only. Then I attached the panels to the doors - again using trusty Mega Bond (believe me when I say that stuff works).

Once dry I caulked the edge, and gave the entire front and edges three coats of a water-based eggshell that I'd colour matched to the existing top and carcass colour. 

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doorsFrench For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors



I blame the lack of shots showing my exact process on the fact that I was mesmerised by the shadows and patterns on the panels.

The doors went back on that afternoon, and just like magic, that unassuming sideboard, was transformed into a peacock, and I'm SO pleased with it.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors




It was pretty easy for such a huge transformation. Time consuming, but not hard. I have so many more ideas to do similar things to other pieces.

Of course, as ever, one small(ish) change, has set the decorating domino effect into action, and I'm now plotting some more changes to the dining room, which has always been the slightly dowdy sister next to the adjoining show-off living room.

And because I can sometimes be a bit of a show-off too, I created this gif for your viewing pleasure. You're welcome.

French For Pineapple Blog - Sideboard DIY - Ikea sideboard with diy panelled stepped doors




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Monday, March 27

Fab Five: Modern Branch Style Chandeliers

On Friday you might have caught me waffling away on Insa-stories about my new branch style 'Franklin' chandelier by Menu, that was about to be fitted in the bedroom (which has been undergoing a major overhaul).

I mentioned that it was by no means the cheapest version (nor the most expensive, I might add), and that I had really tried quite hard to fall in love with a more affordable option, but in the end, my heart had been stolen by this one. Honest, I did try. I even ordered another one first and cancelled it.

When I asked if I should put all the information regarding the other versions that I came across whilst researching the best options into a blog post, it was a resounding yes. So, thanks if you were one of those people - this is for you!

These range in price from a bargainatious £85.99 to an eye-watering £2600.00. I really love the shape of all five, but a combination of price and finish led me to my final choice...








Let me know what you think, and keep an eye out for the finished bedroom makeover on the blog soon!
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Friday, March 17

Master Bedroom Makeover. Again!

You know what they say - a change is as good as a holiday. Yup, I'm changing the bedroom. Again.

I know some of you think I'm completely bonkers, but although I loved the soft black walls when I first painted them at the end of October in 2015, I came to realise pretty soon after, that I need colour and light in my life, so the black is going, going, gone! It had a good run of over 16 months (that's not bad for me!), and now it's time for something a little lighter and brighter. And when I say a little, I actually mean a LOT.

I debated this colour choice a fair bit. I decided to go much more neutral, much, much paler, much more grown up and dare I say sophisticated, but then I realised that my heart didn't want that at all. Maybe one day, but not this time, so saturated pink it is!

The pink I've chosen is called Pink Nevada 3 by Dulux, who I've teamed up with again for this exciting project. I did look at lots of pinks, as always the perfect colour doesn't present itself immediately, but I honed in on Pink Nevada 3 pretty quickly. Okay, I *might* have quite liked the name too. Unashamedly pink indeed, but with the perfect amount of dirtiness that makes it modern and grown-up. And you know I'm not afraid of strong colour, right?

French For Pineapple - Master Bedroom Makeover - Again.


You may have already seen my wall to wall channel tufted headboard that I completed recently, with stunning linen from Earthed. It's been a big part of my decision to completely overhaul the bedroom, and inspired me to change almost everything in the room. I think we get used to seeing the same objects every day, and don't always consider whether we still like them, if they work in the room, and if they fit with the look you're going for. After I finally got rid of our old bed (yes!), I realised that although I still love certain things (lamps, and bedside tables and rug to be specific), that they weren't really working for me anymore in the bedroom. I've already moved the existing Berber style rug into the living room, and it's renewed my love for it. The lamps will either be re-homed, or re-located - I haven't quite decided.

The only thing that's staying is the chest of drawers, and maybe the mirror. Everything else is changing, and I can't wait for a fresh new look. It's not often I do a room makeover where virtually everything changes, so I have to say I'm pretty excited about this one!

I'm going for a grown-up yet playful, boutique hotel feel. Much less boho, and more modern and glam.

Aside from the paint colour and headboard, I want to keep it fairly minimal, with a new pendant fitting, acrylic bedside tables so they don't block the headboard, and simple, elegant, brass bedside lamps.

I hope to be getting this room finished pretty quickly, and have some additional exciting sponsors on board too, so stay tuned, and look out for sneak peeks on my Instagram stories!


This post is in collaboration with Dulux.
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Wednesday, March 15

The Mother Of All Headboards Part Two: The Tutorial

As I write this I'm chuffed to bits that the headboard in question has just been posted on Apartment Therapy's Instagram feed. You know, no biggy, they only have A MILLION FOLLOWERS. 

Anyway. I promised a tutorial of sorts for this monster of a headboard and covered divan base, so here goes! It's a bit wordy, but helpful I hope, if you plan to make one yourself.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Firstly, I am not claiming for one minute that this idea is original. I unashamedly followed the tutorial posted on Emily Hendersons amazing blog, by the also amazing Brady Tolbert. I knew the minute I saw his headboard, and indeed how doable it was, that I would one day have to attempt it myself. That day came pretty soon after, once I realised what an amazing match it would be with stunning linen from Earthed. A no-brainer really. So basically, I'm still kind of a genius.

So why am I doing a tutorial of a tutorial? Well for starters we're  not quite as spoilt for choice here in the U.K. for suppliers, so I wanted to share my UK sources, and secondly, I did a few things a little differently, so I wanted to tell you the what, why and how.

Materials:
Upholstery weight fabric 
Semi-circle foam - enough to cover the face of each length of wood
Foam spray adhesive
Planks of wood (about 8cms shorter than full width of wall. I used 7)
Wadding - cut to the same size as the fabric panels you will cut to cover each plank of wood.
Staple gun & staples
Light Weight Flat Strap / Restraint Straps
Thread to match fabric
Sewing machine
Elastic
Safety pin
Screwdriver / Screws / Drill / Wall plugs / Extra wood for French Cleats

The amount of fabric you need depends on your wall width, how many panels you're going to make, and what thickness they are. Don't scrimp. I'll say now that my life would have been a lot easier and much less stressful if I'd got 14 metres instead of 10. I really didn't leave a comfortable amount of overhang for the panels, and only just had enough for the base. Do yourself a favour and get a bit more than you think you might need! Obviously my fabric was the incredible Torrent in the Stone colourway (actually a sepia toned brown and off-white, not black and white as it tends to look in a lot of images), from the lovely people at Earthed.

I ordered 'split bolsters' - cylindrical foam (150mm diameter) and had them split it down the middle. This was hard to find, and ended up costing double what I anticipated, but not six times, which is what one quote was! The longest length they had was 2m so I calculated they they would split some down the middle and leave at 2m, and others they would split down the middle and cut so that I could put one 2m length, and one 1.6m length on a plank for a perfect fit.

You could use flat rectangular foam to lower to cost (probably quite substantially), but the effect wouldn't be quite as spectacular, and I'm so pleased I stuck to my guns.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Optional, but I think it made life much easier.

I used 7oz weight. You could easily use 6oz or possibly lower. This ensures that any joins in your foam don't show and gives extra bounce and softness, while visibly softening any hard edges. I didn't do my sums properly and didn't order enough, then had to wait for more, so do you maths people! And then do it again.

Planks of Wood:
I used 7 x 3.6m lengths that were planed (no splinters, nice smooth edges) of basic cheapest pine that was approximately 15cms wide and 2cms thick. It was trickier than anticipated to find this to be delivered, and now I actually can't remember where I got it from. Will add this in asap!

Staple gun & LOTS of staples
I had this already thought I ordered extra staples. I really wished I owned an electric staple gun, my hands couldn't do more than two panels a day, so this bit took a long time!

You need this to reach across all your panels from top to bottom to connect them.

HOW TO:

Start by cutting your strips of fabric. They need to be long enough to cover the entire length of the planks in one piece - seams will ruin the effect, but I knew that the pattern would still work effectively and beautifully running sideways. That won't always be the case, so choose wisely if you're going for a pattern!

Cut your fabric panels so they are 20cms longer than your planks, and wide enough to wrap around the wood, foam and wadding. It's more than you might think, and you want a comfortable amount of overhang at the back. Not like mine with very little overhang! I realised early on I was tight on fabric so I used the selvedge because I knew it wouldn't be seen. And 'Waste Not, Want Not' as my Grandmother used to say.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Lay your fabric on your work surface, face down, followed by the wadding (cut to the same size), then foam and wood.

I used spray foam adhesive to secure the foam to the wood first so I didn't have I worry about it slipping around. I was also joining two pieces on each plank.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial




French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Start stapling! I was surprised at just how many staples I needed and how long each panel took. Because I was working with linen which stretches and moves around a fair bit, I would do around 15cms worth of staples, then swap sides. I was also quite tight on fabric so I needed to be sure I wasn't favouring one side too much as I went.

Leave the ends till last. You want a neat (as possible with all the bulk) fold. You need to play around with this to figure out how's best to do it, and staple to secure.

I worked on the dining room table, with a chair supporting the overhang. Yes, it was cumbersome! The planks are 3.6m long so not easy to move around. 

I also had a momentary lapse of concentration whist manoeuvring a panel and it lost balance and came up and whacked me under the chin. Quite hard. I can laugh now at the Laurel and Hardy ridiculousness of it, but I'm aware that it could have been much worse - I could have knocked myself out, a tooth out, etc etc, so be careful!

Repeat until all your panels are done.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


Then you need to join them together. Unless you live in a gymnasium, you'll need to do this right in front of the wall you intend to have the headboard on. Because once it's joined together, it's seven times more unruly, cumbersome and heavy!

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


We used four evenly space light duty flat straps with nail holes, and screws, pushing the panels together for a tight fit. It does have a bit of a bend to it when lifting the headboard from the ground, but it's still really sturdy and we decided that the heavy duty version would be too heavy.

And that's done! 

To attach to the wall, I made French Cleats from an additional plank of wood. One part is screwed to the wall, its partner to the back of the headboard in the same position as the piece on the wall. Once lifted on, they lock together, and there's no movement. (Side Note: High-end framers also use this method on the back of picture frames to make sure artwork is always level and doesn't budge). We used four, spread vaguely evenly across the wall, positioned so that the headboard sits right on the floor. It's very secure and doesn't move at all.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial





French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial
THE DIVAN BASE:

My divan base is U G L Y, and it has four ugly storage drawers. Originally I'd intended to cover it just using the staple gun, but the drawers would have been tricky, so I decided to make a giant band of fabric that I threaded elastic through the top and bottom hem of, to tighten it, to 'wrap' the base instead. This worked a treat, and we can easily access the drawers by lifting the bottom of the band up. 

Start by making a giant strip of fabric that's approximately 20cms wider that your base. I needed to sew a few strips together to make it long enough. Pin it around the base and mark where you need to sew it to form a band.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial



French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Sew it up and check again before hemming the top and bottom all around, and thread elastic through each hem. Slip it over your base again, and pull the elastic until you achieve the desired tension. Make sure it looks even all around and tie in a knot to secure. It should sit on top of the base under the mattress so you can't see the base at the corners where your mattress may not cover it, and you also shouldn't see any gathering as it will be hidden under the mattress and under the base. I left the tension a bit looser at the bottom so we could easily lift the band to access the drawers.

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


As you may have guessed, I'm so pleased with the result, and the rest of the room is now having a makeover because it is being terribly outshone by the arrival of such a glamorous headboard, so watch this space for bedroom plans very soon!

French For Pineapple Blog - Channel Tufted Headboard Tutorial


And if you missed it and would like to see more pretty picture of the finished headboard, click here, and if you have any questions, just ask in the comments below!

And no, I don't iron.






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