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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