Well folks, here we go. The four week challenge is now complete and James and I have ‘Colemanised’ the very first room in our new home. Prepare for a photo overload as there are a lot of images in this feature.
If you cast your mind back to week one I shared the inspiration for the room. The plan was to create a restful and relaxing living room using all shades of grey. We got to work by stripping the old wallpaper and painting the wall with Crown’s Sail White, a chalky neutral with the slightest undertone of grey.
Next we painted the woodwork in Dulux’s Satinwood in Brilliant White for a matte, clean look and finished off the week by adding the Cox and Cox grey pendant lighting to the ceiling.
On to week two and this is when we added the eBay fire surround painting it with several coats of Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White.
Then came week three where we added a custom designed storage unit to the room from Jali. Again this was painted with Cornforth White which is now one of my favourite neutrals. The grey linen Ikea curtains also went up as I started to bring in a few more layers and texture.
For the final week we finished off the room with the concrete console table and then added a gallery wall crammed full of family photos.
I bought a few bits and pieces to complete the room such as cushions from H&M and the floor lamp from B&Q, however the majority of things we already owned. I frequently get asked about my rug and coffee table so wanted to let you know here the rug was from HomeSense many years ago (though Loaf have one that’s quite similar) and the coffee table was upcycled from an old wrought iron and wicker table my parents owned. When my niece was a baby she managed to bite her way around the top of the table so we replaced the top with reclaimed wood several years ago.
The tray table is a few years old now from Cox and Cox but still going strong. Our sofas came with us from our old cottage and are the three seater and love seat Snowdrop design from sofa.com. The shelf unit was purchased a couple of years ago too from Maison du Monde and the tripod lamp which stands on top is also several years old now from HomeSense.
While we didn’t undertake a huge renovation, we’ve spent much of the first few months of the year away from home so I’m proud of what we’ve achieved in such a limited period. These images were taken a few weeks ago and already I’ve started to add in more family photos, pictures, throws and candles so the room is beginning to look more ‘layered’ and less sparse. I’ve tried to link to as many of the items in the room as possible within the post or in the widget below but do let me know if you’d like to know where anything else is from.
From the feedback we’ve had it seems the Rock My Room series has been a hit so while I won’t go in to so much depth on the next projects I do plan to give you a monthly update on how life is unfolding in our new home.
I’ve loved seeing how your own DIY exploits are coming together so please do continue to share your updates through the #RockMyRoom instagram hashtag.