I’m finally getting round to sharing my living room make over with you which happened back in October last year but it was such a busy build up to Christmas and New Year that I never got round to writing this post.
Front half of the living room before the makeover
Rear half of the living room before the makeover.
So what made me decide to change from the navy blue walls? In all honesty I didn’t fall out of love with it, I just fancied a change, I wanted to go a little bit lighter and this paint had been on for almost 4 years so it was starting to get a bit grubby. Also I had fallen head over heels with the finish and texture of Bauwerk colour’s lime paint. I’ve always loved the industrial, bare plaster look and that’s what this reminds me of. So I sent off for some colour cards as they have so many gorgeous colours to choose from so it was impossible trying to make a decision just from looking at them online.
Inspiration from Bauwerk colour Instagram.
Bauwerk colour cards… Such a tough choice as they’re all so gorgeous!
These are the two shades that I decided to go for.
I’m a little bit of a nightmare when faced with lots of choices and very indecisive (drives my husband round the twist!) So after lots of browsing on the Bauwerk website, Instagram and pinterest I finally decided to go for Jet and Feather. I wanted a pale grey with a darker feature wall. The guys at Bauwerk are so helpful too so if you have any questions you can just send them an email. They advised me to purchase a natural bristled brush to apply the paint and I’m so glad that I did as the paint went on so well using this. It arrived well wrapped and with full instructions. When I say instructions you’re probably thinking why do you need instructions for a tin of paint?! Well don’t forget this is lime paint so it is totally different to normal emulsion it is made with clay, minerals and beautiful natural pigments. One of the major plus points is that they do not harm the environment in their manufacture and disposal, and most importantly do not harm our health. The pigments settle in the bottom so when first opened it looks very thin and watery on the surface and very thick and clumped together at the bottom, it’s important to give it a very good mix initially and continue to stir throughout so it doesn’t settle. Once mixed the paint is still much thinner than conventional paints, it makes it easier to apply plus it is not made out of plastics like conventional paints which are sticky, it works best thin as it absorbs into the wall that way.
When you first open the paint it looks like this.
Once mixed this is the consistency.
I painted over the navy with a basic white wash first, I wasn’t too worried about giving it a full coverage as thats the good thing about the Bauwerk paint, it looks even better if its a bit patchy…. in my opinion anyway! So now for the fun bit, I was a bit nervous about applying the lime paint at first because it is so different to what I’m used to but once I got started it was super easy. It’s almost like a colour stain, Bauwerk Colour recommend that you apply it using a criss-cross motion, it is so much fun and requires minimum effort because the lime paint is so thin. The colour absorbs into the wall leaving a very matt, chalky finish.
1st Coat of Bauwerk colour in Feather
1st coat of Bauwerk colour in jet.
The lime paint is not recommended for use on wood, so for all the woodwork like the skirting boards and door frames etc… I colour matched the paint with Little Greene Company’s eggshell as they had a grey which was very similar. For the fireplace I had some Frenchic paint left in panther from when I did my daughters bedroom as part of the Revamp, Restyle, Reveal project so I used this for the wooden surround and then I painted the tiles using Hammerite metal paint in gold with a hammered finish. I found the perfect industrial style mirror at Cox & Cox. Such a transformation don’t you think?
So here are some photo’s of the finished room. I hope you love it as much as I do, if you have any questions just leave me a comment below and don’t forget you can subscribe to my blog by entering your name and email address in the box at the bottom.