December 29th, 2017
New year, new me and a brand-spanking new office… You can’t even imagine for how long I have been dying to revamp my office, as I am working at home most of the time, not staring at dull-looking walls was a top priority until now! Finally, my office is ready for the new year and it became the dreamy work/living space I always dreamt of! I have teamed up with Colora to add some colour to my workspace -come this way, things are getting a tad pink…
So yes, I had been dreaming of revamping my office for the longest… And I guess the very first step of making this become a reality is… creating a Pinterest moodboard! So I did that and then I took a pass because a)I just did not know where to start and b) honestly I got completely put off by my sheer lack of knowledge combined with the fear of ruining my walls. #perfectionist But in the meantime, I kept dreaming of that perfect space…. A little background to my home office/walking closet/dresser/chilling nook. It’s a room divided into four sections: the workspace, the dresser, the changing room, and the chilling/plant appreciation nook – it’s basically where I live, so a revamping never came as easy as it sounds.
But a few months back, this was about to change. I can’t help over-calculating things and waiting for the perfect time/occasion, on the contrary I am also impatient and generally would like to jump on things! So, when Colora challenged me to bring some colour to my dull walls, I screamed yesssss – finally the universe sent me a sign “just friggin’ do it!”.
Following up, they organised the loveliest dinner/workshop back in May, where I just leashed out all those month-long accumulated ideas. So here is my moodboard in the making…
The workshop not only helped me to see my ideas in flesh but also allowed me explore my options with colour coaches on how to further move on with these ideas… we’re almost there! Next up, I contacted my local Colora store to set a date for an at-home-colour-consultation with a colour coach. In between, I somewhat finalised my thoughts on which colour(s), I’d be going with the guidance of the coach. Remember, I still don’t know much about the technicalities at this point and still at the colour-picking phase.
When I finally met up with my colour coach, she basically pour all her knowledge on me – without making anything overwhelming, I was pretty confident that I got this. First we did exchanged some ideas around which shade of pink and white would complement the room/my style, etc. I was beyond amazed by the amount of shades there were… So I was relieved that she can gave me some insights, for example the amount of light the room gets during the day, the furniture and the flooring – all carefully discussed, we finalised the shades! I decided to go for WE Y100 pink pearl and 1 zuiver wit from their We are Colour line! Els, my Colora colour expert, also ever so patiently explained how to start, prep, prime the room – at this point the painting project when instantly from one-big-enigma to oh-I-can-totally-do-this.
Fast forward to the painting day… First up prepping! This probably took longer than I anticipated; cleaning the room, the walls, floors, moving around the furniture… then comes the masking tape part! I basically taped everything, a) to make sure nothing leakes (but I managed to let it leaked a bit lol) and b) it was fun. After that was done, it was finally time to paint the walls!!!
Ceiling – Started off with the ceiling first, and in hindsight I am glad that I did, as it helped me compare my progress while doing the other walls but also pushed me to be extra careful while painting the rest of the walls. I’m not gonna lie, it was quite difficult as it requires some major muscle power but also painting while being on a ladder having your neck glued 90° angle is not the most natural position, but I DID IT – don’t be scared if you’re looking at a ceiling-painting project, put your muscles to work!
Accent walls – These are the walls that transformed from a blue-hinted white to dusky pink, so it was pretty easy peasy as the colourful paints covered everything even in first application. So what I did was, one coat of primer that followed by two coats of the top coat. It gave me such a boost after the advance-level that was the ceiling, I just felt like painting my entire house pink! The chilling/plant nook and my vanity/dresser wall – done!
Main walls – this part also went super smooth. The application took a while since my workspace wall is the largest, so I did some back-and-forth between this and the dressing wall and the walls around the window frames. For this I used two coats of primer and two coats of top coat. One thing that is worth noting: white on white requires little bit of patience, as there’s not much colour to cover per se – example, white on pink was incredibly easy. But then again, when I finally applied the last coat of that top coat, it was perfection! So fresh, clean and bright!
Fast forward to present time, it’s nice to see that I pretty much stick to what I really wanted – I wanted bright white and muted pink walls, and I got them! I was considering adding some green to the room but in hindsight that wouldn’t work, so I easily replaced that with some plants instead, which is something I’m never short of around here!
I’m incredibly pleased with the results and basically blown away by my painting skills – it was blood, sweat and tears but I can’t even tell you how satisfying it is to create something from start to finish. Also, Colora made this experience incredibly easy and smooth for me as a) I had no idea where to begin with and b) by providing me all the info and the guidance all the way during this project.
A full 4 days worth of prepping, priming and painting later… et voila, my dream work and living space! Ever since I revamped this space, I wake up every morning dying to start my day here with my coffee in hand, sitting on my velvet chair and just admiring this lil’ pink and green corner I, myself, created with my own hands! The space you live/work does wonders to your mood, so I’m glad that I took the leap to challenge myself in this way! I want to thank Colora for making this fun project possible and offering their expertise to help me create my own colourful space!
So what do you think? Are you team pink walls or nah? Also, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on painting a room/house by yourself – do you think it’s something you would do or?