If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I recently put up some new wallpaper. The catalyst was that I was lucky enough to have Style at Home come to my loft to shoot a future story (you’ll have to wait to Christmas to hear more about that) and big orange demask wall just wasn’t going to work. The thing is that I’ve been getting the itch to change things up around the loft and the orange wall was on the top of my list. Don’t get me wrong, I think it looks great and I love that it will forever be featured in Covet Garden Home but after 5.5 years of living in my space, a creative gal like me gets the itch for change. You also probably can tell that I’m a HUGE colour lover. Well the world is not ending but believe it or not I want to tone down the colour in my loft ever so slightly. Trust me, there’s still plenty of colour to go around but I want to make a few changes in the more neutral direction. First up was getting rid of my bright blue desk (which I have yet to blog about….bad blogger) and now it’s the big orange wall. So I was always thinking of going to black range of colour. I know a) black isn’t really a colour and b) that’s shocking for me.
Of course I couldn’t find the exact pattern that I had made up in my head. Apparently wallpaper designers can’t read my mind or I have horrible taste, who knows. But I did find this great dotted wallpaper, Kiss Kiss By Marimekko from New Wall. I love that it’s a great balance of sophisticated & classy black but the fun of the irregular white dots. Perfect! There are so many different wallpapers that I could have got though, like did you realise that you can now get a soundproofing wallpaper now? If this is something that interests you then you can easily check it out at Soundproof Panda if you wanted.
But before everyone gets too excited like me, there’s that pesky task of removing the old wallpaper. Yeah that. Well I’m happy to say that the orange wallpaper came off wayyyyyyyyy easier than I anticipated. It kinda just peeled off. And no, I didn’t prime the wall before putting up new wallpaper. Sue me. And yes, sometimes I do work like this in a skirt because you never know when the mood will hit you and you just go with it.
It’s a bit sad to see it all just laying there in a pile isn’t it? Just as a reminder, here’s what it looked like before I tackled it. This is the great shot from my Covet Garden Home feature. No my hair doesn’t look that great every day (see above).
…..and then the after! Now, don’t judge my photography compared to Maya’s beautiful pro photo above but I think you get the idea. The density of the dots gives the wallpaper almost more of a grey look so it’s not super dark and harsh. I also love that the irregularity of the dots are still fun & playful and don’t make a rigid pattern. The colours of the embroidery art and accessories still pop and look amazing. Now that the interior walls are refurbished, I might take a look at the outside of the house. I’ve heard that M&M Home Exteriors do a great job for fitting siding, I could perhaps get this in a dark colour too to match my new wallpaper! My friend suggested to me that I should consider some vizuarts.com diamond paintings for artistic reference if I decide to add more to the walls as I go along. Currently, I am not sure if I wish to add more art but if I do I know where to go!
The metal drawers, however, look ok but they definitely don’t pop as much. I’ve had a plan in mind for these drawers from the day I brought them home and looking at them against this wallpaper every day has finally given me the push I need to make the project happen. I have this look that I made up in my head and I think it will make this piece look even more unique and just more polished. Let me know if you agree. Basically I want to enclose the drawers in a nicely finished wood shell and add some mid-century legs. What do you think?
I found these great mid-century legs at a Goodwill and snatched them up with this project in mind. Yay for thrifting & recycling! I will likely stain them a colour to match the box but the shape and metal detail is great. You know that area of a thrift store that has totally random stuff that doesn’t belong anywhere hanging in bags on a wall? Yup, that’s where you find stuff like this.
I would love to hear your feedback on the wall and Part II of the makeover plan. Also, let me know if you have suggestions of where I could get the wood shell made in the Toronto area. Stay tuned for the results!