Thursday, 16 April 2015

DIY halfmoon print wall

I am currently doing up my 5 year old daughter, Mia's bedroom for The One Room challenge and on Thursday I showed you all how it's progressing, but could not fit in this tutorial on how I created the graphic feature wall.

 Ferm Living Half Moon Wall paper

When we were gathering our inspirations and putting together the concept board for the new design in her room, Mia really liked this wallpaper from Ferm Living. But as it was a out of our budget, I decided to DIY a similar pattern straight onto the wall, and as I promised in Thursday's Progress report post, today I am sharing the tutorial on how I did it...For less than £8!!

I used the blackboard paint that I had leftover from making her blackboard wall and some POTATOES to create the print!
Yes you heard: Potato printing on the wall!!

The only thing I spent money on, was some frogtape. And although it could be tempting to buy a cheaper masking tape, I suggest that if you want to recreate this pattern on a wall in your own home DO NOT SKIMP ON THIS!! A good quality painters tape will give you the best result!

You will also need:
Black paint (Or any other colour you doesn't have to be Chalkboard paint)
Paint tray
Sponge (I simply cut mine in half so it was slimmer)
Spirit level

First of all I drew up a straight line at the bottom of the wall, using my spirit level.
Although it could be tempting to use the skirting board as a guide, most houses (at least here in the UK) are not strictly straight....and it will look better if your pattern is level!

Then I applied the masking tape on the level pencil line all along the wall...
Repeat this process up the wall, making sure your tape is level throughout!

Leave a gap of about 2"/ 5cm between each line of masking tape.
The potato printing will happen between the two lines of masking tape, and the wideness of the tape (mine was approx 2,5 cm wide) will make up the gap between each row of print

Keep going until you've covered the wall.
This can be quite time consuming, but spending the time doing this right will give the best result!

Before you get ready to start potato printing, use your hands to smooth down the tape properly onto the don't want to risk the paint bleeding in under the tape...

Cover and protect any areas you don't want any paint on with masking tape , like window frames and adjoining walls etc.

Cut about 3-4 different shaped/sized potatoes in half. You want to have a variety of sizes for your print, and enough of the same potato shapes to last you for the entire wall for a consistent look.
Make sure there is enough potato for you to grip onto, or stick a fork in the potato halves for a better grip....they will get slippery as they get covered in paint!

Place the sponge in the paint tray and pour over the paint.
Press the potato half into the paint soaked sponge and get printing...

Simply press the potato, loaded with paint, with a rolling motion onto the wall, on the upside of the masking tape.

Sometimes you may find that the print comes out a bit uneven....I didn't mind a bit of unevenness, but if I thought it was a bit much, I used the edge of the potato to drag the paint to cover, like in the video, above. Same goes for any smudged edges!
Maybe do a practice run on a piece of wood or cardboard first to perfect the technique.

I would also suggest that you start printing in an inconspicuous area first.
 I started under the window, as I know that Mia's bed will be covering this area!

It will look quite messy as you go, but when you peel off the tape you will see that it's actually OK...
See....I had to have a look, above, to make sure!! ;D

When it comes to creating a pattern with the different shapes and sizes of potato, I found it quite productive to work on 3-4 rows at the same time, using the different potato shapes in a staggered manner!

You will get quite messy, and I would like to suggest that you regularly clean your hands to avoid smudging on the wall. You may also want to rinse your potatoes in cold water ever so often, as they get slippery and difficult to hold when they're covered in paint!
And WHATEVER you do- DO NOT try to catch a potato should it slip out of your hand: Chances are you'll catch it up against your wall, thus creating a big paint smudge!!

When the paint has fully dried, just peel off the masking tape, and use a rubber to erase your pencil marks.
Should you have a paint smudge or two, just touch up with your base colour!

I'm not going to lie to you: This is quite time consuming work, and gripping onto those potatoes was quite tiresome...but stick some music on and take your time....I love how Mia's Half moon print wall came out!
It is not quite as uniform as the wallpaper inspiration, but I think the odd shapes makes the pattern even more fun....don't you??

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The One Room Challenge

Progress report
Week 3

If you are new here: Hi and welcome to Nostalgiecat !
You can read more about me and Nostalgiecat here, and you can catch up with my One Room Challenge journey so far by clicking on the thumbnails in my sidebar ->
If you have no idea what the One Room Challenge is all about, please visit Calling it home for the low-down and links to all the fabulously talented interior bloggers taking part!

I decided to join the One Room Challenge™ as a linking participant, as I needed a kick up the backside to redecorate my 5 year old daughter, Mia's room.

Before: So Mia's room was painted Pink and purple, the usual choice for a little girls bedroom, and I guess it was OK....not bad, but only just OK! 
But This last year Little Mia has grown up so much, and she's started to find confidence in who she is and what she likes, and at the tender age of 5, she's already worked out that being different is not so bad- it's what sets her apart!
 So when I decided to treat her to a room makeover for the One Room Challenge, she jumped at the thought of getting involved with designing a room that was more of an expression of her personality than the standard pink and purple girls bedroom...
Then there was some practical issues: Her room is very small, and besides her bed, there is not much floorspace. And although she can use our LOFTSPACE for playing and getting creative, she really wanted a desk in her new room to sit and do her homework/ some drawing at. So that was one of the challenges we were faced with when designing her new look room....Then there was the issue of storage: She needed somewhere more accessible to keep her books and toys, as before they just got shoved in the drawers underneath her bed, which could be utilized in a much better way!

First we poured over Pinterest to find inspiration for a look she liked, Then we sat down together and chose some of the elements that she wanted to incorporate in her new room and came up with a moodboard and a plan for her new room design.

Mia has been very involved in choosing the look she wants in her "new room" (with guidance from mum , of course) And above you can see the base of the colour palette we decided on.
 But the practical elements and the execution was best left to me.
So, as Mia is still off school for her Easter holiday, She's been staying with her Dad at her nanny's in London over the last weekend, giving me the chance to decorate her room in peace:

Having cleared out everything and cleaned down the walls with sugar soap the night before, I started by painting the walls: 
Where I was changing the colour from purple to pale grey, I first bleached out the previous wall colour with a coat of white primer paint. I find the best way to paint a wall is by first cutting in the edges (where a paint roller cant reach) with a brush .
I always start in a corner where I know there is going to be a different paint colour on the adjoining wall, this way the corner will be dry by the time I come to cut in with the other wall colour.
If you are painting a room in more than one colour, always start with the palest colour, so that when you're cutting in the corners, the darker wall colour will go on top: If you use a good quality decorators tape (like frogtape) or just take extra care when cutting in the corners, you should get a neat finish this way!

By priming the purple wall first, I only had to do two coats of the grey paint on those walls, saving paint (and money) in the process! I always keep a tin of primer for this exact reason!

Mia really liked the blackboard section she already had on one of the walls, so I extended it to fill the entire wall. I love blackboard paint, as not only is it fun , but it also has a great coverage and a lovely matte finish, that will hide any imperfections in a wall surface! I bought one small tin of blackboard paint (the cheapest I could find) and it covered the entire wall + I had enough left for doing the feature wall (more on that further down).


On the opposite wall from the blackboard, I was painting the pink wall pink!!???
I know this sounds like a waste of time, but the old candy pink hue was soon replaced by a softer and more peachy tone of pink(Crown honey fever), that sits beautifully next to the pale grey (crown seldom seen) .
As I was going pink on pink here, I didn't bother priming this wall, but went straight on with the new paint colour.....and I was pleasantly surprised that all it needed was one coat (saving more paint, thus more win)

Now you may think: I can see how she's saving paint, but she's already paid for it, so how is she saving money??
Well, the truth is : When we were picking the paint colours for Mia's room, in the back of my mind I was trying to find a paint combination that Mia loved, but would also work for the spare room, which will be my next decorating project. I figured , as Mia's room is so small that it wouldn't take that much paint, leaving enough left over to redecorate another room. And I love this pale grey and peachy pink combo! 

But I don't really want the two rooms to end up looking the that's where the graphic element, inspired by the wall paper from Ferm Living comes in...
I was so pleased when Mia pointed out that she thought this pattern was fun when we were doing our research, but although not ridiculously expensive, the wallpaper was unfortunately out of our budget!
So in true Nostalgiecat fashion: I DIY'd it:

I was going to show you all how I did it today, but as this post is already getting a bit long, I will post the tutorial on Saturday instead. So if you want to see how I made the half moon patterned wall for less than £8, then please pop back on Saturday....I will give you a hint: It involves a vegetable!!!

Anyway, with the walls all painted, the patterned feature wall finished and the wood trim refreshed with a coat of paint....I called it a night for day 1!! (Yep: All this was done in one day: I know right: I'm crazy.....but once I get started I'm like a run-away train! LOL)

So the next morning, safe in the knowledge that all the paint was fully dried, I got started on the floors! In the picture above you can see that I have just finished sanding down the yellowing waxed wooden floorboards and given them a clean, ready for painting. 
I know some of you will probably think it's sacrilege to paint old wooden floorboards, but they were not really that nice, and painting them white will really lighten up the feeling of the room, as it did in the master bedroom when I did the same there. See my tutorial on how to prep and paint previously waxed wooden floorboards if you'd like to know how to do it!

And in between waiting for paint to dry, I got some other little bits sorted as well: Like making a wall hanging desk for Mia, and choosing some quick and affordable artwork for her wall (She'd actually already kind of chosen what she wanted, I just had to narrow it down a little) . And yesterday, the floors all done, I headed out to pick up some bits and pieces for the finishing touches, like curtains and other accessories...

There will be some cute little DIY's coming up, as I am having to get quite creative due to lack of money. But as they say: Necessity is the mother of all invention! And I love getting creative!!

Don't forget to pop back again on Saturday if you want to see how I created that feature wall!
Have a great day!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Instantly downloadable art...

For Mia's room!

I love Etsy for art you won't find anywhere on the highstreet!
And I love instantly downloadable art: It's quick,cheap and convenient!
Once you've paid, you'll get sent a PDF of your chosen artwork that you can print out at home (Or take it to the print shop for larger sizes!)
That's it!

I am doing up my daughter's bedroom for the OneRoomChallenge, and Mia has her heart set on a wall filled with art. 
So I have been spending the morning looking for some new art for her room, and have curated this treasury of prints from Etsy I think will work well!
They're fun, they're inspirational and cute for a kids room, yet "grown up" and stylish at the same time!
 As they are to go on Mia's blush pink wall , I've kept them monochrome with hints of mint to complement the colour palette she's chosen.

If you see any you like, simply click on the image to be taken to the Etsy shop!

'ART FOR MIA'S ROOM' by olsenjune

Cheap and cheerful! "Grown up" art for Mia's Scandinavian big girls room!Instantly downloadable and printable for your convenience...Monochrome with hints of mint!

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Not my circus, not my monkey...


printable 'abc alphabet ...


North Star printable wall de...


Hello Black Kitty. Illustrat...


funny minimalistic kids wall...


printable inspirational home...


Printable art matryoshka sca...


COOLEST KID poster, kids roo...

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Now, I'm off back to Etsy to order a'll have to wait until the BIG reveal before you can see which ones I'll choose!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

One Room Challenge

Week 2
moodboard and plan

If you are new here: Hi and welcome to Nostalgiecat !
My name is June and am a Norwegian mum of one living in the UK. I have a passion for Scandinavian and Eclectic interior design and I love finding creative solutions to suit my limited budget and I love making things for the home (Check out my DIY gallery to see some of my projects).

I decided to join the One Room Challenge™ as a linking participant just over 2 weeks ago, as I needed a kick up the backside to redecorate my 5 year old daughter, Mia's room.
If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, basically it is 20 different handpicked bloggers, from all over the world + Any linking participants, like me, that have challenged themselves  to all makeover a space in 6 short weeks. The idea is that by following along the various makeovers, you can pick up a trick or two to help you redecorate your own home! Please visit Calling it Home for the full lowdown and links to all the fabulously talented interior bloggers taking part and their projects.

Last week me and Mia used pinterest to decide the look she wanted in her new room, and I talked about how to find inspiration and put together the look you want( See the post here!)We also pinpointed some of the more practical things that needed to be considered, such as lack of storage and floor space....and the need for a desk!!

We have spent the last week honing in on the elements she wants in her "new" room, and today I am sharing a moodboard I've put together for the look she wants.
And I have also been working out our plan of action for the makeover, and some practical solutions to the issues in Mia's room.

1: Half moon wallpaper, Ferm Living / 2: Pink Chestnut origami lampshade, Studio Snowpuppe / 3: Black Cat pastel poster, Buul / 4: Ranarp wall/clamp spotlight, IKEA / 5: Gaston wall Bureau, Heals  / 6: Paint colours:Seldom SeenHoney fever, both Crown / 7: Cotton rug, H&M home / 8: Bat felt Storage basket, H&M

 In terms of paint for the walls (6), Mia has had a slight change of heart (It's a girls prerogative, don't you know?!!) and decided she still likes pink...but this time she's chosen a peachy blush pink, and we've decided to pair it  with a lightish grey on the opposing walls with some graphic elements, like in the wallpaper from Ferm living (1) to make it a little less sugary sweet. Now, we can't really afford the wallpaper, so I am going to DIY a similar pattern on the wall....
I'm  going to paint her wooden floorboards white to brighten up the room, like I did for the master bedroom, as this will make a huge difference to the look of the space
 I am also going to make a new origami lampshade for her, similar to the pink one, above.
We really like this wall hanging desk , above (5) as it is the perfect solution to fit into her tiny room.... but as it is way out of our budget and out of stock, I am currently making some plans to DIY something similar...probably not quite as stylish, but never the less practical!
We are going to use one of these rugs (7) that we've already got, but I will treat her to a new task light above her desk, like the one , above (4)  and some new artwork for the walls (3) as well as a funky storage basket(8).

7: House cork notice board, H&M / 8: Star patterned curtain, H&M / 9: Malmo Wooden pastel stool, Domaine / 10: Cloud cushion, Colette Bream /11: Teepee bedding, Ferm Living /12: Mr Cat cushion, Ferm Living / 13: Half moon cylinder cushion, Ferm Living

Mia is keeping her blackboard wall, but I am planning on adding some picture ledges behind the door so she can keep her books there (She's loving books at the moment and her reading is coming on in leaps and bounds #proudmama) . And one of these fun cork notice boards (7) will be great for her to pin up drawings etc.. I will treat her to some new, funky bedding (11) and some new curtains(8) And I am planning on making her some fun new cushions (10,12 and 13) for her bed, so she can use the bed as a sofa during the day. I am also after a stool (9) she can sit on by her new desk, but that can also double up as a bedside table at night.
Luckily the bed she's already got has drawers underneath for storage, but I am also planning on adding some extra storage in the form of a wall cabinet or some clever shelving, as there is limited floorspace available...I am going on a charity shop hunt for something suitable this week....maybe something I can convert or paint? 

As ever we are on a tight budget for this one, so when the DIY shop had a sale on paints over Easter, I jumped to it and got what I needed. It is good to set yourself a budget before starting....then keep to it! If something is out of your price range consider a compromise, and get creative with your solutions, like a DIY!

So now that I know the what we need for Mia's room makeover, I can make a plan of action:

Whenever you are planning on redecorating a space, and you've honed down the practicalities and the look that you want in terms of design, it is very important to make a plan.
Here's a few tips on how to best plan a remodel makeover:

*Get a diary and schedule in what you need to do...DON'T be too ambitious with how much you want to do each day, as that could leave you struggling for motivation should you not get as much done as you planned. 
*Don't forget to schedule in time for shopping for paints etc, and plan ahead what you will need before hitting the stores. 
*Always leave a little extra time at the end of the project to cover any snags or problems you may encounter along the way
See my post HERE for more tips on how to redecorate on a budget
So, here's MY plan for Mia's room makeover:

Find a wall hanging storage solution
Start painting the room
Work out how to DIY a wall hanging desk
NEXT WEEK (week 4 of the ORC)
Finish painting the room
Make the desk
Shop for art, curtains,bedding and task light
Make Origami lampshade
Make cushions
Put everything back in the room ready for the big reveal.

Mia is getting very excited.
It has been so much fun involving her in the design of her new look room: Choosing the colours and accessories together to create a look that is personal to her. And it has taught her that sometimes we cannot get everything we want, that things like lack of space and money calls for some creative solutions: She's even suggested we make some cushions together based on some drawings she's done....Great idea!!
Of course I am handling most of the practical elements of the makeover, and I will be getting on with painting her room whilst she's at her Nanny's over the weekend!
I hope it all runs smoothly...
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

6 cute, fun and creative ideas to occupy the kids over Easter

From the www.

So, we're halfway through the Easter holidays, and maybe this is the point where some of  the charm has worn off??
You've had the lovely food, been on the day-trips out, seen the family and been to the cinema....the kids are going stir crazy with cabin fever and you've run out of ideas...

well today I am sharing 6 easy,fun and Easter-y ideas to keep the kids occupied for just a little while longer! These makes are cute enough to keep for next Easter's decorations and doesn't need a lot of supplies or skills!

This post links to items for sale from The works, not because it is sponsored by them , but for your convenience: So that you can pick these items up easily from the high street!

Image from Wayaiulandia

Firstly: If you haven't yet made an Easter tree with the kids, this is a great way to occupy them: Get outside for a brisk walk and pick some branches to decorate and display at home: They are traditionally decorated with colourful feathers, but why not use some brightly coloured mini pom poms, like in the image above?

Of course no Easter tree is complete without some decorated blown out eggs...See my previous post here to see how I made mine this year, or visit Yes missi for 20 more creative egg-decorating ideas, like the splattered paint effect ones pictured above.

Moving on from the Easter tree, why not make a decorative feather garland?
Use some colourful feathers and wire them on to some string, or even better: (because it will keep the kids occupied for even longer :)) Set the kids to paint some watercolour feathers , cut them out and string them up, like in the image above....Visit  I heart naptime for the full tutorial.

Or how about making these super cute bunny bowls in air-drying clay? These are bound to become a favourite Easter decoration for years to come, no? Visit Alice and Lois for the full tutorial!

Or how about this adorable yarn pom pom rabbit I found on pinterest?
All you need is some yarn to make the pom poms (If you don't know how, check out This easy tutorial) , some glue and some card or felt to make the ears with!

And if you get a slightly failed pom pom, or you get one spare(?) why not stick a piece of double sided tape to it and go to sugar and cloth to download this free printable "pin the tail on the bunny" image, for some fun for the littlest ones??

I hope these suggestions will go some way towards combating the kids boredom over the rest of the Easter holidays...
Just remember: Relax and enjoy....they're only little once!!