Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Farrow and Ball Elephants Breath Bedroom
It seems like every room we finish, or are close to finishing becomes my new favourite room but this one really is one of my favourites (shhh don't tell the others) because it's our bedroom.  I had very little to do with the transformation of this one since my future hubs did all the ripping out of the old features and the new additions which you'll see in a little bit.
After removing all the fitted features we didn't want we had some electrical sockets and a trench dug into the chimney breast so we could hang a TV without having to worry about hiding wires and since this was going to need re-plastering also took the opportunity to chip off the badly plastered area of the old fireplace. After the re-plastering it was time to start rebuilding the room.
We really love the look of paneled walls and since this room although actually quite large didn't really feel all that special we thought it was a great candidate for panel treatment. Around about the time we were due to start this room I came down with a horrible cold and retreated to bed so future hubs get's all the credit here as I didn't even see it until it was finished and painted.
Before starting we had played around with different combinations and sizes by using masking tape, which can be time consuming but it is worth doing as the layout we originally had thought we wanted just didn't really work with the room.  After the design it was time to start the measuring out and cutting which probably took the longest time of all the stages for this room.
The moldings which make the panel frames are plaster and are fixed to the wall with a plaster of paris mix and a few small nails to keep the plaster pieces in place while the "glue" dries, the nails are removed later so don't drive them all the way in.  Another really important tip for doing this type of work is to coat the back of the plaster moldings with PVA glue otherwise the plaster sucks up all the moisture from the plaster of paris gluing mixture making it stick to the wall too quickly and giving you no time to wiggle into the correct position.
After the wall panels were finished the walls were papered with lining paper and ready to be painted, since this is new plaster work it does need a "wash coat" first which is basically a watered down base coat. You could use plain white paint or the colour you intend to use, the "wash coat" is basically used to reduce the amount of coats needed to cover the new plaster as it will as without it it will absorb more paint.
The final paint for this room we have chosen is Farrow & Ball Elephant's Breath which has helped create a really luxurious yet comfortable, cosy feel perfect for a bedroom, we're going for a Hollywood Regency look in this room so we added a Gold Mercury Glass Chandelier from BHS.
Just wait until you see the carpet and furniture we picked for this room I'll be sure to update you more quickly than usual but you can follow I'll Take Both Interiors on Bloglovin' so you never miss post.
So that's the background on the bedroom transformation, are you a big a fan of wall panels and Farrow & Ball Elephants Breath as I am?


  1. I love it! What color did you use for the ceiling?

  2. I love it! What color did you use for the ceiling?