Whitewashing is an easy and cost-effective method of decorating. By adding an air of patina and texture, this paint technique enhances a variety of decor styles like as cottage, beach, country, or shabby chic.
Recently, I included whitewashing in my bedroom makeover by revamping some bamboo matchstick blinds. Because I’m re-decorating this room into a beachy, Zen space, this technique was perfect for adding texture and warmth to my neutral color scheme.
Read along to find out how I achieved this look and how you can also transform an item with whitewashing.
Now that I’ve made over my living room, I’ve been slowly making over my bedroom. I’ve made it over in the past but got bored with it and took it all back to neutral. But even in that process, this room got neglected. Here’s some earlier before shots & a present shot of the bedroom:
In addition to the flexibility of the neutral scheme, I’m creating a specific mood for my bedroom: peace, ease, and relaxation. But I also want to make sure it has some personality. A minimalist scheme would be easy to create but would just feel boring and sterile to me.
To help create this mood, the decor style will be a combo: beach/coastal & Zen/Asian & probably some bits of mod/MCM. I will create this by using wood for warmth and earthiness, geometric patterns used in Asian decor, different tones of white and cream for simple variety, straw/rattan baskets, plants, texture, and silver for accents. Most furniture in the room will be black.
Follow after the jump to see photos of rooms and pieces that inspire this makeover:
One of my projects for Transformation Turquoise was to create a large piece of art for the living room. I’d considered painting bamboo blinds a while ago when I decided to take down the generic vertical blinds that came with this place. I bought matchstick bamboo blinds at Big Lots for fairly cheap—$5 for 36″ wide?— and hung three of them over my large living room window. (I decided not to paint a design on those.) I’ve also used a set of these blinds in a wall cut-out between the kitchen and living room.
They are matchstick blinds, so they provide sheer coverage since there is more space between the “slats” vs. typical blinds. Because of this and because the matchsticks are rounded, this wasn’t the easiest painting project. For the image to appear more dimensional, I also had to paint my design in between the matchsticks. I was a bit impatient and didn’t want to give in to perfectionism, so I didn’t get too technical with this part of the painting.
The transformation of redecorating my living room in turquoise is progressing, slowly but surely. I’m also incorporating some aqua, robin’s egg blue and teal in the plans, plus some red accents.
Wanna see my bedroom? Come on in…
I’d grown bored with the former pseudo-headboard I’d had plus I was changing up the color scheme in my bedroom. Before, I’d nailed a bamboo table runner to the wall. It served as a nice visual alternative to a headboard, but just wasn’t my cup of tea anymore.
I spent a lot of time reviewing DIY info for making my own headboard but wanted something much simpler (and cheaper). A lot of tutorials I read involved using wood for the board and covering that with foam and upholstery fabric. I figured since my focus wasn’t on padding or a formal headboard, I could create a basic one with foamboard and less expensive fabric. Continue reading
I ventured into a new medium today with my painting, and I’m not sure I like it: watercolor canvas. I’ve wondered for a while now what it’d be like to use this and finally decided to try it out. I’ve read some things of it beforehand but figured the challenge and newness would be good. Continue reading