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How To Paint A Geometric Wall In Five Easy Steps

This blog is so late, it’s not even funny. It was one of the first things I knew that I wanted to paint in the house way before we even got the house. I’m not even kidding, 2 months before we even got the house, I knew exactly what I wanted to paint in our bedroom and how. I have been beyond careful on social media not to show this wall but well the moment has arrive. Drum roll please.

 

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TA-DA! It’s out geometric feature wall in our bedroom! Isn’t it so pretty? I will pause here and await your compliments and praises in the comment section. Go on now. Shower me honey.

Jokes aside, this wall was beyond easy to paint. All you need is time and patience. Before I start, this is not an original idea. I saw it online once a long time ago and just knew I would paint that sometime. I didn’t follow any instructions however, it was pretty straightforward. I could tell by the picture how they achieved it and well I just followed my gut and this was the end result.

1. Choosing the colors and buying the paint

When it came to choosing the color theme of our bedroom, Onno and I were stuck between two colors. I wanted purple because it’s been one of my favorite colors since I could function and Onno wanted turquoise. As my actual theme on my blog is in the two shades, you can guess why I wanted them both. I pondered on the idea on how we could get both without going the ombré route for a few days, when that old picture I saw online clicked in my head. It was perfect and although Onno had no idea how it would turn out, I could see the end result.

I knew however right of the bat that just one shade of the color wouldn’t look good as a hole. It needed some contrast. So I chose three shades in every color. Dark, medium and light. I then just matched it with the perfect fit in the other color and called it a day. Similar to the ombré wall, I took the paint strips (the samples) and just compared it to other side to choose the complimenting color. Here let me show you what I mean.

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My main advice is just to take your time in choosing the exact shade because there is so many options out there and you want to be sure of your color and shade choices. Also give some thought about the area/location of the room. What I mean with that is; is your room facing the sun of not? If your room faces the sun then you can get away with the cool color choices. A good example of this is; we painted our office bright sunny yellow because otherwise it was too cool and gloomy.

You’re also going to need a break up color. In my instance I went with grey to match our furniture and our hallway color but you can go with black or well any neutral color you want. You just need a neutral color to break up the colors and give your eye a break. Otherwise the wall is way too overwhelming.

2. Clean surface

This is going to be the shortest step in history. Paint the wall white. The reason for this is that when you pull of the strips of tape, you want the lines separating your colors to be clear and bright white. Our walls were crème so this was critical for us but if your walls are white then well you don’t need this step.

3. Map out your wall

This step is relatively straightforward. You simply stick on the tape. Start of in the one corner of your wall and take it all the way to the other side almost. And then you simply just start to branch out and continue the process. Try to make some type of path. Have short pieces and long pieces. You want to once everything is finished to be able to see a clear line and almost follow it. Similar to those games you used to play as a kid. Where you go through the maze. I’m not sure if my explanation is correct but here is a drawing I did on PowerPoint to show you what I mean.

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The boxes on the side is simply just to show in the order I made the lines. As you can see the length and directions are all random. It’s all in your own hands. Just enjoy yourself really. There is no right way or wrong way to do this. It’s simply just going nuts and creating a lot of different shapes. Have fun! I sure did!

4. Paint!

And finally the moment has arrived! Painting time! Match your colors and shade. Dark, medium and light matched with the complimenting color in dark, medium and light. Take a moment to study this picture and you will see what I mean.

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You will also see that I used the grey specially to break up the colors if it was too difficult to match it with the correct shade without painting the same shade of color next to each other.

I recommend you work out a system. I opened up all the cans of paint, starting from grey, my purple from dark to light and then my turquoise from light to dark. I had a brush for every color and would just switch between the colors as I went through it. It took me an entire day (8 hours if not more) to paint the first layer. For the second and last layer, you want a smooth layer. No brush strokes. To achieve this I took a dish sponge, the same SpongeBob sponge I used in the ombré wall, to tap in the second layer.

5. Remove tape and clean up

The title pretty much says it all. Simply just remove the tape and clean up the lines where needed with white. It is however very important that you give the paint enough time to properly dry. I only removed the tape the day after I finished the second layer. It had over 8 hours to dry.

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That is it folks! I really hope my instructions are easy to follow. If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment section below. Don’t forget to tell me what you think! I seriously love this piece. I do want to add that it’s very busy and does almost all the decorating for us in our bedroom. If you’re one of those type of people who can’t sleep in such a busy area, I wouldn’t recommend this for your bedroom. It took me awhile (2-3 days) to get used to it. I do balance out the busy wall in our bedroom with black furniture and curtains. A grey carpet and pillows, etc.

Before I leave, here is all the pictures of the wall from start to finish.

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How I Got My Fairy Light Wall In Two Easy Steps

I don’t know about you but Christmas makes me feel all warm and fluffy inside and the main cause of this is fairy lights. It’s just something of the twinkling lights at night that makes me feel incredibly happy. I knew that I wanted fairy lights inside my house all year around. The month of December isn’t nearly enough. Honestly I can have fairy lights in every single room. I really have to stop myself but to be able to fully enjoy the fairy lights there can’t be too much of it. Anyway the point is I wanted a fairy light wall and I liked the idea of having it behind my bed. It just makes the bedroom feel all romantic and our wall was a bit wonky and needed it. It was uneven and an eyesore so well fairy lights was just the perfect touch. Also fair warning this blog is really short. There isn’t much I can say to make the blog longer. It’s just that easy.

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It’s ridiculously simple to make the fairy light wall. You need fairy lights, screws and a see through curtain. That’s it folks. I told you it’s really simple. The set up is just as simple.

Step One

Screw in your screws into the wall. You want a little edge to poke out so you can hang the fairy lights wire over it. You put it in a zigzag pattern and depending on the length of your fairy lights and how wide your wall in and the coverage you want, will influence the space between the screws. Oh wow that was a messy sentence. I honestly can’t remember the length of the fairy lights we got, I honestly bought the longest one I could find. We spaced the screws by 30-40cm.

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Step Two (even though step one and two can switch quite easily.)

Are you ready for the shortest step ever? Hang up your curtains. That is it.

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A fairy light wall is incredibly easy and quick to do and I love ours so much. We put it on every single night for about a hour and I can’t imagine our bedroom without it now.

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How To Get A Three Color Ombré Wall In 5 Steps

How exciting! This is my first blog about the renovations! I honestly couldn’t wait to share with you all about the entire experience. I learned so much about well renovation related things and about myself. It was a truly wonderful experience. It was so much hard work but I loved it. The rewards made every second of blood, sweat and tears worth it.

We had a problem choosing a color for our special accent wall in our living and kitchen area. We wanted to connect the two spaces but not limit ourselves with a color scheme. We couldn’t choose between red, green and blue. So I was like hey why don’t we find a way to paint the one wall all three colors in a way that won’t overpower the area and still look nice. So I turned to Google to get inspiration and this is the image I found.

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Alright so before I tell you how I achieved my own version of ombré wall here is the end result. I’m not going to lie, I feel all type of things about sharing this. I’m like just before this I shared this flawless piece of work and mine is well so homemade compared to it…NO. Mine is beautiful. Screw these insecurities. I LOVE IT!

Gasp. Holy shit. Beautiful. Applause. You all are just too kind. Thank you. But continue with the compliments. This puppy took me DAYS. Also PS We still haven’t made the last finishing touches on the little white wood thing on the bottom. Sorry I have no idea what it’s called.

Step One

Choose your colors. There is endless options but I would recommend you whip out a helpful color match website. Or just use the color wheel. Not every color would look good together or in a ombré format so I wouldn’t go crazy. A black and yellow ombré wall will be incredibly hard to work and I’m not even confident the end result would look so great. If you’re not sure if the colors would work together I recommend you make a quick stop at the local craft store (NL: Action has the perfect set) and get a set of paint with the primary and secondary colors (red, blue, yellow, purple, green, orange, white and etc.). You can then play around with those colors on a canvas and get a clear picture how the colors look together in a ombré format.

Step Two

Buy your paint. You might be wondering why this is separate step from the whole choosing your colors step but you get so many different shades of one color that this can be quite tricky and overwhelming. Go to your closet hardware store and get those paint strip templates. It’s those with about five colors of in the shade family. Get three to four of different shades of the color you want and then take your time choosing the two or three strips, depending on how many colors you want, by putting them next to each other, in the area and just overall experience what strips works the best together. Now depending on how large and high your wall is and if you want to go from dark to light with each color, will depend on how many cans of paint you end of buying.

I ended up buying four different shades of each color shade so twelve 1 liter cans in total. We did buy it when there was a 40% sale on paint and ended up saving 300 Euros. Let me quickly see if I can get the names of all my shades…Okay so I checked. I don’t have the names of all the colors anymore but I can definitely look into it more if any of you REALLY want it. We used the brand Histor for almost all of our paint throughout the house from our wall paint to our wood primer, wood paint and etc. I’m more than happy with their quality.

Step Three

Now it’s time to paint! Or well kind of. It’s time to prepare to paint and what I mean by that is you need to measure out your wall and divide the wall into different parts so you know what color to paint where. I have no idea if that makes sense but luckily I have a picture to help. Also this will be the perfect time to play around with the order of the colors.

Step Four

Okay for real now. We’re painting. This is such a fun part. Alright guys you basically just have to lay down the colors by just painting lines. I would recommend two layers as you really don’t want any white to poke through.

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Step Five

Blending! To have the color blend together into an ombré you’re going to have to well blend. And blend. And blend. And blend some more. It’s a lot of blending. This step is definitely the most time consuming. So how I went about it is by going through it line by line, piece by piece. What I mean with that is, I started at the bottom with the darkest shade of red and then second darkest shade of red, that line in between. Is this making sense? So I used a very airy sponge, think SpongeBob, the more holes the sponge it has the better. I would basically use both sponges, do a little bit in my hands reach in the one shade and then go over the other shade. I would repeat this process like three hundred times till I felt it was blended and moving into the other shade. And then one the little piece is finished I would scoot on over and then do the next piece…and then I will repeat the process for each shade and their lines. It took me forever.

I would also wait for the paint to dry and see if there is a part that needs more blending and go over it again. Also I do recommend if the colors are completely different, pink and blue or green or blue, so basically it’s not a color in the same shade, to wait for the paint to dry before you go over it with the other color. I found that the two shades blended too much while wet and almost created a new color and well you really don’t want a purple in between your paint. The blue and the green wasn’t a big problem but hey I thought I should throw it out there.

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And that’s how I achieved my ombré wall. It really took a lot of time and patience. It was a lot of hard work but boy do I love it so much. I’m really proud of my ombré wall and although if I had to redo it I would choose less shades of the colors but otherwise it looks amazing! I’m so excited to share this part of the renovations and for those who didn’t see my little message on my notice board here on my website, I will be sharing blogs about renovations every Wednesday till I run out of content. Also if some of this didn’t make sense let me know and I will try to explain myself more.

Here is some more pictures of the wall throughout the process.

And also here is Speculoos, he loves the completed wall! Okay I lie. He doesn’t care but it looks so nice! Also when these pictures were taken of Speculoos we weren’t even close to finishing unpacking so excuse the mess and also I still haven’t really caught up with all the laundry. I’m close but boy it’s been a lot. With the renovations it was really difficult to stay on top of the little extra things like blankets that I put on the couch and etc.

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Renovation Plans For Our First House

Oh I can’t contain my excitement with this one. So in case you missed it, Onno and I bought a house. We just got the keys and we have big plans to make it our perfect home. I figured why not share some of those plans and ideas. I mentioned in the post where I announced the news that we’re going to do a lot of DIY projects around the house. I will definitely share those on here too but for now I’m just going to throw my ideas out there. There is still a few places we have no idea what to do just yet but hey we will figure it out once we’re in the house.

I’m going to start downstairs from the entry way all the way to the back of the house and garden before I take you upstairs. It sounds horrible but I want to keep pictures of our house limited to the public. It just feels unsafe to go through the entire layout out here. Don’t get me wrong we will have before and afters but for now I’m just going to test my skills as a writer and describe the house.

When you enter the house you have the stairs right in front of you and then on the left side you have the door leading to the living area. This little area is very bland at the moment. I’m definitely going to do something fun in this area but we are limited as the little hall or entry way is a bit narrow. We have a storage space under the stairs and then stairs leading down to the creepy and small basement. Onno is going to hide my candy down there because I’m never going down there. That is a promise my friends. Anyway I’m not completely sure what we’re going to store under the stairs, maybe food (pasta, rice and etc.) but that’s something we will probably figure out. The wall if you can call it that, that covers the stairs on the side is very bland and just sad. I really want to something fun there but I haven’t thought of anything yet. It will probably turn into a big DIY project so if I end up doing something cool with it I will definitely let you know.

Alright now we’re finally going to enter the living area. On the left side at the window facing our driveway is our kitchen. Our kitchen at the moment is going for that old vibe if you catch my drift. It’s yellow and the appliances are outdated. It has a dark stone counter top and a white porcelain sink. We’re not completely in love with the kitchen. I like the layout but it needs to be upgraded. The plan is to replace the appliances with new up to date ones (the dishwasher is still new so it’s going to stay. We’re very excited to have a dishwasher. The only downfall is the front doesn’t have a cupboard so you can see the silver of the dishwasher. Here they hide appliances behind cupboards. If that makes sense. Anyway I’m thinking of sticking a marble or something pretty like that paper on it. I will definitely let you know what I end up doing) and we’re going to repaint the cupboards because the shade of yellow is just horrid. Last but not least we’re going to replace the tiles against the wall (well on the floor too but I will get to that part) and we’re going to build or buy a table slash counter top for the side. You can never have enough work and storage space. Something that I really like is, the previous owners has a school black board up in the kitchen. It’s long and thin and doesn’t stand out in a bad way. We decided to keep it because I just love the idea of writing notes for Onno and it’s great to write down the groceries. I figured the kids one day will love it too.

Now we’re moving onto the lounge and dining room area. Everything is open in case you we’re wondering. So this area is quite large in length so let me just rethink how I’m going to explain this. In the one corner we’re going to have our TV and couch and on the other corner we’re going to have our dining table. We have a fireplace (a gas or electric one I’m not sure) that doesn’t work (we will fix it eventually) in the dining room area. Originally we wanted to put our TV above the fireplace but the wall above it is weak and we don’t want to risk it. We have a large window overlooking our garden right next to the dining table which I really like. Oh so I mentioned that I want to replace the floor tiles in the kitchen. Here they have wood in the living area and tiles in the kitchen but because it’s a open floor plan they cut the two off quite unattractively. I don’t like the look of it so we’re going to put new floors in. I want the same floor all throughout the house (well not the bathroom but you get the idea). I just like the look of it.

Alright now we’re almost walking out. At the door as you’re about to go outside you have an area for the washing machine and then two steps forward you have the bathroom. We have a shower and a corner bath which is something straight from my dreams and a toilet separate. Yes the bathroom is downstairs but it’s one amazing bathroom. I’m counting down the days till I get to climb into the bath and spend hours in it. Magical.

And we’re finally going outside. At the moment we have pavement all the way through and a little storage space at the back. We’re not completely sure what we want to do with the garden or how it will turn out to look but we want a fire pit and a vegetable and fruit garden. I also want a lot of grass and space to be outside. Not much to ask from our garden…I think. We originally liked the idea or replacing our wood fence with a hedge but after watching a garden TV show the entire day two weeks ago we liked the idea of making a living wall and well make a living wall of herbs and whatever fruit and vegetables we can grow like that. We don’t know what can survive here in the Netherlands yet or any of that. When I’m writing this I haven’t gone to a garden center yet but I’m hoping after I’ve gone I will have a better idea or what will work. I also just found out that my neighbors might complain about the fire pit and smoke so we will have to look into it. I know I only get to use the fire pit a few weeks in the year but I’m from South Africa. Cooking on the fire is a massive part of our culture.

Okay now we’re moving up stairs. Finally. We have four bedrooms and one toilet up stairs. The room facing the road with the toilet is going to be our office. For our office I’m not going to go super crazy. We’re just going to paint two walls yellow, get a storage system and get a nice brown board to stick notes on. That’s about it.

The two other rooms are going to be empty for awhile if you catch my drift. Onno and I wanted to get a house we could grow into. When I told this to my parents they both were like so when is the baby coming? It was quite funny. For now I think one of them will be a workout area and the other will just stay empty. The one needs more work than the other one though but it’s not high on the list for us. Maybe we will set up a room for guests but then again we never have guests that actually stay over. The last room is our bedroom. Onno and I was really looking for a house with a big main bedroom. It was important to us. We wanted space for a massive closet and I want a makeup area. I have big and I mean big plans for our bedroom. Behind our bed I want to set up a fairy light feature. I want to try painting a geometric design on the one wall and I want to try my hand in turning out TV stand into a seating place in front of the bed. I have so many great ideas and I just can’t wait to share them.

We want to be smart with our money because well obviously the more we can do with our money the better. There is some things that needs to be done on the house NOW so we plan to do quite a bit by ourselves or call in favours. Hey we found out I have to get a massive dental procedure done that ate quite a bit into the house budget. I had a small rant slash cry about it on my socials but let me quickly catch you up. To remove to teeth and implant the fake stuff is the same amount of money for a nice car. Yes that’s right. we could’ve bought a car with that money but no we’re going to buy teeth. It wasn’t the best news and it knocked the air out of our lunges but there is nothing we can do about it now. Dental hygiene is so important I mean we just lost a car because as a child I didn’t know what a dentist was nor did I brush my teeth. I’m paying quite literally for that mistake now. Also how did house plans turn into a brush your teeth children speech?

I’m so excited to share more about the house. I will definitely share all of our DIY projects around the house with some exciting before and after pictures I’m sure. This year was a rough one but there is definitely some good going around. It feels so good to finally share about the house, I’ve been keeping it under the wraps for so long. Now I can finally tell you about something else…but that’s going to be another post! Probably going to be up somewhere in the next three weeks but for now, guess? I will give you a hint…Speculoos is…nope. I’m not going to give you’re a hint. Go wild with your guesses.

Also before I go here is some pictures of the renovations. I will share more soon!

 

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We Bought Our First House

I’m squealing from happiness and giggling from excitement as I’m writing this. Onno and I are buying a house! Pretty soon I can say we bought a house! Well when this blog goes up it would be: WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! It’s so surreal that I’m not even sure where to start or how to put what I’m feeling into words.

I guess let me start at the very and I mean very beginning. Onno and I discussed getting a new place once I’m here for real for a very long time. When I got here we started looking around for a new place to rent. The thought of buying didn’t even occur to us. After going to a few different places we decided that we should wait a bit because well nothing was catching our attention. A few months went by, Onno got his permanent work contract and a few events took place in the city that reminded us why we wanted to move in the first place. Around Christmas we started talking about finding a new place. It was around then when we started talking about possibly buying a place. Once we confirmed that it’s possible, we started the search.

It was quite a busy period. Searching online for hours for a house that could possibly tick all of our boxes, calling the realtors, finding out which houses is sold or when we could make an appointment, traveling to the new place, being disappointed in the place before even entering the house and so much more.

The first few places was disappointing to say the least. We knew walking into the neighborhood that we wouldn’t like the house. We found a few nice places but it wasn’t nice enough. It did teach us what we really wanted. What was important to us and what we would really like. The day we drove out to see the house we ended up buying was quite interesting. We made the appointment two weeks ago and after visiting so many houses and being disappointed at every one we were very tempted to stop and take a break. We were running out of options and it was quite exhausting. We figured well even though at first glance (two houses) we don’t like this town, these houses are in different areas. Let’s give it one more try. We had two houses on the schedule. The first house was modern and all done up. The garden was on the smaller side but it was one of those houses where we would barely have to do any work to make it move in ready. I didn’t really love the idea. The neighborhood wasn’t as nice and it just didn’t feel like the right fit for us. So we went to the second house feeling a little eh about everything. The realtor was stuck in traffic so we had some time to browse the neighborhood and check the house out from outside. I fell in love with the back garden. It was big and the house had so much potential to grow in, which was and well is important to us. Once the realtor arrived I was for once very excited to view the house. The neighborhood was perfect and so far just from the outside I could already tell this house was a top contender.

Two minutes into the house viewing I knew. This is the house. It’s a old house and needs some work but it was just everything we were looking for and then some. I fell in love and hard. It just ticked off all our boxes and well it was our perfect house. Onno and I wanted a house that needed some work. We wanted to be proud of the transformation and really make the house our own. The entire way back home in the car we talked about what we can do with the house and what needs to be done to make it move in ready and etc. By the time we got to Onno’s parents we were sold. After showing the house to them and talking about the house they too were pretty much on board. That night we came up with the agreement. We had to wait the weekend but by Monday the realtor came with a counter offer which we accepted. It was a done deal. I cried. It was going to be our house! Yay!

We made arrangements to have the building inspection done and Onno’s parents came over to view the house on the same day. I finally had a moment to make a video of the entire house for my parents. The inspection went well and we were very pleased with the result. A few weeks later we signed the agreement and then we just had to wait for the mortgage. We got the mortgage on the 7th of March and month before we will get the keys. After that everything went quite smoothly. We got the keys on Friday (you might’ve seen the post on Instagram) and we’re so beyond happy! I’m pinching myself because I just can’t believe it.

It doesn’t feel completely real to us. I mean this is going to be our very first house. It’s going to be ours. We can do anything we want with it. It’s been a very long time since I had the opportunity to choose what color I want to paint a wall or to hang something up. It’s something so small but to me, this is huge. I’m really so happy and grateful that we’re able to buy a house as such a young couple. It’s amazing!

I asked Onno to write a blog about all the technical stuff about buying a house here in the Netherlands. It will probably go up at the end of the month. We also have so many ideas and plans for the house that I just can’t wait to share with you all. I have many DIY projects that I plan to do in the house, all of it I will most definitely share. But before that here is some picture(s) we took on Friday! I can’t contain my happiness right now.

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Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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PS: You have no idea how hard it was to keep the news to ourselves. I nearly slipped up on my socials so many times. It felt weird to hide something so big but now I can talk about the house all I want. Bless your souls.