My Nieces' Room Makeover


 I am still here. Looking forward to summer holidays so I can paint furniture and sew up a storm! Hoping to find a new place to live and then work some magic!

But in the meantime, I get to help my sister re-do her place, at a snail's pace of course.

Several months ago I was contact by CIL Paints, a fabulous Canadian paint company, wondering if I had any projects I was itching to do. Since we are renting (I am allowed to paint the walls) but possibly moving this summer, I didn't want to do my landlords any favours. But my sister is slowly working on redoing her home that had paint colours stuck in the late 90's. 

There are no before photos of the bedroom sister's memory card was corrupted, so the photos are gone...sniff. 

 But use your imagination...
Think maroon and mustard yellow.

 I knew she wanted to paint all the bedrooms, so I figured why not paint her place? Over spring break we painted 3 bedrooms. CIL Paint generously provided paint for 2 of the bedrooms. My sister and her husband are working tirelessly on the outside and inside of their home, while working their perspective jobs and raising a family, so decorating has taken time. One room is almost finished, my neices' room. Originally each girl had their own room, but while we were deciding on paint colours, my sister decided to take back her master bedroom. The girls were put into one room and the bunk bed assembled. We still have a few projects to complete when school is out (we are both teachers), we hope to paint a gorgeous vintage dresser that my parents lovingly stripped, sanded and prepped. The desk in their room, is one my dad made for my sister when she was young and with the years of abuse, it is showing it's age. It will get a coat of paint as well. Drapes have yet to be hung, but at the rate we are going, the girls might be moving out before we are done!

Why not keep it real and show you what an improvement just a coat of paint on the wall will do! The room feels fresh and airy, just the feeling my sister wanted. 

She chose: Horizons by CIL  mixed in a low-VOC eggshell finish. The paint went on like butter, with amazing coverage and very, very little smell. I have painted many, many, many rooms in my lifetime, and I have to say I have never tried CIL Paints but will most definitely use them again. Their price point is fantastic and coverage is excellent.

But you want after pictures. Here they are. It is a north facing room with very little direct sunlight, so pardon my sad camera skills. It is also a tiny room, so it was hard to take photos. But my nieces had fun posing for me! Ok, the eldest did, the younger one would NOT sit still!

 Artwork by yours truly.

What school-aged child DOESN'T have rainbow loom?

Artwork by Penny Paper Co.

Isn't it great what a lick of paint can do? We are looking forward to painting some furniture and adding some throw pillows, which I will teach my eldest niece to sew over the summer break!

I'll be sure to share photos more photos and of the master bedroom when they get around to moving in the furniture!

XO Barbara


  1. I love the room so much, and all their little treasures! They must be over the moon, right?
    Great makeover, a can of paint makes wonders sometimes!!

  2. Love the colour! It sounds like you have great plans for this space :)

  3. Love the colour! Looks great! And your artwork is fantastic too!!

  4. Looks great! And your photos look great too!

  5. You are so talented!!!!! We should get together soon and catch up!

  6. Love this, Barbara! We're going to be using CIL paints in our upcoming home reno. So thrilled to hear that you like the coverage of the paint - I can't wait to use it now!

  7. Looks like a fresh, bright, and fun space - I'm sure your nieces are loving their new bedroom! And you did a great job taking the pictures too :-)


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