Home and Decor (Part 3)– Renovation ideas for kids’ rooms–with Nippon Paint

Kids’ rooms are the most whimsical rooms to design. From welcoming a baby to a toddler to growing child to a teen, I so love kids’ rooms – it’s really just up to imagination!

Everything is possible in a kids’ room. Nothing is out of place yet everything might be out of (their) designated space! haa..

Boredpanda has 22 creative ideas for kids’ rooms which looks more probable for big spaces. But the ideas are really so creative.

Here is one which I had a good laugh about.

“When you give your kids a thousand stickers, see what they came up with” (Images from Boredpanda):

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I have also seen interesting and practical ideas from Project Nursery and Project Junior – loads of lovely decoration ideas for kids’ rooms.

Here are 10 design trends for 2016 from Project Junior which I liked: (All images are from Project Junior)

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Due to space constraint, we decided to let the 2 boys share the same room for a few more years. And so we need a very practical room to accommodate their clothes, books and beddings.  Toys and study items are out of this room as there aren’t enough space and we prefer the sleeping area to be clutter-free.

Here are some ideas on shared rooms from HGTV. But once again, Singapore’s condo space are notoriously getting smaller and smaller. So some ideas might not be workable in the limited condo room sizes; unless of course you purchased some luxurious upmarket condo. Smile

Images below taken from HGTV. How I wished the kids’ room looked that “picture-perfect” all the time! (#wishfulthinking!):

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Initially we wanted to wallpaper the kids’ room as this is one of the easiest way to add colors and designs to the walls. But the thought of 2 active boys inevitably tearing the wallpaper with their somersaults made us think twice, thrice.

Eventually, Nippon Paint came to our rescue!

As I was researching on ideas for the walls, I saw these Momento painting services on Nippon Paint website. These days, paints can be so creative!

I was very impressed with what paint can actually do to plain walls!

Thus it was timely when Nippon Paint proposed to work together to paint the kids’ room. They promptly arrived for a pre-painting on-site consultation.

Alan – one of their “paint manager”, came with color charts and analyse the condition of the walls and the lighting in the room before recommending one of the walls to be painted in alternate stripes. I do love the stripes painting design (maybe it’s a girl’s thing?) but the husband felt that we should be bolder and opt for the Momento series.

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There is something about stripped walls which I liked. But we decided to go with Momento special effect paints in the end. Image from Nippon Paint

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Alan with the Momento Special Effect Paint Color Catalogue.

Some inspirations from the Momento Special Effect Paint Color Book:

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As it’s a boys’ room and it is naturally shaded from the sun, we decided to go with blue or purple. After consultation with Alan and Nippon Paint’s helpful marketing team, we finalized on the Cloud Pearl Enhancer Series. The base coat is Purple Edge 5203D and will be glazed over with Clear Skies CP179. We went with Alan’s suggestion of a solid color – Raindrop 1160 – for the other wall.

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Though we had a coat of white paint on the ceiling done by our contractor’s painter, Nippon Paint decided to paint the ceiling and false ceiling as well so that everything is more even. I really appreciated that because sadly our contractor’s painter didn’t do a thorough job with our paint work. I came to realise the clear difference between paying good money for professional painters versus the “painters-by-the-street”. For example, a base coat or primer can be critical for the eventual smoothness of walls too. This is possibly the same reason why make-up artists recommend using a base/primer before applying foundation to our faces. Smile with tongue out

Preparing the surface with a primer paint/sealer prior to the actual paint work is an essential step which most painters and home owners might opt out due to cost. However, after comparing the paint work done in the kids’ room and the rest of the house, I really regretting not hiring a professional painting service from Nippon Paint for the whole house.

Here’s sharing how Nippon Paint transformed the walls.

On the day of the painting, the painter did a detailed job by protecting the furniture and skirting in the room. They also removed the venetian blinds which were mounted next to the windows. And not forgetting to secure the wall/window edges with masking tapes. The entire window is also tapped up so that no wind comes in to affect the paint work. The poor guy really sweat it out in the room – tough job!

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The painter with his paints and tools.
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Removing the venetian blinds which were already mounted.
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Masking tapes along the skirting and a clear protective sheet pasted along the tapes to protect the floor.
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Protecting the ceiling fan
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Not forgetting the aircon unit.

If you are not on-site when your contractor’s painter does his job, you might not know what type of paint he is giving you. It is strongly recommended to be present during the painting job or get a trustworthy team on it.

I was pleasantly surprised that Nippon Paint provides training and “spot check” on their painter vendors. They do not have a painting team per se; but they procure good painters as partners and work closely with them to ensure their products are executed correctly and efficiently. In the event of any disputes, if you engage a designated Nippon Paint partnered-painter/painting company, Nippon Paint can step in to help mediate. I totally dislike calling painters to come back for repainting as they tend to give me a patchy job.

Look out for the uniformed Nippon Paint guys to distinguish the professional painters.

Anyway. I digress.

And so our painter for the day started with Nippon Paint 5101 Odour-less Water-Based Wall Sealer. This is a low-odour solution to prepare the walls and prevent deterioration of emulsion paints. It also has anti-fungal and algae resistant properties.

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Painter starting with a sealer paint. Notice that he is wearing a bedroom slipper? I thought that is really pro. He will use the slipper when he is in the room and remove when he is out; so that his feet will not be stained with any stray paint which might stain the rest of the house.

Thereafter he went on with Nippon Paint Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White Paint. This is en environmentally friendly green emulsion paint which is non-toxic, does not contain lead, mercury and other heavy metals. It is especially formulated for ceilings and walls especially near damp areas such as kitchen, bathrooms and area around air-conditioner.

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Carefully painting around the down lights.

Lastly, he used the 2 main colors for the walls. He did 2 coats of the colored paints; allowing at least 1 hour of drying time before proceeding with the second coat.

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Base Coat – Purple Edge – on the feature wall.
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The lighter shade on the other wall  – Raindrop.

And that’s it for the painter’s job after removing most of the masking tapes, protective sheet and restoring the furniture’s location.

There is another lady who came in shortly after the walls are dry to work on the Momento special effects. There are a group of trained painters who focus solely on creating Momento Special Effects as they are specially trained with advanced creative painting techniques.

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Starting from one corner of the wall, Jen – the female “artist” – worked swiftly across and downwards. She deployed very quick and strong strokes with the special effects paint. It is almost like painting on a canvas to me. Something I would love to try on my own! Though I am not sure if I can achieve the same result! hahaha…

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Jen working from top-down and across.
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Artist at work.

On our wall, she used a “quick-strokes” technique as I requested a “cloudy” feel. It is actually more tedious than it looked. Jen had to work fast otherwise the paint will dry off and she won’t be able to blend the strokes. As such, each wall is unique. It really depends on which “artist-painter” you are assigned to. Of course you can also request to work with specific painters if you know any. Jen provides her services at Prestige Painting. I like some of her works found on the site’s gallery (photos taken from Prestige Painting):

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Smoke Pillar ME 044. Cost of painting this wall: $1200 at 150sqft.

As you can see, instead of a traditional feature wall TV console, creating a painted wall can be a good alternative.

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A closer look on how the special effects paint is being layered onto the base paint.
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Ta-da! The finished product!
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The finished special effects feature wall! (with natural lighting).
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Another angle with more of the wall. (with added indoor lighting).

We really liked this wall and how it added colors and life to an otherwise mundane plain room. I am thankful that Nippon Paint allowed us to have an eye opener on how professional painting can make a difference to the process of painting and the quality of the finished product. Due to the “odour-less” properties of the paint, there was really very little paint odour after the work was done. But because we finished up really late in the evening, I aired the room overnight and the next night, the kids moved back into the room as the smell had almost dissipated.The down-time was just a day!

If you don’t mind the mild smell, you can sleep in the room straight after the paint had dried; which is what my mother did.

If you are interested to know more about Nippon Paint services and pricing, please refer to more details on their website: http://www.nipponpaint.com.sg/professional-painting-service/. It is actually more affordable than I thought. Of course, if you compare the prices to the painter-in-the-street, Nippon Paint painting services will be slightly more expensive. But trust me, it is worth paying slightly more for the quality end product. Check out Nippon Paint website for color charts, download your favourite items to generate color ideas and call them to check out prices.

Next up, I will share how the kids’ room look like after all the beddings and furniture are in.

If you are interested to read more about our Home and Decor blog posts, check out the older posts here and here.

Till then, thanks for reading! Smile

N.B: This post is a 2 part-series, written in collaboration with Nippon Paint for painting works in the kids’ room. Photos and view points are writer’s own unless otherwise credited.

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Home and Decor (Part 2)– 5 useful Home Renovation websites/apps

Following the completion of our key collection and defect checks, we moved on to the real work – the RENOVATION.

We meant to keep things really simple as the new place already have the necessary built-in wardrobes and kitchen cabinets. But having said that, we still want a cosy and efficient place. Compared to a full renovation we did 8 years ago for the old flat, this is considered a minor work. Previously we fully entrusted the job to a random interior designer (I.D.) we met at a design fair. It turned out well….. alright but impractical for the long run. We ended up putting back walls, tearing down a “floating’ dining table and basically making more space for an expanded family of 4 (not counting helper and my mum).

This time, we decided to give the IDs a miss and hired a contractor to execute our ideas in the limited space. And so, that meant researching a lot on our own to finalise the “design” we want.

Sharing some websites/apps here which I found useful for ideas research. I kept it to Singapore sites as I find them more relevant to the local spatial sizes.:

1) Qanvast

This is my favourite because it is “real”! Real renovation done in real places. Of course, photographs are taken at their best but it is by far the most user friendly and useful site in my opinion. I used this a lot mainly because the app is user friendly and the photos are well presented. You can also get free quotes from ID if you want to engage them.

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2) Square Rooms

This is also a Singapore site which gives good ideas and what’s trending. It looks good on a full laptop screen.

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3) Home and Decor

This is a site which has their own magazine too. Not too unfamiliar. Most of my generation should know their sleek magazines. Their website is well organised with chockfull of interior designed photos.

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4) Lookbox Living

Quite similar to Home and Decor. Loads of interior designer photos. Good for inspiration. I like it that you can browse by Type of housing.

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5) Facebook

This is by far one of the quickest methods to generate ideas too. Facebook is pretty much part of my life and once I start “liking” a few interior design and vendors’ facebook pages, the clever Facebook predictive advertiser will propose many similar pages.

No particular Facebook page caught my eye; but I did “steal” some ideas off their shared photos. Open-mouthed smile


And so we kinda of researched what we liked. I was really torn on practicality versus the aesthetics. Due to time and finance constraints, we bought a 3 bedroom to fit in the entire family which is quite a stretch in space. I wished for a million design ideas that I so adorned. But the husband kept bringing me back to reality with our very tight space constraints and our “treasure mountain” (a.k.a loads of accumulated junk possessions).

In the end, we did not finalise on any particular genre of design. I like a mix of industrial, Scandinavian and modern look; yet sometimes drifting into the cottage/homely feel. But fundamentally, we prefer a timeless look (save money!). I wished I have a few houses or rooms to design different looks! The husband just want things to be packed in and place to look bright. Simple. Open-mouthed smile Is. Good.

We pieced everything together and the look is … well… a mix of what I mentioned above! haaa… Let’s just say, I ain’t no designer but it is cozy enough to stay in and contain the mess while our children grow up. Smile

Next up – have a peek into the decoration of the kids’ room!

If you are interested, here’s our first post on Home and Decor – Key Collection and Defects Check.

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“Agar Agar” Door stopper from Supermama. So good you can even eat it on it’s own! Open-mouthed smile

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