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Monday 24 March 2014

The Dining Room Makeover Reveal

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This post is brought to you by Taubmans Endure

I have been dying to makeover our dining room for like 50 years.

Ok slight exaggeration, but the red wall had well and truly done it’s time and needed to be retired. We have had it for at least 7 years which was probably at least 3 years too long in my opinion.  Once upon a time I loved it, a time when I was infatuated with burnt rustic colours. However these days I have been having an affair with bright colours and I have been desperately itching to attack that red wall with a bucket of paint.

Problem was I couldn’t decide on a colour.

Every time we went to the hardware store I would come home with numerous paint swatches, most of which ended up being used as gift tags or made into confetti. I just couldn't find THE colour, the colour that would sweep me off my feet and make me fall madly in love.

Shaynna Blaze the Taubmans Brand Ambassador and Colour Creative Decorater came to the rescue with this advice for me;

"In my experience, I’ve found that the secret to using colour successfully in the home is to make it personal.  Take the time to re-engage with colour and find the hues that connect with you personally.  It’s important to find colours that excite and engage you as it’s you and your family that has to live with them.  Start off by seeking inspiration for the colour palette you want to create.  This inspiration could come from nature, your favourite colours, travel, animals, your artworks and furniture and even the characteristics of your home. "
And so doing as I was told, I headed straight over to Pinterest for some inspiration. When I stumbled upon this picture I saw stars. 

THIS was it!

I had found the colour, my dream colour, but now what?

How does one even begin to figure out what that colour is or how to match it from a picture on Pinterest?

It’s pretty easy when you know about  one of the most awesome tools a home decorator can ever have in their bag of tricks – the Taubmans Paint your own Room app on their website.

First of all you upload your inspiration picture and the app will match the various colours from your picture to a colour from the Taubmans range.

Then you can use the app to virtually paint your room in your colour choices, so effectively you get to try before you buy and be confident about your colour choice and how it is going to look right in your room.
Here’s my room experiment.

After I shared this on Facebook, the vote was a unanimous "yes" to the jade colour I had fallen for and so the decision was made – Jericho Jade it was.

Now anyone who knows me in person knows that I am not the most patient person in this world *cough cough understatement*. When I want to do something, like rearrange the furniture in the house, I usually want to do it like Right Now! The fact that it is frequently after midnight when I decide to do it is just a mere detail.

This project was no different in its urgency and so the paint was ordered and the next available weekend was locked away to carry out the transformation.

I should mention about now that I am a MASSIVE The Block fan, and the whole weekend I was painting I was also pretending I was on actually a contestant on The Block.

Hey whatever floats your boat right?

I was worried about the red paint showing through so I gave the wall two coats of Taubmans primer before taking to the wall with another two coats of the Jericho Jade.

Add in the accidental chairs and a couple of new DIY neon artworks to compliment the wall colour and Wham Bam thank you Dan – the makeover was il-finito.

Umm yes in case you are wondering – those dining chairs are the ones I accidentally clicked buy now on and then also just happened to accidentally enter my credit card details to confirm my purchase… oops, my bad!

Are you feeling all inspired now to tackle your own makeover?

I hope so, because now would be the perfect time to tell you about this…

As an added incentive to get you to pick up a paintbrush and treat your home to a makeover, Taubmans are offering over a $150,000 in prizes including $500 Bunnings vouchers for the first 100 entries. And if that’s still not enough to get you moving – how about $12,500 Major cash prizes and a grand prize of a photo shoot and magazine spread of the winning interior and exterior makeovers.

All you need to do to enter is;
  • ·         Register at
  • ·         Buy a can of Taubmans Endure from Bunnings and keep your receipt
  • ·         Paint either an interior or exterior wall of your home, at least two square meters in size, using Taubmans Endure
  • ·         Upload a before and after photo of your painting project to complete your entry, by 26 April 2014

 Child’s play right? Right!

So come on my fellow block heads, find your colour and start painting! As for me I’m off to admire my new wall for 759th time and figure out which is the next room to makeover.

Let’s have one more look at the before and after shall we? Yep we shall!

*Taubmans Endure is the only interior paint with a lifetime guarantee. On top of that it has the Nanoguard technology to provide maximum protection and superior washability. Now that’s clever paint!

Do you have a room needs a little makeover in your house?
Are you brave with colour?