A Master Bedroom Mini Refresh

Farmhouse Bedroom Mini Makeover | The Painted Hive

I last shared pics of my master bedroom over three and a half years ago.

Not that I think there’s anything wrong with that.

In fact, there’s actually lots that’s very right about it.

You see, when I did share those pics, I also mentioned that creating spaces with a focus on longevity is a priority for me (don’t get me wrong though, I’m not saying that three and a half years is a particularly expansive length of time, however in the world of “home” blogging having exactly the same room scheme for more than five minutes kinda equates to infinity – plus, I have had all the main pieces since 2010 and plan to have them for many more years to come).

I love the idea that my interior can stand the test of time. That it’s not dictated by trends. That I don’t tire of it after one day. And that if I do ever feel the need for a change, it’s generally as simple as a new throw pillow and maidenhair fern (#fernobsessed)!

Collected Bedroom Vignette | The Painted Hive

Vintage Vignette | The Painted Hive

All that said though, things do wear out, get relocated, and simply fail to evolve as desired in conjunction with your vision.

And that’s exactly what happened in my master bedroom.

Putting all that justifiable stuff aside however, sometimes it’s just plain fun to “play house” (something I haven’t done much of since having kids!).

This mini refresh was actually sparked by our need for a new mattress. A need which happened to coincide with a fortuitous offer from Super Amart.

We were super lucky to have the opportunity to review an Orthokinetic Cirrus mattress. An opportunity which also gave me the perfect excuse to zhoosh-up our decaying bedding (the six year old valance, quilt cover and linen throw were starting to fall apart at the seams – quite literally!) and collate some lovely new vignettes (my favourite past-time!).

Vintage Vignette | The Painted Hive

I rarely buy bedding. In fact, it’s something I pretty much reserve exclusively for my birthday. Unlike decor accents, which I generally pick-up super cheap from thrift shops or department stores, I am somewhat fussy when it comes to my linen. I don’t know what it is, I just seem to have specific “musts” in that realm. It’s not like I go out of my way to purchase expensive (to me) bedding, or that I believe a hefty price tag always equates to better quality, it’s just that Kmart doesn’t seem to sell the sheets and quilt covers I really want!

Anyhoo, to dress our new bed I used a fresh valance (in the same style as the original one – just less irrevocably stained), my gorgeous new ticking sheets (again, similar to what I previously had – just less threadbare) and a new white quilt cover (once more, not unlike the preceding one – just with fewer holes).

Farmhouse Bedroom | The Painted Hive

Rustic Bedside Cabinet | The Painted Hive

Quilted Quilt Cover | The Painted Hive

Although quilted, the doona cover is quite light-weight which is perfect for my husband, who tends to over-heat, and great for me too because I have a thing for quilted doona covers and absolutely MUST HAVE ONE – win-win! This design is really cool too. It’s a pretty damask of sorts though has a slightly distressed finish which prevents it from looking overly feminine and hides all those unwanted wrinkles!

I also opted for a different pillow configuration; horizontal standard pillows, two deep green velvet throw cushions (which I made myself with fabric from Spotlight), and a block-printed lumbar pillow (again, made by myself – you can find the stamping tutorial here).

Hand-Stamped Pillows | The Painted Hive

And to accent the green cushions and break-up all the white I took a slight risk on a sumptuous faux fur coverlet.

Faux Fur Throw Rug | The Painted Hive

I must admit, I’ve been somewhat critical of faux fur in the past though I absolutely LOVE this throw! The first night we slept with it on the bed, my husband snuggled into it and said “I feel like John Snow”. Ha, ha.

I played around with a few different dressing options; such as draping the coverlet over the end of the bed, stacking the pillows, forgoing the throw cushion, and tucking the quilt and sheet under the mattress. So, if you notice the bed is styled differently from pic to pic, that’s why.

Farmhouse Style Bedroom Refresh | The Painted Hive

All of the bedding items were birthday gifts or purchased on sale.

I’m wrapt with the fresh look of the bed, though all the pretty trimmings don’t count for much if it isn’t comfy to sleep in.

So, how do we feel about the mattress…

I must admit, it took some adjusting. We’ve never owned a decent mattress before and compared to our ten year old blob – complete with custom body divots – it felt incredibly firm, bordering on hard even. Initially, I definitely regretted our decision to go with the ‘medium’ though after a few days I began to adapt and started to feel the benefits. I’m generally a pretty good sleeper though have been through a restless patch over the past few months. I don’t know if I can attribute my recent improved slumber to the new mattress, though I have definitely been sleeping more soundly since its arrival. I can’t say it’s like sleeping on a cloud (however the price tag isn’t sky high either – ha, see what I did there?). That said, it is comfy and very supportive. A massive upgrade on our previous “blob”.

I like it. Heaps better than our old mattress.

Ahyhoo, along with the subtle changes to the bedding, I’ve also switched out the curtains.

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom | The Painted Hive

I actually did this around two years back. The original white sheers were just starting to discolour and, to be honest, the messiness of their flimsy tabs always bothered me.

I replaced the black rod and finials with a real bamboo pole and wooden drawer knobs (similar to what I did here in Charlotte’s room) and the updated drapes are the LENDA from Ikea. The LENDA come with tabs – which is fine, just not my favourite – so I simply removed them and created a basic rod pocket. I realise a rod pocket isn’t necessarily a step-up on tabs, nor is it the most sophisticated or tailored form of curtain heading, though something about it works for me in this room.

Finally, to freshen-up the general vibe, some re-accessorising was called for!

Collected Farmhouse Vignettes | The Painted Hive

I first removed all of the existing decor pieces (which wasn’t difficult given most of the accessories from the “three-and-a-half-years-ago” pics had already been relocated elsewhere in my home!).

Bedroom Before

I love working from scratch when refreshing the decor in a space. Even if you plan on using some of the existing pieces (as I did), I believe it’s still helpful to remove them first. There’s just something therapeutic about starting with a blank canvas – for me, it offers a sense of clarity and helps open my mind to new possibilities.

I wanted to retain the room’s natural, layered, slightly vintage, collected feel, so I reinstated many of the original accessories.

Bedside Drawers Vignette | The Painted Hive

Bedside Table Vignette | The Painted Hive

All of the “new” items are pieces I already owned. Nothing has been purchased specifically for the space and pretty much everything was originally thrifted.

Bedroom Collage | The Painted Hive

Sophisticated Farmhouse Master Bedroom | The Painted Hive

I know in comparison to my pics from three and a half years back, the changes appear to be quite subtle. As mentioned above though, since then many of the original items have worn out and moved on so for me the transformation is actually pretty substantial – and everything just feels so good!

Farmhouse Style Bedroom | The Painted Hive

Sheet Set: Taylor Road (Organic Ticking in Charcoal – $120 on sale)
Quilt Cover: Adairs (Botanica Matalesse in White – $140 on sale)
Faux Fur Coverlet: Bed, Bath ‘n’ Table (Arctic Fur in Possum – Gift)
Valance: Bed, Bath ‘n’ Table (Perfects Pleated – Gift)
Curtains: Ikea (LENDA in Beige – $30)
Rug: Ikea (discontinued – the LOHALS is similar)
Lamps: Early Settler (discontinued)
Green Velvet Cushions: Personal Project (fabric from Spotlight – $22 per meter on sale)
Block Printed Cushion: Personal Project (click for tutorial)
Map Headboard: Personal Project (click for tutorial)
Furniture: eBay (click to see earlier related posts)


I received no remuneration in exchange for writing this blog post however I was gifted an Orthokinetic Mattress for the purpose of a review.
All opinions are my own.

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How to Stain Timber | A Video Tutorial

If you’re a regular visitor here, you may have read snippets about this “secret” project.

Well, a few months back I was lucky to be invited to take part in and style a professional video tutorial for Feast Watson!

How to Stain Timber

It was like nothing I’ve ever done…and I loved it!

I can’t thank Feast enough for taking a chance on this “behind-the-camera” girl. I know it was probably risky for them – I just hope they think it payed off!

In around March I was asked to source an item of furniture to make-over for the video using Feast Watson Prooftint (interior wood stain). Given I was unsure of time-frames, and the fact this whole video process thing was totally new to me, I thought it best to stick with something familiar. So when I came across this worn deco style dresser on eBay for just $10 I couldn’t say no.

Dresser Makeover Before

It was almost identical to the bedside table I had previously made-over for my own bedroom.

Farmhouse Bedroom

I knew I could refresh it in a similar style and demonstrate just how powerful a stain-based make-over can be by totally transforming the look and feel of the piece.

So, that sad little chest of drawers sat in my backyard shed, waiting for someone to make it happy again. And as the weeks passed by, with no word on a production date from Feast, I was beginning to think they’d changed their minds about entrusting a novice with their precious video.

Then, I received an email!

I had around one week to fully prep my piece, select and arrange styling props for the set and purchase an appropriate outfit for the filming.

One week!

Those of you who know me, and know the pace I move at since having two kids who like to hang off my jean legs, will know this was a frightening time-frame for me!

I get that for a seasoned stylist (or a more efficient mum), one whole week is probably a lovely luxury. Though I am far from a “seasoned stylist” (or a “more efficient mum”!).

It was flailing arms time! With no professional styling experience and limited industry contacts I didn’t know where to start.

Anyhoo, after I calmed down, broke the internet and had two (okay, four) glasses of wine, things seemed slightly less daunting.

It wasn’t easy though in one week I managed to prep my piece, pull together a scheme for the set (which involved arranging the loan and logistics of several items – including a whole queen sized bed!) and buy a camera worthy “work” outfit – far more appealing than my usual paint-encrusted ensemble.

Here’s the mood board I presented…

Mood Board

At the time, I was still awaiting confirmation of all the filming specs and finalisation on the brief so obviously not everything made the final cut.

And here are some of the items I did end up using…

Classic Neutrals (Styling Props Mood Board)

Caitlyn Bed | 2 Paloma Lamp | 3 Label Pulls | 4 Bolu Rug | 5 Ticking Sheets

I can’t thank enough all the awesome brands who agreed to loan me pieces (#grateful).

The two days of filming were full-on, though also super fun and interesting. The production crew were amazing however I still felt a sense of personal responsibility – like it was somehow my job to ensure the product really shined. Of course, I realise I was merely one small cog in the machine, though that self-imposed pressure certainly created a few moments of self-doubt (I may even have been overheard mumbling “you can do this, you can do this” under my breath on more than one occasion!).

I would have loved a bit more time to perfect the final styling, though overall everything came together beautifully and I’m super pleased with the little video.

Pardon the unflattering stillshot. Apparently Feast Watson are having trouble uploading custom static images.

I don’t share much of “me” on my blog, and am a pretty private person by nature, so it’s a tad daunting putting this out there. That said, I love that you guys, especially those of you who have followed for years and become like friends to me, finally get to hear my voice (albeit a recorded one) and see me properly (well, kinda). And hopefully seeing this transformation in video form helps demonstrate just how easy the wood staining process can be and instills some confidence in those of you who might otherwise have felt a little intimidated by it.

How to Stain Wood | The Painted Hive

Have a great end to the week all.




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Ikea Curtain Hack

I know you guys think I’ve forgotten I’m supposed to be finishing the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house, though I am still working on it…and it’s sooooo nearly done!

One of the projects I’ve just crossed off the “to do” list is the window treatments.

There are three large windows (one incorporating a glass sliding door) in the space so it was a biggish job and getting it right was important.

Here they are in my initial concept renderings…

3D Concept Rendering

3D Concept Rendering - Windows

For privacy and light and climate control we started by installing simple white block-out roller blinds which blend seamlessly with the architraves.

White Roller Blind

Practical, yet not so pretty.

Roller blinds are my go-to. They are super affordable, incredibly functional and relatively streamline – which works well if you’re after a clean look. If, however, you want to create a sense of cosiness and make a bit of a statement with your window dressings, they do lack the softness and impact of some fabric treatments. So, we also decided to hang stationary drapes. These not only help temper the lines of the window frames and provide relief from all the “hard” surfaces in the space, though also work to conceal the roller blind cords and ends.

You might recall from one of my previous posts that we went with inexpensive off-the-shelf curtains from Ikea (the LENDA in beige).

Ikea Lenda Curtains

The tie-backs make them look a bit dated in this pic. We won’t be using them.

Ikea curtains are a great option. In general they are quite affordable and come in lots of simple styles which lend themselves to a myriad of schemes and are perfect for further customisation. Also, their proportions tend to be quite generous which allows for mounting them high or pooling them on the floor (if you like that look). More than that though, their ample drop also provides wiggle room for adapting the heading (with ease) if desired – which is exactly what we did!

To give our curtains a more tailored look, we decided to remove the tabs and add little rings. This was a simple matter of cutting off the existing tabs, re-hemming the top then sewing on some heading (pleat) tape.

Curtain Hook Tape

Next, to determine the right drop, we hung them on their rods (mum previously had curtains in the room so we simply used the existing ones), pinned the bases up so they just skimmed the floor then took the curtains down again and sewed-up the hems.

To further customise the panels, I also decided to add a subtle pattern in the form of a trellis stencil.

Moroccan Trellis Stencil

I bought this stencil for a project about three years ago and never got around to using it. I found it here on Etsy. The pattern’s not absolutely ideal for curtain panels though it was fun to use something I already had.

I haven’t really stenciled since I was a teenager and thought it would be cool to make my bedroom look galactic! And I’ve never used a large all-over stencil before. Though despite my initial hesitation it was actually super easy. So easy I didn’t feel it even warranted a proper tutorial, though here are the basics of what I did…

How to Stencil Curtains

1 With a curtain panel laid flat on the floor, I positioned the stencil in the center.

How To Stencil

2 Using quite a dry foam roller (I “off-loaded” excess paint by rolling it back and forth in a small paint tray), I applied a sparing amount of white acrylic craft paint.

How To Stencil Fabric

3 Once one full stencil was complete and dry to the touch (sparingly applied acrylic craft paint dries almost instantly on fabric), I lifted the stencil and re-positioned it as required, working from the center out until the whole curtain panel was complete.

Stenciled Curtain

I started quite cautiously, measuring to the center of the panel, taping down each side of the stencil and using the “registration elements” (small triangular marks you can see in one of the above pics – designed to act as a guide for accurately re-positioning the stencil). After my initial panel was complete however, I decided it wasn’t necessary to be too fussy. I stopped using tape and started guessing where the center of the panel was based on the fold lines. I also gave up using the registration elements and simply eyed the re-positioning of the stencil. It was heaps quicker and the results are identical. If I was stenciling something really prominent, like a wall, I would probably take more care, though curtains are pretty forgiving. Besides, I did want a slightly imperfect “hand-made” look anyway.

Because the curtains won’t be closed, you don’t see the stenciling in its entirety. It’s a bit of a shame because the trellis design is really cool though I do love the way that little hints of pattern peek out here and there, helping to break-up the beige and add some interest.

And I adore how the dots and squares impart a slightly tribal feel.

Stenciled Curtains

Sorry I don’t have any “full” shots…they are coming soon along with the complete room reveal!

As mentioned above, mum previously had curtains in the room so we used her existing metal rods and brackets. And to keep costs down we went with plastic rings and finials.

Yep, they’re plastic. Is that a decorating faux par? Can anyone even tell what they’re made of when they’re seven feet off the floor? I know I can’t.

Hang on then. Just pretend I never told you and no-one will ever know. Shhhh.


Catch up with all posts about this room makeover here.


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Another Over-Sized Bird Free Printable

Following this previous post (where I offered a free digital download of a large-scale heron illustration), I received a heap of requests for an additional printable to accompany the initial artwork.

Free Printable Over-Size Bird Art DIY | The Painted Hive

And of course, I could totally understand why some of your guys wanted two artworks – hung side-by-side in a long vertical space (such as above a sofa or buffet) or mounted separately to flank an item (such as a bed, cabinet or doorway), a pair of large portrait oriented artworks can create massive impact.

Living Room


Lauren Liess Dining

Botanical Art

Living Room

Ballard Designs

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Clearly something had to be done. No-one deserves to be left hanging in decor limbo!

So, I went back to the orthinolgy book where I originally found the heron illustration (I thought it was a nice idea to stick with pics from the same book) and selected a complimentary bird.

Crane Free Printable

There wasn’t much to choose from as most of the other illustrations in the book were landscape oriented though I thought this Australian Crane, with his lovely blue-grey plumage, matched beautifully.

Large Scale Free Printables Birds

How amazing would these guys look together in a room? Hello statement art!

You could mount them in inexpensive off-the-shelf frames though I also like the idea of creating simple wall charts using wood trim and string (similar to what I did here).

DIY Wall Chart

Such an easy, affordable and super effective project.

As with the heron I have completely digitally enhanced the crane (this involved removing any gutter shadowing, re-aligning the main image, tidying-up obvious blemishes and increasing the contrast, clarity and sharpness). I also edited the colours to co-ordinate with the heron and added the same subtle canvas texture so it matches perfectly.

And as with the heron I’ve also sized it conveniently to fit standard large poster frames and offered it in three handy download versions optimised for print online through; Officeworks (Australia), Office Depot (USA) and Costco (Canada) – of course, though, you can choose to have it printed through whichever service you personally prefer.

Download Crane Officeworks

Download Crane Office Depot

Download Crane Costco

Note: Remember, the image quality may appear poor on your computer monitor as the canvas texture I’ve applied can present strangely on screen due to compression. If you zoom in (magnifying glass icon at the top right of the screen) the depicted quality should improve within a few moments.

Please refer to my original heron post for full instructions and further information.

Free Printable Vintage Bird Illustration Posters | The Painted Hive



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Re-Love Project 2016

It’s that time of year again!

Do you guys remember these furniture makeovers?

Flat File Drawer Hack

Honeycomb Armoire


Well, I’m super honoured to have been invited to take part in the Feast Watson Re-Love Project again for 2016!

For anyone unfamiliar with the campaign, the Re-Love Project is a charitable collaboration between Feast Watson and Salvos Stores. The project follows seven design personalities as they each up-cycle an item of furniture, using Feast Watson timber finishing products, into a unique statement piece. Things culminate in all completed pieces being auctioned for charity.  Awesome!

Once more, there is a serious line-up of talent including the likes of Mark Tuckey (for a second year) and the teams behind Kip & Co and Norsu Interiors…just to name a few.

For those who don’t know, Feast Watson specialise in premium wood finishes, so the furniture “re-loves” must center around just that; wood. This makes for a refreshing departure from plain old paint, and provides a fun opportunity to get extra creative.

So, here’s my glorious starting point…

Re-Love Project Before

Don’t ask me what I was thinking.

I took a bit of a risk buying this big retro buffet “sight unseen” for just $5. Yep, $5!

Turns out my risk wasn’t particularly well calculated! Or perhaps it was just a little rose-tinted.

You see, I already had a plan in mind for what I wanted to do for this year’s project (it’s something a little more conventional than my previous refurbs), and this buffet seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

Only thing is, it has one or two more, er, ‘flaws’ than I initially imagined.

That’s okay though. In fact, it’s kind of exciting. I have a thinking cap and a decent pair of hands I plan to put to good use.

You with me?

Keep your fingers, and toes, crossed then. Who knows how this thing will end!

2016 Re-Love Project Designers

Be sure to follow along with all the other amazing designers involved!

The Design Hunter | Simone Barter | Norsu Interiors
Aimee Tarulli
 | Mark TuckeyKip & Co

You can also keep up-to-date with the latest in everyone’s projects directly through Feast Watson’s accounts on Instagram or Pinterest.


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