Before and After – The parlour living room after the big makeover!

dark navy walls fireplace and carver chairWhile I was painting the parlour at RedAgape last week, I remembered that I hate painting! I painted the entire inside of my home a few years ago, and I swore I’d never do it again. I guess, like childbirth, the pain of it disappeared quickly and my promise to never paint again was forgotten. The pain of it started to return when i began preparing the parlour for its makeover. The prepping and cleaning time involved with painting is easily equal to the time spent actually painting. Prepping is very important, crucial really, and it’s a big part of why I hate painting. The taping up of skirts, doorways and windows, as well as covering furniture and floors, is super time consuming.

parlour makeover before and afterHere are my top tips for painting –
1. If you can afford it, hire a painter to do the job for you. No, i’m not joking. 🙂
2. If you choose to paint yourself, prepping is crucial for a quality finish and less mess. Use drop sheets and take the time to tape up properly.
3. Don’t paint at night, especially dark colours. After an undercoat and two coats of navy I thought I was finished. Unfortunately, the next day in the morning light I could see a few patchy areas and I knew another coat was needed.
4. Use a cutting in tool for the edges. This saves soooo much time and gives a nice clean edge. I used one of these when I painted years ago, but I forgot this time around. I used it for the final coat and i was kicking myself for not using it sooner.
5. Wear old clothes and a head scarf. I’m still picking blue paint out of my hair five days after the final coat.
parlour makeover before and after

Okay – whinging over. As much as I dislike painting I do love how paint can completely transform a room. I love the new colour in the parlour.  It really feels like it was always meant to be a dark and cozy room. I’m planning on adding more wall decor behind the lounge, but for now I’m completely happy with the outcome. Not to mention, just plain thrilled I’m finished.

parlour gold wall decor hung on dark walls gold antique framed painting

I really love the gold wall decor against the dark navy. There were so many beautiful rooms on pinterest that used the gold and navy combination. You can see other rooms here. I’m going to add more wall decor behind the chesterfield (as i find treasures) to create a wall display.

plate display on dark wallsThis old gold framed convex mirror is definitely one of my favourite things in the room. I love the way it reflects the opposite side of the room almost in entirety. antique gold framed convex mirrorI was pleasantly surprised with how the chesterfield looked against the dark navy. I think they compliment each other nicely. With the gas fire now installed the parlour is now a cozy and inviting room to relax in during the evening.
parlour before and after chesterfieldparlour makeover dark navy walls



  1. October 1, 2013 / 10:32 am

    Love love love the colour change! So rich and classic I love the navy!!!!

  2. Jo Otto
    October 1, 2013 / 11:38 am

    Love love love the Parlour Mandy… You continue to impress me – the navy is perfect! xxx

    • October 1, 2013 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Jo. I’m very impressive! 😉

    • October 1, 2013 / 2:39 pm

      Haha! Thanks for your enthusiasm. I love the colour of the chesterfield against the blue too. 🙂

  3. October 1, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    LOVE the new colour!! The room looks so rich and cozy. That’s the perfect navy, good call on the change 🙂

    • October 1, 2013 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks Steph! I always appreciate your feedback. 🙂

    • October 2, 2013 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you. It turned out almost exactly as I pictured it in my head. I probably wouldn’t have been brave enough to try it if I hadn’t seen so many good examples on Pinterest. 🙂

  4. October 1, 2013 / 7:39 pm

    das ist wunderbar! (and greetings from berlin) – edwina

    • October 2, 2013 / 3:28 pm

      Ha! Thank you Edwina. It means all the more coming from Berlin!

  5. October 1, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    It’s perfect! I was thinking ‘a leather tufted sofa would be perfect’ and then pouf! There it was in your photo!

    • October 2, 2013 / 3:37 pm

      Now if anyone would know about sofas it’s you! I love my chesterfield and it’s funny that I didn’t really factor it in when planning the makeover. Luckily, it looks great! 🙂

  6. October 2, 2013 / 1:15 am

    That navy is so rich! I totally agree with you about hiring a painter – ugh, I hate painting walls!!

    • October 2, 2013 / 3:38 pm

      I know right?! The agony!! Thank goodness it turned out as planned because painting over it would have been a nightmare. 🙂

    October 3, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    Just perfect Mandy. Oh! bye the bye I just love painting would you believe it, so anytime……….. just call me. And yes it is all in the preparation. Luv Julie

    • October 4, 2013 / 9:25 am

      Thanks Julie, but I don’t have anymore painting projects coming up….thank goodness! 🙂

  8. October 6, 2013 / 1:12 am

    You are so right about the sofa and the dark navy wall. Absolutely love this room. It looks cosy and very classy. Well-done!Bests Monx

    • October 8, 2013 / 2:58 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I’ve already found some more treasures to hang on the wall. I’ll post when I’ve taken some pics! 🙂

  9. Ilovevintage
    October 8, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    I love your blog and definately loving this colour scheme! Such a talented lady.

    • October 8, 2013 / 2:59 pm

      Oh thank you! I really appreciate the positive feedback. I think this is the room that I’m most proud of because I took such a risk. 🙂

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