How to create a vintage floral-inspired kids room with gelato hues

A room filled with vintage-inspired floral motifs is bound to make any little girl smile. Here’s how to get the look at home.

Project: Floral headboard

Transform your child’s bed with a bit of petal power. This floral-inspired headboard is an easy one-day DIY job. To start, measure and mark the size and shape of the headboard on the wall with pencil, ours is 120cm wide x 150cm high.

Then, outline the shape with masking tape. Paint inside the taped area with Resene SpaceCote low sheen paint, we used Resene Glamour Puss. You’ll need to do two coats for best coverage. When the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the masking tape.

Now comes the fun part – painting the flowers. We created a cluster of blooms that fall across the top corner of the headboard, but this design decision is completely up to you. Whichever design you choose to go with, pencil the flowers in before you paint them (you can always remove the pencil lines with an eraser at the end).

Project: Table and stools

To upcycle a kids’ table and stool set, begin by lightly sanding all the surfaces.

Wipe them down with a damp cloth, and then apply two coats of Resene Lustacryl paint – we chose Resene Guggenheim for the table and Resene Glamour Puss and Resene Melting Moment for the stools.

When they are completely dry, lightly pencil daisy designs on the seats and table top, and then paint.


PAINT Walls: Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Sauvignon. Floor: Resene Walk-on in Resene Sauvignon. Headboard: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Glamour Puss. Flowers: Resene Glamour Puss, Resene Wax Flower, Resene Guggenheim, Resene Melting Moment and Resene Chardonnay. Bench seat: Resene Japonica. Bedside table: Resene Wax Flower. Table: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Guggenheim. Stools: Resene Lustacryl in Resene Glamour Puss and Resene Melting Moment. Pendant light: Resene Melting Moment. Pencil pot: Resene Glamour Puss. Mirror: Resene Chardonnay. Cabinets: Resene Gelato and Resene Japonica.

CREDITS Hampton Stripe linen euro pillowcases in Blush, $89.99 (set of 2), from EziBuy. Little Wild Flower pillowcase, $16.99, double duvet cover, $129.99, Fairy bunny, $49.99, and Flower power cushion $32.99, all from Adairs. Artificial meadow daisy bunch, $9, daisy bag $9, and Jersey fitted sheet set in pink, $15, all from Kmart.

Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens Photography by: Wendy Fenwick

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