How to give your kid’s bedroom a mermaid-inspired makeover

Your child will have nothing but sweet dreams in this charming underwater mermaid’s bedroom. Here’s how to recreate the look yourself.

How to give your kid’s bedroom a mermaid-inspired makeover

Resene Paint Effects Medium was the perfect product to use on the wall for a dreamy, underwater feel as it creates a two-tone, washed effect. To achieve the effect, paint your base colour first (we used Resene ‘Riptide’). Once dry, take a testpot of your secondary colour (ours was Resene ‘Perfume’) and mix it into the Medium, which is a watery, milky paint. Once mixed in, simply brush it on lightly across the wall.

To create the feeling of waves, the paint was applied in a subtle swirl pattern. The finish you want is completely up to you and how you apply the Resene Paint Effects Medium to the wall. If you’d like the top colour to be more dominant, simply add more testpots to the Resene Paint Effects Medium.

Beside the bed

A bedside cabinet is always handy as kids seem to constantly collect things that need a home! This two-drawer cabinet is great for the bedside light and a book and it’s an ideal spot for storing small toys, stationery and other treasures. We transformed this natural wood cabinet from Kmart with a simple coat of paint. Because of its surface, no sealer was required; it just needed two coats of Resene paint. To make the drawers more appealing, the fronts were painted in Resene ‘Perfume’ and the rest was painted in Resene ‘Riptide’.

Play space 

If you have the room, consider adding a small table and chairs or stool set, such as this one from Mocka. To tie your scheme together choose colours from the room’s colour scheme. We used Resene ‘Riptide’ for the table and Resene ‘Hopbush’ for the stools. Enamel paint such as Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel works well here as it is hard-wearing, easy to wipe clean and won’t chip.

All the colours seen here are from the Resene Total Colour System.
Paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. or 0800 RESENE (737 363).

Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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