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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Dulux Bedroom in a box review

We were recently send a Dulux Bedroom in-a-box to review. I chose the jungle adventure pack because our children share a bedroom so I didn't want it to be gender specific. It was also not too young for a three and a five year old, which was perfect for my two.
We are moving in with my Grandma in a couple of weeks to care for her and there are only two bedrooms currently, including hers (although it is a B&B but we can't live in the guest rooms). We have been decorating the attic and clearing the place up so that the children can have space up there. The main attic room will be their bedroom and the area outside that room will be their playroom. The main attic room is large, but has sloping ceilings and no real main wall, so when it came to decorating using the Dulux Bedroom in a Box kit, I decided to use it on what will be their playroom because we would get the most out of the mural. The walls were covered in woodchip and it took around two days to clear the walls of the wallpaper.

Decorating before

Once the wallpaper had gone, we had to line all bar one of the walls with lining paper. Again, this took a long time, and in actual fact, I haven't yet finished lining one of the walls. It's frustrating because each panel of wallpaper is on a steep slope of the roof, so it makes it more difficult. We are also constrained by time as I am only able to be up there decorating within school hours. It is also hard because I keep having to pop down the two flights of stairs to check on my grandma, and to take B&B bookings. My mum has helped out hugely, but now she has gone home, which has also slowed my progress.

Stripped walls

Once the walls were lined, it left it clear for me to wallpaper the walltastic mural and to paint the wall next to it. The mural came in sheets of 12 and had easy to see markers on them so that it was possible to line them up correctly and that they would still be in line once they had dried and shrunk. The only downside I found with the mural was that it needed to be applied from the top left to the bottom right. As you can see, I wasn't able to put the top left panel first because I had to cut that out. So I had to start with the bottom right and just leave edges off so that I could slide the next panel on. I found the wallpaper really easy to apply, but I do really enjoy wallpapering.

walltastic mural

The paint is a light green which I have to admit that I wouldn't have chosen myself, but it looks fantastic. It's a lovely pale colour. It's nice to go with something specifically chosen to compliment each other because you know that it's going to look good. I have ordered some IKEA leaf canopies to go on one of the walls to add to the jungle theme. I have also found some toy storage in the same light green colour and those should be arriving this week.

Finished wall

I have now finished three walls of the bedroom. I really like the colour of the gloss paint and I was impressed that the gloss washed out of the brushes really easily.

We haven't yet shown the children the room, because it isn't completely finished yet and I really want it to be a surprise. I am hoping that I can have it finished in the next week. Then we need to get some carpet before we move in.

I love the idea of a bedroom in a box. Everything we needed for the final decorating stage was in one place, including brushes. The packaging was really neat and everything slotted into place really easily. The paint spread well and I have lots of the gloss paint leftover which I can now use inside the children's bedroom!

The box is priced at £70 which I think is really good value for redecorating a bedroom. It contains:
A walltastic Jungle Adventure Mural
Dulux Matt 2.5L Willow Tree
Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood 750ml Jasmine White
Polycell Maximum Strength Wallpaper Adhesive
8ft x 10ft
96" x 120"
2.44m x 3.05m

The box contains enough product to cover a room that is 3.5m square.

If, like me, the space for the mural is smaller than 8ft by 10ft, then you can always use the spare bits as pictures in frames on the green wall. I would highly recommend the bedroom in a box if you are thinking of redecorating your children's bedroom.


Disclosure: We were provided with a Bedroom in a Box for the purposes of this review by Dulux and Tots100. You can find out more about the Bedroom in a Box range on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Pinterest.

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