House to Home Column: A mini makeover to lift our spirits

Interiors-obsessed blogger Becky Pink shows how just a splash of paint can brighten up your living room during one of the saddest times of the year.

Taking the Christmas decorations down in January is one of the saddest times of the year for me – do you feel the same?

This year, I’ve taken steps to banish that sad feeling. Our lounge is mainly grey, white and black, so I wanted to inject a little pop of colour to one wall.

This mini makeover also coincided with the arrival of a much-needed new sofa.

I didn’t want to paint the whole wall pink (that would be too over the top, even for me!) so I used Frog tape to section off the area I wanted to colour.

I measured the height from the floor, and then used a spirit level to make sure the line was straight and level.

Next, I mixed my paint to the right shade. We had an almost-full can of Rose Quartz paint from our kitchen, which looked awful when we got it on the wall.

I mixed in quite a lot of white emulsion until I got the shade I wanted. I painted on two coats, and peeled off the Frog tape before the second layer dried.

This is very important – if you leave it to dry before peeling off, you don’t get a crisp edge. This mini makeover cost us a grand total of £0, as I used things we already had in the garage.

Isn’t it amazing what a bit of paint can do?

I also added some homemade winter wreaths. You can find a tutorial on my blog at if you’d like to make some for yourself.

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This column was published in the January 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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