Home and Decor Part 5– Kids’ room makeover with Nippon Paint (Final look!)

Previously, we showed you the meticulous work by the Nippon Paint painters. Here’s the end result after we bought new furniture and deck up the kids’ room! Smile

The boys have been sleeping on mattresses without frames ever since they were babies. The main reason is safety – both boys fell and rolled off our adult beds before – thus the decision to use mattresses on the floors.

But Ethen had been asking for a “proper” bed since he is growing up. We did have a “fire engine” pull-out dual bed before, but it didn’t work out. So we gave it away.

This time, we bought a 2-in-1 single “adult” bed; hoping it will last longer.

I choose a white colored bedframe despite knowing the boys might dirtied them. Just because it matched the colors of the painted walls. Open-mouthed smile

Here’s the final look of the boys’ room; simple and functional:

Pull-out bed with white bed frames for the boys. Bed sheets from King Koil Warehouse Sale. And a colourful TASTRUP carpet from Ikea as the weight of the bed put dents onto the floor.

I love the white frame against the Momento Special Effects Series of paint by Nippon Paint. And kids’ room has the liberty of adding pops of colors! Smile

At one of the corners, we recycled the brown IKEA book shelf from our old place as it was still well maintained. Ethen loves to read so the book shelf is constantly filled with many books to encourage the boys to pick up a book easily.

I bought a wooden clock with the face of a map because Ethen enjoys identifying places in the world. The wooden block puzzle toys are from our Taiwan trip – a gift from my mother to the boys.

For the wall which was painted with Nippon Odourless Paint in “Raindrop” color – I put up white photo frames with recent photos taken by Tomato Photography.
Instead of buying a picture, I D.I.Y a watercolor calligraphy quote. First attempt – thus the “raw” and “impromptu” look. Open-mouthed smile But maybe more meaningful than a store-bought painting? Smile

And that’s the final look of the kids’ room.

Made possible together with Nippon Paint! Smile

If you are looking to paint your new place or spruce up your current house before Christmas/New Year, do take advantage of Nippon Paint’s promotion with savings more than $900 and stand a chance to win a staycation! More details on Nippon Paint’s website.


Another cool thing to share: Nippon Paint had developed an application “Colour Visualizer” which is available for Free on iOS and Android. You can take a photo of the room/wall that you are planning to paint and choose from a wide range of color selections. Thereafter you can “paint” the walls virtually to see how they turn out.

Nippon hopes this will help owners to “visualize” the colors prior to painting and make informed decisions on matching furniture too.

Try it out today! Smile

N.B: This is part 2 of a 2 part-series of a collaboration with Nippon Paint’s painting services. Photos and opinions are writer’s own unless credited.

Read more on our Home and Decor Series here:

Part 1 Keys Collection and Defects Check

Part 2 Useful Home Renovation websites and apps

Part 3 Renovation Ideas for kids’ rooms with Nippon Paint

Part 4 Dressing up your walls and glass doors with Decals by Decorette

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Home and Decor (Part 4)–Dressing up your walls and glass doors with Decals by Decorette

Decals are not a new thing. But they change their form and shapes as vendors get creative with the changing time.

In our previous place, we had this really huge wall decal of “Gaia” which is still standing today. I find it timeless to use decals if the designs are clean-cut and not too cheesy.

When we moved into the new place, there are a massive number of glass doors! Then again, it is the new norm. As the average sizes of apartments get smaller in Singapore, architects made use of glass to allow more natural light and at the same time, create spatial division of the usage of space without a wall.

I like glass but I dislike crashing into them!

More than once, I had people “walking through” my kitchen glass doors. It is not funny.

Our tiny kitchen – when we first collected the keys.

So we decided to look for decals which can add some character to the interior design and prevent accidents too.

After a long search on the Internet, I found Decorette – a local online shop – which stocks some really interesting designs. From Decorette, I learnt a thing or two about decals vs stickers.

The below information are from Decorette’s FAQ page which provided a very good summary of vinyl die-cut decals vs stickers/non die-cut decals.

“Vinyl wall decals (not just any type of decals) are graphic cut outs using self-adhesive coloured vinyls. They are intricately cut by machine (not printed with ink) followed by the removal of the negative space, leaving only the design itself to be installed. Unlike printed decals where the graphics are ink printed onto a clear or white vinyl backing, die-cut decals do not come with any backing. Instead, your wall colour (or glass) serves as the background giving a clean, seamless and professionally painted effect.”

Still not clear enough? Simply-put: Die-cut vinyl decals are of a better quality, more lasting and gives a clean look unlike stickers. Naturally, their prices are a little higher than stickers or low-grade decals.

For more information, do check out Decorette’s FAQ page and Behind the Scene to understand the difference in quality.

Beside the assurance in quality, the main thing that attracted me was the Uniquely Singapore decals.

It tells of my age, I think. Open-mouthed smile

After spending 2 years flying around the world and hearing foreigners asking if Singapore is part of China?!, I am even more drawn to This-is-Home-Truly. I appreciate the uniqueness of our little red dot, the “rojak” (mixed) style of residents and even the Singlish we are famous for.

Decorette has been around for 8 years. 2 years ago, the folks behind it revamped the way decals look and feel. They conceptualised Uniquely Singapore collections decals which I fell in love with.

Look at these:

Fancy Gems – our ubiquitous, old-charm gem biscuits! These look so daintily cute in a kids’ room.  You can customise the colors accordingly.
Another one of my favourite – Peranakan Tiles. There are 2 designs (rose and lotus) and you can customise the colors. This a good alternative for those who love tiles and can’t use tiles in their place (read:ME!).
My absolute favourite – Kopitam Talk. Or maybe it’s a tie with Fancy Gems. Open-mouthed smile This screams SINGAPORE! Even though most coffee shops do not have such a menu, you will hear shouts of all those drinks orders “thundering” through the kopitams in Singapore.
Singlish – how can you leave Singapore without a souvenir LAH? Smile  Great gift idea for that foreigner friend who is relocating or the overseas Singaporean who missed home!

Besides “Uniquely Singapore” decals, Decorette also specialise in customised designs for corporations,  monograms and text/quotes/wordings. In a nutshell, they can do anything you can dream of. Almost. Smile More designs selections are available on their newly revamped website.

Scallop Monogram – If I have a girl, I would love this for the nursery room. Too sweet.
For the Christians, they stock several designs of bible verses or you can customise one with your favourite verse.
Customised wall decal design for one of Decorette’s corporate clients.

After meeting up with Decorette’s bosses, I found out that they are revolutionizing the world of decals. From catering to the end-users with DIY good quality decals, they are also taking on projects to customise designs and engage in branding for individuals and businesses. It helped that both of them – Catherine and Brandon – came from a marketing and branding background. They are strong in communications, design and branding from a business angle and are able to tailor make designs to suit various set-ups or your home.

Decals are actually highly versatile and can be used in many ways on different smooth surfaces such as floors, doors, walls, glass, mirrors and even ceilings. In my case, I needed decals urgently for my glass surfaces in the kitchen and yard. We had a great conversation on the designs and they kindly came in person to install them!

Here are some details to share if you are going to D.I.Y installing decals yourself:

1) Know your surfaces

There are 2 ways to install decals on glass – wet and dry. In my case,  the Decorette team applied the dry method as the decals are not large. For newly painted walls, it will be ideal to stick decals after 30 days so that the paint had “rested” and the decals will adhere properly. Catherine advised that she also give out sample stickers to clients who are not sure if their walls are suitable surfaces. Some wall paints have Teflon substance (non-stick material) and thus decals might warp or not adhere.

Installation of Peranakan tiles decals onto the kitchen glass divider. Usage of simple material such as masking tape to hold the decals in place while you position/adjust them.

2) Follow the instructions

There are clear instructions on DIY pasting of decals on glass and wall surfaces. You can also watch the videos or read the instructions on Decorette’s website for a better idea. Follow the instructions and you will be an expert in no time. Brandon mentioned that some of his clients made it into a family bonding activity and allowed their children to help out with the easier applications. Sounds fun. Smile

Step-by-step decal pasting on glass surface.
Brandon used the same technique of securing the decal using masking tape and using a squeegee or an old credit card to smooth out the air bubbles.
After determining the position of the decal, I had the easy task of removing the transfer tape; thanks to the high-grade properties of the European vinyl material. Imagine trying to peel off one letter at a time?! *horrors* !

3) Be Creative!

It is really just plain walls and glass when you first start off. Beside customisation, you can play around with the pre-designed decals too. For example, Fancy Gems come in separate “biscuits” and “sugar toppings”. It is up to your creativity if you want to create a free-form, structured, around-the-border or even a vertical design.

We went with the same design shown on Decorette because I liked it. Smile

Printed “Fancy Gems” decals prior to cutting
Thanks to Catherine, she prepared a cardboard piece with exact cut-out squares for the Fancy Gem biscuits. You can prepare this easily with an used cardboard or mahjong paper. Alternatively, if you prefer to have a free form design, you can let your kids have a hand in pasting them. Smile
The biscuits are pasted onto each square and replicated throughout the entire glass.
After the sugar toppings are added, Taa Daaa! You get Fancy Gems in cool yummy shades of green and white.

Altogether, Decorette’s team installed 3 different glass decals for my tiny kitchen. The theme is Uniquely Singapore no less! Smile Here are some before/after shots:

Kitchen Glass Divider:

Catherine recommended Peranakan Tiles in Ivory and White to match the colors in our house. If I had more surfaces to play with, I would have chosen bright colors as Peranakan colors are always so vivid and bright! Decorette has a really colorful color chart to chose from. By the way, my tiny kitchen is normally not that neat! So the tiles served a dual purpose to hide the mess behind the glass. Open-mouthed smile


Glass yard door:

Fancy Gems will work really sweetly on the wall of a baby or girl’s room. But I think the nostalgic gem biscuits add a quirky and unexpected look on the yard glass door which is just next to the kitchen. A fun reminder of my childhood favourite biscuits. Smile Once again, the dual purpose of hiding some of the mess and prevent accidental crashes into the transparent door!


Kitchen glass door:

This is the most “dangerous” glass door as I had guests who really “walked-through” the door~! with bumps on their heads!

Koptiam – this has got to be my favourite of all. When I posted this photo on Instagram, many of my friends thought that I really opened a new koptiam or cafe!

This classic piece showcased Singapore’s dialect and our coffee shop culture. I really loved its character.


And so, my kitchen is now “transformed” into Uniquely Singapore! Thanks to Decorette. Though I didn’t get a chance to use their decals on wall surfaces, I believed the good experience will be replicated.

I was very impressed with the conceptualisation, intricate design and careful thoughts which Decorette’s team put into each of their decals and especially so for the Uniquely Singapore series. From intense research work to product design and customisation, Brandon and Catherine are personally involved to ensure that their decals are of high quality. Of course, the fact about design is that it can always evolve. But the good thing is, these decals are easily removable from various surfaces and you can change to new designs whenever you changed your mind. Smile

For now, let me sit back, relax over a “Teh C” – my default local drink. Smile

For those who are interested in decals, do support our local business!


Website: www.decorettestore.com

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Good news No.1: Decorette is kindly giving Evespiration’s readers a special 15% off decals from their online store (not applicable for customised decals and installation service) by quoting promo code EVESPIRATION. This will be valid until 31 December 2016.

Good news No. 2: GIVEAWAY!

If you like the “KOPITAM” decal as much as I do, here’s a chance to win one!

Decorette is happy to giveaway one KOPITIAM decal (a different color can be chosen).

Enter this giveaway through the Rafflecopter link below:

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N.B: We were kindly blessed with the above mentioned vinyl decals from Decorette; of which I honestly would have purchased them nonetheless. All opinions and images are writer’s own unless credited with links.

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Home and Decor (Part 3)– Renovation ideas for kids’ rooms–with Nippon Paint

Kids’ rooms are the most whimsical rooms to design. From welcoming a baby to a toddler to growing child to a teen, I so love kids’ rooms – it’s really just up to imagination!

Everything is possible in a kids’ room. Nothing is out of place yet everything might be out of (their) designated space! haa..

Boredpanda has 22 creative ideas for kids’ rooms which looks more probable for big spaces. But the ideas are really so creative.

Here is one which I had a good laugh about.

“When you give your kids a thousand stickers, see what they came up with” (Images from Boredpanda):




I have also seen interesting and practical ideas from Project Nursery and Project Junior – loads of lovely decoration ideas for kids’ rooms.

Here are 10 design trends for 2016 from Project Junior which I liked: (All images are from Project Junior)





Due to space constraint, we decided to let the 2 boys share the same room for a few more years. And so we need a very practical room to accommodate their clothes, books and beddings.  Toys and study items are out of this room as there aren’t enough space and we prefer the sleeping area to be clutter-free.

Here are some ideas on shared rooms from HGTV. But once again, Singapore’s condo space are notoriously getting smaller and smaller. So some ideas might not be workable in the limited condo room sizes; unless of course you purchased some luxurious upmarket condo. Smile

Images below taken from HGTV. How I wished the kids’ room looked that “picture-perfect” all the time! (#wishfulthinking!):






Initially we wanted to wallpaper the kids’ room as this is one of the easiest way to add colors and designs to the walls. But the thought of 2 active boys inevitably tearing the wallpaper with their somersaults made us think twice, thrice.

Eventually, Nippon Paint came to our rescue!

As I was researching on ideas for the walls, I saw these Momento painting services on Nippon Paint website. These days, paints can be so creative!

I was very impressed with what paint can actually do to plain walls!

Thus it was timely when Nippon Paint proposed to work together to paint the kids’ room. They promptly arrived for a pre-painting on-site consultation.

Alan – one of their “paint manager”, came with color charts and analyse the condition of the walls and the lighting in the room before recommending one of the walls to be painted in alternate stripes. I do love the stripes painting design (maybe it’s a girl’s thing?) but the husband felt that we should be bolder and opt for the Momento series.

There is something about stripped walls which I liked. But we decided to go with Momento special effect paints in the end. Image from Nippon Paint

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Alan with the Momento Special Effect Paint Color Catalogue.

Some inspirations from the Momento Special Effect Paint Color Book:

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As it’s a boys’ room and it is naturally shaded from the sun, we decided to go with blue or purple. After consultation with Alan and Nippon Paint’s helpful marketing team, we finalized on the Cloud Pearl Enhancer Series. The base coat is Purple Edge 5203D and will be glazed over with Clear Skies CP179. We went with Alan’s suggestion of a solid color – Raindrop 1160 – for the other wall.

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Though we had a coat of white paint on the ceiling done by our contractor’s painter, Nippon Paint decided to paint the ceiling and false ceiling as well so that everything is more even. I really appreciated that because sadly our contractor’s painter didn’t do a thorough job with our paint work. I came to realise the clear difference between paying good money for professional painters versus the “painters-by-the-street”. For example, a base coat or primer can be critical for the eventual smoothness of walls too. This is possibly the same reason why make-up artists recommend using a base/primer before applying foundation to our faces. Smile with tongue out

Preparing the surface with a primer paint/sealer prior to the actual paint work is an essential step which most painters and home owners might opt out due to cost. However, after comparing the paint work done in the kids’ room and the rest of the house, I really regretting not hiring a professional painting service from Nippon Paint for the whole house.

Here’s sharing how Nippon Paint transformed the walls.

On the day of the painting, the painter did a detailed job by protecting the furniture and skirting in the room. They also removed the venetian blinds which were mounted next to the windows. And not forgetting to secure the wall/window edges with masking tapes. The entire window is also tapped up so that no wind comes in to affect the paint work. The poor guy really sweat it out in the room – tough job!

The painter with his paints and tools.
Removing the venetian blinds which were already mounted.
Masking tapes along the skirting and a clear protective sheet pasted along the tapes to protect the floor.
Protecting the ceiling fan
Not forgetting the aircon unit.

If you are not on-site when your contractor’s painter does his job, you might not know what type of paint he is giving you. It is strongly recommended to be present during the painting job or get a trustworthy team on it.

I was pleasantly surprised that Nippon Paint provides training and “spot check” on their painter vendors. They do not have a painting team per se; but they procure good painters as partners and work closely with them to ensure their products are executed correctly and efficiently. In the event of any disputes, if you engage a designated Nippon Paint partnered-painter/painting company, Nippon Paint can step in to help mediate. I totally dislike calling painters to come back for repainting as they tend to give me a patchy job.

Look out for the uniformed Nippon Paint guys to distinguish the professional painters.

Anyway. I digress.

And so our painter for the day started with Nippon Paint 5101 Odour-less Water-Based Wall Sealer. This is a low-odour solution to prepare the walls and prevent deterioration of emulsion paints. It also has anti-fungal and algae resistant properties.

Painter starting with a sealer paint. Notice that he is wearing a bedroom slipper? I thought that is really pro. He will use the slipper when he is in the room and remove when he is out; so that his feet will not be stained with any stray paint which might stain the rest of the house.

Thereafter he went on with Nippon Paint Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White Paint. This is en environmentally friendly green emulsion paint which is non-toxic, does not contain lead, mercury and other heavy metals. It is especially formulated for ceilings and walls especially near damp areas such as kitchen, bathrooms and area around air-conditioner.

Carefully painting around the down lights.

Lastly, he used the 2 main colors for the walls. He did 2 coats of the colored paints; allowing at least 1 hour of drying time before proceeding with the second coat.

Base Coat – Purple Edge – on the feature wall.
The lighter shade on the other wall  – Raindrop.

And that’s it for the painter’s job after removing most of the masking tapes, protective sheet and restoring the furniture’s location.

There is another lady who came in shortly after the walls are dry to work on the Momento special effects. There are a group of trained painters who focus solely on creating Momento Special Effects as they are specially trained with advanced creative painting techniques.

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Starting from one corner of the wall, Jen – the female “artist” – worked swiftly across and downwards. She deployed very quick and strong strokes with the special effects paint. It is almost like painting on a canvas to me. Something I would love to try on my own! Though I am not sure if I can achieve the same result! hahaha…

Jen working from top-down and across.
Artist at work.

On our wall, she used a “quick-strokes” technique as I requested a “cloudy” feel. It is actually more tedious than it looked. Jen had to work fast otherwise the paint will dry off and she won’t be able to blend the strokes. As such, each wall is unique. It really depends on which “artist-painter” you are assigned to. Of course you can also request to work with specific painters if you know any. Jen provides her services at Prestige Painting. I like some of her works found on the site’s gallery (photos taken from Prestige Painting):

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Mossy Shine – OP 299. Cost of painting this wall: $660 at 60sqft.
Smoke Pillar ME 044. Cost of painting this wall: $1200 at 150sqft.

As you can see, instead of a traditional feature wall TV console, creating a painted wall can be a good alternative.

A closer look on how the special effects paint is being layered onto the base paint.
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Ta-da! The finished product!
The finished special effects feature wall! (with natural lighting).
Another angle with more of the wall. (with added indoor lighting).

We really liked this wall and how it added colors and life to an otherwise mundane plain room. I am thankful that Nippon Paint allowed us to have an eye opener on how professional painting can make a difference to the process of painting and the quality of the finished product. Due to the “odour-less” properties of the paint, there was really very little paint odour after the work was done. But because we finished up really late in the evening, I aired the room overnight and the next night, the kids moved back into the room as the smell had almost dissipated.The down-time was just a day!

If you don’t mind the mild smell, you can sleep in the room straight after the paint had dried; which is what my mother did.

If you are interested to know more about Nippon Paint services and pricing, please refer to more details on their website: http://www.nipponpaint.com.sg/professional-painting-service/. It is actually more affordable than I thought. Of course, if you compare the prices to the painter-in-the-street, Nippon Paint painting services will be slightly more expensive. But trust me, it is worth paying slightly more for the quality end product. Check out Nippon Paint website for color charts, download your favourite items to generate color ideas and call them to check out prices.

Next up, I will share how the kids’ room look like after all the beddings and furniture are in.

If you are interested to read more about our Home and Decor blog posts, check out the older posts here and here.

Till then, thanks for reading! Smile

N.B: This post is a 2 part-series, written in collaboration with Nippon Paint for painting works in the kids’ room. Photos and view points are writer’s own unless otherwise credited.

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