For a young girl who is obsessed with ponies, could a hot-pink, horse-theme bedroom sound any dreamier? Start with a painted bedhead on the wall, then make a stamped quilt cover and pillowcase set, knock together a place to display show-ribbons and get hands-on to revamp a chest of drawers.
Gather your supplies
• Large sheet of paper A0 size (or join A4 paper with tape)
• Dulux Wash & Wear Low Sheen in White On White (optional) and Lickedy Lick
You’ll also need Scissors; Blu-Tack; pencil; marker pen; ruler; drop sheet; Dulux 1 Step Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat; eraser; painting tools; painter’s tape (optional)
1. These measurements suit a standard-size single bed. Adjust size to suit your project, if necessary.
2. If you want to skip the sketching in Step 2, take the Horse Bedhead Diagram to Officeworks and have it enlarged onto A0 paper in your desired size.
Step 1 On large sheet of paper, use pencil and ruler to mark up a 100 x 100mm grid.
Step 2 Using Horse Bedhead Diagram as a guide, sketch up shape on grid by drawing what appears in each square in the diagram on the grid you have drawn. Once happy with sketch, darken lines with marker pen.
Step 3 If you have joined paper to make a large sheet, make sure it’s well-taped together. Cut out template using scissors.
Step 4 Wall to be painted needs to be clean and dry, free of dust and debris. If it’s in good order and already painted crisp white, you don’t need to prime or paint it. Otherwise, lay out drop sheet to catch splatters and paint wall with Dulux 1 Step. Let dry. Paint local section of bedhead in 2 coats of White on White. Let dry after each coat.
Step 5 Marking template on wall is a 2-step process. First, with head of horse facing 1 direction, use Blu-Tack to hold template on wall while you lightly trace around it with pencil. Unstick template, remove Blue-Tack, flip template so head is facing opposite direction and re-stick to wall. Trace around template with pencil, joining lines at centre.
Step 6 Make any adjustments to marked up design using pencil. Rub away any unnecessary lines with eraser. Using paintbrush and Lickedy Lick, paint around marked design, taking care to cut into detailed areas. Let dry. If necessary, apply second coat.
Step 7 To prepare rest of feature wall, cut in at ceiling, along bordering walls, skirting and around power switches and outlets. For sharply painted lines, you may wish to apply painter’s tape beforehand if you are not confident at cutting in. Use roller to paint body of feature wall with 2-3 coats of Lickedy Lick. Let dry after each coat.