Talo Kahdelle blogger Helena painted her bedroom walls dark blue and cheered up her retro nightstands with a white border. Here’s how to give your bedroom a new look.

Blue bedroom with a bed
Blue bedroom with a night stand and a dog

Create an atmospheric bedroom with dark blue

Helena wanted the bedroom walls to be dynamic, but soothing.

The walls were painted with matt Joker paint, which is a safe choice for painting bedrooms. Shade M350 ink was chosen from the Feel the Color colour card. Dark walls combined with the white doors, ceiling, tall windows and other light elements in the space create a fresh feel.

“The shade is truly beautiful, sometimes it appears to be a night-sky blue and at other times it reminds me of the Fazer brand of chocolate. This is my favorite room now!"


Blue bedroom wall
Blue bedroom with a night stand

A new look for a retro nightstand

Helena painted the borders of her nightstands white using semi-matt Helmi 30 furniture paint. Helmi is a furniture paint that is proven to be safe. It allows you to easily create durable beauty on surfaces in your home.

Helena wanted a white shade to match the other furniture in the space and chose shade F497 Paper from the Feel the Color colour card. White gives the nightstands a fresh look and highlights the beautiful wood.

Blue bedroom with a night stand
Night stand before painting
Blue bedroom with a night stand
Night stand after painting
Putting the idea into practice
clean the surface

Clean the surface of the furniture using Tikkurila Maalipesu cleaning agent and allow it to dry. Make sure you follow the instructions on the package.


Sand any existing varnish layer until matt and then remove the dust with a dusting cloth.

priming the night stand

Before painting, protect any surfaces that you don’t intend to paint with suitable paper.

Apply a coat of Otex Akva adhesion primer to the furniture surface. Use a furniture paint roller. Choose a shade of primer that is close to the shade of the topcoat for better coverage. Leave to dry for 5 hours.

painting the night stand

Finish with 1-2 coats of semi-matt Helmi 30 Furniture Paint in shade F497 Paper. Additional coats of Helmi can be applied after 16 hours and usable hardness is achieved in 2-3 days. Clean your tools with water and soap, or use Tikkurila Pensselipesu tool cleaner. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label.

Blogger Helena

IDEA IMPLEMENTED BY: Talo kahdelle (House for two) blogger Helena

The “Talo kahdelle” blog follows a colorful house building project. The builders are graphic designer Helena Valtonen and her patient husband, who fortunately happens to be a carpenter. Buugi the staffie also lends a paw.

Read Helena’s thoughts on the project in her blog >>


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