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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or our baby bloggers and occasionally we accept guest posts. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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New Year : New Projects : How to update a room in 5 easy steps

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The new year always brings the need to clean, declutter and refresh. I don't necessarily subscribe to the New Year : New You philosophy but I do like the idea of starting the new year afresh.

I would really like a new kitchen but sometimes I have to reel myself in and realise that my cooking skills don't necessarily need a mitchelin star grade work space, although some new pots and pans  wouldn't go amiss after having mine for (ahem) some years. Buying new saucepans and a few accessories can't necessarily help my cooking skills but changing a few little things in the kitchen, or indeed any room in the house can make a massive difference. So here are my 5 top tips for achieving a new look in 5 easy steps.

1. Choose a colour palette that the whole family can agree on. (unless you take the toddlers advice who wants everything pink). It is good to get the buy in from everyone (there is a method in this madness, trust me). Go and buy paint, talking about it is great but once you have bought the paint, it will sit there and look at you until you give in and put it on the walls.

Homebase painting 1

2. Don't wear clothes that you may want to wear again, ever. This is just a small word of advice when you have small children "helping" with the decorating.

3. Buy enough paint brushes so everyone can get involved. However, expect small children to take a different view of painting to you. <insert smiley face>

Homebase painting 2

4. Make sure you have covered everything you don't want covered in paint with a suitable dust sheet (before you start number 3). Again this is especially prevalent when you have a toddler assisting you.

5. Look despairingly at husband when toddler has created smiley faces all over the wall and ask if he can take over with the tween, while you take the toddler for a bath!

Homebase painting 3

Job done!

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  1. Oh I just love these helpful hand hints! #loveyourhome

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  2. Some great tips there. Love the smiley faces on the wall ;) #LoveYourHome

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  3. Evert time I fail to remember to wear old clothes! I always do it on the hop and ruin good clothes! :-)

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  4. Haha, I got my 3-year-old involved in painting recently and it was certainly an interesting experience! Still recovering, to be honest!

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  5. Looks like great fun! I need more people in my house for that!

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  6. great tips, looks like more fun than when we paint!

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  7. so funny! toddlers hey!

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  8. This will be me and my 12 year old son this weekend as we're finally getting around to painting his bedroom.We've gone for white so he can add different coloured accessories as he grows up.

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  9. It's the picking a paint colour we all agree on thats the problem here - if Al has his way everything would be dark colours - and I only like whites!

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  10. very good tips! If i could find the courage!

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  11. I like to do decorating at night so little fingers cannot get into it all. But it looks like you all had fun anyway and a good job was done!

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  12. I'm not sure I'd get all the family in on the decorating, especially on choosing the colour!

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  13. number 5 really made me chuckle! They do like to 'help' dont they!

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