bedroombefore and after

before & after: floor redesign + a light filled bedroom

by Kate Pruitt

I’ve never taken on the task of refinishing walls or floors before, but I’d like to think that if given the opportunity, I might follow Lucianna’s lead and attempt some kind of cool design. According to Lucianna, this old floor would not handle another sanding, so instead she decided to create a weathered diamond design using painter’s tape and a lot of patience. The results look great, especially with the newly lightened gray walls. Great transformation, Lucianna! — Kate

Time: A weekend

Cost: $6.95

Basic Steps: The old pine floor is painted with a flat interior white latex paint. Once dry, the pattern is taped and painted gray and black, alternating the diamonds. The paint is brushed on very haphazardly to keep the result looking rustic and worn. I then added two coats of poly to finish. — Lucianna

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CLICK HERE to see Marlise’s amazing light & airy bedroom makeover after the jump!

I love dark, dramatic rooms as much as the next person, but sometimes a space needs to be lightened and brightened, and there’s no better way to do that than with a heavy dose of white paint. Marlise and her husband Benjamin redesigned their entire home over the course of a month, and during that time they focused most of their attention on this gorgeous master bedroom. There are so many great design details that cozy up the space — the simple bulbs suspended over the bed, the salvaged type trays, the vintage steamer trunk — I love it all! Great work, Marlise and Benjamin!

Time: A week

Cost: $1100

Basic Steps: The transformation really started with the hardwood floors, and then the style was built around one of my favorite pieces in the master bedroom, which is the mint green steamer trunk that once belonged to my grandparents. It held their belongings when they migrated by ship from Africa to the US. The antique tiered dresser (almost like a wedding cake) is truly unique as are the old printing-press drawers that my husband Benjamin Myers painted various shades of green and hung above the bed. He’s very much into grids and lines, so painting the inside squares (that once held printing-press letters) helped to capture the antique-meets-modern look we were after. — Marlise

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