before & after: two bedroom makeovers


These two bedrooms were definitely in need of some TLC, and I’m glad to say that they both received a large amount of it. For this master bedroom, Alison cleverly decided to add decorative molding to the walls, and I love the mix of gray tones, high-contrast black and white and the small pop of bright pink — lovely and restful. Great work, Alison! — Kate

Time: 4–6 weeks

Cost: around $2500 to $3000

Basic Steps: I wanted to create a master bedroom retreat with cool color tones and traditional/modern elements. It needed to be livable and functional for this family with young children. The room was a very bland tract-style bedroom, so I felt it was important to create a lot of interest on the main wall. Adding the white casing to frame the nightstands and the upholstered bed really add depth and dimension to a basic wall.

The two-tone gray paint is an inexpensive way to add interest. The oversized sunburst mirror adds a little drama while remaining consistent with the soft, soothing feel of the room. I wanted to find a soft, cool toned fabric for the upholstered headboard to add a slight splash of color. Aside from that, we selected a solid white duvet cover and euro shams from Pottery Barn, and I added three custom pillows.

I think you should surround yourself with colors and textures that you really love. I think clearing out clutter and creating the proper storage in the master is key to making this space “relaxing.” Look around in magazines and blogs to find colors and furniture pieces that you like, and do your best to re-create them. The master bedroom is really the last room clients often have me help them with; I guess people feel like no one sees it so why bother? However, it’s the last room you see when you go to bed and the first thing you see when you wake up . . . sounds important to me! — Alison

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CLICK HERE to see Jenna’s bright and lovely bedroom makeover after the jump!

I’m a raw-wood fan through and through, but even I can admit that sleeping in the orange wood-paneled wonderland of Jenna’s “before” would make me a bit stir crazy. Jenna has not only lightened the space, she’s completely opened it up and relaxed it; the sunny yellow and grays look fantastic against the white, and I feel like I can actually see this room breathe a little sigh of relief. Beautiful makeover, Jenna!

Time: 2 full days

Cost: $200

Basic Steps: We wiped down the walls with a damp cloth before priming and then let them dry. The entire process took two coats of primer and two coats of paint. We painted the two coats of Killz latex primer and one
coat of white no-VOC paint, letting each coat dry completely before adding another. We found that the best strategy was to paint these first three coats with brushes; the grooves between the panels made it impossible to cover everything evenly using a roller. When it came time to add the second and final coat of paint, we used a smaller brush to get into the small spaces between the panels, and then we used a roller to give the boards their final coat because it made for a much smoother, more polished finish.

Don’t be afraid to paint wood paneling! Some people told us we should preserve the “good wood,” but my husband and I didn’t see anything good about dark wood that sucked all the light out of the room. When those same people saw the room after it was painted, they changed their minds and let us know how much they liked it. Another piece of advice I have is to enlist the help of any family and friends, stock up on caffeine and sweets, and be prepared for some long days and late nights painting. The painting was not hard, but it was very time consuming–and I definitely developed some new muscles from the up-and-down brush work! —Jenna

  1. Holly says:

    Where are the curtains from? I am looking for hopefully cheap bright yellow curtains. Gray and yellow i my favorite color combo right now!!!

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