By Lynn Byrne. This client has 7 kids. We worked our way through her children’s bedrooms giving several of them a complete transformation. The following shot is the “before” for the room of 2 of her little girls. The munchkins requested lots and lots of pink. My client also wanted to keep the twin beds (you see one to the right) and some matching dressers.
This is what that same view looked like when I finished the project.
Here is a close up of one of the twin beds before decorative painter Chris Sheran got at them. I instructed Chris to give the beds a bit of a “Swedish” look with grayed out white and some gold gilding to highlight the swag. Chris also used compound to replace the lost molding.
In this “before” shot, you see a door that connected to the boys’ room. I eliminated it to create space for a dresser and more floor space for play. You can see a bit of the dresser in the first “after” shot above.
Before, the closet door was neither here nor there. No one ever fully closed it and you could not fully open it because it banged into a dresser. That pine box inside the closet is an essential laundry chute down to the basement. In the after shot, you can see that the laundry chute faded away when we painted it the wall color. We solved the door problem by hanging a portiere. The dresser was repurposed for the boys’ room (A whole other transformation!). One other note: I always paint radiators the wall color (although many painters want to treat them like trim). Like the laundry chute, the radiator is much less noticeable when painted the color of the wall.
In addition, the fireplace wall got a makeover. I added sconces above the fireplace and painted the mantle, surround and hearth. The space between the sconces is empty because the homeowner wanted to search for the “perfect” work of art.
The girls were thrilled with their new space and mom loved saving money by rehabbing the old furniture.
All photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.