We often ask designers to tell us what small design change can make a big impact, and they almost always come back with the same answer: paint! This bedroom and bathroom makeover is proof that a few coats of paint can truly transform a space.
Photographer Caitlin Page and her husband moved into their new home in New Hampshire last Fall, and knew they wanted their space to be bright and welcoming while also sticking to a budget. As you can see from the before pictures, the dark wood paneling and old carpet meant they had a lot of work ahead of them. Armed with a paint brush and her eye for design, Caitlin gave her home a bright and cheery makeover without breaking the bank. See the transformation unfold…
“We moved into our new house in October and have been trying to make it our own since then,” says Caitlin. “Our bedroom and attached bathroom were full of terrible old carpet, dated fixtures and the darkest wood paneled walls you’ve ever seen! Our ultimate goal is to demo the whole space in a few years and put in a customized bathroom, walk-in closet and bedroom – but until then we needed a quick fix!”
“It was constantly dark in the room, even at the brightest part of the day and we actually used it as storage the first four months that we lived here – until I got my hands on it. Over the course of a month, we sanded and patched the walls and applied coat after coat of primer and paint to the walls, ceiling and subfloor.”
Paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White in Eggshell | Primer: Zinsser BIN Primer
“Each board took two coats of primer and two coats of paint.”
Rug: Home Depot | Bench: Family Heirloom
We wanted the room to be bright, welcoming and calming all while staying in the couple hundred dollar range.
Hanging Pendants: Hobby Lobby
Vanity Paint: Behr Passion Blue topped with Minwax Classic Gray Stain
“I painted the vanity (including the countertop), installed a few new faucets, frosted some windows & then decorated to my hearts content!”
Leaving the doors in their original state adds some lovely contrast to the allover white space.
We LOVE our new room! It is SO bright now, and the light that bounces around in it is exactly what we wanted! Sometimes I remember how dark it was in there and can’t believe that it’s the same room!
For more info about Caitlin’s renovation, check out her blog where you can find details about how she painted and treated her white floors and installed floating shelves in her bathroom.