Before and After Bedroom Transformation and 2016 SW Color of the Year

Before and After Bedroom Transformation and 2016 SW Color of the Year

 
shutter wall before (1)

Don’t you love a post with a room that starts like this?

You know that it can only get better from here.

I’m so excited to be partnering with Sherwin-Williams today to showcase the 2016 color of the year in a room I designed for my daughter.

I think it’s one of my favorite transformations ever.

But before we get to the after and the new room and the color of the year and the ceiling to floor transformation….

….let’s take a look at where it all began.

This is what the room looked like when we bought the house complete with blue shag carpeting.

Room before

Here’s kind of an in-between picture.

We started by ripping up the carpeting and painting the floors SW 7655 Stamped Concrete.

The walls are still white and the trim is the original paint color that has faded to gray.

room before wall

Here’s another picture with better lighting so you can see the floor color a little better.

And now?

There’s a little more color in the space.

Just a little. 🙂

Drum roll please………………..

shutter bedroom

Here’s the after.

Can you believe it’s the same space?

It’s part of the whole set of musical rooms that are going on here at the house.  Moving the people that used to be upstairs downstairs and people that were upstairs downstairs and trading rooms and spaces and redecorating every square inch of the bedrooms.

chalkboard

This used to be the guest room.

And now?

Now it belongs to a downstairs middle schooler who went all fancy and moved herself and her dreams of an apartment in the sky upstairs.

chair

You should have seen her face when she first saw it.

She helped move all the furniture out and gave me a list of instructions on what she wanted in her space and informed me that she was not really that little any more now that she had moved to middle school and she didn’t want it to look like a room of an elementary schooler.

She was worried.

She didn’t think I had this.

colorful space

We started by painting the room the 2016 SW Color of the Year, SW 7008 Alabaster.

Just between us….I was all about SW Alabaster before it ever got any awards.

It’s the most amazing white with a hint of gray and it coordinates so well with color.

Beautiful, brilliant, amazing colors.

shutter wall diy

Like the ones we painted the shutter wall with.

We used SW 6197 Aloof Gray

and SW 6758 Aquaduct

and  SW 6597 Hopeful

and Sherwin-Williams‘ 2015 color of the year SW 6606 Coral Reef .

We painted the bed and hung the curtains and added new furnishings and lamps and colorful organizers and mirrors and made everything look like someone who was old enough to pay full price to get into the movies lived there.

And after we were finished, I called her name and took her hand.

And opened the door and walked her into the space.

painted shutter wall diy

She opened her eyes and looked around carefully with the air of someone who is trying to act like they aren’t excited but they really are because she read in a book somewhere that teenagers had to play it cool.

She walked around the room slowly.

Not saying a word.

She looked at the pouf and looked at the rug and the curtains and the desk and the chalkboard and the mirror and the chair that looks like it came from the Jetson’s apartment.

desk supplies

And then she turned and jumped and spun around and let her old elementary self show for just a minute.

She told me she loved it and ran into my arms and hugged me and then as if she couldn’t even help herself, she smiled that precious, wonderful, incredible smile I’ve known since she was born.

And as I walked out of the room, she plopped herself on her bed and kicked her feet against the shutter wall and started texting.

Just like a teenager. 🙂

PS  Here’s a fun video we made that shows how to DIY the shutter wall. 🙂

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Comments

  1. OH I bet she was thrilled…it’s a wonderful room, Karianne!

  2. The shutter wall. Love the shutter wall in any color.
    Beautiful!

  3. I love the rug…where did you get this??? Oh yes and the Jetson chair??
    I just know they were TJ Maxx or Lowes or HomeGoods or J C Penney or some place that is also in my budget!!

    Room looks awesome….think my grandkids would love this one! I may have to go to Sherwin Williams today.

  4. Love it!!

  5. Isn’t it great to have happy children!!! That room is amazing.

  6. Beautiful post , beautiful room. But most of all a post all about love…….full circle.

  7. Nan, Odessa, DE :

    Love it! You have added another memory and that is what life with children is ABOUT
    Happy for you.

    Now tell me about how you painted and hung the shutters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Plaster wall? Dry wall?
    My next favorite is the banner. I love, love banners.
    Give us a tutorial on painting the shutters and making the hanner.
    The spread is just great too.
    Enjoy your post every day and always waiting for the next one.

  8. Perfect!
    Sherwin Williams is our go-to place!

  9. KARI ANNE! *ALABASTER* is my absolute favorite color that I have been using for years and never get tired of it! It is the perfect white! So warm and creamy!

    LOVE that shutter wall! You are so clever!

    You did an amazing job – I would be giddy and texting my friends as well!!!!

  10. Love the shutter wall! Very cool room!!!

  11. Yep Karianne – You’ve done it again gotta go get my hankie…..and yes the white Jetson’s chair…so spill….where DID you find it??????? Adorbs!!!!

    Karen

  12. Oh it really is special. I love it too.

  13. What a transformation…perfect for a teen!!
    I can’t wait to see the other rooms!! Love!!

  14. I love it, Karianne! What a wonderful, cheerful room! xoxo

  15. The shutter wall is so creative and inventive! I love it!

  16. Michelle Rudis :

    Wonderful transformation! Your story took me WAY back to a high schooler who didn’t want to hurt her mom’s feelings because she wasn’t really into the pink-everything that had been her room all through grade school and middle school. I showed Mom a really adorable Bohemian style bedroom from my Seventeen Magazine and she made it happen — right down to the beads that became the closet door! I thought Mom was the best Mom anyone could ever have and that no one had a mom like mine, and I’ll bet dollars to donuts your little girl thinks the same about you 😉

  17. I die !!!!!!!

  18. Honestly, I didn’t think you could make that guestroom any better – I was kinda in love with it before!!! But, you’ve won me over! That room – sigh! I want to be a teenager and move it and have sleepovers there! You’re the best mom a teen girl could have!!! Lots of wonderful memories will be made in this gorgeous space!

  19. Brilliant! Don’t you just love these moments? Your girls remind me so much of mine….sweet and so special. Mine is expected home from college in just a few days and your post reminded me so much of our relationship when she was that age. We’ve had ups and downs, but the closeness we shared during that time continues and is one of my life’s biggest blessings.

  20. I love starting my morning viewing a lovely space. Your daughter’s room exudes “happiness” in every way! Love the idea of painting the shutter wall- the colors remind me of ice cream trucks, the circus, and middle school girls giggling. So fun and pretty!!

  21. Lovely room. She’ll be happy about spending time in her room.

  22. You totally “had this”- awesomeness abounds!!!! What a surprise for your sweetie:)

  23. Holy Canolie! Outdid yourself again KariAnne. Can’t wait for my 5 granddaughters to see this. Two are also in middle school (in Canada we call it Junior High).

  24. Love it! That pink trellis lamp shade is killing me (in a good way)!!!!

  25. Looks like the perfect teen room! Just curious if you used both magenta and coral in the room or if it’s just the lighting that makes it look that way?

  26. Wow, KariAnne! I have never seen shutters on the wall like this. I am literally looking around the house now trying to see where I can do this. Love all the color combinations you chose. This is a beautiful project. I am sure your daughter adores it.

  27. What a cool room. We have a tween grand and she saw a navy blue room in a PB catalog. After wanting glitter and each wall a different color we jumped on the navy! She has very light color carpet and white woodwork. I am looking for just the right splashes of color for some zing! Ha. She will be in middle school next year…and she is already making life plans for after the fifth grade. Ha! Enjoy those girls….and boys. In a blink they will leave the nest. Sheila

  28. Kairanne…do you find yourself walking crooked? Always veering to the right? Do you have to rest your right ear on your right shoulder to give your neck a brake? You must…because the right hemisphere of your brain has to be huge after this room makeover (it controls creativity). This bedroom is filled with your creativity and it is awesome! The bright colors, the shutter wall, the too cool for school chair, and your daughter’s reaction…priceless. Thanks for exercising my amygdala every day! (It controls emotion). Blessings!
    Nancy

  29. Cute! Cute! Cute!

  30. What a wonderful room!! Heck I’d love that room for myself. The shutters are perfect. I am pinning and sending the idea to my daughter — she would love it. You rock!!

  31. Gorgeous! And so much fun 🙂

  32. Wow, what a transformation and such a lucky girl to have such a talented Mom! Love those colors and every single thing in that room! Rock Star Awsome!!!!

  33. Fab…. as usual.

  34. So worthy of a magazine cover. One lucky daughter!

  35. Great room for a rock star! Gorgeous! 😉

  36. Such a fun room. I’ll bet her eyes just danced!!

  37. I love it when you let your wild side out and slip out of neutral and into full on, gorgeous color. Now, you’re speaking my lingo.

  38. Love the colors on the shutter wall! Where did you get the chair?

  39. So fun! Will miss the beautiful guest room, but the memories to be made in there now…so worth it!

  40. TOTALLY AWESOME….
    my question, after watching the video, did you take them all down to paint and then put them back…Too hard to paint different colors while ON THE WALL, I’d think.

  41. So cute – lucky girl!!! I’d be so afraid of those colors, but you, for sure, know how to make them work!! It just makes you feel good!

  42. The room is stunning and PERFECT for your her! Good job, Mama.

  43. I would have been absolutely over the moon to have that room when I was her age – lucky girl!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the bedroom renos!

  44. Oh my goodness! That is one beautiful bedroom! I’m sure she was absolutely delighted!!! I LOVE the mix of colors. It’s so vibrant and happy.

  45. You have to be the best Mom in the world! The room is beautiful.

  46. So cute and colorful!

  47. Holly Toledo!!! Gorgeous! We love SW Paint and you too Kerianne! xoxoxoxo

    • Sorry, me again. Did you see MSN posted your Pecan Pie recipe as one of the best? I love that pie recipe.

  48. Shutter Wall…What the What!??? How Awesome! I want one too! What a lucky girl to have you for a mama KariAnne!

  49. The Jetson’s chair is too cool! Definately not an elementary schooler’s room! You did good!

  50. Mary Lynn Beshara :

    You did it again Mom! It’s a knock-out. Love those drapes. Actually love the whole room. So scary how fast they are growing. Thanks for making me smile today. Mary Lynn

  51. Lanita Anderson :

    So pretty…..and bright!! The perfect room for a teenage girl!! I’m showing my age here, but I love the “Jetson chair” and seem to remember seeing one in their home! I also love the hot pink pouf!! Thanks for sharing….

  52. Just watched the shutter wall “how to” video showing that the shutters were hung BEFORE they were painted. I have a few questions.
    1- Did you take each shutter off of the wall in order to paint them?
    2- Were they sprayed, or hand painted?
    Love the colors and the texture the shutters bring to her room!

  53. This room is just stunning. And that shutter wall is such a wonderful statement piece in the room. I can’t even come up with words to describe how stunning, girly, yet sophisticated this room is! Love!

  54. Nothing like a happy smiling teenager…you did good mom!

  55. Lucky gir! Bet the shutter painting was fun but so worth it.

  56. I would happily move in and I am faaar from a teenager, haha. Very welcoming and imaginative.

  57. Bloody wonderful

  58. I didn’t realize you had a youtube channel! I subbed 🙂

  59. I love how your daughter’s room turned out! Your shutter wall is so fun and unique! I’ve been doing lots of rearranging and repainting as well. I just had my living room/entryway painted aloof gray and my office is magnetic gray.

  60. Love the room, so colorful! And the shutter wall!
    Just two question, what kind of room does the other twin have? How do you decide who gets theirs done first?
    Nan

  61. What teenage girl wouldn’t love this room! You did a great job! I love all of the color!

  62. Wow, what’s not to love about that fabulous space! So clever creating a shutter wall…even more clever to paint it in vibrant colors that complement one another so nicely. Enjoyed and studied your video closely, not so much to see how you put the room together but to see how you put the video together. I’m a newbie at blog videos so I’m learning the ropes from the pros!

  63. Ammmmmaaaazzzinnng! You did it again!!!

  64. But did you hand-knit the pouf?? 😉

  65. So fun for her! Love it. So would my Meg. Hers is almost done. Amy wanted all white nad grey. Can’t get over white as the color of the year! As one who live in army quarters for years, I resist this!! The walls only came in white. To paint them meant hassle and possibly fines when you moved. Bright red hearts are really hard to sand off and cover up!!

  66. Pinning the shutter wall, I mean who does that? And I want the white Eames chair for myself please 🙂

  67. Great transformation!

  68. such a gorgeous and blissful room!!! can’t believe i almost missed it! love the turquoise and orange shutter wall, and the beautiful colors and patterns! you are amazing Karianne!!!