It’s that time of year again.
National Painting Week with Sherwin-Williams.
The week of the year where they select a handful of bloggers to redesign a room and make it their own with a little paint and a lot of imagination. This year, I completely transformed a room upstairs that you’ve never seen before.
I get it.
I’m as surprised as you that it has taken this room as long as it has to show up on the blog.
But I think a few stinky socks got in the way. 🙂
Let’s start with the before.
Here’s the room where my favorite basketball player dreams of his next big game-winning basket.
I think I painted it this baby blue color the year he spent trying to convince us he was a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Before he grew taller than anyone in the house.
Before the socks took over.
It was time for a change.
It’s a beautiful room with plenty of natural light.
There are four windows and two doors, which made the layout kind of awkward.
There was also a carpet on the floor that had lived long past its prime.
Here’s the room mid-transformation.
The walls have now been painted SW Wool Skein.
We’ve pulled up the carpet to reveal the beautiful pine floors underneath. We really wanted to sand and stain the floors….but boards had been added to the flooring and all the different colors and types of wood made staining a little bit improbable.
So we painted and decorated and installed a wood wall.
And now the room looks like this.
I’m so happy with it.
The house is so happy with it.
But more importantly….
….the basketball player is happy with it.
We started with the bed.
We kept the original bed and painted it SW Naval. It’s the prettiest navy blue. There’s a hint of gray undertones with rich, cool tones. The bed was painted with two coats of paint and then reassembled and placed on the wall next to the window.
We pulled up the carpet and sanded the floor and painted it SW Stamped Concrete.
And then to warm up the room I picked out an area rug that matched the color of our dog’s fur. Color matching your rug with your dog’s fur is important if you have a golden retriever who sleeps at the foot of the bed every night.
We created a focal wall with wood planks from the home improvement store.
The planks are simply 1 x 6’s nailed in rows that are slightly off-set. I’m working on a how-to for the wall complete with video. That may or may not feature me dancing the lawn mower.
Details to come.
Under the bay windows we added leather chairs and a spool table.
The basketball player wanted it known the encyclopedias were not staying because he didn’t need them. He had Google.
And then I decorated every square inch.
I made striped curtains for the window and pillows for the bed and made the bed with new bedding in neutral colors. And we installed this chalkboard into an old window frame and made a coat rack from an old newel post.
And kept all the basketballs.
Every. Single. One.
And when we were done and the room tucked in the corner of the upstairs with the brilliant view of the treetops and sunlight streaming in through the windows and dancing across the newly painted wooden floors was finished.
The basketball player slowly sauntered into the room.
He looked around at all the changes and promptly spent a couple of minutes looking the room up and down.
Then he smiled from ear to ear, jumped up, touched the ceiling and leapt onto the bed with a bag full of Cheetos.
And (wait for it)….
….tossed those socks right back onto the floor. 🙂
PS You can still enter to win $100 gift card from Sherwin-Williams….here.
disclosure: This post was written in a collaborative partnership with Sherwin-Williams for National Painting Week. All opinions on painting and colors and rooms are completely my own. Please see my disclosure page for more information.