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.
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.
Here’s another picture with better lighting so you can see the floor color a little better.
There’s a little more color in the space.
Just a little. 🙂
Drum roll please………………..
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.
This used to be the guest room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂