Transform a room with paint and polyurethane

This might be my favorite room in the whole house. Never mind it needs furniture still. Never mind I say that with every section I get done. I can’t help it. I just love white paint, and sunlight bouncing off walls, and shiny clean floors, and pretty ceilings. It just sort of shocks your eyeballs when your eyes are used to seeing this room…

remodeled master bedroom

…And then one day you see this room instead.

painted wood walls and refinished wood floors

Nothing special to see here, just some paint and polyurethane. And elbow grease. Lots of elbow grease. Worth it? Oh, I think so!

grey ceilings with wood floors and white walls

The furniture isn’t all necessarily staying. I just threw some pieces in here to get an idea of how much room I had to work with. I’m still searching high and low for a bed that will fit this room. I spent all day Saturday searching every thrift store, garage sale and antique store in town and haven’t been able to find a thing so far. Bummer. The right thing will turn up, even if it turns up in the form of some lumber at the hardware store….we’re getting a bed in here one way or the other!

I sanded down the floor and refinished it (minus any new stain) with three coats of polyurethane just the way I did the hallway floor. This floor has had some harder use than the hallway floor and there were a few spots that were pretty chewed up looking. I smoothed them over, but didn’t sand it down completely perfect. People pay more for distressed wood floors anyway, so hey, why not?! As I always say, my point isn’t to make this house look new, it’s to make it fresh and pretty again.

DIY refinished hardwood floors

I replaced the closet door knobs with these little glass knobs just for a pretty touch. I hate painting these shutter doors by the way, they take for.e.v.e.r.!

glass closet doors

The knobs to the built in dresser were painted the same color as the ceiling. The color is Dusty Miller by Glidden that I had matched in Behr brand paint (Home Depot). It’s a very pretty grey/green color that reminds me of how the ocean looks when a storm is rolling in. I was going to paint the ceiling just straight grey, but decided it needed a bit of a tint to it. It’s nice to have that hint of color to contrast with the walls, and it’s very calming for a bedroom.

grey ceiling with white walls

I finally remembered the color white I’ve been using for my walls! Its a paint chip from Glidden called Antique White that I had matched in Behr paint. I’ve always used Behr paint and primer in one…but I’m thinking I need to find a new brand. I had a horrible time for some reason in the hallway and in this room getting the paint to cover the primer. I had to do two full coats of paint plus touch ups. That means I had to go over each wall four times…two for primer, two for paint! (see HERE for more info on painting wood walls) Let me just tell you, I do not have that kind of patience!

Anyway, that’s the story on the paint job. Next time we visit this room it should be done and livable! I’m itching to get moved out of my guest room and up to here. This house is starting to feel almost like a house instead of a construction site, who knew it would ever happen?!

Psalms 29:11   The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

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20 Responses to Transform a room with paint and polyurethane

  1. Mary says:

    I love the ceiling color…never really thought about painting the ceiling!

  2. Oh I am always amazed at the power of paint. This is stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. Wow! It’s absolutely gorgeous! I love the gray and white. It looks so clean and fresh.

  4. Gentle Joy says:

    Your transformation looks amazing!!! What a wonderful room…………….I used to use Behr paint, but they thinned their paint and the coverage isn’t very good….plus they raised the price!!! I have been using Pratt and Lambert and have really liked it….just an idea. Thank you for posting. Gentle Joy

    • Abby says:

      Thanks for that tip! I didn’t know they had changed their paint…but you can definitely tell that the coverage is not what it used to be! I’ll have to try that other brand since I need a new one!

  5. Belynda says:

    You have accomplished so much! I am truly amazed – and during a pregnancy. Your house is absolutely wonderful and you and your husband deserve the credit for making it so warm and inviting. Each project you show is so well done. Love it. Good job.

  6. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh yes, the power of paint and elbow grease! So fresh and pretty!

  7. Suzan says:

    Gorgeous !!!
    You and I are going through the same process at the same time lol – love yours!
    Mine feels like it’ll never be completely finished :(
    But my room’s finished ( the first one I did – I needed an escape ) and the guest room we were sleeping in was the size of a closet lol )

  8. A lot of hard work and a beautiful result. Looking forward to more on this room. Thanks for sharing (visiting from A Stroll Through Life).

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  10. Abby says:

    It looks so fresh! Those shutters must have been painstaking, but they look worth it!

  11. FABBY says:

    Your room turned out amazing, what a great job! The results are worth all your hard work. Fabulous!

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  16. I love the new bright white look you gave to your bedroom. It look amazing…

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