The process of transforming the bedroom was a long one for several reasons. For one, I don't have a babysitter (and of course every time I tried to work on the motor home, the kids started fighting). For another, the space around the bed is meant for laying on - not cleaning and painting. I spent a lot of time in weird positions and on my very sore knees. Finally, the cabinets were really dirty, and much of the stain came off when I cleaned them. I spent much more time cleaning than sanding, priming, or painting.
Now, let's start with some before pictures:
|This bedding came with the motor home and made the room look darker. You can't see it here, but the finish on the wood was uneven and really worn in many places.|
|This is after washing everything and sanding it down.|
|The first coat of primer.|
And now after:
|Notice that the side tables were originally covered in faded baby blue formica. I sanded the formica, primed, and painted.|
A little note on the paint. I had a very specific shade of blue in mind. I never did find it, and almost every paint chip I looked at had a gray undertone - not at all what I wanted. We get a lot of gray skies, so I wanted something that would brighten the room even when there wasn't much sun out. I ended up with a color called Clear Blue Sky - and now the room does have the feel of blue sky with white clouds...even on a very gray day, as it was when I took the "after" photos. As for the cabinet paint, I used INSL-X Cabinet Coat and I highly recommend it! It's very forgiving and brush marks don't show. The color has a pinkish undertone.
P.S. My husband just walked by and saw me posting the before and after pictures. And what did he say? "Guess which one I like better? The before." Phooey.
UPDATE: My husband wishes to clarify that he doesn't like the "before" because of the bedspread, or even the colors chosen for the room. "I just like lots of dark wood," he says.