On a scale of 1-10, the satisfaction a homeowner achieves by painting over an unfortunate choice in wall color is almost certainly a 10. For Eva Kosmas Flores’s upstairs bedroom, though, that number probably hovers somewhere around 10 million. “When we first moved in, the second floor contained one weird tiny bedroom, one extremely tiny master bathroom, and a cramped master bedroom with a strange mini-closet adjoining it like some kind of a bizarre passageway.” Added to this questionable maze of drywall was an even more bizarre pairing of tan and bright blue wall color, something that Eva notes “made the space feel even smaller than it was.” When the time came to transform the space into a singular (and appropriately sized) master bedroom, Eva and her husband rolled up their sleeves and prepared for the long road of work ahead. Not only was a fresh coat of paint in order, but a complete restructuring of the space with wall removal and ceiling expansion. Their efforts paid off in the end, with a space that is open, airy, and filled with Eva’s signature charm. Take a peek at the full Before + After below!
“We wanted to open up the space and make it feel light and airy,” Eva says. “We had a contractor break open the apex ceiling to make the room feel taller, and we had cabinets installed along the length of the room on either side, since there was so much unused space on either side of the A-frame. Each of the cupboards has either a set of drawers or a hanging rack that acts as closet space. Color-wise, I wanted to make it lighter to feel bigger, so I plastered the walls and my husband and I sanded down and white-washed the hardwood floors ourselves. We also knocked down the orange wood bannister railing at the top of the stairs and my husband built reclaimed wood shelving to make it feel open, give extra storage space, and create a small vanity area for myself.”