Create "Rooms" by Painting Your Floor

Los Angeles Times

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When designer and blogger Joy Cho (of Oh Joy!) needed to renovate a new workspace in Hollywood, she called on her friend, HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson. If this sounds like a match made in design heaven, it was — and the resulting space makes use of a clever quick fix that anyone can do at home.

Joy's 1,200-square-foot studio was nice and open, but maybe a little too open. It came with grimy, beat-up floors and no walls to define the different areas Joy needed for her company's design studio, photo studio, blog studio, administrative office, and meeting area.

Instead of putting up actual walls, Emily decided to compartmentalize the floor... using paint! She outlined a pattern on the plywood, masked off the design, then hired a painter to spray the floor and seal with polyurethane. The white keeps the room bright, while the gray hides some of the dirt.

Read more about the makeover at the Los Angeles Times, and see before-and-after photos in the gallery.

(Image: Zeke Ruelas for Los Angeles Times)

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