Before & After: Guest Room Paint Job

Before & After: Guest Room Paint Job

Regina Yunghans
Feb 22, 2011

This is the tiny guest room at the end of the hallway in my house. It started off as an ugly room with paneling and a paint job that was old and worn. It sorely needed a new coat of paint, and since I didn't love the room to begin with, I felt brave enough to do something bold:

The room is seriously small - it really only fits a full size bed. Remembering that small rooms really can go dark, I took the plunge. And being that this is a guest room, I figured that it would only be occupied at night by occasional guests. It seemed a perfect opportunity to experiment with dark paint (I'm normally a strictly white paint girl).

The walls were painted in Iron Mountain from Benjamin Moore. The dark gray color made the paneling feel more solid. A four-post bed found at an antique shop was picked up for only $10. It had an ugly faux wood finish, which I covered with a black enamel that - much like the paneling - gave the bed more heft. To keep the rest of the small room from becoming too dark, I stuck with white bedding and a colorful quilt.

Window treatments are still coming - any suggestions?

Images: Regina Yunghans

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