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Before and After: $575 Took This Bedroom from Messy Orange to Sweet and Serene

updated Nov 4, 2020
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Credit: Linsi Pena

It takes a lot of creativity and a dash of conviction to look at a shabby space and imagine its possibilities. Take it from Linsi Pena (@oh.me.ohmyhome) and her husband, who started their first-ever home renovation in February 2020. “This home was a rental house before we started our renovations,” Linsi explains. “The renters left the home half torn apart and just a mess.”

Credit: Linsi Pena

Exhibit A: This very orange bedroom, with scuff marks, peeling paint, and raggedy carpet in the closet.

Over the course of about a week, Linsi and her husband breathed new life into the room, which they planned as a space for their nieces, by laying lighter, airier flooring and repainting those messy walls in a much more calming white (Behr’s Silky White).

Credit: Linsi Pena

“We didn’t really have any major setbacks aside from the fact that I do not like laying flooring, but pushing through paid off,” Linsi says, especially when it came to the total savings. “By cutting out contractors, we were able to do this room for $575—that even includes the new windows!”

Credit: Linsi Pena

The biggest eye-catcher of the new space is, of course, that wall of pink and brown “painted” brushstrokes. While they look very convincingly like oversized watercolors, they’re actually vinyl decals from Loomwell. Now the wall serves as a pretty backdrop for two twin beds with white and blush bedding and a cozy, textured rug.

Credit: Linsi Pena

“I love how refreshing this room is now,” Linsi says. “I love the clean, simple look of everything. I wanted to keep it minimal but fun for our nieces, and I think we achieved that.”

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