Bright and LoftySheilla Sajady is so excited because she just bought her first home, and she has already decorated it just the way she wanted. Except for one thing — the upstairs attic room. She wants it to be her master bedroom, but it isn't fit for occupancy yet. The wood-paneled walls and window treatments are very dated, and the space is a bit dark and dreary. The rest of her home reflects her preference for modern style mixed with global and international accents. This 20-something graphic designer would love to have that same look and feel in her attic.
Wall TreatmentThe lines in the paneling are used as guides to give the walls some depth. Twelve-, six- and two-inch squares are taped off on the slanted part of the wall. Then the random squares are pained a mix of colors — pink, orange, green and gold.
Paint – $148
wall paint: Behr's Vanilla Custard, WD 220, and Arabian Sands, 280 E-2, both eggshell finish
accent paint: Behr's Glowing Firelight (orange) SG 200, Scotland Isle (green) 410 P5, French Pale Gold (yellow) 350 P5 and Springtime Bloom (pink) 100 B5, all semigloss
Purse CabinetTo give her a place to display them all, the doors are taken off the built-in wall cubbies. Carpenter Jeff Meyer builds and paints new display shelves. Rope lighting is hung on the inside of the shelves to highlight the collection and add a warm glow to the room.
Display shelves – $80 and rope lights – $40
Light Table and Window TreatmentsTo make the piece shine, lights are inserted inside the table then a lamp is placed on top. The homeowner's sheer window treatments are embellished with ribbons and jewels. The adornments are held onto the fabric with earring posts and backs.
Light table – $25, window treatments – $29 and lamp – $18
earring backs and posts: Westrim Crafts – 529014 and 528814, purchased at Michaels
DresserThe edges of the dresser and drawers are painted orange. When dry, the entire piece is covered in white paint. While the paint is still wet, the edges are wiped with a rag to let the orange show through.
Dresser paint – $15
Wicker ChairIt gets a fresh coat of spray paint and a new pillow to spruce it up. Above the chair hangs a thrift-store painting that was touched up with a little craft paint.
Wicker chair, spray paint and pillow – $34 and painting – $8
spray paint: Rust-Oleum – 223523 multicolored, textured
Headboard ArtInstead of buying a new canvas, an old painting found at a thrift store is painted over and reused. The canvas is tightened up with some staples and spray paint before it is repainted with the abstract motif.
Headboard art – $8