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Before & After: An Airy Summer Bedroom in a Catskills Farmhouse, Transformed with Paint

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Before & After: An Airy Summer Bedroom in a Catskills Farmhouse, Transformed with Paint

April 25, 2018

We’ve been enamored of florist turned writer Lisa Przystup’s pared-back 1800s farmhouse in the Catskills, with its simple bones and tumbleweeds as sculptural decor, ever since we featured it back in July. (See The Catskills Farmhouse of Two Brooklyn Creatives.) Particularly impressive is that Przystup and her husband, Jonathon Linaberry, have done much of the remodeling themselves on weekends, when they head three hours north from their place in Brooklyn and tackle the interiors, one DIY at a time.

Just some of the projects under their belt? “Painting almost the entire interior and some of the floors, installing a tongue-and-groove ceiling in the kitchen, cutting stone for a hearth, installing a pellet stove, knocking out a small wall to expose the chimney, hanging canvas from the ceiling of a bedroom, installing a brass backsplash behind the stove, skim coating and sanding the kitchen walls, building shelves, installing light fixtures, and hanging screen doors,” they say.

When we emailed last summer, Przystup told us the house was a work in progress, with more Saturday projects lined up throughout the winter and spring. Almost a year later, we checked back in with the couple, who have just completed their latest project: An unused attic transformed into a pared-back, airy guest bedroom, using only a couple of gallons of paint, plus camp-style furniture and the simplest of window shades—just in time for summer guests. Here’s a look.

Photography by Sarah Elliott.

After

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Above: “Everything we’ve done with the house has been on a tight budget. We’re continually trying to find the biggest bang for our buck and save money where we can by doing what we can ourselves,” Przystup says. “The attic was actually in pretty good shape when we bought the house—all we really had to do was give it several coats of fresh paint on the floors (black) and the walls (white),” Przystup says.

Here, an existing reclaimed door leads into the space: “The doors were one of our favorite parts about the attic,” Przystup says. The set of folding chairs belonged to Linaberry’s grandfather: “You can see his initials, ‘G. L.,’ written on the bottom of some of them. We use them as extra seating when guests come over,” she adds. “Folding chairs always come in handy.”

for a bare bones farmhouse look, the couple painted the wooden floors in t 18
Above: For a bare-bones farmhouse look, the couple painted the wooden floors in Tricorn Black and the walls in Extra White, both by Sherwin-Williams. “We were really into the idea of a monochromatic color scheme up there (and throughout the whole house, actually),” Przystup says. “The floors in the rest of the house are white so it felt like a nice changeup for the space.” Przystup and Linaberry found the wood bureau in the house, a leave-behind from the previous owners.
the windows are fitted with flat roman shades in belgian linen from barn & 19
Above: The windows are fitted with Flat Roman Shades in Belgian linen from Barn & Willow. They’re neutral and unobtrusive, but a hidden blackout lining keeps the bright morning sun at bay. Adding to the laid-back feel on a budget: a folding camp cot, scored on Craigslist. (To source a similar one, see 10 Easy Pieces: Classic Canvas Camp Cots.)
in another alcove: the guest bed. a simple but genius idea to steal: the couple 20
Above: In another alcove: the guest bed. A simple but genius idea to steal: The couple sourced two pendant lights from Vintage Wire & Supply, hung them from a single source above the bed, and pinned them on either side, where they serve as reading lights. “Jonathon secured them from the eaves using ceiling hooks,” Przystup says.
the summer bed, with a linen duvet cover and pillowcases from parachute and she 21
Above: The summer bed, with a linen duvet cover and pillowcases from Parachute and sheets from West Elm.
in another instance of found utility, the bedside table on one side of the bed  22
Above: In another instance of found utility, the bedside table on one side of the bed is from a surprising source: “It’s a massive, oversize crockpot that we found in my husband’s grandmother’s garage—we turned it upside down to use it as a nightstand,” Przystup says. A tumbleweed serves as a sculptural moment on top.
the column that divides bedroom from sitting area now serves as a mantel of sor 23
Above: The column that divides bedroom from sitting area now serves as a mantel of sorts. Photograph courtesy of Lisa Przystup.

Before

before, the attic had good bones, including wood floors that just needed a coat 24
Above: Before, the attic had good bones, including wood floors that just needed a coat of paint.
the first order of business: clearing out the bric a brac and assorted storage  25
Above: The first order of business: clearing out the bric-a-brac and assorted storage from the attic.
the promise of good light. 26
Above: The promise of good light.

More striking before and after transformations:

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Frequently asked questions

What inspired the attic transformation into a guest bedroom?

The homeowners wanted to create a guest bedroom in their attic space to accommodate visiting friends and family.

Who did the DIY on the project?

The homeowner, Lisa Przystup, did the majority of the DIY work for the attic transformation project.

What was the paint color used for the room?

The paint color used for the room was Benjamin Moore's Stonington Gray.

What did Lisa use for the headboard?

Lisa used an antique mantel as the headboard for the bed in the attic bedroom.

What other features were included in the attic bedroom transformation?

Lisa added lighting fixtures, curtains, and other small decor items to complete the transformation of the attic space into a cozy guest bedroom.

Did Lisa have any tips for painting an attic space?

Yes, Lisa recommends painting an attic space using a light color to make the room appear larger and brighter, while also utilizing natural light sources to brighten up the space.

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