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.
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.”
More striking before and after transformations:
- Before & After: A Bright 17th-Century House Overlooking the Sea on Mallorca, for Two Young Architects
- Before & After: Remodelista Contributing Editor Izabella Simmons Shares Her Scandi-Inspired Remodel
- Before & After: A Design Duo’s Whole-House Overhaul for $15,000
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.