The Bedroom is Painted


I did it! I painted the guest bedroom!

The Bedroom is Painted | Inspired by Charm

I probably shouldn’t be too celebratory since it took me seven years accomplish this. However, I did reach the goal I set last week, so I’m feeling pretty good.

What an improvement, right? Remember the before

Guest Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

Goodbye pink. Goodbye wallpaper. Hello bright, light-flooded space!

The Bedroom is Painted | Inspired by Charm

As I mentioned, I decided to go with Reserved White from Sherwin Williams. The color is so beautiful. I was hoping for something a bit more white, but I do love how it looks. I think the slightly darker hue helps the molding stand out.

The Bedroom is Painted | Inspired by Charm

The most time-consuming aspect of getting this space painted (which didn’t take all that long) was the prep work. Removing the wallpaper border, patching (and sanding holes), and filling in gaps around the molding always seems to require the most time. While it’s my least favorite part of any painting project, it makes such a difference in the end result. As you’ve probably also discovered, it’s essential for achieving a crisp, clean look.

In addition to painting, I changed the molding around the door to the bathroom. When the house was turned into a B&B, this doorway was created so guests could access this bathroom without leaving their room.

Guest Bedroom: Before | Inspired by Charm

For some reason, the previous owners used standard molding to frame out the door instead of matching the door right next to it. Even though it took a little extra time, I decided that duplicating the original molding was pretty important. In the near future, I will switch out the door to match the other one.

The Bedroom is Painted | Inspired by Charm

You will also notice a lot less furniture in the room. I decided to remove it all from the space. I plan to sell most of the pieces which came with the purchase of the B&B seven years ago. Although many of them are nice, I just have no emotional attachment to them, and they aren’t what I envision for the space.

The Bedroom is Painted | Inspired by Charm

That’s about it. This week I want to get the chandelier hung, install new switch plate / outlet covers, and (weather permitting) paint the bed frame. I’ll try to pop in with updates as those progress.

The Bedroom is Painted | Inspired by Charm

What do you think of the new color? Isn’t paint amazing?

Have a fab week, everyone!

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  • Ann Marie / @whbsblog at

    The simplicity of this room is beautiful. Before I didn’t notice much of the trim and moulding, now it is the first thing you see. The color is perfect, just what I’ve been looking for. Like white, but not quite, just enough to let the trim stand out. Great work, Michael!

  • Beth > Nothing But Neutral at

    Hi! This room looks great!! You can never go wrong with white. What direction does your room face? I love this color and am going to consider it to repaint our bathroom and master bedroom. Our master bedroom has windows on the east and north walls which doesn’t result in great light. Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Beth! The two windows face North, the one window faces west. Hope that helps.


  • Emily Clark at

    Love the slight contrast between the wall and trim. I’m going to check out this white. Thanks!

  • Elise at

    It looks amazing! I love the bright and crisp look of the walls – it will be more fun to add pops of colors with accessories!

  • carol at

    The bedroom is so pretty and calm. I have to paint a couple rooms too. The color is beautiful. Does it have gray undertones? Looks like it in your photos.

  • Deirdre at

    Love the room and color! It really looks lovely.

  • Jasie at

    Looks gorgeous! The color is similar to what I’ve been painting the rooms in my house. I just love that soft grey with the white trim. And the simplicity of the furnishings is perfect. Have you laid on the bed and reveled in your hard work? I always do that when I finish a room. No? Just me? Alrighty then. 🙂

  • liz n. at

    See, now, I thought you’d be extra proud BECAUSE you finally got it done after seven years! Although a lot of white is not my thing, you managed to use the perfect white for the light the room receives. It’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more progress!

  • Terri at

    I too did not notice how beautiful the trim was in the before pics. The wall paper border really drew my eyes away from it. The color is fantastic. The room looks great. I can’t wait to see the rest! Great work!

  • Peggy at

    It looks awesome! How can such a simple thing make such a huge change? And I love the white bedding too!

  • pam at

    Crisp, clean simplicity at its best! Minimalism is always best, I think, allowing freedom of soul and mind! I knew you’d pull it off, and can’t wait for the arrival of the chandelier! You are always consistent, Michael! Thanks for that!!

  • JoEllen at

    Lovely. Just lovely. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with for this space!

  • Dyan french at

    I , so, love the perfect cleanliness and simplicity of the bedroom. You really captured the look , I do hope you reconsider keeping the wider dresser , near the closet door, I think it is fabulous , the way you accessorized the other areas of you house, I am absolutely sure ,that you can make that dresser a great vignette. Congratulation again on this successful transformation.

  • Debra W at

    Very nice. The color is perfect. I love the contrast between the walls, the windows and doors. It does make it stand out more. I also like the scrolling on the radiator. I love that the room is so crisp and bright. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for this room. I do love how you decorate each room you have. I save my post for ideas to add to my own space. 🙂

  • Jen at

    Beautiful! Love the color. How many coats did you need to apply? Primer?

  • Guerrina at

    Perfect white to accent the woodwork! Love it! Very fresh and calm. Way to go, Michael!

  • LaurieRae at

    absolutely love it ! Great job, inspired me to get in gear….and the reminder about prep work…..ok…got it loud & clear

  • Sheila at

    Simply beautiful! Your subtle changes make such a difference creating a light filled, uncluttered space. The new trim was a really smart, thought out move. I really like your skill as a designer. Most anyone can spend bunches of money to create a beautiful home. And you do this so well when need be. Yet, there are few in my experience who can design small, thoughtful upgrades, with limited money poured into the project, and still create a “wow factor” room. Great job, Michael!

  • Julie at

    Beautiful Room! I’m using Reserved White in a guest room – what color white did you use for your Trim?



    • Jessica at

      Yes, what color did you use for your trim?

  • Vicki at

    Which came first, the problem or the soiluton? Luckily it doesn’t matter.

  • Laurie Galloway at

    Looks great! Can you tell me the color of the molding?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s just Bright White from Sherwin Williams. Right out of the can.

      xo Michael

  • http://www./ at

    La mort du sergent dans « Les paravents » de Genet est suivi d’un hommage des soldats au héros par une salve de pets. Ce qui fit scandale à l’époque.

  • Brettne Shootman at

    I recently had my kitchen/family room painted in SW Reserved white. It looks like an icy blue, which I’m freaking about, as I had wanted something softer for the walls. Your room looks beautiful and I’m wondering what color was used on the trim. I’m hoping I can tone down the walls by using the right trim color. Thanks.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey Brettne,

      I feel you. Some grays can be totally have that icy blue look depending on your home and lighting. You can see all my paint colors here: However, my trim is Extra White. (It’s Sherwin Williams Pro Classic, right out of the can.) However, I don’t expect that to change the way the color looks on your wall. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • House Painter Kent at

    Love the before and after pic. What a difference fresh coat of paint can make vs outdated paint/wall paper. I really like the simple clean white for a bedroom. The white you picked has a bit of softness that makes it perfect for a bedroom. I also notice you kept the white look for your bed sheets and blankets. I like the white bed throw with texture. Great work.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!!

      xo Michael

  • Angela at

    Hi- the room is lovely. How hard was it to change the molding on the door?

  • Bela at

    Your home looks gorgeous with Reserved White paint color. I brought a sample and tried it, but it turned out much darker than what I see in your pics. Wondering if you got it at 25% or 50% intensity, or mixed with some white. Please let me know.

  • R stein at

    Looks amazing. Can u list the wall and trim name and brand

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