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The Family Room Reveal

Here it is as promised – our family room reveal! The kitchen and family room are the only two rooms in our house we have remodeled so far…and they only took us a year and a half. At this rate, I will pass away before the whole house is done. Ha! But for now, I’m just enjoying that we finally have two rooms that are truly us.

If you’d like to see pictures of our cave-like family room before, you can take a peek here. Just like last time with the kitchen reveal, I’ll spell out everything we did, but if you’re not interested, just skip over that part and check out the pictures.

Unlike the kitchen remodel, I didn’t have any inspirational pictures as a guide for our family room. I just had an idea in my head and high hopes that it would turn out just like I imagined. Crazy part is – it turned out even better!

The Family Room Reveal

The Family Room Reveal

Of course, the biggest change you can see here is the color of the walls. No more dark brown paneling! After originally painting the paneling a light yellow, we changed our minds and went with Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan. All of the trim including baseboards, crown moulding, doors, and the window were painted white to match the kitchen trim. Wood blinds (Bali Northern Heights) were also added to the window.

We continued the dark hardwood floors (Great Lakes Maple Cappuccino) into this room as well. They were the biggest hassle of the entire room, but it was absolutely worth it. These floors make me feel like I’m living in a mansion since we’ve never had anything but carpet and linoleum before.

When the floors were laid, they covered up an outlet that was previously in the middle of the floor – I never could figure out the reasoning behind putting one there. 4.25″ Colonial baseboards were installed with shoe moulding, and we bought a new floor vent that blends better with the wood flooring.

The Family Room Reveal

The Family Room Reveal

We smoothed out the ceiling and painted it white, and installed a new ceiling fan that actually produces light in the room. The sconce on the wall used to be on a dimmer that didn’t work. We switched it to a regular bulb and connected it to a light switch. All of the outlet covers and switch plates in the room were updated as well.

Originally, there was a solid door to the laundry room (the room with the plaid wallpaper), but we took it out and put in a pretty french door. Adjacent to that is another french door to the dining room that you can’t see in the picture above. When both are closed, that corner looks so lovely. All of the hardware on our doors was switched out to match the ones we bought for the kitchen.

The craziest part about this remodel was that because of the lightning strike, we got to completely redo the fireplace which wasn’t in our original budget. We were just going to paint the brass plates on the front an antique bronze and leave the rest as-is. Now, I can’t say I’m happy our chimney got struck by lightning, but it did allow us to change the fireplace and really bring the whole room together.

The Family Room Reveal

The Family Room Reveal

I love the stone (Heritage Stone Seneca Dry Stack) we chose for the fireplace. It is prettier than anything I could have imagined. It changed the entire dynamic of the room, and ultimately the furniture and accent pieces I ended up buying. The original plan had been to keep more of a shabby, country theme in here because of the old brick fireplace, but the stone allowed me to go a little more contemporary with my furniture choices.

We kept the same media stand that the TV is on and the same piece that holds all of our movies. (I’m not completely pleased with how they look all exposed, but I haven’t been able to find something I like that keeps them hidden, so for now they are on the rack!) I bought the couch, chair, accent pillows, and blue rug from World Market. The two side tables, mirror, happiness sign, and rug by the back door came from Kohl’s. The two lamps and coffee table/ottoman came from Target. The ottoman opens up to hold our blankets and other small items.

Other than that, I reused things we already had. The clock on the wall was given to me by my sister. On the mantle are two picture frames my friend Lindsay gave me. The poinsetta is from my neighbor and I just used a pot my aunt had given me a few years ago. The candlesticks were a wedding gift, but they were bronze and they made everything on the mantle look too dark, so I painted them antique white. I went back and forth debating whether to paint the mantle the same color as the trim, but for now I’m keeping it the way it is since it matches the floor.

Because the lightning hit our house so hard, our back door got knocked out of position and now you need the strength of a body builder to open it, so eventually I hope to replace that door. There may be a few more minor things we do in this room, but for the most part, it is complete. It feels extremely good to be able to say we’re done!

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  • Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted
    March 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Yay!! So glad I found your room. I am picking out colors and wanted to see what Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan looked like (I hate how they rarely match the card samples) & I love how your living room turned out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kelly-Marie
    February 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    You have one gorgeous living room! Soo jealous. Kelly x

  • Jessica McCoy
    February 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Everything looks AMAZING!!! Like something out of a magazine!! You did a great job picking everything out. I really love the tan walls!!

  • Kerry
    February 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    LOVE it!!! So pretty, comfy looking and I love love love the doors and that fireplace!! Thanks for letting us come inside your beautiful home Sarah Kate xo

  • Emmymom
    February 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Oh love love this!! What a transformation. You did such a great job. And girl, put the before and after in a same post as it is shocking that way :)

  • Spilled Milkshake
    February 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Absolutely beautiful!! It looks so cozy :)

  • Callie Lynch
    February 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Hi! Love your blog and have enjoyed reading through. Your living room is beautiful! We had the wood paneling in our home when we moved and it we were quick to paint that sucker asap! New follower :)

  • Jodi
    February 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Really beautiful, SK. Love the colors, the floor, the furniture, and the pillows are just perfect. Just wonderful!

  • his little lady
    February 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    oh gosh, honestly, the change you made to this room is so incredible. i love everything about it!!
    xo TJ

  • Jane
    February 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    WOW! I’m pinning this! It doesn’t even look like the same room. It looks outstanding. Absolutely amazing. I want to live in that room.

  • Vivian
    February 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    WOW! You did it!! It looks amazing. I’ve been around to see the before and now the after. All that wait (and your patience) was so worth it!

  • Mrs. Match
    February 7, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    It looks incredible!! The before and after are just unreal. I love the stone, and I love the furniture you picked. We have such similar taste. Now come over and help me with my house!! ;-)

  • Steph
    February 7, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    love love love love love love love!!!! the floors,the paint choice, the fireplace, the french doors…. I swoon!

  • Meg {henninglove}
    February 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    i love your living room!! you did a great job designing and decorating it. seriously it looks like it is decorated and photographed for a magazine

  • Sarah
    February 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    So pretty! It looks like something out of a magazine! Y’all did so good! :)

  • Connie Weiss
    February 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    That room turned out great! I love the fireplace. I just showed that lamp to Keith when we were at Target the other day. I want it in my bedroom.

  • alicia
    February 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    looks so beautiful!! amazing job.

  • Rebecca
    February 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Gorgeous, it’s lovely! The paneling looks great painted that color, I’ve used it before and like it a lot. Everything came together perfectly. It looks so clean, simple and bright! Love the stone on the fireplace, it’s my favorite! It just goes to show that GOOD things can come out of BAD things! You are doing a great job! I know you all are enjoying it to the max!

  • Bridget
    February 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Soooooooooo pretty!! Love it! :)

  • Amy
    February 7, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    What a great job!! I agree, I like your fireplace better than the inspiration picture.

    And the pillows on the couch??– LOVE!

  • Nicole
    February 7, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I don’t think I could say it enough!!! I really enjoy the blue accents too-what a fun way to add color! It’s so simple, yet SO homey. I think your fireplace ended up prettier than the one in the picture that you used for inspiration. This is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what project comes next!

  • Macey
    February 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    It looks fantastic!! Can I come live with you???

  • Impulsive Addict
    February 7, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    It looks AMAZING! I looked at the before pictures and then studied the after pictures. What a huge change! It is so light and airy in there now! It’s amazing how dark walls can make everything look so dark and kind of dreary. Of course, I didn’t think so when you first blogged those previous pictures but now seeing the change–WOW! I love it! It looks incredible!!

    WELL DONE! Two thumbs up from your friend in Oklahoma! xoxo

  • Jodie
    February 7, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    It looks amazing girl!! Love the fireplace!! It makes the whole room, and the color of the walls… LOVE it all!!

    You should post some of the pictures on to Pinterest!!

  • Janette Johanson
    February 7, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    oooh, it looks like a magazine!!! So fresh, crisp and homey!! I love it!! I agree, the fireplace looks awesome! I wish ours was like that– we have ugly brick. I also like the canvas tan walls… I’m sure the yellow would have been nice too but the tan is so clean looking!! It all blends well together especially with the kitchen right there too!! LOVELY!!!

  • Michelle
    February 7, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Wow looks GREAT!

  • Angie
    February 7, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    That is beautiful. I’m completely pinning it!

  • stephanie
    February 7, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    it’s BEAUTIFUL! and that fireplace? I . DIE.

  • Marie
    February 7, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Simply beautiful, I love everything you did. I love raised fireplaces so that was the first thing I noticed. Also the paneling was so dark, it looks so fresh and inviting all brightened up. Gorgeous floors, just great, you should be so proud of all your hard work.

  • Lauren
    February 7, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    That is crazy! It looks so good compared to the before pictures. You have a great eye :)

  • Sarah
    February 7, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Oh my gosh! When you’re done with your house, can I have it?! Haha! It’s gorgeous! I LOVE the fireplace – it looks just like the inspirational picture!! So cozy! :)

  • Snuzi
    February 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    I LOVE it Sarah Kate! Absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love love love your throw pillows!!!

  • Teresa@OurSouthernCountryHomeAndFarm
    February 7, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Girl, I would be glad my house was struck too, if nobody was hurt, and I got to get a new fireplace that looks like that. LOVE that stone! I love your dark wood flooring also. Looks great!

  • Erin P
    February 7, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    GORGEOUS!! This room belongs in a magazine! Seriously, it is awesome!! :) You did a great job picking out everything. When I get a house, I’ll hire you to decorate! ;)

  • Alyx
    February 7, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    SARAH!!! For real. This is freaking amazing.
    I just looked at the before pictures AGAIN, and you can’t even tell that it’s the same room!! I mean, holy cow!
    It looks fabulous. I love, love LOVE the wood flooring that you chose, and the walls and fireplace look so perfect. It’s obviously a separate room from the kitchen, but it blends into the kitchen perfectly, ya know? Like, there’s a theme, and both rooms are separate, but they work together, which is so perfect because your kitchen in so open.
    I love it.
    Okay, I’ll shut up now.
    But seriously.