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!
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.
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.
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!