Thursday, March 10, 2016

Family Room Reveal Day is Here!


Wow! I feel like it took forever to get to a place where I felt like I could share my family room photos with you all and I am so happy to be revealing it today!


When we purchased this house 2 years ago, it was in dated disrepair, and we still have quite a bit to go, but, oh, the progress we've made so far! Let's take a gander at a few of the before pictures. 

WARNING: It might be a bit scary!







Dark, dated, pink carpet, peach trim, 20 year old builder's original paint, dark window coverings and fixtures.  We knew we had a lot to do to bring our home up to date, but we saw the diamond in the rough and had hope for what it could be!

We started with ripping out the carpet and installing hardwoods our first year here.  You can read the details of how we were able to save thousands on our hardwood install here.  It was a big job, but one of the most beautiful results we've ever seen in our DIY adventures!

 How to Save Thousands on Hardwoods

Next, we had to paint everything - and I mean everything.  Ceilings, trim, walls, and each and every wood paneled window and door. All of the trim was originally painted with oil paint and we had to deal with how to cover that peach dentil moulding. It was going to be tedious to try to go with latex, so we chose to stick with oil for ease - and for our sanity!


For now, we chose the same color scheme for our entire downstairs.  We went with Sherman Williams Crushed Ice.


It's a beautiful, muted gray that is on the whiter side. It almost morphs with the seasons and as the daylight changes. I love how it brightens my room!

Our budget was running low, so we needed to be frugal when it came time to furnish our Den. With our boys still being a bit on the rough side, we went with Ikea's Ektorp sofa and loveseat.  



We purchased the Ektorp sofas with the white slip covers, but also purchased an extra set of the Nordvalla gray to switch out with the change of seasons.


The rug is Ikea as well.  It's called Gaser in dark gray.  I honestly wanted a low pile type of burlap rug, but we are a family of compromise and this was my husband's request. There are days that I wish we had something lighter and then there are the days that I love the gushiness of the rug under my feet.

We've had the sofas for about a year and a half and they have held up unbelievably well! Especially with Rowdy and Raucous boys!



We love the gray look with our couch, but with the coming of Spring, I couldn't wait to switch out the color to usher in that brightness.




The fireplace is still a work in progress.  I have started the project by painting the brick with a self mixed gray.


My goal is to paint the mantle white and add shiplap above up to the dentil moulding.  I'd also love to see the brick framed in with white below the mantel. I'll save that reveal for a later date.


For tutorials on the hand painted window and the Ballard's Knock off Topiaries
click the highlighted links.


This chest is a treasured family heirloom that is truly one of my favorite pieces in my house. I found the surveyor's stick at our local dump and it's perched nicely in the corner.


Here's a tute of my Faux Succulent Garden.


In the front corner, I placed our plantation desk that came from my husband's family.


I have it styled nicely with my DIY wall art.



These set of boxes from Ikea fill a corner nicely.  The printed box was found under my mother's stairs  ~ an old shirt box with vintage newpaper print.  I love it!


My favorite junkin' finds - my $5 German Wall clock - a total steal!
My heart sings each time it chimes.


This is an old army box that we found at an estate sale.  
It used to hold my birch logs when we had our faux fireplace in our old house.


Another future project is to remove this door to an unused half bath and open the wall on the opposite side to create a second closet in our Master Bedroom.


I revealed my DIY Chevron covered ottoman last week, so be sure to check out the tutorial!





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Click below to learn more about the projects listed above!

 DIY Hand Painted Window Frame How to Save Thousands on your Hardwood Floors

 Ballard's Topiary Knock Off  How to paint Dentil Moulding the easy way!




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39 comments :

  1. Absolutely beautiful!!! I found myself just crawling into the pictures. The space just looks so inviting and comfy and pretty!

    I LOVE the German wall clock! Wow that was a find!

    You've been blessed with the gift of interior decorating. :-)

    I enjoyed my visit here today!

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    1. Hi Karen! Thank you so much for your sweet words! That just made my evening. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  2. Wow! Absolutely fantastic job! I love everything you did and that you have details for each project on corresponding links! I'm sharing this for sure!!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    1. Hi Lori! I was worried that I included too many links back to old projects. Glad to know that they were helpful. Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by!

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  3. This is such a lovely room - great decor choices. I have been looking for a light gray paint and really like your wall color - so tomorrow I will be getting a Crushed Ice sample to try out. Fantastic score on the wall clock - I have a couple and the chimes always make me smile - I find the sound very comforting.

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    1. Thank you so much, lala! I did a value search on the clock a few years ago and it's worth 50 times the amount I paid! Let me know if you like the Crushed Ice. I find it very soothing.

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  4. What a fabulous makeover. I love your vision. Beautiful room.

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    1. Marty, you are so sweet! Thank you for your sweet compliment. I always love linking up to your party!

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  5. What an amazing transformation - I really love the white covers, it brightens up the whole room - great job!

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    1. Thank you so much, Claudia! I love how washable the white covers are, especially after this weekend with my messy boys! OY! I love that you stopped by.

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  6. Wow! What a transformation!! It looks great :)

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  7. Your family room looks absolutely gorgeous. Nothing like that pink mess from before. I love all of your color choices and how you have bought warmth and uniqueness to the room with all of your wood pieces and little details.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Mary! When I posted the before pictures, it was hard for me to remember that crazy pink mess! I appreciate your sweet words - they warm my heart!

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  8. Beautiful redo. I love the $5 clock also - Find me one, ok? ;)

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  9. Love the farmhouse look and your beautiful transformation! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Sharon - you made my day. Thank you for the feature. I always love linking up to your blog.

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  10. Very nice transformation and what a difference the white slipcovers make on your furniture. Enjoy your new surroundings!
    JP

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    1. Thank you so much! I love that you stopped by!

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  11. OMG! Can you come over and transform my house, your house looks amazing! Just wow!

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  12. Now that's a wonderful transformation!! What a great job you did on this room. Isn't it fun to watch a room like this evolve over time? I love that you made budget-friendly choices and incorporated some meaningful family pieces as well as great vintage finds. Way to go!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Richella - this feature made my day today. Thank you for your kind words and for the feature! I so appreciate it.

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  13. I love your home.. I also love the idea of seasonal couch covers!!! Have a blessed day!

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    1. Patty,

      I am so glad we connected! I look forward to getting to know you more. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. We are in the middle of updating ours. Love how your projects turned out!! Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and for the pinning love! I always love to stop by your party. Thanks for hosting.

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  15. Your family room now looks incredible! Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town - pinning it on the party board here - https://www.pinterest.com/knickoftime/talk-of-the-town-repurposed-upcycled-vintage-recip/

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    1. Thanks, Angie - I love that you pinned it! I always enjoy linking up to your parties!

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  16. Hey just stopping by to let you know that this amazing post was picked as one of the highlights on the #HomeMattersParty linky. You can find at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-linky-party-78/. While you are there grab the I was featured button for your sidebar. Once again congrats and we hope you will link up again.

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    1. Melissa - this just made my week! Thank you so much for the feature. I've made sure to link back to you.

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  17. These are great photos. I liked the entire interior. I am also going to get such a beautiful interior for my new home which I just bought in Dove mountain Luxury Real Estate. We will shift there by end of this month. It is so exciting to move to a new home!

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  18. Lovely makeover Jen! Love how bright your living room space is and replacing that carpet for wood floors did wonders! Love that German wall clock- what a find!!! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at #TALENTEDTuesday. I'm featuring your room transformation tomorrow!
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Cheers,
    AJ

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  19. Good Morning,
    You won't believe this, but just seeing this transformation and your vision gave me goosebumps!
    Beautiful!
    You must just step back every morning and pinch yourself and say wow this is mine and we did it!
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent and inspiration with us today at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!
    Jemma

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  20. Very fresh and airy and light! I am wondering how you will keep those pretty white couches clean with two boys! :-) LOVE the faux succulent jar. I have been making fairy terrariums and now I want to make one of these!

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  21. What a gorgeous transformation. I so appreciate that you provided a realistic timeline.
    Thank you for linking up this wonderful post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday. May you have a glorious Easter!

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