This was my family room right when we moved here about 3 years ago. I was not into the beige with mauve undertones on the wall, the side door with only primer on it and the furniture was a mish-mash of stuff from our last house and hand-me-downs. Not bad, but I had plans…
My family room before & after
So, I painted the walls a creamy yellow by Sherwin Williams called Lemon Chiffon. Yellows are hard to pick out and this one didn’t turn out exactly like I thought it would, but it’s still a great improvement. Please excuse the black foam over my hearth (I have 2 toddlers and it has saved a few trips to the ER.) We’re planning to rip out the fireplace to make way for built-ins…some day. I hand painted the wreath and swags above the fireplace.
Here’s my new concrete chicken that I purchased at Luckett’s Fair. I wanted a larger one, but I couldn’t imagine explaining to my husband why I bought $45 concrete chicken! OK, hold your breath…I’m going to show something truly shocking and terrible….
Yes. I have a big, ugly, black, treadmill in my family room. And it just hangs out there…mocking me. I live in a house built in the 1940’s and we do not have a bonus room or a finished basement or a 2000 sq foot master bedroom or a gym, so this is where it is. This is where it will stay. And I need to make peace that. OK, now that we’re past that, I am happy with this room, but I have big plans for it. For those of you who have looked through my blog, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I love blue & white. I didn’t do blue & white for this room because I have green counter tops in the connected kitchen. Once those green counter tops go…hello blue & white! So, although these are after pictures, they will soon be before pictures.
I painted the side door in a glossy black to give it a classic look. The french side chairs I purchased recently at an auction for $20 and slip covered them in a cotton twill, the ottoman was a $5 yard sale find, again slip covered in cotton twill. My side tables are on a constant rotation at the moment. I’ll buy one, use it, paint it, sell it, buy a new one, use it… you get the idea. These tables are pretty, but too high and not what I want. Once I find the perfect tables they will stay. The sofa is a white slip covered sofa from Ikea and I love it. About once a year I get a new slipcover (ready made from Ikea) for $50 and *tada* new sofa. Love it. I have so many ideas for this room and my house, so I wanted to share where it is now, so you can follow me on the journey.