Well I've been away for a bit. Quiet on here means projects are brewing at home.
I have been working in our family room. Do you think it needed it? Cluttered and dark, this room needed a lift.
Before pictures showing what we inherited - wood paneling and dark brick fireplace wall.
Ready for the dramatic results?
Paint can do wonders! Lighting helps too. I painted the brick a bright white around the fireplace. The walls are a super light grey. It was not easy to paint and I have the blisters to prove it.
I hope it doesn't look a showroom at IKEA. I did get a lot of the products there - fabric for the drapes, the bookcase, baskets, lamps, and picture frames. The drapes took a solid two days to make. They were A LOT of work but just because I wanted to make them pleated and decided to do an inverted box pleat instead of the traditional 3-fold. I love them!
We got the new sectional at Macy's. Now we can enjoy it sitting in our nice clean fresh room with new drapes and toys organized. Now I can concentrate on housework (so neglected since I started this makeover) and of course other projects!
There are still a few things we need for the room. A new TV for one - it is dwarfed with the new mega furniture and in comparison to the fireplace. White trim work to replace the wood colored trim is next, and some sort of colored glass tile to modernize the fireplace. More colored pillows and decor will also follow. Oh, and lastly, I do want to change the lighting in here from the 2 overhead lights to one chandelier/contemporary light over the little table and put a bigger game table there, and some recessed lighting throughout the room. I also would like a white cabinet to the right of the fireplace, blending into the brick wall and providing more storage.
Phew - I guess there is still a lot to be done! Of course the next project is the super-outdated bathroom with peachy pansy wallpaper, wooden toilet seat, pink toilet and disgusting vanity. That project I'm saving for next week for when my fabulous parents come into town. Happy Thanksgiving to them! I will take before and after pictures on this too of course.