25 August 2009

Family Room Makeover AFTER

I finally uploaded all of my family room makeover AFTER photos, and here they are! Remember, my mom asked for warm & cozy in this bland, windowless space. You can see the before photos here. The budget was $500-ish. I ended up spending about $520. The money was spent on paint, accessories, slipcovers & one piece of furniture. Everything else was already in the room or shopped from other rooms in the house (and the barn!).

My mom was SO surprised with the results. It wasn't anything like she expected. She was at Tuesday Morning when I picked out the throw pillows, so she knew the palette. She also had an idea of the wall color, but didn't realize how bold it would be. We picked out the slipcovers together. She had originally wanted red but I talked her out of that. :) My reasoning: if she had neutral slipcovers, she could change the rest of the color scheme & style for a small amount of money. They are from SureFit, but we ordered them from overstock.com because the price was cheaper & the shipping was only $2.99. They don't fit as well as the photos on the packages, but they're better than the befores!

The biggest, most dramatic change is the wall color. It is Behr Mulling Spice. I did two coats of Behr's Flat Enamel. Being a flat paint, it has a velvety texture & hides flaws in the wall better than a more shiny surface. And unlike other flat paints, it's scrubable. I'll definitely use it in my own house!

The second biggest change is the furniture arrangement. Before, the sofa & love seat faced each other with a narrow glass table in between. The tv was in an old entertainment center that was sitting on top of another old coffee table. I moved the entertainment center onto the floor where it belongs, but kept it on the same wall. The sofa & love seat are now in an L-shape. This opened up the tv area & allows people to watch tv sitting front-ways on the couch instead of sideways.

I moved the cedar chest to serve as a sofa table. All of the accessories on the chest were found in the house.

I found a box of old books in storage & stacked them throught the room. I picked them for their color!

These two old windows are from my mom's high school. My dad has lots & lots of these stored in his barn. They have been up there for years, and they were NASTY. I hosed them off & cleaned them up before hanging them on the longest uninterrupted wall. Now the room has windows! That thing in the middle has some utility stuff inside. I decided to make it a pedistal for a sculptural element I got at Hobby Lobby 80% off. Score!

The big pillow on the sofa is what I used to create the color pallete. I took it to Home Depot to find a wall color to match.

I painted the old entertainment center with some leftover wall paint from a different room in the house. There was more than enough to paint three pieces of furniture.

I purchased the big artichoke looking thing, also 80% off at Hobby Lobby, and spray painted it white. The white ironstone bowl is from Goodwill.

More books, and the paintings were already in the room, done by my grandpa.

Love this rug. I think it's too small for the space, but it was the one that went best with our color pallette. It is also from Tuesday Morning, and was the most expensive item in the room at $199.

I found the ottoman/coffee table at Savers, another thrift store. It was not very pretty - dark green with tan pleather upholsery. I painted it & re-upholstered with brown burlap.

I love this vingette! The furniture piece is an old radio/record player. I don't think it works, but it looks great! The plates & the lamp are from Goodwill. The lamp was hideous before I spray painted it white. It was the giant burlap drum shade that called to me from the thrift store shelf.

Here's a little reading nook right at the bottom of the stairs. The wingback chair has an unappealing floral brocade fabric under the slipcover. The lamp was only $8.99 at Walmart!

This is the old coffee table that was originally under the entertainment center. It looks SO much different painted! I pried off the 70's wood detail on the doors & replaced them with lattice strips to give it a shaker style. I should have spent a little more money on a cushion for the table turned bench. As it is now, it's just a body pillow cover stuffed with two bed pillow. Very ghetto. I'm not proud of that detail. :)

This corner didn't show up in the before photos. I moved the bookshelf here from the other side of the room, but basically everything else is the same as it was before. It just looks better with the warm wall color and a little lamp!

I love this collection of photos, medals & certificates from my grandpa Irl's time serving in the army during WWII. The flag over the desk is from his funeral. He's the same grandpa who painted the pictures over the entertainment center.

I worked for several days on this project, most of it painting! I did spend a lot of time shopping trying to decide what I should & shouldn't get. I did a lot of projects that I will detail on another day, hopefully soon.

Do you like it? Have you done a makeover lately? Do share!


Anonymous said...


This is awesome! I love what you did with your Mom'a place. Will you come over and help me do something to my downstairs?

Great job.
Helen Fagan

Anonymous said...

what an overwhelming creative spirit.. I mean I saw you in Madrid just the other day and you are already on the other edge of the globe, already done transforming your room :) I love what you did there, really do. That so called 'artichoke thingy' reminds me a lot of the Maltese Falcon.
Wish you guys all best! God bless you !
Congratulations, mom and dad :)
Much love, Stephan.