When we first saw our new home at the open house in November, we were immediately in love with the whole home. One special feature that the house has that really struck us, is a family room that you step down into off of the hall off of the kitchen. It was a charming and special feature and a spacious room. We immediately saw potential in the room. The previous owners had used it as a sort of man cave/ pool room/ hunting lodge. You’ll see in the picture below. Dark paneling, dark brown doors, a pool table in the middle of the room, a bear skin and a deer head displayed on the wall. The walls were COVERED in framed pictures. In short, it was NOT AT ALL our style.
But as a I said, we saw lots of potential. My mom and I immediately started designing the room – lots of white paint would be used, light wood, seaside touches. After we’d moved in and gotten a bit settled, we got started putting our vision into reality.
Here are a few more before pictures:
We started by getting new doors put in. We had insulated doors put in and picked some that had a charming design at Home Depot and that had more windows and let in more light.
In the pictures above you’ll see that the primer had been put on the dark paneling and the windows and door frames. The off-white yellowish paint remained on the top half of the walls at this point.
The stairs were the next item that needed serious attention. The stairs that the room had when we bought the house were two large, misshapen, uneven concrete steps. We had those taken out and a new, beautiful staircase put in place. The pictures below are of the concrete steps and of the new stairs before they were stained.
The room made its debut for company on Easter Sunday. We had so much fun designing the room and implementing our ideas! It turned a dark, depressing, dingy room into a gorgeous, spacious, bright and sunny room that we absolutely love spending time in!
Some information on where some of the items in the room came from:
- The absolutely gorgeous chandelier we ordered from Wayfair. We love it so much and stare at it regularly 🙂
- The beautiful capiz coffee table was a Pier 1 find. It’s the perfect addition to the room. (A lot of the Easter decorations in the room also came from Pier 1).
- The lovely side board behind the chair and ottoman was a treasure we found at the Christmas Tree Shop.
- The paint colors used in the room are: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace for the top half of the walls (the plastered part). Benjamin Moore Simply White in semi-gloss for the paneling, the door frames and the window frames.
You’ll also see the finished stairs with the stain on them above. You’ll note the seaside touches that we’d added at that point (the anchor on the wall, etc..). We’ve added quite a few more since and I’ll show those in a future blog post.
My mom and I had so much fun working together to transform this room. We make a great team and we loved every minute of the process and are so happy with the result!