I’ve been scheming for quite some time, trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with the family room. I’ve finally thrown together some family room makeover plans which I’ll share with you today, and I’m working behind the scenes to make this vision come to life in the coming weeks. The thing is, while I gave this room a makeover soon after we moved in, it’s never really been 100% “my style.” The room needed to be addressed right off the bat after moving in because it was dark and depressing since it doesn’t get much natural light, and the red brick fireplace was just sucking the light (and the life) out of the space. I immediately whitewashed the brick, which improved the look and feel of the room by leaps and bounds.
Here’s the room when we moved in:
And here it is updated with the whitewashed fireplace:
I made the room as presentable as possible with the little budget we had, since we had much bigger fish to fry during our first year in the house. Basement waterproofing, air conditioner replacement, TWO hot water heater replacements … you get the drift. Basically all of the “not so fun” improvements that you can’t even see but they cost a fortune. (Oh the joys of home ownership, right?) Anyway, while the family room looked decent, it wasn’t entirely my style and it’s never really looked the way I wanted it to. I’m finally ready to focus some energy on this space, and here’s the general look I’m going for. (P.S. You can hover over the graphic to reveal links to some of the products if you’re interested.) Ignore the silver metal chairs in front of the fireplace as those have been moved outside to the deck.
Here’s what’s on the “to do” list:
Paint the walls. Again.
We painted the walls Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray the first year we moved in, and while it’s an ok neutral (I actually love it in my mom cave), it’s just a little bit more bland than what I’d like for this space. I tend to gravitate more toward cooler colors, and I loved Gray Owl so much when I used it in our bedroom that I’m giving it another shot, this time downstairs. Since the same wall connects our family room to our kitchen, I’ll be painting that entire half of the downstairs. I love Gray Owl because while it’s a pretty light gray, it also has blue and green undertones and changes depending on the time of day and what type of light hits it.
Make over the fireplace. Again.
While I’m happy with the whitewashed look of the brick, I want to give it one more coat of white paint since it’s a little bit uneven in some areas and has absorbed a bit more than I wanted it to. I’ll make the coverage a tad more opaque than it currently is, but keep the overall look. The mantel will get a coat of dark charcoal gray paint.
Here’s a photoshopped version of what I’m thinking.
At first, I was a little bit afraid of going this route since I don’t necessarily “hate” the wood stain, but it’s not my favorite, and we plan on totally refacing the fireplace and adding a new mantel at some point in the future, so I don’t mind the idea of experimenting with a different look for now.
Add new art
I’ll be replacing the sunburst mirror and photos on the mantel with some beautiful art from Minted, and hope to add some height to the room by incorporating some taller frames. I’ll also be swapping out some frames around the TV and having a print framed by Framebridge for over the armchair which I can’t wait to show you!
Our dirty Target rug is out, and a new rug is in. I want to incorporate more blues into the space, starting with the rug. I never was crazy about the lack of contrast between the tan rug and the floors (which I also hate and we will eventually replace — it’s laminate and I always say it looks like a basketball court, but we’re working with it for budget reasons for the time being).
I’ll be making curtains for our back bay windows/door that lead out to the sunroom, and I’m leaning toward using an indigo shibori fabric. I love the print I chose for the moodboard, which is available on Spoonflower.
I’ll be mixing patterns and texture to complement the blue color scheme.
The peeling fake leather storage ottoman has GOT to go. It has served us well for many years, and provided us with much needed toy storage when our older boys were little and we lived in a much smaller home, but we don’t use it for storage anymore and it’s peeling and looks terrible. It’s time to take it out to pasture if you know what I mean. I go back and forth between wanting something upholstered and wanting something round with a warm wood tone. Since we do still have a toddler, it will have to be somewhat kid-friendly with no sharp corners or glass. I’m loving this one from West Elm.
We’ll be getting rid of our old espresso-toned TV stand and swapping it out with either a Mid-Century piece (because I love an eclectic feel and mixing styles, and the hubs is Mid-Century obsessed), or some other cool or interesting piece if we can find one while thrifting. I’m thinking probably wood-toned, but I’m open to painting something. I’d also like to mount the TV on the wall above it. I’ll also be switching out the frames/photos surrounding the TV. So we will be saying buh-bye to this dark, boring setup.
We have built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace, and last year I added this wallpaper backing. I’m not sure yet if it will stay or be replaced with something that might clash less with the new design. I’ll just have to play around with it and see.
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