Just like my underwear I am constantly changing, (I may occasionally pee them a little while laughing or sneezing, I’ve had 4 kids what can I say?) so is the family room constantly changing. I love my white slip covered furniture, I really do. Even though most days it looks like this with dog prints and kid marks, no not skid marks, kid marks.
With my kitchen looking so lovely after painting the cabinets, it was time to get this puppy done!
The last time I updated on this room was last March after I painted the Gray Owl, a good start but I didn’t love it.
After living with it in a state of like but not loving, I stole the black bookcase from the entryway, put the octagonal table up for sale on CL and brought the black trunk and green chair down from our bedroom. I then played around with the mantel until I really was happy with it, in case you don’t already know, I hate decorating the mantel. The federal mirror was a thrift store find for $4. A little rub n buff turned it gold, it was originally bronze. The mirror was free from my neighbor. The rest of the mantel finds are clearance from Target and Kohls.
After studying my living room board on Pinterest I know some things I like in my living room now and one of them is bold window treatments aka curtains. I found the black and white ones in the family room at Target on clearance for $5 for 2 panels or $10 total for all 4.
I love gold/brass whatever you want to call it and, I don’t care if it goes out of style, I love it! The same for black, I really like touches of it here and there. Classic black.
If it isn’t kids, the dogs feel a need to be in the photo shoot as well. Good thing they are cute!
Here’s a little before and after so you can see how far this room has come. This was from the fall of 2011 so we had only been in our home for a few months and I was trying to use what we had until I could figure out what I wanted, the trim had yet to be painted and it was beige all over!
The room is furnished with CL finds, thrift store treasures, Target clearance and items I’ve transformed with spray paint and Rub N’ Buff. I am cheap and don’t like to spend a lot of money. Our current tv stand is a dresser from CL that I painted and once used as a buffet in our dining room. My hubby removed the top drawer, fitted the area with plywood that I painted black, drilled some holes for cables and voila, a tv stand. The coffee table was another CL find for $20, it’s been in our bedroom, the formal living room and it’s found a new home here in the family room. The lamp on the side table was another thrift store purchase for $5 and the black reading lamp in the corner was a target clearance for $11, originally $40. One of the only things besides my couch and chairs that I paid full price for, is the starburst mirror by Martha Stewart at Home Depot. It makes me happy. The horse picture in the corner above the chair was from my mother-in-law. She had it in her bedroom as a child and knew I was a vintage kind of girl so she passed it on to me After a year of finding things and taking my time, I finally have a room that I am proud of!!!!
Future plans for this room include building bookshelves around the fireplace and stone over the tile surround, replacing the carpeting with wood floors and I would love to cover up the popcorn ceiling with planking and get
rid of the eyeball lighting. Until I win the lottery or a makeover from HGTV, I think this room will be staying like this for a while. I have many other rooms and projects waiting for me!
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