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Guest Post: Family Room Redo Revealed!

December 5, 2011


Remember a while back when I was agonizing over the state of my family room? The one that has sat virtually untouched since we moved in seven years ago?

Well, after all your kind words of encouragement and some marathon inspiration sessions on Pinterest, I’m happy to reveal my “new” family room, with a few thrifty twists, of course.

Before and After: Rachel's family room redo is complete!

In October, after months of staring at paint samples, I cleared a weekend and got busy with painting the fireplace.

  • First, I had to paint the inside of the fireplace with high-heat paint to accommodate our new gas logs.
  • Once the logs were in, I was free to paint the rest of the brick. And let me just tell you, bricks drink up that thick, gloopy masonry paint like it is water. I underestimated how paint I would need and how long it would take me to cover that surface area.

I had a vision for the space, though my husband Patrick was a hard sell. I asked him to rip out the shelves to the right of the fireplace and he gave me the side eye. Again with the questioning looks when I told him we wouldn’t be needing the entertainment center, and that I’d like him to drill a hole in the on the wide part of mantle.

You can see where I was going — we turned the wood storage bin into a built-in entertainment center. Patrick cut, painted and mounted shelves for the Wii, DVD player and DirecTV console and our fancy new flat screen fit nicely on the wide part of the mantle.

So where does the thriftiness come in? Let’s start at the fireplace screen. $14.99 at the Concord Goodwill! And it fits like a glove! How is that for some shopping karma?

The large mirror (the frame of which I am now debating painting black) is second hand, though I don’t recall what I paid for it.

I was looking for an accent color and settled on green. I painted two Goodwill brass lamps ($4.99 each) a high-gloss green. I also turned some of my favorite tchotchkes into object d’art.

My Underwood typewriter (second hand purchase) and small collection of old cameras (garage sale and Goodwill purchases) got green too.

A coat of paint updates the Underwood typewriter!

Old cameras become new again with a holiday-friendly hue!

As you can tell from the shelves on the left side of the mantle, we’ve still got a bit of work to do, but it’s more organizational than anything else.

Now my new commitment problem involves holiday decor. Decorating on a white background is a game-changer, especially when you factor in all my new green accessories. Decisions, decisions!

-Rachel Sutherland

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2011 1:31 pm

    Yay! You did it 🙂 Looks great!

    • December 7, 2011 10:00 am

      We agree, Emily! Thanks for the comment. We think your house is looking great, as well.

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