Ya know, I hate to do this to you guys again, but when the creative muse hits I embrace her with gusto. What I mean to say is, I'm doing another complete room makeover.....nothing like the holidays and a decorating blog to get the creative juices flowing, eh? Great timing. Sorta. I'll be providing bits and pieces over the next couple weeks as I get stuff 'just so' regarding Christmas paraphenalia and the like.
So, this month's contestant is my family room in which the beastly fireplace resides. Let me show you where this adventure begins:
Mind you, these pictures feature the previous owner's 'country fair' decor. And I will also mention that I have already painted the paneling 4, count 'em, FOUR times (each time entailed 3 coats).
First I primed with 2 coats, and painted the room a pale blue/green:
Here's another view...ignore the blurry members of my family...this is the only shot I have of the room looking in from the kitchen nook. You can see I was already experimenting with other beige-y shades in the corner by the fireplace.
I had also painted the kitchen deep taupe, but ended up painting *it* blue, and the family room became Taupe 3...and I didn't even show you the 2 other sets of couches I tried in here, but you can read all about my revolving furniture woes HERE:
Even the linen floral slipcovered loveseat, adorable hubby and Bogart the dog couldn't make me love that band-aid pink taupe.
So we moved on to a deeper taupe, which was the same color as I used in my dining room.
I loved the blue of my kitchen next to the deep taupey brown, but when I decided to do the dining room that shade, I then knew what color the family room needed to be
Did I mention we've only been in this house just over a year?
My girls just roll their eyes when I pull out the rollers and brushes and start in again on the paneling.
Yesterday, I tackled once again the painting of all that paneling using the same shade and sheen as the trim...called Woodlawn Lace from Lowes. The walls breathed a sigh of relief. Ahhhh.
I finally think I have a vision for this room, and I'm so excited to share the progress with you.
And because I'm me, no redo would be complete without Craig, so hubby and I drove south 30 minutes to pick up this shelob (and her ugly loveseat stepsister), which will receive new duds of dropcloth delight to match the cushion on my double rocker.
These are actually 10 year old pieces from an upscale local furniture store...weighed a ton (good sign...hardwood construction), super comfy, and only $150 for the pair. I like the quality, simple lines (making the job of slipcovering them a bit easier), "normal" overall scale, and slight hump back. As soon as I get them gussied up, I'll show y'all. Until then, though, I'll use a ready made slipcover I got from Overstock on one, and some kind of throw quilt/blanket on the other until after the holidays when I can tackle the sewing project.
Thankfully, I also figured out how to get rid of the 8 ton TV we had in the armoire shown above (girls playing guitar hero) by telling hubby I needed something lower-profile.....so he finally got his flatscreen TV (!), which will be perched atop an antique dresser my mom got for me when I was young. Love it when we all get something out of the makeover :)
Looking forward to showing you some progress for my Make it for Monday post. Don't forget to add my button (code on my sidebar) and get the word out. Can't wait to see all the gorgeousness you guys have slathered on your homes this past week!