Our family room before/after

I promised I would share the process of re-doing our home, and I never make a promise I can’t keep. As I have mentioned before, our home was a whole lotta brown and beige everywhere and I essentially started ripping things out the day after we moved - starting with the mantel. We demo-ed the facade and then I worked with my carpenter to turn my napkin sketch into the real thing. We got creative trying to salvage as much as possible, but still achieve the look I was going for.

We kept the outside edges, but ripped out the “guts” of the TV built-in. I designed those doors and had them made to give it a little oomph. We put in beefy mouldings everywhere and shiny new dark wood floors. Then, true to form, I lacquered the crap out of everything. No, seriously. All of the trim in our house is not painted, it’s lacquered!

We kept the top of the handrail, but sawed out the swirly twirly iron underneath and replaced them with crisp white balusters and newel posts.

The wall color is my favorite light gray paint of all time called “Silver Drop” by Behr at Home Depot. If you’re looking for a new light gray paint for one (or several) rooms in your home, “Silver Drop” can’t be beat.

Here is what it looked like before:


And here is the after:

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Art | Accessories: Recycled Glass Jars | Coral Reef Sculpture (similar) | Magnifying Glass (similar) | Black and White Boxes

See the before/after of other spaces in our home:

Wren's Nursery
The Kitchen
The Powder Room
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