Thursday, October 6, 2011

A New Room!

First I want to thank those of you out there that wrote me such beautiful, kind and funny words on Monday's post.  I am a girl that tends to get blue pretty often.  It has happened to me for as long as I can remember.  Some day I'll get brave enough to talk to a doctor about it, but I'm not there yet.  Just know that I am prevailing. 

Now on to the good news.  My newly painted family room.  Now that is something that makes me happy. :)  This is our second make over of the room.  When we bought our house, the family room walls were covered with dark brown paneling.  It was so ugly and even with a patio door and two sky lights and some recessed lighting, it always looked dark in there.

I then decided to go the complete opposite.  We stripped all of the paneling off and got lucky that it was nailed instead of glued.  I painted the walls a bright and cheery yellow.  Except it was never quite the color I had in my head.  I hate when that happens.  But ceiling is turned out great!  It's a vaulted ceiling and we wanted it to feel big and airy so we painted it blue with tones of puffy clouds.  We still love to this day.
Pretty huh?
Here are the walls yellow.  It wasn't awful, just not right.
So after many years of wanting to change the color, I finally did it.  I didn't want to make a mistake again like I did with the yellow so I bought some tester paint and painted a big old stripe down the wall.  Then we lived with it for more than a month.  Once Annabelle was settled in at school, my lovely MIL, who loves to paint, came over and helped me knock it out.  It took one whole day to do the walls, two coats.  Then she came over again the next day and helped me refresh all of the trim and paint the cabinets.  And now it's pretty, pretty, pretty.  Of course, it only makes me wish for the money to be able to really finish it the way I would like.  But that unfortunately will cost close to $10,000 to redo the fireplace, put down new floors, buy a super big wrap around couch and a big screen TV to hang over the fireplace.  But for now, it's good and I'm lovin' it:)

It's was still messy when I took the pictures.  It's much cleaner now.  Does anyone want a treadmill?  We want to sell it.

A closer look of my set up over the fireplace.

The right shelving unit.  They used to be dark brown.

And the left side.

The view of the couch.  I still have to add more pictures but I'm stumped how to do it right now.  I needed these pictures that I found at JoAnn Fabrics.  They matched so perfectly.

And the view into the kitchen.
So what do you think? 


  1. I like it, it's very bright and cheerful. Also I love the white shelves...very updated and modern looking. A job well done.

  2. What a fun family room! I've never seen a ceiling like that before--very cool!

  3. I'm still totally in love with it two weeks later. It must mean that I did it right this time.

    I wish I could take credit for the ceiling but it was Mark's idea. Credit where credit is due, I guess.

  4. I love the cabinet and those pictures do match perfect! Good find.