I can't believe it's been a month since I first wrote about starting our family room makeover! We've had a jam-packed month but we managed to get a few things done in our family room. To see what this room looked like before, click here. Here's what we've done so far:
We killed the green wall! As much as I love green, we painted over the misfit green wall (and the rest of the tan family room walls). Don't worry my beloved green, you'll be back in some way, I wouldn't leave you out! After trying several paint samples, we ended up going with an old favorite color, Gallery Taupe by Behr. You can see the new wall color in the fireplace photos below. After trying most of the paint brands out there over the last 20+ years of DIYing, Behr is still our favorite go-to paint for the quality and price. Gallery Taupe is the same color we painted our master bathroom about 8 or so years ago, but it looks a bit more gray here in the family room. I was hoping it would be a tad warmer like it is in our bathroom, but it *theoretically* looks good with the couch fabric and tile sample that we picked for the fireplace, so we'll just have to see when it all comes together in real scale with everything else thrown in there. I'm slowly driving Rick crazy with my mutterings about maybe having to repaint it a warmer shade of pretty much the same color. I should have taken my blogging buddy Kelly's advice from View Along the Way in her Decorating 101 series - pick the paint color last after everything else is in place. I know better too. I may end up paying for my impatience...but then again, it may all work out! It's starting to grow on me the longer I live with it. :)
Why did we paint when we did you ask, even before tearing out the fireplace? Because I just had to cover that green wall RIGHT NOW. That's when I was inspired to do it and that's what I do, I just do things when I do things. Don't try to make sense of it.
2. TORE OUT THE FIREPLACE.
First we pulled off the mantel, which came off pretty easily after a little prying. I only say that because Rick did most of the heavy prying while I pryed a little, so it was pretty easy for me.
There was a cobweb convention going on behind the mantel. That party's been going on since 1986, ewww! We sold the mantel on Craigslist within just a few hours of posting it. I'm glad it went to a good home - it was pretty, but we lived with it for 14 years and it's time for a change. Someone else can love it now.
Next, we removed the brick hearth and surround:
Then we filled in the gaps from the brick with insulation and drywall and prepped the gas fireplace insert to be painted with high heat black paint:
After painting the fireplace insert, we built our frame around the fireplace that will serve as a base for the tile. We built the frame from floor to ceiling and bumped it out 6-7 inches to give this sunken family room some needed height and interest. Can you start to see my vision?
This photo is the best representation of the new wall color, plus you can kind of see the new black paint job on the fireplace insert. The brass is gone and it looks brand new again! This photo was taken between the time our old furniture was removed and the new stuff arrived. We took advantage of this time and had the carpets cleaned. Maggie immediately lies on it when its dry to start the whole dirty carpet cycle over again.
In the next family room update post, I'll show you how we finished framing out the fireplace in preparation for the new tile as well as the new mantel plans. Oy, the tile! There's a story. I'll save it for next time.
3. GOT NEW FURNITURE!
Our new sectional finally arrived after a couple months delay while on fabric back-order. YAY! The ottoman coffee table is also finally in place. We've had the ottoman for a few months now but it didn't fit well in the space with the old sofa. We've been treating it like an unwelcomed house crasher, moving it around from one room to another whenever it wore out its welcome in one area. It's been in the living room, the garage, and the dining room but finally it's settled in to its permanent space in the family room.
|The couch needs more PILLOWS! HA! - that's a little joke for my husband. He so doesn't get the pile of pillows that women love on their sofas and beds. They just get in his way. More pillows are on the way though. ;)|
SOFA INFO: We purchased our new sofa at a local furniture store. It's made by Stanton Sofas in Tualatin, OR. I like that it was made just a few hours away here in the Pacific Northwest and it has a good warranty. The new sectional is longer on one end than our previous square sectional and slightly shorter on the other end, which seems to fits the space better than the previous sofa. The linen-look fabric we chose is called "Hayden Beige" and is the color of taupey-colored oatmeal. How appetizing does that sound?! I really like how this sofa looks - it's simple and modern and fits more people than our previous one did. I will say that it is a firm sofa, and the cushions are deep which is great for our tall family but may be too deep for some.
OTTOMAN INFO: I've been eyeing this exact ottoman coffee table for years and still had a picture of it saved on my hard drive (before Pinterest!) dated back to 2009. I was so happy to see that it was still available 5 years later! The cost was $265 when I purchased it a few months ago. I thought about DIY'ing an ottoman since that's where my mind often goes when I hear the price of something that I don't want to hear, but sometimes I just have to remind myself that I don't have to DIY everything. I figured since I still liked this ottoman 5 years later, it's a good bet that I'll still like it for awhile longer so we bit the bullet and bought it. When the ottoman was first delivered, it seemed HUGE (because it is - it's 48 inches long by 30 inches wide). We kept looking at each other saying, "is it too big? what do you think?" We liked it though so were just waiting to see it with the new sofa. Now that it's paired with the sectional, the scale looks great to us and we love it! Whew!
I also picked up this beauty for 5 bucks off Craigslist a couple months ago to put in the corner near the TV entertainment area. This is the actual photo from the Craigslist ad. Don't ask me what it was about this photo that made me want to take this chair home with me, but I did!
She needs some work.
I've nicknamed her "Foxy Lady" for obvious reasons.
Even though our style tends to run towards contemporary, I like to throw in something vintage-y or funky like this chair in the mix just to keep things from looking toooo cold and contemporary. The fox is a little too funky for me so he's not staying. The nickname, however, will stay.
That's it for now! Stay tuned for next time with more updates on how the fireplace (and Foxy Lady!) is coming along.