I don’t normally do this…
You know….give you sneak peeks of what I’m working on behind the scenes. I generally like you to be surprised at the end. 🙂
But what fun is that for you??
Plus, if I am waaaay off base, I’d love for you guys to rein me in and say, “Whoa, whoa, now hold up here….This looks like crap, Serena!”
(You’d tell me that, wouldn’t you?? One friend to the next…?? Okay–good).
Well, today I’m going to show you what I’ve been
obsessing over working on over the past several weeks for my 30-Day September Room Makeover Challenge:
My family room!!
Oh….guys, this room was a total hot mess before I got my hands on it.
We moved into this house nearly 5 years ago, and this large room was just a big ‘ole rectangle of paneling with wallpaper adhered to it (oh, the horror….).
When we moved in, we immediately had a contractor (shout out to Edmundo!) rip it out and install drywall.
But I’m embarrassed to say that in those 5 years, we didn’t even spread a lick of paint on those walls.
But not all the walls.
It was the poor, neglected family room.
This summer I was itching to start one of my 30-Day Room Challenge Makeovers (sign up here for the next one!) where my readers and I tackle one room in our house in 30 days (check out all the challenge rooms here).
This is a reminder of what it looked prior to getting started.
I’m embarrassed it looked this “ick.”
When we had the drywall put in, they removed the window and door trim and didn’t re-install it.
So this is what our window trim (or lackthereof) looked like for 5 years!
And I had no DIY skills or power tools know-how to even think of adding back the trim.
But now?? I’m a power tool wielding DIY-obsessed chick who has at least installed her own crown molding in her master bedroom.
This….would be a piece of cake.
And sure enough, it came out nicely! There were….a couple hiccups (LOL, cutting one piece at least an inch too short), but hey–I’m not perfect. 🙂
Same thing with the door that leads out to our patio (click here to see the BEFORE & AFTER of my patio).
It had no trim….no curtains…just an old, ugly blind that was left from the previous tenants. HAHA
But with trim and new paint (I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg), I’m really liking the way this is looking!
Now I just need to paint the rod or get some blinds or something. Still not sure about that yet.
I also wanted to add trim to this wide doorway leading to the laundry room, garage, and powder room.
That was a simple job. Easiest of all, actually.
(FYI….Email me if you want more info on how to add window and door trim).
Okay…..Let’s Talk PAINT
You’ll remember my painting dilemma, right?
I had started off painting this room in Behr’s Bayberry Frost which is a light, soothing green.
But in this room….it just didn’t work!
OOPS! Wrong Color…
That was the single best decision ever.
Every spring and summer I went on mad rampages through my house, declaring how dark and dreary it was now that the sunlight was blocked by leaves.
Suddenly, with the trees gone, my living room was like that moment from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when the neighbors’ bedroom was flooded with light. HA!
This paint, however, made it feel dark again!
And I couldn’t have that. Nope!
Instead, I hung my tail behind my legs, a little embarrassed I wasted all that paint and time only to paint it over.
I repainted in Behr Swiss Cream, and OMG, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Just the soft color I was looking for that wouldn’t obstruct the light!
(…..Don’t even get me started on that ceiling fan….We’ll talk about that in another post… LOL)
You Guys’ Feedback
You all were awesome in giving me some feedback about turning the sofa towards the TV, so I took your advice.
Now, mind you…. I’m still now done.
I still have to:
- Sew my DIY curtains
- Fix up my sofa table
- Build a coffee table with storage
- Attempt to make a DIY mantel and surround (and figure out how to hide the cords)
- Lay the new rug in the sitting area (being shipped from Carpet One!)
- Sew some pillows
- Paint my secretary desk chair
- Paint my thrifted lamps
- Paint the ceiling fan
- Reattach the buttons on my sofa cushions (I pulled them off to wash–ICK!!!)
- Figure out pictures and wall hangings
- Crown molding!! I’ve decided I definitely want it in this room!
In my final reveal when everything is done, I’ll show you everything, plus individual posts on how I did all those things.
But sadly, there’s no guarantee that I’ll get the rest of this stuff done before I head to RYOBI next week to film their Holiday Gift Guide at their Headquarters in South Carolina. I also have a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for my part-time job.
So I must finish as much as I can before I leave. Otherwise, the rest gets done the following week!
But stay tuned, because we’ll be showing you all of our rooms for our 30-Day September Room Makeover Challenge! 🙂
So what do you guys thinks so far?!?