Time to show you all of the updates we've made to the family room. It's long overdue, there have been a whole lot of changes.
First things first, we painted! Or I should say the Mr painted ;) We went with Benjamin Moore's Amherst Gray and had it color-matched at Lowe's using their no-voc Valspar paint in eggshell finish. The white is Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White, also color-matched in Valspar semi-gloss paint, which is what we've been painting the trim throughout the whole house, so we wanted to keep it uniform.
I really wanted to do a dark gray for the walls, but the fact that this room doesn't get a lot of natural light made me pretty hesitant. So I came up with the idea of adding board and batten to the walls to break up the dark gray and keep the bottom half white. Talk about a last minute project. The Mr was pretty happy to oblige and we took our inspiration for the project from this how-to post on Decor Chick. Our's ended up being a little more complicated because we wanted to match the trim and molding to the new mantel and built-in shelving. We bought all of the trim and molding pieces at Lowe's and trimmed it to size at home.
You'll recognize the stars on the mantel wall from this post: I made the star decals using my Silhouette Cameo (so fun). We haven't quite decided how long the stars will stay up. They were perfect for the holiday season, but now that it's over? We might take them down, I'm thinking it might be a tad too busy.
The family room is mostly Arden's (and Conrad's) play space. Arden has her play table in here and she eats breakfasts and snacks here as well. We mounted a t.v. over the fireplace for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse marathons and Disney movies.
Most of Arden's toys have fit in her toybox (the kubu wicker trunk) until now, but she's getting to the point where she's all about arts and crafts, so A LOT more (organized) storage was needed. The new built-in shelves are perfect for storing toys within reach. We've been using them for a month or so now and Arden loves having her toys so readily available, but they weren't staying organized and the shelves always looked messy. So I headed to Lowe's and stocked up on a bunch of these great charcoal storage bins to keep toys hidden and easily organized.
The top shelves and smaller bins house smaller (lighter) toys, like puppets and stickers. The middle shelf on the left is Conrad's space - all the younger toys are waiting patiently. The middle shelf on the right has Arden's puzzles, pens, crayons and art supplies. This medium sized bin holds art paper, coloring books and sticker pads. The bottom shelves and bigger bins hold things like legos, building blocks and dress up clothes.
The shelves are super functional now and even though they aren't styled with things I like (design books and decorative accessories) they're perfect for the little ones, which is more important, right? ;)
Oh and the fireplace got a little update as well. While we were at Lowe's picking up the storage bins we also bought this affordable fireplace screen and grate.
So this room is moving right along. Only a few more things on the ole' To Do list, most notably, the sofa and the carpet. Can't wait to get that sofa revamped. I'm thinking of using this Sunbrella fabric in graphite for easy cleaning. I have yet to order swatches though, I'd hate for the fabric to be too rough as this couch is super comfortable and makes for great napping. Have any of you used Sunbrella fabric on interior upholstery? What do you think of it?
I think we're going to leave the brick as is. It doesn't bother me right now with the all of the new built-ins
Done - Will blog about it soon :)
HANG ART ON THE WALLS
Haven't even started thinking about this one yet. Art is so hard! For now we have the infamous ocean art print that came with the house hanging. So far this painting manages to wiggle its way into whatever room I'm working on at the moment.
REPLACE THE CARPETING
We were on our way to doing this with FLOR tiles, but discovered some laminate flooring underneath the carpet that may or may not be asbestos. *duh duh duuuuuh. Keep you posted.
This room doesn't get a lot of light, but I wanted to do the walls in a darker color, so if we added some molding in a bright white it would help break up all the dark paint.
These shelves need some personality. This room doubles as the playroom, so I have to be careful about what I prop them with! No breakable vase collections here!
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