The Family Room Challenge: The Reveal

This is the day.  The day in which six weeks of prepping, painting, building, hanging, and styling comes to fruition.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I actually chose to participate in a blogger challenge put out by Linda of Calling It Home where we completely decorate a room in just six short weeks.  I chose to make over our family room, which I had been planning to do since January, but had never quite gotten around to. 

Styled Coffee Table

Here is what the space looked like before:



And here it is today from a similar vantage point:

Cheerful Family Room

See that beautiful mirrored cabinet above?  My husband built that in three days from scratch!  I am in love!

DIY Mirrored Cabinet

I plan on sharing a tutorial for the cabinet next Thursday (see it here).  We actually finished it last night (Tuesday) so I just grabbed some things from around the house to style it.  The lamp lives in the living room & is from Target (I don’t think they sell it anymore).  The sphere sculpture was a DIY I copied from Crazy Wonderful.  (Hers turned out much better than mine!)  The candle holders came from Hobby Lobby & sit on the table in the entry way.

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How about another before?



And today…

Blue Family Room

We purchased two identical Danbury Sofas from JC Penney’s in January, which is what got my wheels spinning for this makeover.  The rug is the Moroccan Aster Rug made by Jaipur.  I found it at a local store for just $70! 

Floral & Turquoise Pillows

I made pillow covers from P.Kauffman’s Impression Garden fabric (My husband prefers them turned over to the white side!) & purchased Ikea Sanela covers in turquoise.

DIY Coffee Table

You can see how we DIY-ed the coffee table here.

DIY Coffee Table & Moroccan Rug

I styled it with books, magazines, a tray, thrift store finds, & a clear blue vase from Michael’s.

Styled Coffee Table

The table between the sofas was a thrift store find that I re-finished.

Refinished & Styled Round Table

Let’s take a look at how the fireplace wall started:



In the last few weeks it has started looking like this:

Fireplace Wall

The chairs flanking the fireplace were another great find.  They are Christopher Knight Club Chairs that retail for close to $300 a piece.  I scored them for $100 each at a local store called Bargains & Buyouts.  (The same place I got the rug.)  Above the chairs I created some inexpensive artwork using some free printables & cheap frames from Michael’s.

Art & Chair Flanking Fireplace

I created some faux-man shades using Sherry’s tutorial (don’t look too closely!) out of the extra Vilborg curtain panel (That’s what we have hanging on the wall of windows).  The throw blanket is from TJ Maxx & the pillow is a modification to the Ikea Lappljung Ruta pillow cover.

Art & Chair Flanking Fireplace

I hung a large mirror on the mantel from Southeastern Salvage.

Fireplace

A vase from Michael’s & flower bud are on the left side.

Mantel Accessories

A faux succulent from Hobby Lobby sits on the right side of the mantel along with some books & a free framed printable.

Mantel Accessories

The wall opposite all the windows is our TV wall.  Here it is before:



It’s hard to believe we re-used these same pieces to create this:

Re-made Entertainment Center

You can see how we tweaked the entertainment center here.  Basically, we cut down the base piece, painted it black, & added new hardware.

TV Console

Then my husband built doors & added them to the bookshelves.  They now contain a mess of toys, books, games, & puzzles.

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We painted a Tarva chest and added it to the back corner of the room.  It basically holds electronic equipment & more toys.

Turquoise Tarva Chest

I hung a decorative flower above the chest (Hobby Lobby) & styled the top with some picture frames (Wal-Mart), thrift store finds, & a DIY urchin.

Styled Tabletop

And that pretty much completes the tour!

In case you would like to see more of the projects completed in the past six weeks, feel free to visit these pages:

Week One:  The Plan
Week Two:  DIY Coffee Table
Week Three:  Paint Color/Artwork/Molding/Curtains/Side Tables
Week Four:  Tweaking the Entertainment Center
Week Five:  We took a break this week to focus on family, Halloween, & my husband’s job, so I didn’t bother posting!

Here is the moodboard I came up with for the room:



And here is the result:

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The next One Room Challenge starts in 5 months.  If you need me in the meantime, I will probably wiping fingerprints off the mirrored console or praying that my children don’t break the glass!

Please stop by next Thursday to check out the tutorial for the mirrored console.

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34 comments:

  1. What a beautiful job you have done!!! I love every detail.

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  2. Wow your family room looks great!! I love all the turquoise, and your gray painted media cabinet with those gold pulls...love!! I've been following you on Instagram so it's fun to see it all come together. I hope you'll stop by and see our Bonus/Media room makeover!!

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    1. Thank you so much Jane! It's amazing what you can do in six weeks! Your bonus room turned out great too!

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  3. Wow Wendy, what a fantastic transformation, and your mirrored cabinet is amazing!! You've created such a beautiful room, and of course, you're a girl after my own heart with all your budget friendly finds that look high end!! Such a great job!

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  4. So gorgeous! You certainly have a talented fellow, there. You are pretty handy yourself, too. Love your room. Congrats on getting it all done in time.

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  5. What a great transformation! I love the mirrored cabinet and the color scheme. Great job Wendy!

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  6. Fabulous job on your family room makeover, Wendy! I love the color and pattern play exhibited and the coziness of the room! Great work!

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  7. Wow~ An absolutely stunning space! I love the color and mirrored storage cabinet. As a fellow 6 week participant the six weeks was indeed a challenge and you rose up. Well done!

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  8. WOW! WOW! WOW! I am so impressed! This is such a dramatic transformation! I saw your first before picture and thought, man, this room is nice as is.. but then I saw the after pic and wow! It's gorgeous! And the table your hubby built with the mirrors is awesome. You guys did a fabulous job on your living room. I can't wait to see what you tackle in five months ;) xo Jen

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! Hopefully I can sweet talk my husband into helping me again in April!

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  9. What is the paint color? Looks like a gorgeous blue grey.

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    1. The color in the after pictures is Cosmic Rays by Olympic Paints (found at Lowes). It is a shade lighter than the color in the "before" pictures, which was Misty Surf. It is a blue with gray undertones. You can see the shades here: http://www.olympic.com/color/paint-colors/cosmic-rays-c58-2. Thanks!

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  10. This is one of my favorite ORC rooms! The mirrored cabinet is gorgeous, and I love all the pops of black throughout the space. Your room looks really well designed, but still liveable, which I love!

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    1. Thank you! I'm flattered! So glad you like it!

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  11. Seriously? Those media cabinets look amazing, I love them. Your lucky to have a talented husband and you have a great eye. This room is great! I can't quite decide about my family room and this room has provided so much inspiration :) What a transformation!

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  12. Woah! Fantastic job! So light and fresh and welcoming. Super impressed with your husband's skills! Love what you guys did with the media cabinet - especially the detailing on the doors! Woop!

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  13. It looks amazing! That mirrored cabinet is gorgeous! I can't believe your husband built that! And the DIY coffee table is amazing too! Great work!

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  14. No Way! Can I borrow your husband for a week:) What a team player....this room is so good! Every DIY...every element helped make this space look so cohesive now. You both should be so proud of the outcome!

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  15. This was a huge undertaking. I still can't believe that you diy-ed that table. It is soooo goood. The room looks amazing and well thought out. Great job!

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  16. I love your makeover! A nod to your husband for the mirrored cabinet - it looks great! I liked the room before but I love it after! Great work!
    Shelia
    House of Highlands

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  17. i love so much about this room!! I think my favorite part is that you build a lot of your own furniture....there is nothing like having something that no one can walk in the room and say, "hey, i have that table from target too" i will definitely be checking out the DIY on the coffee table and will be looking for the console table deets too! really really good job, it's all great!

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  18. I must have said, 'wow!' 10 times, The space is completely transformed! It is stunning! I pinned the furniture you re-did to show my hubby :-)

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  19. This looks amazing! I seriously cannot believe that you did that all in six weeks... especially the cabinet and the media console makeover. Awesome work to you and your hubby!!

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  20. Thanks so much for all your kind words about the family room! It is so nice to be finished & I am happy with how it turned out!

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  21. You did a fantastic job! The tv console and cabinets are my favorite elements of the space. They're really unique, and the gold accents add sophistication. Gorgeous!

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  22. You and your husband are quite the team - what an awesome makeover! I'm totally dying over the mirrored cabinet and the new doors for your bookcases. Put that together with all of your bargain decorating finds and you've got such a fabulous space! So glad you shared it on Best of the Nest!

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  23. What a gorgeous space! I can't believe that your husband built/reworked those pieces. He is a keeper! I love how you modified the cabinets from your design board and put your own spin on them too.

    www.designbyrobinsnest.blogspot.com

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  24. Your living room is just beautiful, Wendy! I especially love the coffee table. Wow, you made it yourselves? I am off to check out your DIY post! Stopping over from Kris' page - Driven by Décor.

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  25. What an incredible transformation! LOVE it!

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  26. WHERE did you purchase that Impression Garden fabric????

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