Fresh Paint and New Lights: The Easiest Family Room Makeover

Many moons have passed since I last wrote and much has changed for the better. In January I started a new job in a new city and in February we moved into a new home. It's amazing how quickly time can pass when you're keeping busy and faster still while you're having fun. With under four months to go until our wedding day, Roger and I have been devoting all of our time to being three kinds of people: intellectuals by day, fixer-uppers by night, and event planners in between and on weekends. There is no shortage of excitement (or Excel spreadsheets) here! I've been itching to show everyone our new house ever since we moved in (at the end of February); however, I made myself wait until the before and after pictures had enough "oomph" to warrant sharing. We've been painting up a storm here (thanks to Roger's mom and her expert painting skills) and everything is starting to come together quite nicely on the main floor. If you've been following my blog, you know that I love home makeovers. If you're just joining, WELCOME, and stay tuned because there's more in store on the DIY front. Roger and I upgraded quite a few rooms in our last house before we moved and we both fell in love with our new home because of its executive feel and potential to sparkle with a little TLC. What I love best is that we made the decision together to make it our newlywed home--a place where we can see ourselves raising a family and inviting friends for fancy dinner parties. Can you tell I'm excited to make it pretty? So far, we painted the walls in our kitchen, living room, dining room, and family room as well as most of the trim. Here's a sneak peek at what we've done to our family room! The first thing we did was do away with the wood panelling. I grew up in a log home with wood floors, wood walls, and wood ceilings, which I loved, but the wood panelling just didn't do it for me. It had to go. So did the lights. Don't even get me started on the light fixtures... all the tall boys that came to visit almost poked their eyes out before we upgraded them. photo 2 Family room before My absolute favourite part about the new family room is the wood-burning fireplace. It's perfect for comfy nights at home with wine! My parents came to visit us the first weekend and they agreed. photo 2 (2) j It took us a handful of days to pick the right paint colour for the family room. We played around with the Benjamin Moore Personal Colour Viewer and finally settled on "Cloud White" for the bookshelves and trim and "Ashley Grey" for the walls (which is more like a nice greyish brown.) The colour viewer is a virtual tool that allows you to upload a picture and make surface colour changes on the screen before committing to them in reality. The art of mentally projecting a small paint chip onto an entire wall is not one of my strengths, so the Benjamin App was my best friend. DSC_0191 Oops... all that paint inhalation must have gone to my head! I've been taking all the credit for painting the bookshelves, but this picture proves otherwise. I did do the finishing touches. DSC_0213 Ta-da! It turned out to be a relatively easy family room makeover. Paint really is the cheapest form of decorating; we can now enjoy our cozy space feeling content that we didn't break the bank. Even the light fixtures were decently priced from Home Depot. Our next step is to dismantle the mantle (sorry, I had to!) and replace it with an awesome wood beam. DSC_0209 I am so happy you stopped by to read my blog and I can't wait to share our next projects and adventures with you! There really isn't a dull moment when you're planning a wedding, learning a new job, and personalizing a house. My goal is to find the time to write it all down! Here's a teaser picture of our kitchen update. Painting the door blue might have been the highlight of my week. DSC_0211 Now if only we can convince Tunders to love the new house as much as we do... photo 4 Thanks for reading everyone! 🙂 xoxo

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