Our “New” Family Room

Hey all! I am so excited to share our family room! I painted this room when we first moved in almost 10 years ago and have not touched it since. We desperately wanted to remove the carpet and add laminate flooring for the last couple of years but we’ve just never had enough funding. Besides, you know me, I can’t do one thing in a room without completely changing everything else.

Here is a before picture:(In my defense, this is an old picture)

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Here is the after:

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I know, right? I am just beyond the moon with how the transformation came together. Let’s break it down: the paint is the same I am using throughout, Pebble Gray from Glidden. The baseboards are also the same we used in the Formal, Craftsman. I opted to remove the curtains and add window blinds instead. I believe it has really opened up the room and made it feel larger. We used the same laminate flooring as the Formal as well.

Now the crown jewel for the room, that built in bookcase..

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We totally cheated by using IKEA Billy bookcases! There are, thankfully, a lot of posts and Pins about how others have done the same and I read all of them, ( ok maybe not all but a lot). My wonderful hubby and Ellie did all the work. We used 4 bookcases as our wall was 15′ long and we left room for our flat screen TV.. We will also need to buy or build a console table… That will be in the future as the budget allows. But for now, we are loving the progress so far.

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The bookcases come with bolts to secure them to the wall. We added one long piece of crown molding to give it the look of one piece as well as hide the ugly bolts. My hubby added a piece of MDF to secure the molding between bookcase 2 and 3. We nailed lattice molding to cover the space between the bookcases. We also had to raise them to accommodate the height of baseboards. I wish I would have taken more step-by-step pictures but I didn’t think about it at the moment…

Now as far as styling, I don’t think I will ever be satisfied. All the items I “shopped” in my home. I didn’t realize I had so many but my girls were not at all surprised….:~)

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Sorry for the lack of instructions but please let me know if you have any questions. I will be more than happy to answer them.

Until next time,

Norma xoxoxo

 

Spring Wreath

I am so excited that spring is right around the corner! The gloomy weather is starting to weigh me down and I’m itching to add some color to the outside of my home. I can almost smell the scent of freshly cut lawn…..as the snow falls gracefully outside my window. Patience is a virtue I do NOT have!

The month of March in our home is super busy as 4 out of the 7 members of the family celebrate birthdays. We are so cake and ice creamed out by the time the April birthday arrives. In light of this insanity, I figured I’d better squeeze out a small and simple project. I found this idea on Pinterest, (I know of all places). Here is the link to the original post.

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 Supplies (All purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale):

 Paper Umbrella

Flowers, branches (various sizes and colors)

Ribbon

There really is not much to it. I began with the taller branches towards the back and added the shorter flowers in the front. I also added a pinwheel and butterfly. You gather the umbrella super tight and then add a bow with a ribbon.

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And there you have it folks! Super easy and cute! The original post was used for a baby shower and it is so sweet. The variations are endless. Have fun and please share your pics with me. I’d love to see them!

Thanks for stopping by,

Norma xoxoxoxo

                      

Formal Living Room Updated

Hey all! We have been busy around these parts updating our home. After all, in June we will celebrate our 10th year living here. It is looking a little worn and tired. You might remember we started in the extra room downstairs, (here), and painted the whole downstairs (kitchen) in the Pebble Gray from Glidden.

We were finally able to move into step 2 by adding laminate flooring in the formal and family room! What a difference!

Here are some Before pics of the space:

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And now, the AFTER pics:

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We also added the larger craftsman style baseboards. Here’s a closer look

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We are in love with the look it gave the overall room. You might have noticed that the coffee table also had a little touch up. I painted it white and once the weather warms up, I’m going to stain the top a darker color.

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The rug is from Target and the family pictures were ordered through Canvas On Demand. The middle one I found at Hobby Lobby.

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The only items that remained un-touched were the curtains. We are working on the family room as we speak and I can’t wait to show you the final product. I have been wanting to make some serious changes to this room and I’m so thrilled they are coming together. Here is one last look:

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Thanks again for joining me! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Until next time,

Norma xoxoxoxo