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)


Here is the after:


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.


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….:~)


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



The Reveal- Our New Home Office

I have not had a chance to show you this room due to my daughter’s wedding and all the chaos associated with it. I have been looking for pictures of the office before but no luck.. let’s just say the colors on the walls before, my kids said it reminded them of an Italian restaurant. In my defense, first time sponge painting and I loved it!

Let’s jump right in shall we?

There were a couple of pieces I was way excited about. One being the Expedit by IKEA. Can you hear the angels singing?

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Above is the original bookcases we had in there. You can also admire the colors on the wall. Ha! I was able to sell the 5 bookcases really fast.

Another piece I am super excited about is the desk we got for the space. I originally was looking into a  larger desk to put in the middle of the room but I couldn’t pass this one up. A friend sold it to me for only $25.00!

Here is the before:

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And the after:

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I painted it in English Yellow with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have been wanting to try the paint for a long time now so I was excited to test it on the desk. I love the brightness of the color and how well it covered. What I love about this paint is that I don’t have to sand the area I am going to work on.

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The last picture is of the little dresser we use as storage and to hold the printer.

On the far wall is the window with the curtains I bought at Target a few months ago and this fun chair we bought at IKEA.

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On the other wall, I have the bulleting board I had in there before, a beautiful iron sun with mirror, and this beautiful vase with branches I found at our local furniture store RC Willey. Originally, it was marked at $145 but since it has a few cracks, I grabbed it for $10! What a deal!

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I found this fun little trio clipboards with the perfect yellow and gray to complement the room at Hobby Lobby and added some pictures. I love this little ottoman too. I found it at Wal-Mart. Here are close-ups too of some of the fun items I have on display on the bookcase.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I will do a post of my daughter’s wedding hopefully soon.