Dark to White Family Room Reveal

Happy Friday!!!  Do you follow me on Facebook and Instagram?  Did you see my second BIG reveal yesterday afternoon?  Can you even believe our house is already under contract after just being on the market for a few hours?  A lovely family of 6 will be moving in next month.  4 little ones will be running through and around this very special house.  Super excited for them!

I thought we would move on in and take a tour of the family room today.  We have now made a complete circle from the entryway, through the living and dining room, into the kitchen and to this beautiful space.  The family/great room is lined with wall to wall dark paneling, built-in book shelves with loads of storage and a wet bar including mini fridge and wine cooler.

5The minute I saw this room, I knew it had to be painted all white and accented with black.  It’s the last room to be renovated because we used it as our workshop as we worked on the rest of the house over the past several months.  The choice of brick in this house is interesting.  They used several different styles inside and out, and they don’t necessarily blend.  So choosing to paint was a really good option to blend and make every space cohesive. painting

great rm 6Pretty in white!  When it came to time to actually paint this room, my hubs and I were about wore out.  So we decided to hire outside help.  The painter used oil base paint to adhere to the paneling.  Whoa, did that ever stink up the house.  It took several days so it could fully dry between coats and there were SO many cabinet doors to paint as well.  It was such a relief to finally have it finished and I could start moving in furniture.1

great rm 7The wire mesh on the end cabinet doors we breaking apart so we decided to just leave them off and just keep all the upper shelves open.  The center cabinet with glass doors has an interior light to really showcase special treasures.great rm 2OK, so here’s the scoop on the furniture for this room.  I basically didn’t have any!  We made a visit to Ikea in Frisco TX to purchase the Ektorp white slip covered sofa and a pair of wicker chairs.  We came home with the beige slip cover and 2 black chairs.  How did this happen you ask?  I took my husband with me – nuff said!!!  It just so happens you can save money by going beige verses white.  This is not what I had envisioned for this room, but it still works.  (Please excuse the wrinkles, I haven’t got around to steaming the cover yet).Great rm 1These chairs are surprisingly very comfortable.  When we were discussing what way to go while standing in Ikea, Dave said to me “you’re the designer, if you go with the beige sofa and black chairs, isn’t it your job to make it all coordinate together?  My response was “yes, but do you have to make my job more difficult? LOL  Luckily I was able to find this rug (which I am absolutely in love with by the way) and already owned the material I made the accent pillows out of.Great rm 8The coffee table was a $10 find at a garage sale.  I just painted it white and then took an electric hand sander to it for major distressing!6The wet bar had an old ice maker that needed removed but there was nice mini fridge we were able to keep.  We just wanted to move it over so it wasn’t the focal point.barWe bought a wine cooler to replace the ice maker and moved the fridge over.  We were also able to keep the sink and faucet.  It just needed a thorough scrubbing.  We removed the upper cabinet doors for open shelving and demoed the counter top and back splash.  Dave added shiplap to the wall and we ordered in a new black counter top.  He also spray painted all the hardware black.9Aren’t these handles cool?  So chunky!  I love them in black against the freshly white painted doors. 20170620_135421

20170620_142700I wanted to give this wine holder a good base coat before it was professionally sprayed.  I could just imagine all the major running that could potentially happen trying to reach all the little nooks and crannies. bar 2

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great rm 5Just a few touches of Fall in this room too.

afterJust the exterior doors alone in this house kept me very busy hand painting all those grids.  But I LOVE the look and every door is still very solid.  Each door has a screen door I had to paint as well.  We only had to replace one screen out of 5.  Not bad!

We used SW7006 Extra White oil base paint for this room.  Sherwin Williams was very helpful when we needed advise regarding all this paneling.  But, I really, really hope we never have to use it again on a project.  The smell is NASTY!

Until next time… hope you have a GREAT weekend planned.  Today we’re heading to a local Vintage Barn Sale.  I’ll try to take some pictures to share!

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  1. You guys did a great job! Love the white in the family room, it is absolutely beautiful. I love the rug too, great texture and the color is gorgeous. Where did you get it?
    I bet you guys are tired. HA!!

    • Thanks so much! We ARE tired. LOL I found the rug at the AT HOME store here in Tyler. The have so many to choose from and great prices too! 🙂

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