Monday, March 5, 2012

House Tour: Family Room -- Before & After

Now, we come to the room where we spend 90% of our time in the house -- the family room. Attached the kitchen, it is the central hub of our house and the best place to cozy up as a family. 

The existing built-ins in the room were custom-made for those big projection televisions of the 90s. (We still have one that we purchased in 2003, by the way that we have been meaning to haul to Colorado for about 3 or 4 years now). So, while I'm sure this was a very luxurious feature in 1994 when the home was built, now it didn't make sense for our much-loved flat screen. Kevin put on his thinking cap and instead of trashing the cabinets, we repurposed. Our resident contracting genius took the right side of the existing built-ins, lowered them, added some needed trim and presto-chango. A perfect, elevated spot for the TV of today. 

My big project for this room was painting out the fireplace and the brass surround that again, I'm sure was fantastic when the home was new. It took many, many hours and gallons of paint to whip that fireplace into shape, but I love the way it turned out. I do have some future plans of redoing the entire thing in a cool stone, but those are distant future plans. I removed the brass surround, took it outside and used a heat-resistant black paint to paint out the brass (I sanded it down to rough it up a bit and it took the paint just fine without a primer). As far as painting the brick...I scrubbed it down to get it as clean as I could, then started painting (again, no primer).

We kept the carpet in here only for a comfort factor (I fought for all wood, Kevin demanded carpet. Kevin doesn't demand much, so he won.) We also have near future plans to install new French doors out to the patio. We actually ordered them, but when they came to install the custom-made doors, they were a huge, cheap-looking mess. We cancelled the install and the order and haven't revisited the whole issue since then. But, it is in the works and the original door is fine for now.

The bar area is a part of the family room and it's a fun space that we use way more than I thought we would. Every 80s/90s house has a wet bar, but this one is more full-on bar. Our plan was to make it a beverage station where the kids can grab drinks (and the adults), and we have one more landing space while entertaining (which we do a quite a bit, surprisingly). 

Here, we painted out the wood in the same white as the trim and cabinets throughout, we added absolute black honed granite (my one oh-my-goodness-I-must-have for the kitchen and here), new sink, faucet, and tile backsplash to coordinate with the kitchen (see...sneak peeks!). There was an ice machine in this space, but we will be adding a beverage cooler and filling it to the brim with refreshing and tasty bevs.

I'm sure there's more to say about this space, but instead I'll get on with the pictures. 

The details:
Walls: Sherwin Williams City Loft
Trim: Sherwin Williams Dover White
Entertainment Cabinet: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
Ceiling Fan: Lowes
Granite: Absolute Black (honed finish); Northwest Building Supply
Faucet: Overstock
Sink: Northwest Building Supply
Backsplash: Home Depot Online


Little baby Riley!


I guess I could have cleaned this out before I took pictures...

Still to-do
Add tempered glass to the entertainment center doors
New French Doors
New window
Beverage cooler

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