Well, today is finally the day. It is a very surreal to finally be writing this post. Ahhh! I can’t believe it has been over a year since I shared by original Family Room Inspiration Post. In the past 14 months or so, it has been an adventure trying to update this room and there are a million reasons why it has taken me SO long to finally get it to a ‘complete’ stage. I’ve gone through everything including changing my entire plan 2 months into the project (you can read about that here), having to wait patiently for more building materials, and being incredibly critical of my own work. I am my hardest critic and I know it gets the best of me!
After all the ups and downs, I’m so excited to have another ‘completed’ room in the house. And I say that loosely because I will probably make some changes to this room as soon as this post goes up. Sigh. But after rearranging artwork, restyling 50+ times and building new accessories each weekend, I am finally throwing in the towel (for your sake and mine) and showing you what I have!
Warning: You are about to see a lot of photos and read a lot of commentary.
Ready. Set. Go.
When I started out on this makeover, I had a few guidelines to keep in mind. I needed to design a space that worked with our current ‘Jolly Green Giant’ couches (more on those later), fit a massive wide back TV (which we were forced to get rid of half way through the makeover), and include TONS of storage. Since this is our primary living space in our 1,700 sq ft home, I needed it to be both functional, kid friendly (aka store toys), but also represent my love for rustic, industrial and vintage decor.
If you’ve been around here for even a short amount of time, you’ll know I have a soft spot for reclaimed wood and when designing this space I knew right away that I wanted to build the media center/storage out of old pallets.
This massive undertaking was originally inspired by this Pallet Dresser from Too Much Time On My Hands. I instantly fell in love with the rustic look and how it was adorned with metal brackets and I thought it would be an inexpensive solution. It was by far the largest project I have ever worked on and the most rewarding. You can view my tutorial here.
All of the accessories are a combination of DIY projects, antique store finds and family heirlooms. You may remember by DIY Eye Chart from here.
This storage center is not only the perfect way to hide Miss E’s toys when they aren’t in use (a dream come true), but it also helps hide the cable box and Xbox. That portion took a little more elbow grease because I had to carve out the sides of the pallets to fit the unit in (thank you to my husband for helping with this part!).
I made this vintage-inspired desk organizer (tutorial on this later), and paired it with a vintage roller keeper that I picked up at the Goodwill for $12! By far my best find, ever. I love the contrast between the wood and the mix of the old with the new. The black organizer came out a tad bit bigger than I originally planned, but I am still like it in the room.
Moving on to the other side of the room. I shared a tiny portion of this space a while back, you may recognize my Basket Wall Gallery from a few months ago. And now we are seeing a few glimpses of THE couches. I could write an entire post on my love/hate relationship with these Jolly Green Giants. In my dream world, I would have purchased white slip-cover couches but white + toddler + large dog = frightening.
So, in short here is my thought process on why we decided to keep them: 1) We already own them. 2) They are PRACTICAL, with a 90 lbs. dog who rubs against them and a 19 month old, they hold up really, really well and hide everything 3) We consider our current home our ‘transitional’ home and would love to move sooner than later, which means I’ll be redecorating a brand new space and I would hate to spend money on something today that won’t work for us a year from now 4) They are the most comfortable couches you have ever sat on. Make sense?
These drawings are another amazing thrift store find. I found them as-is at the Goodwill for $9.99 a piece. I love the beautiful architectural drawings and the way the paper was worn. I brought them home I took a closer look and decided to look up the artist. The drawings were done by Jacob Gibbs, a famous architect in London during the 1700′s. You can view more of his work here. While mine aren’t originals, I’m still thrilled with my find!
I brightened up the couches by recovering the old throw pillows. I used white fabric I already owned, and purchased a drop cloth for $13. I hand painted faux grain sack lines on a few and heat transferred vintage images onto the others. It was a quick and inexpensive way to freshen up our couches.
I also gave our old tray a makeover, you can view that here, and purchased a white woven rug at IKEA to help tie the space together.
And OF COURSE Miss E needs her own chair too, along with a personalized throw pillow! And remember when I told you I put my Rustic Growth Chart in a very unconventional place? Well, yes. That would be it hanging horizontally above the awkward window in this space. I made it so it is extremely easy to take down to document each growth milestone and this way the little tags won’t be lost :)
The vintage fan and metal cases came from an antique store and the vintage gas can actually came from my grandparent’s house. They were literally seconds away from selling it at a garage sale until I basically threw myself on top of it and said “NOOOOO!!!”.
All of the baskets were specifically chosen for this space. I didn’t want them to all be the same, rather an eclectic collection of baskets with all the same shape and texture. Do you know how hard it is to find perfectly square, wicker baskets in neutral tones? Let’s just say I’m not going to admit how many shopping trips it took me to find all of the different ones.
And because no reveal post is complete without before/after pictures. Here are a few, but you can always view more here.
In addition to the pallet storage unit and accessories, you’ll notice that I also gave the walls some stripes and installed board and batten throughout the space.
After playing with a million different curtain styles, I chose to forgo curtains in this space for a few different reasons. Mainly because we need all the natural light we can get in this space.
My Concluding Thoughts:
Overall, I’m really thrilled with how it turned out. Especially looking at the before and after pictures. Those are always a great reminder of how far it has come. But like I said in the beginning, I’m my hardest critic and incredibly indecisive. Even while editing photos I keep questioning my decisions! Also, had I known a year ago that our massive wide back TV would see its last days and we would be forced into getting a wall-mounted flat screen, I probably would have done custom built-ins on the entire wall. BUT, with that said, I am really happy with how this turned out, the storage is amazing (not to mention a total life saver) and I think it really captures both my husband’s and my style.
Ok, phew. That’s all :)
Tutorials to Projects Found in This Space:
- Pallet Storage Center: Here
- Vintage Mail Organizer: Here
- Industrial Wheat Grass Planter: Here
- Personalized Eye Chart Art: Here
- Rustic Growth Chart: Here
- Board and Batten Installation: Here
- Recycled Wood Side Table Makeover: Here
- Tray Makeover: Here
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