Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I need help! My brutally honest before!

We we 'refreshed' the house 2 years ago, the family room pretty much stayed the same.  We had already painted and put up crown, we didn't need new furniture and we were pretty happy with it.  Well now I am ready for a change.  Here is my 'honest' family room, sans any cleaning or straightening up!

I am thinking about doing a board and batten wall treatment on this wall and the wall to the left.  I think we will leave the color, just add the white to brighten it up.

See the side table to the right of the couch, they are 26 years old, the lamp too.  They need to be 'refreshed!
Here is our 22 yr old fireplace.  While we do like the brick, I think it is ready for a change.  The mantle is the only builders oak left in the house.  I really want to beef it up with corbels and additional molding.

Here is a close up of the table and lamp
I am trying to think of a way to repurpose the table, they are really to wide, but how do I get rid of the rounded edges.  The lamps I am wondering if I can paint black and frost the glass?

Now the only thing I need to do in convince DH this 'needs' to be done!

Can't wait to hear your thoughts!




Kim said...

I've been hopping around blogland, finding inspiration photos and creating an "album" on photobucket. I'm trying to get organized enough to show my hubby some ideas :) Men are usually pretty visual and need to SEE what you're talking about, so I think it really helps to have something to show him. Lots of table and lamp re-dos on blogs you could show him, so he's not freaked out by the possibility you'll "ruin" anything. Good luck with your project!

P.S. Painting the fireplace white might be too stark, or it might be just the thing it needs to "pop" and become a focal point. If you don't want it white, I'd suggest going with a color slightly darker than what is on the walls. said...

I think you should take out some of the furniture, and maybe get side tables that are glass. The transparency will make the room look bigger. I have a small living room and I took out all furniture that wasn't needed and it looks much bigger. Good luck, I'm sure you will do great.