Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Our Family Room Fireplace is getting a Makeover

Hey there!  If you recall, we shared back in February that we started a makeover on our family room.  We have a lot of plans for this space, and have already replaced the flooring which included adding some tile around our fireplace; as well as a fresh coat of paint and lots of new trim work.  It is so nice to see things starting to come together!

Here is a little peek at the fireplace as the tile is going in.


This fireplace is not the prettiest thing in the world, but it is an integral part of our heating.  We do not have central heating in this house, which is quite unusual for our area of the world. However, this fireplace is so efficient you would never know it.  Plus it offers really lovely ambiance and makes this room a super cozy place to hang out in on cold winter nights.

We had a vision for this space, to make it feels like the cozy space it is.


And while we have changed a few things along the way, one of this things we had our hearts set on was a wood feature wall!

Ian has been busy making that wish come to fruition lately, and today we would like to share the first stage with you.


Our hope was to make the fireplace look more like it was an integral decor element of the room and not an after thought.  Ironically, it was an integral part of the house wen it was built 30-ish years ago!

We knew that whatever else happened around the fireplace, it needed a dark backdrop so we began by painting the area behind it a dark grey.  We just used some leftover paint which helped to save a few dollars.


And then Ian began framing in the space.


We had already chosen the wood we were going to clad the wall in so, he framed with those specifications in mind.


Our thought was that we would run the wood boards horizontally on either side of the fireplace and along the ceiling and then run the boards vertically between those two areas.


We also framed out the wall beside the fireplace.  On the opposite side of this wall is our storage room. For some strange reason this wall was cheap panelling, needing to change that up is sort of what prompted us to created a feature wall in this area.


As you can see from the photo above, Ian is super pleased with how the wall is turning out.


We were on the fence as to whether or not we would be adding baseboard and ceiling trim to this area, to match the rest of the room.


We decided that we would leave it open to whether or not we thought it was needed, aesthetically speaking.


This process came together super quickly!


We love how warm it looks and the fabulous texture it offers!

We do need to decide on a mantel for this space and are currently tossing around ides.  As there is no rush, we may poke around at a few of our favourite antiquing haunts.  Or Ian may just decided to DIY one of his many ideas!

Next steps include painting out the brass trim on the fireplace and adding some art to the wood wall.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Ian and Laura

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sewing for the Family Room

Hi there!  We crossed something else off of the to do list for the family room! We now have new throw pillow covers, for the warm months and the cool months none the less!

As we mentioned previously, we are going with a red, grey and off white colour scheme for this space, so we sourced our fabrics that would worth within those confines and still be seasonally appropriate.


This is our winter look, warm plaids along with solid red pillows and grey corduroy, too.  (shown below)


We opted for a beautiful cream and red basket weave fabric for the warmer months, still pulling in the solid grey and red pillows, too.

The red covers are from IKEA and the grey ones are from Amazon.  The other pillow covers we created using our no failing process which you can see our tutorial on here.

We haven't started using them yet, as we are waiting to pull the room together first.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Ian and Laura

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Our Family Room Make Over Continues

Hello!  Even though our posting has been sporadic at best, we are continuing to plug along with our family room make over.


If you recall, this is the inspiration board we put together for the space.  We shared this over a year ago, long before we could start to work on the space, sometimes the dreaming part is all you can achieve!  While most of this inspiration is still on our wish list, a few things have evolved over time..

Recently, we have been working on changing the lighting, painting walls, replacing trim and refacing the columns.

Here is a little peek at a BEFORE photo.


Despite being in our basement, this room has a lot going for it.  For one, it is huge!  Like almost 25' x 25', and it has great light and fairly large windows for a lower level space!  Although, the room felt a little lack luster before we started our renos, partly due to the wood trim, paint colour (which is decidedly more fleshy in low light, as in all winter long), fluorescent lighting and window coverings. Which are all things we have been addressing lately.

As you know, we have swapped out the carpet for new flooring that is much more kid, dog, and snack friendly. If you missed that post, you can check it our here. We still love it!


We also painted out all of the walls, this Silver Satin colour by Benjamin Moore.  It is fresh and airy, but still cozy enough for a lower level.  It is the perfect soft warm greige and we are so happy we found ti!  It looks especially lovely with the new white trim.


Ian pulled all that old, dried out ugly wood trim down off the walls and replaced it with nice clean new white trim.


The baseboard is pretty standard trim, however the trim along the ceiling is something we created ourselves.


We also created custom window trim for this space,


This is a hard window to photograph as it gets great light so you'll have to take our word for it the trim looks waaaay better!

You can also get a glimpse of our new window treatment in this pic, with it's white blinds and grey and beige striped drapes.  They are a perfect combination for this space!  There is also a small window which we are working on creating a custom treatment for. Mostly because I totally forgot to order a blind for it when I ordered the other blinds! ;)

The fluorescent light fixtures were swapped out with these fixtures.


These fixtures were chosen largely due to the fact that the prices was right ($39 at Costco), they are clean looking and do not really attract a lot of visual attention.  They are not often on so we didn't want to make a huge investment.  Of course, when we took down the old fixtures we found so many holes in the ceiling. It seemed as if who ever installed the old lights drilled into the ceiling saying "no stud here, no stud here, no stud here" etc.  There were over fifteen holes for fixture in this spot alone!

So ceiling repair is another project on our list!


Since removing the columns wasn't an option, Ian dolled them up with bead board wainscotting and fresh trim.  The tops were painted the wall colour and the trim and bead board was painted the same fresh while as the rest of the trim in the room.

Of course, Ian is a details guy, so he switched out all of the electrical outlets and light switches in the room, too.


Fresh white, beats 30 ear old beige any day of the week!

Next on our list for this room, is removing the weird bit of paneled walls.  You can sort of see them on the walls behind the columns in the photo above. As well as some sewing, new sofa slip covers,  And on and on! You know how it goes!

We are also starting a new project in the living room this week.  And of course, as the weather is turning nicer we are wanting to be out of doors so we will likely be beginning a few projects out there, as well.

Thanks for visiting!
Ian and Laura