Remodel revel part 3:The Family Room

I don’t know about your house, but in ours we spend the most time in the family room. Cuddling on the couch, watching a movie, playing with the pups, reading a good book, etc. We really wanted the room to be stylish but comfortable. Now don’t get me wrong, it is still changing on a monthly basis usually {new chair here, new painting there} but for now, we love it.
The room started off so boring…
I mean, who doesn’t just love those plastic curtains…
Oh, and the beautiful track lighting..
We knew instantly that the tile had to go. 
The lighting had to go.
The curtains had to go.
First things first: get the floors in.

If you’ve never had to live in a house while floors are being put in, you are a lucky person! To say the least, it was a mess! Our amazing friend Steve put the floors in one room at a time, which meant moving everything we owned from room to room until he was finished. There was a solid week where we slept in our family room…fun right? Waking up to Steve walking in the door whistling…ugghh!The process was fun ranging from having to level out a couple of rooms with cement because the previous owner didn’t do the addition properly, to being given a bad batch of glue, and having to remove it all after realizing that it was never going to harden. Poor Steve! BUT it was all so worth it. The floors are Virginia Mills hand scraped distressed oak. They are beautiful, and we love them:) 
Next up was painting..everything! We painted the ceiling, crown molding and base boards, {this was the only room in the house with that already installed- thank you Jesus!} and the finally smoothed out walls. We did however add trim to the opening into the dining room and around the windows, which adds a nice touch. I have decided after painting that room, that I loathe painting ceilings. We used Behr Premium Plus Ultra- the only paint we trust now. It truly saves you from doing three extra coats, and your sanity from spending all day, every day painting! 

We then installed the wainscoting, which was the same process as here. It makes the room so beautiful, if you are ever considering it, JUST DO IT. 
Finally the fun part, decorating! We changed out the gross track lighting to a fun chandelier we got at Lowes {who would have thought Lowes would have a great chandelier?!} We also changed the curtains to some fun Damask ones we got at Target. One of the best additions to the room is the electric fireplace.
The fireplace is a Dimplex Kenton, which started out looking like this.

When J told me he wanted to put it in I thought it would look totally cheesy. He convinced me by adding a base to it to make it look like it came with the house, and then made sure to match the trim and everything perfectly. Best thing about it: it actually puts out warmth, for the whole two months we need it here in Phoenix;)
Overall, here it is…
Melissa Young Photo

Melissa Young Photo
Updated photos as of March 2011:
Above images Melissa Young Photo
What do you think? Anything you would have done differently? Let me know:)


  1. says

    Great job! Yes I know how it feels living in a house while redoing – everything – like we did when we bought our new home, had it rebuilt and completely renovated in the first months of living there, with our new-born baby and four older children! The result alone makes it worth it. I like your style!

  2. says

    hard hard work! Looks great. hahaha I am laughing right now. Remeber when you came to my house ” craigslist” and looked at the tiniest fireplace on earth? OMG it took us 7 months to sell that sucker since it was made for a toddler! lol.

  3. says

    Fab fab fabulous. Would Steve give a tutorial on the floors? My whole house has white carpets, 7 different ones in fact (ugh). I’d love to have wood floors but we’re afraid.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    Thank you so much everyone for such positive feedback!
    Amanda- we LOVE having the fireplace, I highly recommend doing it. We got ours on a serious sale, so I suggest doing some research and being patient to find a great one for a great deal!
    Sandy- I will ask Steve, but I know hes pretty swamped with houses right now..hopefully though:)
    Jenny- we got the rug at Target! We absolutely love it. So far its holding up pretty well, not great though. We have had it for about a year, and between that being the most walked around area and having two dogs, it gets its use!

  5. says

    I sent you an email a few days ago, but I’m really curious about how your did your fireplace. Did you paint it? How? Where did you add moulding? I would love a tutorial or more information about what you did because it’s exactly what I want to do!

  6. says

    Fantastic – I’m in the middle of my own DIY remodel right now and am curious how you did the wainscoting. Did you put up plywood panels and then add the moulding to the panels? Or is the mounding attached right to the painted wall?

  7. says

    Sarah- thanks so much! Yes, we did panels- simply because our walls were SSUUPPERR textured so we only wanted to have to sand down the top 1/2 in order to save time and money. On the new wall in the kitchen we had it made smooth to start with, so on that one we did the trim straight on the painted wall. It would have been a lot easier for time and money if all the walls came smooth, but in a 1950’s house- thats not gonna happen! Good luck and elt me know if you have any questions!

  8. Jessica says

    I just have to say that you have really inspired me to add brick to my kitchen wall!! I also wanted to know where did you get the curtains that are in your living room? Love them!

  9. says

    Jessica- Thank you! I hope you do! The brick is so fun. We got the curtains at Target, and sewed two together for each side, since the original ones were too thin. Hope that helps!

  10. Jessica says

    Thank you!! My summer project is the brick wall! I will definitely send picks of the finished project…your blog is rad! Keep up the awesome job!!

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