Yay! The family room is done… finally! I’ve been working away on it, little bit by little bit for most of the winter. (I’ve still got a few projects to show you, but it’s is done!!)
I’ve worked on several different projects this winter/spring, from painting, to making a canning jar chandy, to getting a new sectional and creating a huge folding screen for it with vintage plantation shutters, making a new more neutral window treatment, and re-doing a table and chairs set I found on Craigslist, and installing a wide plank laminate floor, making a sign from old fence boards, re-doing a tennis themed folding screen, making numbered pillows, confessing my secret to an easy fireplace, and having a lot of fun moving around the furniture to create a sort of ‘Ralph Lauren meets 1900 Boy’s Club’ style room.
So here’s how and what I did in, what was once, this boring corner of the family room.
This picture is from the angle of entering the family room… The hallway comes into the room basically in the middle of the room… with the table and chairs on the right, and the sectional, tv and patio door that leads to the screened in porch on the left.
(the red chair you see in the far left corner of the picture is now living with its mate at my son’s house in his re-done attic family room)
I found a wooden barn sash window at Menards for around $20 that would be the perfect size in the small wall I wanted built in to create a little bit of division and interest, but not make the corner darker.
So we installed a pair of matching unfinished cabinets, both from Menards, the faux granite countertop, that is soooo believable, you can hardly tell it’s not granite, a small bar sink that was $29 at Menards. (we also had to move around some electric, adding a new circuit for the microwave and fridge, as well as plumbed in the sink.) But we were fortunate that the back wall of this bar is the laundry room, so plumbing was fairly accessible.
I’m thrilled to report at all of the wood, trim, carsiding and beadboard and even shelf that we used in this project was from my stockpile of stuff I’ve stored in the barn, all leftovers from other house projects… Boy oh boy, that is such a great feeling! I love to use up stuff like that!
And all the paint is from paint I’ve used in this room too.
You can see how darn cute that little window is… and it lets light from the patio doors stream into this space.
The wet bar is so cute, and so usable! With just enough storage and all the necessities to have a beverage, snack and make some popcorn in the microwave.
I don’t want this post to get too long, so I’ll share details with you next time… like what the story is behind that soda bottle holder and collection up on the open shelf…
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