Family Room Tour – Before And After

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I’ve shown you lots of images of our family room over the last few months, but I’ve never given you the full tour or shared the before and after photos with you.

They (they, being the blogging experts) say the first picture in a blog post should always be a beauty shot, but today I guess I’m being a bit of a rebel because I want you to see some before’s first.  But, if you don’t care about seeing any of those, just scroll right on down to the after’s.


We’ve come a long way and totally changed the look of this room since we first started the whole house remodel in July 2015.  This is what the room looked like on the day that we looked at the house.

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Not a bad room, but it was very traditional and filled with lots of cherry and heavy furnishings.  It’s a generously sized room, but the owner had placed a large bookcase behind the sofa, which took up a massive amount of floor space.  The hardwood floors were the traditional orangey color that we’re all so familiar with and every bit of wood trim in here was stained brown.  Oddly enough, I probably would have loved a lot about this room twenty years ago, but not any more.

Here’s a shot of the same area of the room after we closed on the house, but two months before we moved in.  At this point, we had already painted all of the walls and trim (paint and stain colors are listed below).  You can see our work crew feathering new hardwood into the existing family room hardwoods because we replaced the pale pink carpet (yes, pink), that was going down the hallway, with hardwood floors.  (As a side note, we realized that many of the bulbs in the can lights were pink too.  Lovely.)  We brought one lone chair over for me to come sit in every day while the guys were working.

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New hardwood had to be feathered in on the other side of the room too, where the family room goes into the kitchen, which previously had linoleum flooring.  The only other construction project that was done in this room was to enlarge the opening between the family room and kitchen. We made it a couple of feet wider and taller.  That was Pookie’s idea, not mine, because I didn’t want to spend the extra couple thousand that it cost.  It turned out to be a great call on his part.

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This before shot is looking at the room as if you were entering from the foyer.  Maybe you can tell that the opening into the kitchen was quite a bit smaller.

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I hope you’ll find the difference between the before and after as dramatic as I do.  It helps for me to take a look back to how far we’ve come since we’ve been here!


And here’s how the entire room looks today.  We needed an oddly sized area rug for the room, plus I wanted it to be made of indoor-outdoor material, since we have two dogs, so I had a rug custom made.  The material that I chose is different that most indoor-outdoor carpeting, in that it has a bit of nap and is soft and plush.  I’d say that the cost of the custom rug was right about what a ready-made rug this size would have been.

There originally was an ugly verdigris-green ceiling fan in here.  Remember when verdigris-green finishes were all the rage back in the 90’s?  In the south, ceiling fans are often a necessity, but I decided to forego one in the family room, so I replaced it with a large round chandelier.     

I love seeing the before and after transformation of any room. This family room was taken from a dated room fill with dark, heavy traditional furniture and turned into a bright room filled with farmhouse touches.Pin

The sofa wall has a bit of an overhang because of the hallway upstairs.  I originally had the sofa pushed all the way up against the wall underneath it, but I never liked it that way.  So, I built a 12″ deep rustic sofa table to put the behind the couch, which pushed it out into the room just enough.  An added advantage of having the sofa table is that it allowed me to add a couple of extra lamps to this side of the room, which was a little bit darker at night than I like.  The table was easy to build – click HERE to get the full tutorial.  You can get a peek at the side of the table in this photo.

I love seeing the before and after transformation of any room. A DIY rustic ladder is one of the many touches added to this family room makeover that is filled with farmhouse touches. Pin

You almost can’t tell that the table is there when looking at the sofa from the front.  This is the second version of my gallery wall.  My first attempt was too wimpy looking and the scale of the items that I used wasn’t quite right.  I widened the gallery by hanging an old, old shutter on the left and adding a diy rustic ladder to the right side.  I’m enjoying being able to change what I display on it for the different seasons.  Click HERE for the complete tutorial for building this easy rustic ladder.

I love seeing the before and after transformation of any room. A new gallery wall above the sofa is filled with rustic farmhouse touches.Pin

Our entertainment center was previously located in the basement of our former home.  In that house, we had a basement family room area where we watched movies and played video games, so the ginormous tv was great.  At first, I was resistant to having such a large tv in this house, but Pookie really wanted it, so I found a way to work with it.  Shhh – don’t tell, but I secretly love having the big screen to watch.

The before and after of this family room is amazing. It was taken from dark and dated to light and bright filled with rustic farmhouse touches, which includes a rustic entertainment center.Pin

To make the entertainment center a little more farmhouse looking, I gave it a mini makeover by replacing the glass doors with wire, painting and adding handles to the baskets above the tv and changing out the accessories.

The before and after of this family room is amazing. It was taken from dark and dated to light and bright filled with rustic farmhouse touches, which includes a rustic entertainment center where the glass in the doors was replaced with cage wire.Pin

From the other side of the room, this is how it looks today, as you enter from the foyer.

The before and after of this family room is amazing. It was taken from dark and dated to light and bright filled with rustic farmhouse touches.Pin

The changes on the fireplace side of the room are pretty dramatic, mainly because of painting the brick on the fireplace and all of the surrounding trim.  We painted the inside of the fireplace too, with black high-temp paint.

I’ve loved the arched wood and metal piece that I hung above the mantel.  It makes a great backdrop for anything that I hang on it and it helps to fill the height of this wall.  I purchased it a Kirkland’s, but it was a little too yellow, so I dry-brushed it with a little cream paint and swiped some gray paint over that.  It’s currently sold out on the Kirkland’s website, but it says it’s temporary so I’m guessing they’ll get it back in stock.  Click HERE (affiliate link – see my full disclosure HERE), if you want to keep an eye out for its return.   

The before and after of this family room is amazing. It was taken from dark and dated to light and bright filled with rustic farmhouse touches. The fireplace makeover is amazing.Pin

The other thing that we did on this side of the room was to remove the brown wood blinds from the French doors on either side of the fireplace.  They made the room so dark, even after all of the trim was painted white.  Privacy isn’t an issue for us on this side of the house, so I decided to add slatted roman shades that we could close if we ever wanted or needed to.  The shades that we used are Flatweave Bamboo Roman Shades in Driftwood from Home Depot (affiliate link – see my full disclosure HERE).  They’re very affordable and the really nice thing is that they’re already sized to fit a French door.

To soften the windows and to add a bit of color to this side of the room, I used a pair of drapery panels that I found at TJ Maxx.  On each door, I used one panel and hung it to the side, which frames the whole wall out nicely.  I made my own budget friendly drapery hardware to keep the cost down.  Click HERE to see what I did.  

The before and after of this family room is amazing. It was taken from dark and dated to light and bright filled with rustic farmhouse touches.Pin

This shot, taken when my fall decorations were up, shows the entire wall and both sets of French doors.

The before and after of this family room is amazing. It was taken from dark and dated to light and bright filled with rustic farmhouse touches.Pin

There are a couple of other small changes that I’d like to eventually make in here, one of which is painting the console table that sits at one end of the sofa.  It has that same gold’ish, orange’ish finish that the floors used to have.  Right now my dining room makeover is sucking up all of my creative energy, so it will have to wait.

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Thank you for stopping by for a visit in our family room today!  I always enjoy seeing before and after room makeovers and hope that you did too.  

Walls – Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, in flat finish

All trim, fireplace surround and brick on the fireplace – Sherwin Williams Extra White, in gloss finish 

Floors – Minwax Special Walnut

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Amazing before and after family room makeover. Taken from dark and dated to bright and inviting with rustic farmhouse touches.Pin

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  1. Marianne Sullo says:

    Love, love, love the room! It is wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much, Marianne!

  2. cindy skarin says:

    What an amazing transformation! Love the changes you have made, every detail! Have seen posts of details of a few of your but this shows just how much
    you have changed the room. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Cindy. It was quite the process, that’s for sure!

  3. Wow! So pretty! What a fantastic room I especially love the fireplace makeover and the shades on the French doors. I have been looking for something for our French doors. I’ll have to check those out at Home Depot. However, mine have sidelights so don’t know if it would look right.

    1. Thank you – I’m so glad you like the room, Carolyn!

  4. Thank you for the family room tour, Suzy. I love looking at before and after pictures. Believe me, you have done an amazing makeover. I love all the changes you’ve made I wish I could be that talented. I have a lot of Ideas in my head, but I’m lacking on how to put it all together. Maybe I need to take some styling classes Lol!

    1. Hi Nancie. I’m glad that you like my room! When I first started out as a young homemaker, I had no clue what to do. Sometimes I still don’t! It was before the days of Pinterest, so I used to keep magazine pages of my favorite rooms or just parts of a room (like a fireplace). I would do my best to make my space look exactly like that. Eventually, I became more comfortable with what I was doing. Maybe taking an approach like that would help you. I know first hand how overwhelming it can be!

  5. You really have transformed your house! I love the way you’ve placed and accessorized things the room. It’s fun to look back at pictures. We bought our house new so my first pictures are empty rooms – even that shows an amazing change. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Stacey. Have fun putting your new house!

  6. I so enjoyed seeing your reno and having the “before” pics first definitely added to the wow factor. From all the finishes you chose to the furniture placement to the accessorizing, you’ve done a fabulous job in pulling it altogether. Such a gorgeous room – and I wouldn’t have thought it could look like that based on the pic of when you first were buying the house. I’ve never been a big fan of gallery walls …until I saw yours here – outstanding!

    1. Aw, you’re too sweet, Lori. Thank you!

  7. Rebecca Purdie says:

    It does not even look like the same room.
    You have great taste.

  8. This makeover is awesome and you are very talented. Thanks for sharing all the information with us

  9. Wow! Fantastic transformation. I couldn’t tell from the “before” pictures what a great, light-filled room this is. You did a wonderful job bringing out the best in here. The rest of your home is lovely as well 🙂


  10. Great seeing the before pics – you did an amazing job! Timeless and classic will always stay in style (unlike my polished brass shower surround ?)!

  11. I’m loving the lighter and brighter color scheme you’ve chosen. We have wood trim, doors, cabinets, too, along with those orangey wood floors in this house but I will be picking colors similar to yours in our new house. Your renovation is beautiful!!

  12. Hi Suzy, thank you so much for sharing your room with us…it is gorgeous! A while back you shared a post on creating your sofa table. My husband and I used your directions to make one for ourselves and it turned out really nice, so thank you! I am still struggling with how to style the wall behind it but this post has given me some more inspiration. Thank you for sharing at our Wonderful Wednesday Link Party:)

    1. Hi Christine. That thrills my heart to know that you used my tutorial to make a sofa table! I’m glad that I was able to inspire you!

  13. Thank you for making such an easy-comparision post about your totally renovated living room. Wonderful.

  14. Wow, this transformation is so impressive! So glad I stopped over from the Weekend Retreat! Your family room is beautiful. It appears so light and bright but completely cozy and welcoming at the same time. That area you had made is fabulous. I love area rugs and am looking for something similar to what you found. May need to take your suggestion and have one made. If you’re willing to share the mfg. of yours, it’d be most appreciated! Love your blog and am going to spend some time here today!

    1. Hi Aime. I’m sorry, but I don’t know who the manufacturer of my carpet is. 🙁 I can tell you that it’s made from indoor/outdoor carpeting that I chose from a sample board. I had it made at my local Carpet Supermart. I’ve contacted them, but unfortunately they don’t have my order information in their files.

  15. That looks amazing!! If it looked like that before, they probably wouldn’t have sold it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  16. LOVE the changes. It really lightened and brightened the room. I love the rug and the fireplace. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  17. WOW! That looks amazing!! Can you come do mine next? Thanks for linking up at Dream Create Inspire.

  18. What a difference you have made to your home, Suzy. The painted woodwork and fireplace look so great!! I love all the natural light you have in here too, such a pretty room!

  19. Wow, this is a big change! To me, the room looks definitely way larger. There’s so much more light and the colors are amazingly fresh. I totally love how the room looks now. Great job!