What to do?
background info on this oversized room...
My mother has lived in the same house for 21 1/2 years...we moved in on my 11th birthday (it's okay...I'm not still bitter:) When we moved in the "rec room" was covered in wall paper. One wall even had a full bar scene...I'm talking table with drinkers and everything...not so appropriate for a family with 7 kids. Down came all the wall paper and up went the "creamy white" paint. And the floors...well...did you read the 7 kid part...blue "indoor/outdoor" carpet (or if you are LDS...blue church building carpet...seriously) that was glued directly to the floor...awesome! Oh...and one of the corners was turned into a bedroom...so it became a 690 square foot room minus a small bedroom.
Flash forward to 2010...for the first time...my mother and step-father are empty nesters...all the kids and grandkids have finally moved out and they are all alone is this large home. My older sister and I decided that during my trip home it was time to start the makeover:
Here is the start of the
rec room turned family room
Want to see it?
(the back stairs)
I wish you could see the walls...so filthy...
a note on the furniture...this room has seen more couches then one could count...whatever was trashed down stairs was moved up here...
When my youngest brother finally moved out in the fall, my mom had him carry out all the big furniture (couch, bookcases, etc) and the room was left looking like this...
(no...this is not a gym:) and all the sweet plastic and metal chairs were brought in from the garage over Christmas when the whole fam wanted to play the Wii.
try not to be jealous!
Okay...this room has a LONG way to go...so let's get started!
Here are the "rec room" conquerers!
(my sis, mom and me)
Step one: PAINT
We primed and painted every square inch of the walls and ceilings...ugh!
it wasn't just fun, but scary as well...
Do you see how far up I am?
I DID NOT look down...my tummy hurt!
The following pictures do not fully demonstrate the scariness of the next ladder position.
(all for that little strip)
This was going to be my "safety net"
a few notes:
I can't believe I am putting up a butt shot.
These are NOT my paint pants...I blame my mom for these sweet pink pants.
yes, I am laughing hysterically so I don't cry as I hit my head on the ceiling trying to cut in that last spot...
There is nothing better then a fresh coat of paint. I wish you could fully appreciate how shocking color on these walls is to all of us kids...it's crazy...
We wanted to add a little fun to this room...warm it up and make it a "family room"
We painted the 30 foot wall with a flat sheen
added some tape...
Painted it down (directions found here)
painted a semi-gloss sheen on every other stripe...
and pulled off the tape (immediately)
ohhhh...we LOVE it!
What else will we be doing to this room?
-taking down those sweet lights and putting in can lighting
-ripping out those awesome baseboards for some taller ones
-new blinds and window treatments
-the brown doors will be painted white
-new couch (or A couch if you consider there currently isn't one)
-new tv stand (purchased but needs to be set up)
-some bookcases to separate the tiny area from the larger
-a great big wall of family photos, etc on the striped wall with a vinyl saying of course.
Of course, my mom being a good budgeter and all...most of this will slowly be happening over the next year or so. But that is just fine with me. The biggest task...painting...is done...and we can get a few more minor things done before I leave at the end of the week. I did tell my mom that I would like SOME progress done before my next trip up here in the fall.
(That's another reminder mom:)
I'm hoping to continue to update with pictures over the next few months...I'm crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath...or maybe there will be nothing until I'm back in November:) You never can know for sure!
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