Last January, I was in Seattle for a visit and I went out to dinner with my good friend Karla (you've heard of her, she's amazing). I even brought pictures of my family room to show her so she could give me some guidance on how to attack this room during "Thompson remodel 2010". I had fallen in love with her board and batten and knew I wanted it in my house...she suggested this room would be perfect...that we could do it off the height of our mantel, and since we were already planning on adding some built-ins, we thought it would be perfect. Thus, began the remodel of the family room.
Here is our family room (picture from last fall).
First thing I did was move Lil D's toys to his new playroom in the basement (still just a room with toys...hardly to be called a "playroom".)
Then we painted (the ceilings too).
Then we tore out the carpet.
Then we laid (had laid) the new laminate.
Then the new built-ins were installed (same guy who did our kitchen)
Then came the board and batten.
Mr. T was a champ at putting this up.
I will give myself champ status for all the caulking and painting:) good night!
And then we added crown molding.
Mr. T has gotten pret.ty good with his chop saw:)
I have gotten even better with caulk. I should measure how many feet of baseboard, crown, window sills and board and batten I have caulked...or maybe I shouldn't.
We "reloaded" the room with the same couch, hung the tv on the wall (and got rid of the stand...yeah for more room:), put down a new carpet (from Home Depot) and added some decor...
The piano was permanantely moved here from the living room (it is so much better here), and a new bench was "made". I also was finally able to add real window treatments because I could keep my couch out far enough away from the wall without it running into the tv stand.
(PK...thanks for all your window treatment advice, forever ago...I finally got my full-length curtains:)
One more old pic:
and the new room!
(now I just need to get Mr. T to finish hiding all the tv wiring and I can really call it done:)
Oh...and I have GOT to figure out what to do on all my empty walls...and I need to cover the lamp shade...and and and:)
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