It’s finally here – week 6 of the One Room Challenge! I have crossed the finish line and put the final touches on our family room makeover. #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc
Okay, it was only yesterday that I finished it but it still feels so good to say that it is done. Not that any room is ever really done but at least we can enjoy this room without making more changes for a long time.
To recap, the picture below shows were we started with this room weeks ago.
Our family room had old carpet, vinyl wall covering, low lighting, and lots of brown!
After some long weekends our family room makeover is complete and we can enjoy a much brighter and colorful room.
So here is what we did:
- Converted the dated cove lighting to can lights.
- Removed the old stained carpet and had pet friendly carpet installed from Home Depot.
- Installed a modern custom shiplap wall treatment over the existing dated wall vinyl.
- Painted the entire room in a brighter white paint called Moonbeam from Behr.
- Purchased vintage mid-century furniture from a local dealer.
- Moved vintage furniture pieces and lamps from other rooms to this room.
- Had a vintage Army poster framed for my husband.
- Purchased and installed new drapery panels, pillows, and accessories in the room.
We found the vintage Dixie furniture from a local mid-century store in Knoxville called Mid Mod Collective. They are not necessarily a thrift store, but a collector of mid-century furniture and accessories that are often restored or reupholstered to their former glory. Over the past year I have purchased vintage mid-century light fixtures, this furniture collection, and even my Burke Tulip table from them.
My husband is the one who decided he really wanted this credenza and matching dresser for our family room and adjoining dining room. Actually it started with the vintage light fixture for the dining room, which you may see in some of the updated photos. I will post about the adjoining dining room makeover in a future post.
I think it just sets the whole vibe and style of the room. By my research online this piece would have been original manufactured during 1960-1969 by Dixie Furniture Co.
I had purchased this vintage record player stand at a thrift store for $12 many years ago. It was the night stand in my master bedroom but once we purchased the credenza I just knew it really belonged in family room.
I actually found this vintage mushroom lamp at our church rummage sale a few years ago for only $3.00. It has been part of the decor in our Industrial Modern style den but it really belongs in this room.
My husband served in the 278th Armored Calvary Unit in Iraq and this vintage poster was one of many found in storage. I had it custom framed for this room to go with his other military themed art in the room.
Fun and vintage accessories were a must for this room. I found the small coin bank at a thrift store and knew it had to come home with me. My grandparents had a silver one just like it when I was a kid. Makes me wonder whatever happened to it.
The pot belly stove lamp was a gift from my parents to my grandparents for Christmas in 1968. A few years ago I cleaned it up and made a custom wood trimmed shade for it. You will see a similar wood treatment on a vase on the black shelves.
Updating a mid-century modern home can be a challenge these days since most of the decor items available are mostly in the more popular farmhouse style. I admire the farmhouse style but my first love since design school has been mid-century modern. Farmhouse style would look out of place in my home so I will continue to tackle the challenge of bringing new life to my dated interiors while paying homage to this vintage style.
I hope you come back to see more room makeovers.
All of the previous weeks of the One Room Challenge are below.
Congratulations on your room makeover Donna. It is beautiful and very realistic. You worked wonders to update a room without getting rid of your furniture. This is what many of us struggle with and this is what you have shown us to do. Enjoy your new and very comfortable family room!
Thanks for visiting Mary. Getting rid of the furniture was not an option since it is barely two years old. And very comfortable for everyone. I’m glad you like the changes.