The 2nd room that we dealt with in the restoration of our French Country house was the household room. After finishing the cooking area , this room appeared like a walk in the park.
The family space, in it’s initial state, had actually blue-green painted walls, blue carpeting, a red brick fireplace and popcorn ceiling. It was stuck in 1972, like the rest of the home, and appeared little and dark, though it was truly an excellent size space.
This is what we saw when we strolled into the home for the very first time. Not just was it obsoleted, but it had not been cleared out. It was basically a mess. The home had actually sat empty for quite the household and some time had never completely cleaned it up. Things was all over! I make sure this added to the fact that it never ever offered … that and all the pink shag carpet, flocked wallpaper, and avocado appliances! Itwasquite overwhelming. I’m always a little stunned when I recall at the in the past photos.
The first thing we did in this room was scrape the popcorn ceiling. We got rid of carpets, and installed large slab, hand scraped, oak hardwood floors. Simply those 2 things made a major impact. We didn’t stop there.
Next to the fireplace there was an integrated in bookcase see above photo. Surprisingly, it just used up half of the wall, leaving the rest of the space empty. It made the whole wall look a little off. Dealing with a tight spending plan, and attempting reuse and repurpose wherever we could, hubby cut the bookcase in half, and after that took the top half and utilized it as a base to extend the cabinet across the whole wall. He trimmed it out, constructed doors, and included shelves. Now it fills the whole wall to the left of the fireplace, canceling the area magnificently.
All the walls were painted as well as all the wood trim. The red brick fireplace was likewise painted.
We included crown moulding, and also added moulding to the tops of the doors, extending the frames so that they appear taller.
The living room was quite easy to update, mainly cosmetic. I’m always amazed at the distinction paint can make to a space. It feels a lot lighter and bigger now.
The one thing that we didn’t do was change the double sliding glass doors that open up to the patio. I would like to replace them with french doors, but that will have to take place down the road.
I’m so delighted with completion result. We invest so much time in this room and now it’s a comfortable, peaceful space.