Our Finished Family Room Transformation!

May 15, 2018

Family room updates with dark blue DIY built ins

There's still a lot more I want to do in our family room but I'm SO pleased with it so far. I'm feeling pretty good that I've been able to put our stamp on it so much already. 

I shared how this all started when I painted the super tall fireplace walls last month, and then as soon as that was done I knew the built ins had to go in. I just couldn't wait. 

Here's a tutorial on how I built these into the areas next to the fireplace. I tackled the left side later and it was a much bigger pain in the butt because of the electronics. 

I had to label every single cord, install the built ins, then reconnect everything. When I painted I just propped everything up and painted underneath. I wasn't taking all that out again, no way no how. It came together so well!:
Simple DIY build for stereo system equipment

I'm SO SO happy to have our electronics and the subwoofer put away. When we had just the TV consoles on either side, the electronics were somewhat hidden but we just had the subwoofer sitting out. 

I built these to a size that would fit everything perfectly. I went with the dark Cyberspace color on the built ins for many reasons, but a biggie was that I knew the sound system stuff would disappear a bit against the dark paint -- it definitely helps! They would have stuck out big time on light built ins. 

Anyway...I'm done! I do plan to add a wood top to both eventually, but for now I'm calling it finished. I'm so happy to be able to put the nail gun and paint stuff away. SO happy. 

Here are some more photos! This is a before with the main wall color (Agreeable Gray):
Agreeable gray by Sherwin Williams

And here it is now, with both sides painted:
DIY bookcases on either side of fireplace

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I'm a HUGE lover of contrast, and an even bigger lover of the color blue. This dark blue gray works so well with everything we had!

It is so nice to have this side done and organized now!:
Simple DIY built ins for electronics

I don't think I've ever shared that angle because it was always kind of a mess. 

Here are a few more shots for you and then I'll wrap this up with some sources if you're interested!
DIY built ins next to fireplace

I made the floral pillows last week and had the striped ones. They joined the new Pottery Barn covers I got on sale a couple months ago:
Blue green and gray pillows on light sofa

The fireplace has so much more presence now! I still plan to do some kind of trim work on it, but I'm waiting on that. I need a break from paint and crazy tall ladders. 👍
Cyberspace on fireplace and built ins

I have a small project in mind for that wall under the stairs. I feel like it needs something but I don't want to clutter it up too much:
Family room transformation with paint and bookcases

There you go! I worked my tail off on this room and I'm so thrilled with the result. It's even prettier at night -- the dark paint is super cozy in the evenings. 

Here's a straight before shot: 
Tall fireplace in family room

And here it is with some contrast...it's feeling more like home than ever!: 
Family room transformation with paint

Our dark chairs are a little faded from the light in the old house so I'd love to recover them someday -- they're not expensive chairs at all but they are SO comfy and the perfect size. So many ideas running through my head but I'm pausing to enjoy the transformation so far! :) 

By the way...these built ins are NOT perfect. I've said it before but it's important to mention again -- so many sins are covered with caulk, trim and paint. So. many. But I'm super proud of them and they will hold up to just about anything! I remind you of that as often as I can because if you tackle something similar it's OK if it's not perfect. The only person that will ever notice it is you

Here's a quick list of the items in this room for you! 

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  1. Love the darker paint, and I also love how the chairs echo the color. Talk about loving symmetry! ;)

  2. I love the darker blue colour scheme! It looks great, definitely a nice alternative to the all-white rooms I see everywhere nowadays! ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  3. Looks amazing - I love it, and I'm so impressed with all of the woodwork you did!! Where are the small candle sconces from, on either side of the television.

    1. Thank you! From Target but I don't think they carry them anymore. :(

  4. My husband does not like you right now! I am a long time follower and when I saw that you bought the console tables to flank the fireplace and then you decided to do the built-ins, I showed my husband because we have a fireplace right in the middle of our family room and built-ins of that size would work perfectly in our room. Guess what hubby's next project is?! He did ask if you could just come do it and I said NO - she lives in Indiana but not Northwest Indiana! Love the new house and love the new built-ins!

  5. Love everything about this room! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    1. Great job. I would like to put the tv over the fireplace like you did, but I worry that it will be too high for viewing. Has this been a problem?

  6. Sarah, you never cease to amaze me with your mad carpentry skills!!!!!!! Looks amazing, what a cozy home you have created for your family!

  7. Maybe a photo gallery on the small wall under the stairs...just an idea! So in LOVE with everything you've done so far.

  8. I love the built-ins! It's giving me some serious inspo for our living room because we have the same issue: a big long wall that I have no idea what to do with. I also just bought the glass coffee table (and matching side tables, but in the black finish) for our living room after seeing them on your blog since you got it for the old house! I can't wait until they come in. Thank you for all the awesome tips!

  9. What is the blue gray paint color? Love it!

  10. Can you please tell me where your Chandelier is from in the family room? Model name and number if you have it


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