Wednesday, April 23

From Seventies to Sensational - A Family Room Transformation

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Note: In this post, my new contributor Sara Jane {CLICK HERE to meet her} is sharing her family room transformation. I love this room & I hope you do too! Take it away Sara . . . 

When we moved into our home, the dark basement made me itchy for a DIY transformation. This room is partially below ground, so it gets less light than the upper floors. I loved the texture & interest of the planked walls, but the drab terracotta bar & dark wood was weighing down the room.  The previous homeowners generously left me a can of white paint that was begging me to lighten up the bar area. I painted the bead board under the bar first & couldn't stop there! 
The entire project was completed in 12 hours - during nap time and after the kid's bed time. Whitewashing the planks was messy, but it was so fun! 

Supplies: Drop cloths, white latex paint, a soft bristle brush, a large pack of cheese cloth, a container to mix the paint, & a separate container for water. 

How to achieve this look: Mix one-part paint to two-parts water. Apply mixture to the wood with a soft bristle brush - then wipe the freshly-painted area with a clean cheese cloth. Work with a small area at a time to insure consistency. I worked with one plank at a time. Some of the planks were more porous than others, so I dipped the paintbrush in a cup of water to dilute the paint more.
I completed the updated look by adding fun accessories such as a white deer head & a cozy sheep skin reading nook. Now it feels like home!

Thank you so much Sara. Your room looks fantastic! Check back for more Sara Jane posts.

5 comments:

  1. Sara you have such talent!! I have the ideas but cannot get er done like you do!!! I love the little details and in my book white always wins out!! Love this room!

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  2. Such a beautiful transformation! I've seen this room in person and it is seriously straight out of a magazine. It's gorgeous! Sara, you are amazing!!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Becky! I agree that this room could be featured in a magazine & that Sara is amazing!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  3. Michelle! How awesome! Sara is so great! I grew up with her in my ward. Small world!

    Sara, I love this transformation! The white washing is so perfect for the space. :)

    ~Laura Muir
    Fresh & Happy
    http://www.freshandhappy.com

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    1. Hi Laura, Are you kidding me?! Wow - that is so cool. Yes, Sara is "all that in a bag of chips" & I'm so thrilled to have her as a contributor.I also popped by your blog - it is beautiful!

      Warmly, Michelle

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