Our plans for to create the coziest farmhouse family room…
Well hello friends!
Welcome back to Week Two of this crazy One Room Challenge journey!
Still feeling like we’re totally nuts to have taken this on with so much else going on at the moment, but…
We are officially down an entire wall, so I guess there’s no turning back now.
I chatted a bit last week about my lack of organization (or any sort of plan really) this time around.
I also mentioned how much I truly dislike the space as it is now and how impractical it’s been.
But, I think I’ve finally come up with a design that will work better for our family.
I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, this involved the removal of a wall.
We actually plan to move this wall in about a foot (right where that line of green tape is sitting), stealing some space from our awkwardly long family room and putting it to work in what will eventually be our mudroom/ laundry space instead (though for now, it’s just going to be a big fat mess of a space). That way, when we enter the house through the garage, we’ll walk into our mudroom instead of the family room. Pretty excited about that!
Once it’s built back up, I’m hoping to create a beautiful focal wall with some vintage green chalkboard paint.
We’ve loved the fact that this space has a door to close the TV noise off from the rest of the house (AKA: the toddler that’s supposed to be sleeping soundly upstairs), though the door itself wasn’t exactly my favourite. I’ve been dreaming of a sliding barn style door for years now and can’t wait to finally have the chance to put one to work in our own home! I think a sliding wood door would look so perfect hanging in front of that chalkboard wall!
The rest of the walls are covered in this awful texture treatment, but just the bottom half because doing the whole wall would have been weird right?! Seriously though, why would anyone ever think that was a good idea? Obviously we’re going to need to cover that with something, so I’m thinking that’s a pretty great excuse to #shiplapallthethings! Planning to paint them all the same colour as our hallway too and of course, trim it all out with the same farmhouse style trim.
We also need to move (and remove) that lovely ceiling fan because putting a ceiling light right in the corner of any room is about as weird as those half-textured walls. I haven’t actually chosen a new light for the space just yet as I’m having a hard time making any of the lights I’ve fallen in love with work with those 9ft ceilings. I’d love to hear what y’all think of this one from Wayfair, or any other options that might work!
While we’re at it, we might just end up planking our ceiling too … you know, if I can talk hubs into adding that bit to the ever-growing list.
I actually don’t mind our fireplace, you know, aside from the fact that it’s tucked into a corner, making it super awkward to decorate around, but that is not something we’re willing to take on at the moment, so we’ll just have to work with it.
And, though I’m not really in love with our laminate floors, we’re going to hold off on changing those until we’re ready to tackle the rest of our main floor. Instead, I plan to cover them with this pretty rug from Rugs USA.
And of course, my very favourite part … actually decorating the space!
I’m SO excited to have the opportunity to work with The Brick to design our own custom sofa for the space! My Canadian readers are surely familiar with The Brick, but if you’re like me, you probably had no idea that they offer custom design services … friends, this is going to be incredible and I cannot wait to share more about it all next week!!!
Plus, how cute would a big old sectional look piled high with these gorgeous pillows from Tonic Living and So Vintage Chic!
You may remember that green tape all over our floors last week as well – after weeks of playing around with furniture placement in this awkward space (that corner fireplace is no joke friends!), we’ve finally settled on the rest of our furniture for the space as well:
And, though I’d love to pretend that we’re the sort of family that spends every evening enjoying family game night while sipping lemonade, truth is, aside from that comfy couch, the TV will probably be the most used part of this space. Though for the record, we always wait until C heads off to bed. Considering our current TV is nearly 10 years old, I’ve got to say, we’re pretty darn excited about movie nights with this baby!
I cannot wait to hang some beautiful artwork from one of my favourite rustic sign shops, William Rae Designs, including a ginormous custom piece that will hang right above our new sofa!!!
And finally, because I just cant help myself, let me just break it down one more time (ya’ll know how much I love my lists!):
– demo and rebuild wall
– paint chalkboard wall
– hang sliding door
– remove ceiling fan and move to centre
– plank walls and ceiling
– paint walls and ceiling
– install new light
– replace trim and paint
– hang art and decorate
Oh my goodness – it may not look long, but I have absolutely no idea how we’re going to pull this all off!!!
We are SO incredibly lucky to be teaming up with some AHHHHHMAZING companies as we take on this crazy renovation! Sending out SUCH a big thank you to the following companies for sponsoring this makeover (and making it so easy to recommend them and their fabulous products!):
Rugs USA | The Brick | Wayfair.ca | Tonic Living | William Rae Designs | HomeRight | So Vintage Chic
Be sure to follow along with us on Instagram for all sorts of updates and sneak peeks!
Now, you’re going to want to pop over to the One Room Challenge page to check out all of the other incredible room makeovers that are just getting underway too!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
I can't wait to hear your thoughts!