Monday, September 22, 2014

Home Tour: Family Room Before and After

Ok so my last post featured our kitchen before and afters.  It was in a word...gross, but even it didn't hold a candle to the Family Room.  We are a somewhat large family, and wanted a large family room where we could all chill out together without actually crowding one another.  So when we bought this house we enclosed a single car carport, and merged it with a weird awkward skinny room to create our lovely family room.

See those tiny specks on the floor?  That my friends was a wasp graveyard.  This one isn't that bad.  We had to have the house sprayed twice a month for two months to make a dint in the wasp population.  So when we closed on the house, this floor was almost solidly black the dead wasps were so bad.  They accumulated daily, and so we would have to do a quick sweep.  Just another one of those things that we don't miss.

That's right...that's the other side of the room.  This was a weird narrow room.  I guess it could have been another bedroom if it had had a closet.  We had other plans though.

What is going on here you ask.  We asked ourselves the same thing.  This my friends I'm pretty sure was supposed to be a bar of some kind.  I'm going to go ahead and tell you that we don't drink, and had zero use for a bar.  Especially such a gross, weird one.

The color of this door would have been so cool if the bottom of the door hadn't been completely ruined by water damage.

Ahh, I forgot.  The mysterious metal sconce.  It was treaded for a light bulb, but not actually wired to take one.  Also there is that lovely hole in the wall where my children could have gotten their hands on the romex wiring, YEAH!

  I present to you...The Door To NO WHERE!  They had decided to board up this doorway.  We decided this really was a fantastic place for a back door, and restored it to rights.

Mmm.  A random light socket for all of your bare bulbs.  I personally call these "serial killer" lights.  Seriously in every movie/documentary and what not they always show a scary place lit with...these.  We have these in our house now the ATTIC, because the attic is creepy and these fit right in.

This was the house while we were getting the carport enclosed.  Most of the work on this house we did by being weekend warriors utilizing our sweat equity, but this we hired out.  They had this completely enclosed within two days.  It would have taken us forever to get this done.

When we took down what had been the exterior wall, and load baring wall we needed to put in a serious beam to handle the load so that we could have a nice open room.

You can see the enclosed section on the right in this picture.

Here it is in all its glory, and here you can see some of my past projects (you can find them herehere, and here).  Please disregard my sectional that is SO dirty.  I recently discovered that I HATE microfiber.

I love that we were able to set this room up for the television to be wall mounted so we were able to plan for all the wiring to run in the wall.

So Señor Hotness has a serious hate of ceiling fans with lights on them.  I blame it on the fact that the man sells lighting.  He is a bit of a lighting snob.  Which brings us to the lighting in this room.  All of the down lights are LED.  Which is awesome since they have a 30-ish year life before you might have to replace them.

I present to you to door to...the backyard!  We reopened the boarded up opening for the back door.  It really was the best place for it.  Please forgive the lack of finish painting, and finish flooring.  I have both items, but I lack the skill to do the flooring and the time to finish the painting.  

Ok so you are probably wondering why I'm sharing a picture of the worlds most disorganized storage room.  Well, its because this is what the former creepy bar became.  We call this the "Big Pantry" because we are into super original and inventive names for random rooms, AND we buy lots of food items in bulk, and store the excess in here.  This is also what we use just for general storage.  Also I allow my girls to put things up in the room unsupervised sometimes which explains its organizational method...or lack there of.

Señor Hotness hung a galvanized pipe over the entry way so I could hang a curtain there.  

Sometimes company catches you unawares.  So its been nice to quickly pull the curtain closed if need be.

Do you notice anything amiss?

Yup you guessed it.  These curtains are hiding something besides a possibly trashed out room.

The addition of the curtains have been so super fun for all the littles around here, and because of the super heavy duty pipe screwed directly into the studs in the walls these curtains have held tight.  Even if they might have a somewhat heavy-ish child try to perform acrobatics with these.

Just another room I'm going to miss when we move out of state soon, but thankfully we'll have so many pictures to help carry the fond memories with us.


  1. Oh Kammy I love reading. all of your home renovation updates. Makes me miss those days for us, as well as be grateful that we are past that, lol. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. You really have put a lot of work into this home. Another great job! Yup, I can see those curtains being a super hero cape. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. What an amazing transformation!! It turned out super cute! And that curtain is genius!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Maria, and congrats on building. I hope it all goes well.

  5. You would never know it was the same place. It looks amazing now. We had the same problem with a fly graveyard in our house. It went on for years with me vacuuming flies out of the windows every day in the winter when the sun warmed the house. We thought they were getting in the siding or old windows, but when we replaced the roof, they stopped. Yuk! So glad those days are over. Thanks for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!
    Blessings, Deborah

  6. Wow, you sure put a lot of work into your home! It looks so nice, I bet you love that you aren't sweeping wasps, opening doors to nowhere and staring at scary light sockets on the wall now! :) Thanks for linking up at Fridays Unfolded

  7. Looks great! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)