It seems like I am forever updating this family room/den/play room. I can never just get it right, ya know? For starters, it is a very awkward room with virtually no walls to work with. One is a fireplace, another doorway and window, and the other two also both have doorways. It's also very long and narrow.
I have painted the old paneling in here several different colors in the past few years but am satisfied with my current color, Smoke Embers by Valspar. I think painted paneling naturally gives a coastal feel so that is the style I am leaning towards without going too obvious and overdoing shells, etc.
Another must when updating any room is to use as many thrift finds as possible and to stay on a strict budget. I painted an old coffee table white with a chalkboard top for a fun feature. I slipcovered the sofa in drop cloths from Home Depot, and found this FAB rug at a flea market for $30. The orange wool Ikea pillow was $1 at a yard sale and the teal pillow covers were on clearance at Target.
See my birdcage in the back? It houses two real live Finches and was $7 at a yard sale!
I also really, really loved this white bamboo mirror I found for $5 at a yard sale. Its old and very heavy. I did not have to paint it, it was already white. The little Ikea floor lamp was from the Habitat Restore, $20.
Sticks, FREE from outside!Including the gorgeous carved walking stick done by my Husband himself!
The bookshelf in the back is a work in progress. I am not good at arranging bookshelves to look full but not cluttered and also both functional and pretty. I am currently trying to add some of my white milk glass collection.... any tips on bookshelves?
This vintage GE fan was at the same yard sale as the bamboo mirror, $3. It works great too! I just think it's the cutest thing!
Pretty little blue and white bowl, $6 at a yard sale. (more than I would usually pay but you can tell it's nice. If any one knows anything about it, please share!)
Table Free from roadside trash pile then spray painted. Euro pillow sham, $1 Goodwill, white folding chair, $5 Goodwill and cool lamp $5 Goodwill. Black and White canoe picture, $20 T.J. Maxx. See, I mix it up a little....
Do you have any rooms that are constant works in progress? Any tips? Are you able to find lots of goodies thrifting?
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