Family Room Re-Design~Before and After



Today's before and after is a re-design of a traditional style family room belonging to this guy, Zeke, and his human family of six.  You may remember Sarah's Dining Room Before and After from last year.  This gorgeous space resides in the same home.  I had the privilege of consulting with Sarah {and Zeke} on their family room also. 






Here is a look at their family room before:



{Before}




And here it is now:


{After}



The space was beautiful to start with but, a little dark.  To lighten it up I suggested painting the fireplace brick.  After researching a few different techniques, Sarah decided to go with a white-wash finish as opposed to an opaque paint finish. 







White-washing was a great choice for this project.  It allowed the variation of the brick to show through creating a gorgeous aged finish.  It brightened up the space without looking stark or too new.
Like it's always been this way. 

I'll be sharing a tutorial on the technique she used later this week.







Another small change that had a dramatic affect is the new drapery.   Sarah made the drapes from a beautiful, bold floral fabric.  The color and pattern added a contemporary nudge to the otherwise traditional space.  By hanging the new drapes higher, just below the crown molding, the room feels taller.









Here's another peek at the before:







And after:






Just a few changes and this room has a totally new feel. 
Thank you Sarah, for inviting me into your home and allowing me to share your beautiful space.


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25 comments:

  1. Oh I love the fireplace white washed! At first I thought she faux finished each brick and when I read she just did a white wash, I thought "genius" The drapes and the new look of the fireplace just pulls the whole space together, love it.

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  2. This is a beautiful makeover, the room is unbelievably gorgeous.

    I can't wait to find out how you did the bricks, because I have a horrid red fireplace that is crying out for help.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  3. What a HUGE difference the white washing made! I never would have guessed! Going to do that in our family room for sure! TFS!

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  4. Zeke is a handsome dude and what a beautiful room! Love the fabric curtains, modern yet classic, very lovely. The fireplace looks great too! I love what you do, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Amazing what a few little changes can do! It looks fabulous!

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  6. I love that you show how subtle changes can make a huge difference! Great Job Sarah...once again!

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  7. The fireplace whitewash is pure genius -- creates a gorgeous patina while lightening up and brightening up! Wonderful. :)

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  8. ahhhh, what a relief, that color change. it was too dated for comfort. well done!

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  9. Yay! I love your before and afters...definitely like how the fireplace was lightened up! Now it is a beauty...

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  10. What a difference! The patterned drapes and whitewashed brick look great!

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  11. Shades of Zeke! Love your solution for the fireplace brick--the whitewash is stunning--makes me wish I had a brick fireplace so I could make it look like this! Looking forward to the tutorial to store away in my brain--just in case :)
    Sindy

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  12. WOW! What a transformation. I love the way the whitewash looks. Great job!

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  13. That is beautiful. I can't wait to see the tutorial.

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  14. I can't seem to find the tutorial but have this exact fireplace and was looking for the right solution. Would love some help!

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  15. Beautiful fireplace. I am in the middle of remodeling and would love to do this to my red brick fireplace. Where do I find the tutorial? Thank you for a fantastic idea!

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  16. Wow! Looks GREAT!! Can you tell me where I can purchase those drapes?

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  17. I love how the character of the brick shows through. It's so much better than painting it a stark, solid white.

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  18. This looks amazing! I love how it turned out. I'd really love to see the rest of the room to see how it all looks! It looks so beautiful.

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  19. I'd love to know the name of the drapery fabric and/or where I could find it.

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  20. can you share where you purchased the drapes? they are perfect!

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  21. What color is the paint on the walls?

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  22. Beautiful job! It's always so amazing how a few changes can transform the feeling of a room. Is there another treatment on the windows besides the new draperies? The windows seem very bright and white, maybe it's the light in the photo.

    Thank you,
    Chris

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  23. Beautiful! I also would like to know the color of the walls?

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