Sharing all of our tips & tricks of the awesome family room makeover we did in our farmhouse family room with new paint, a fireplace makeover, built in bookcases & new family room decor on a budget with before & after pictures!
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DIY Family Room Makeover
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Our farmhouse family room has gone through many changes over the past few years.
Family Room Makeover BEFORE
Our kiddos were much younger when we moved in to our farmhouse nine years ago & this was the room that they played & kept most of their toys in.
With our youngest finishing up elementary school, it was time to give the family room a modern makeover to better meet the needs of our kids & family today!
The only DIY family room makeover changes we had made up until this point was to buy a few pieces of furniture, move the TV above the fireplace, upgrade our pellet stove to a wood one & add a lot of white paint.
Cost of our Family Room Makeover
With the exception of a new TV… we kept our family room makeover on budget & spent less than $1500 on new paint, new recessed light trim & ceiling ducts, Ikea Built in bookcases, a fireplace makeover & a new gorgeous rug & pillow covers.
Family Room Makeover Paint
We painted our farmhouse family room walls Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice in a Flat Emerald Paint.
It is a modern neutral cool grey that we love.
I could not believe how much brighter our family room is now with the new paint color!
Unfortunately, our AC unit that is above our family room ceiling had leaked & Jason needed to replace the drywall before we could even start this family room makeover.
We painted the family room ceiling white & added wider new recessed can lighting trim after spray painting (DIY here) & duct work trim to the overhead lights & ceiling.
Family Room Makeover with Built in Bookcases from Ikea
We added Ikea Built in Billy Bookcases to either side if our family room garden window.
We added vertical shiplap to add character to the window & built in bookcase white accent wall of our family room makeover.
The shiplap ties in perfectly with the shiplap in our remodeled entryway opposite this wall. (see that HERE)
The built in bookcases give us so much storage to the family room without taking away precious floor space from our family room makeover.
I gave away many of the kiddos younger toys but kept many of the books, movies, puzzles & board games we use as a family of 6.
Read more about our DIY built in Bookcases HERE
Family Room Fireplace Makeover
We gave our fireplace a much needed makeover with gorgeous black paint & a more modern mantel.
We also added a larger TV to the family room along with a sound bar for all the family movie nights & sport games we enjoy watching together.
Family Room Makeover Decor & New Furniture Layout
I wanted to make some changes to our family room decor & furniture layout to meet the needs of our family today.
We mostly use the family room in our farmhouse to host large family gatherings, play board games & do puzzles & watch family movies.
To make our family room makeover feel larger, I changed up the family room layout by pushing our large sofa back closer to our picture window & moving our DIY Beam Sofa table (see the DIY HERE) to the other side of the room.
I also decluttered & donated extra furniture & decor we no longer needed.
The less furniture & stuff we have or need the better in my opinion!
We moved the large Scrabble wall Jason made to the opposite end of the room so we could play it while sitting on the sofa & watching sports.
It was WAY past time to replace our family room rug so I bought a budget friendly one on Amazon.
It matches the entryway rug we put in our newly remodeled foyer HERE & gives a sophisticated look to our farmhouse family room makeover.
I also added a few new pretty pillow covers found on clearance & Ebay to our two sofas & chairs.
We really love how our farmhouse family room makeover turned out & I hope this inspires you with lots of ideas for a family room makeover at your home!
by Tara Lehman
Family Room Makeover Source List
- Large Sofa – Restoration Hardware
- Large Coffee Table – Restoration Hardware no longer available bought on Craigslist see my tips HERE)
- Extorp Large Sofa with Chaise – no longer available similar to Uppland Ikea
- Leather Chair & Ottoman – Restoration Hardware (no longer available bought on Craigslist see my tips HERE)
- Jennylund Chair by Fireplace – no longer available from Ikea
- Pillow Covers – Pottery Barn & Target
- Curtain Rod – Target
- Vintage Velvet Panel Curtains – Restoration Hardware
- Large Rug – Loloi II Layla Collection in Ocean/ Rust from Amazon
- Fireplace Wood Stove – (HERE)
- Built in Bookcases – Ikea (see the DIY HERE)
- Wood Beam Sofa Table – (see the DIY HERE)
- Recessed Lights Trim Covers – Amazon
- Wall & Ceiling Paint – SW Emerald Matte Crushed Ice Paint on Walls & Eminence Ceiling Paint Un-tinted
- Fireplace Family Room Makeover Paint – Sherwin Williams Carbonized