ROOM MAKEOVERS: 70s Update
Fake wood beams on the ceiling, dark paneling on the walls, and peg flooring that did not match the rest of the house, made for a cavernous room that was far from cheery.
The first thing we did was knock down the wall separating the kitchen and family room (visible in this photo taken from the kitchen):
We then had the fake beams and dark paneling removed, and took up the existing peg flooring, so that we could lay wood flooring that ran from the family room through to the kitchen. This made the rooms appear larger. There were more than 4 layers of linoleum flooring that we had to take up!
We also took out the single door to the backyard, and replaced with double, French style doors to bring in much needed light.
While I liked the brick, an entire wall was too much (for my taste). We opted to cover the wall with drywall and solid wood molding, giving some added depth and detail. It also allowed us to recess the television into the wall. As much as I hate having the tv as a focal point, the narrow room leaves few options. The brick remains exposed along the hearth and around the fireplace.
I then decided to move the leather chairs to the basement where they would provide a more durable option for the kids. I brought in two velvet chairs from another room (I rotate furniture regularly for a fresh look):
Recently we swapped out the sofas with a white sofa from the basement - I had been wanting to try and navy and white scheme for awhile.