Family Room before & after

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Sharing the before and after pics of my family room today. I can’t believe the difference! It’s a gray rainy day so I guess I felt like posting about something inside! The before pictures are very grainy since they are from the listing of when the house was for sale, but nevertheless you can clearly see the dramatic changes! 

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Before: This is the family room when we first viewed the house.
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After: We took out the book shelves, the mantle, the fireplace doors and all of the trim,  put in a new wood floor and and a new slider door. (I scrubbed that fireplace stone with a wire brush to clean it up!)
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Before: ugh, those doors and that floor
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After: We took out those french doors and decided on a entirely different furniture layout than the previous owner.
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Before: everything in this house was oak, oak, oak.
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After: not a stitch of oak left! KN added that reclaimed wood by the door himself. That area is a high traffic wall that would just see too many scratches and handprints so this was an excellent solution.

How about that gallery wall? I love it because it has pictures of all my most favorite people in the world! That wall was a total evolutionary process. We started with a few frames and kept adding more pictures which meant that we moved the original ones multiple times to make it all look right. There were so many holes in the wall that KN re-painted the entire thing last year. So now I don’t add any new frames I just replace the pictures. My sister just gave me updated pictures of her kids and I had to reject them for different ones because they were not in the right format, I’m like hello! I need portrait not landscape! 

Also, I want to share a little story about that coffee table. It’s made out of white cement with a raw edge walnut plank in it. We custom ordered that sucker from Colorado, which apparently was too far to ship because it arrived in a giant wood crate with 2 broken legs. I mean we couldn’t send it back because we loved it and how do you send back a 400 pound table? So we had to have a welder come to the house to fix it! He pulls up with one of those trucks that has a welder right on it! Thank goodness he brought help because it took 5 men to move the table into the house, it’s crazy heavy. But when you have 2 teenage boys what better kind of coffee table is there? {cannot be destroyed}

I listed a few things that are in the room here. If it’s not listed it isn’t available any longer!

Leather Couch 

Leather chair 

Fabric chair 

Media cabinets (similar) 

Nelson floor lamp

Yellow rope stools

Woven tray (on table)

Bubble clock 

Spindle Clock

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