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Renovation Ideas: Family Room and Kitchen

Monday, March 30, 2015

Last week I wrote about my plans for the rooms in the front of the house. Today I'm posting about the rooms in the back of the house.

 The living room is in the back of the house, behind the library.

Sam really wanted to keep the fireplace wood, and I wanted to paint it. We made a deal that we would live with the wood fireplace for a year before making any decisions.

The whole house inside and outside has that dirty tan trim color. I hate it! All the trim inside will be painted bright white. We can't afford to have the exterior of our house painted right now, so we'll just live with it.

I plan to use the $50 sofa that I got from Final Cut in this room. We'll reuse all our other furniture, but eventually I would like to get a longer TV stand.

Since making these boards, I've changed my mind about the paint color. I painted 5 samples on the walls, and Sam and I are both leaning towards the color in the middle - Moonstone.

The kitchen and breakfroom room are behind the dining room.
 Neither of us where crazy about the chair rail in this room. It fell just below the cabinet height, which felt really awkward in the room, especially up close. Sam has already ripped it out.
It seems really weird to have a ceiling fan in the kitchen (supposedly this was popular in the 80's), so we're moving it to the family room. Sam removed the can light above the sink when we were scraping the ceilings, and he broke it while he was taking it down. That's just fine with me! I love any excuse to get a new light fixture!


The new bamboo floors will be going in the kitchen, and we're going to paint the walls and trim and get a new dishwasher and fridge before moving in. We hope to paint the cabinets in the next few months. Instead of the Maritime White paint color in the board above, I've decided on Swiss Coffee, also by Benjamin Moore.

I've already bought three new light fixtures for this space:
From Wayfair, this light will go in the kitchen where the ceiling fan currently is located.

From Shades of Light, this will go above the sink

From cb2 (I'll be using more attractive bulbs), this fixture will go in the breakfast nook.

My next post will be about the laundry room and powder bathroom.

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5 Responses to “Renovation Ideas: Family Room and Kitchen”

  1. So exciting! I just painted our new nursery Swiss Coffee, and it is a perfect neutral. I think you will love it in your kitchen. Great choices on light fixtures! I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  2. You guys are making progress! That is so exciting. I can't wait to see the finished product but I love getting ideas from you. :)

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  3. Kristyn, I think we're making good progress, but it's a ton of work!

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  4. Megan, it's a relief to hear that you liked Swiss Coffee! I was just starting to have doubts about the color. My dad thinks Swiss Coffee is too close to the trim color. My dad apparently fancies himself an interior designer, and has TONS of opinions about my paint colors. I guess he forgot about that degree I have!!

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