Finishing Touches in the Family Room

It’s so nice to look at a room in your house (when it’s not a hot mess from the kids), and think that it’s exactly how you want it.  That’s how I feel about our family room… I may want to change everything in a few months, but for now, the family room finally feels like “us.”

I’ve been searching for a chair for the corner of the room for a few weeks now and couldn’t decide between something with a lot of color, like this:

klyne-chair-and-a-half or a neutral option.  I opted to go safe and leave the color for the accessories.  I also didn’t want to spend too much on the chair since really it’s more for decorative purposes than for meaningful seating since we have such a big sectional, so I checked the usual budget options (IKEA, Home Goods, Pier 1) and found what I needed at Target.

Target Chair

I also bought a side table from West Elm:

west elm table

Here is what the family room looked like when we moved in (minus the paint swatches, we did those):

Full Living Room

Notice the stained carpet, mustard walls, red brick on the fireplace, the mis-sized furniture, the gold fireplace insert, and the list goes on and on…

Now it looks like this:

Room Wide Angle

Side Chair

I still need to add a throw for the chair and a few accessories for the top of the gold and white box so this corner of the room is still looking a little sparse.

This is the little desk on the other side of the room where Tuscan likes to play on the computer:

Tuscan at Computer


Little Desk

I was really hoping to put the side table next to the chair by the fireplace, but it was too wide so… next to the desk it went.  It’s such a cute table that I wanted to incorporate it somewhere in the room.

And here is the bookshelf behind the couch (that still needs baskets on the bottom two shelves):

BookshelfAnd one more shot of our giant sectional that I love so much!:

The room is now bright and airy and just the way I like it!

I still have a small to-do list for this room, but I’m not in a hurry to get them done:

  • Paint the ceiling (really, really not in a hurry to do that)
  • Expand the mural wall since our couch is so much wider now
  • Find a storage cocktail ottoman for in front of the couch
  • Get a new blind to replace the one on the left side of the TV (there just isn’t enough wall space for curtains unfortunately)
  • Get four baskets to go on the bottom two shelves of our bookshelf (I want to dip the bottoms of the baskets white)
  • Get a colorful throw for the chair and also some accessories for the gold and white box next to the chair

Next on the list is to tackle installing new light fixtures… like 10 of them… Sigh…

Gold and Coral Chair

A while ago I posted this chair that I love:


cute blue chair

I like the simple lines and especially the fact that it was bi-colored and BLUE (my favorite accent color).  It looked like an easy, quick project so I definitely wanted to DIY one for my house.  I checked out a couple donation stores and found a chair at Goodwill for $10 that I thought I could work with:


The lines weren’t as clean as I wanted, but I thought that if it didn’t look the way I wanted after I was done with it, I could always give it to the kids for their treehouse (which is where all our cast-offs go).  I wanted to paint the bottom gold and the top coral since even though I love blue, I’ve learned that I have to stay away from blue as much as I can since that is my go-to color and my house is at risk of looking like the Smurfs live here if I’m not careful!

The first step was to get all the gloss off the wood with a liquid de-glosser.  I used TSP de-glosser that I picked up at Home Depot.




I wanted the bottom of the chair to be gold because the chair was going in the foyer and right next to the foyer is my living room which has gold accents and I wanted the two spaces to relate to each other.  So, I flipped the chair upside down in the grass and started spray painting the legs using Rustoleum gold spray paint.





I sprayed about 10 very light coats and let the coats dry for about 10 minutes between coats.  I was so happy with the results after I was done because the legs were shiny, bump free, and drip free.  I high-fived myself for picking a project that was easy and awesome but then came painting the top part, and soon I was kicking myself in the rear!


I decided to use latex paint for the top of the chair because I couldn’t find the color that I wanted in spray paint; although I did find a website where you give them the paint color from any manufacturer and they make spray paint out of it but it was really expensive (like $20 a can) and I wanted this to be an inexpensive project.  So, latex paint is what I worked with and after lots of headaches and drips and sanding and time and cursing, I came up with:



It was way too light on the top and when my husband saw it and said, “I didn’t know you were going for the old lady South Beach look,” I knew I needed to reevaluate the color.  So after spending about three hours painting this atrocious color, I went back to Home Depot and picked out a brighter version and got this:



This was too dark and sadly, still ugly so I lightened it:





Still terrible.  And at this point, I had so many coats on the chair that there were bumps, brush marks, drips and general ugliness.




Even if the color was perfect, which it wasn’t, I couldn’t live with all those imperfections!  I even tried thinning out the latex paint before painting and the paint still globbed in lots of places, so I did the only rational thing and spent the next 2 days stripping all paint that wasn’t gold.  I used Citristrip which is an environmentally friendly gel stripper and had to apply 3 coats since I had so many coats of paint to strip.


After stripping the chair, and going to 5 different stores, I found a spray paint that would work called Coral Isle by Krylon and after another 10 coats I finally got it right with no bumps, drips, globs, and no cursing!








See how the gold in the chair relates to the gold mirror and accents in the living room?


I even found a cute little pillow at Target for $5 that I think goes well with the chair.

The next step is to add some art above the chair with blue accents to break up all that coral a little.  In the spirit of trying to do this with as little cash as possible, I’m going to DIY the artwork and already have some ideas that I think might work.  I’ll let you know when I come up with something that is share-able!

Notes from this project:  USE SPRAY PAINT!!!  It leaves no brush marks and if you spray light coats, no drips.  I will for evermore use spray paint to refinish furniture because I value my sanity.

Things I love…

Here are a few things that I love right this minute:

cute blue chair


I found this chair on Dear Lizzy and love it!  I want to paint one just like it for our little desk in the family room except that I might change that baby blue to a pale yellow.  It would be so easy to find a chair like this at a thrift store to rehab; you just have to make sure that you pick out a chair where the legs do not flow into the back of the chair.  There has to be a distinct “top” and “bottom” to the chair.


I recently got this picture of a puggle to put on our collage wall in the family room off of Etsy.  I just got it in the mail today and it is so much more realistic and colorful in real life.  It looks exactly like a cross between our two little guys that I had to get it.  I mean look at the below picture… It looks like my dog sat for the artist doesn’t it!

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Bandit in the foreground, Butter in the background

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Butter all dressed up (my kids love to make the dogs look ridiculously cute!)

Gilded Bowls

And these are just beautiful little bowls for a nightstand.  You can find them here.  I love anything white and gold.  The colors just look so elegant together.

So that’s it for now.  I’m still working on painting, painting, painting… and will post pictures when I’m finally done (in the year 2023, *sigh*).