First of all, let me say that I am no decorator. Not even close. But I am learning what I like and allowing myself to step outside my comfort zone and try some things that may or may not work. Or maybe discover something new to create a beautiful home amidst the craziness of life.
Our den makeover actually began last December. I know. I know. That’s been eight months. We’ve been enjoying it all this time and now I want to share it with you!
Our den before was an eclectic mix of hand me downs and hodge podge belongings. We had way too much in this room, and as we weeded out and moved things around the room began to take shape.
Doesn’t it look amazing? My husband and youngest son did a terrific job of installing the flooring. We also changed the color of the room from the mint green to more of a chocolate brown.
We moved furniture around, bought a new sectional (only our second purchased sofa set in 25 years) and recliner, and my husband built the beautiful rustic table from fence posts.
Our entertainment center and shelving was made of pressboard and falling apart so my husband searched Craigslist and until he found this solid wood (and heavy) entertainment center for $100. The only little glitch is that our TV doesn’t sit flush in the unit so we have it angled to fit. (Moral of this story: don’t let the person you’re buying from measure the unit. Bring your own measuring tape and do it yourself!)
As a homeschooler and book lover we have a lot of books, but I managed to clean out our materials and get rid of one large bookshelf.
Who knew window treatments would be so difficult to decide on? My hubby found these at Lowe’s, a perfect accessory for the room. (He’s kinda frightening me with his “feminine side.” He actually has very good taste and more decorating sense than me.)
I used a little cafe curtain in a solid red for the back door.
This room was truly a labor of love, from the flooring to the paint to the furniture to the special features that make our home unique. I won’t even begin to tell you how Tim and I got the sectional through the back door (which may have included hoisting it up over the back fence. Oy.) It was a process of going through one decision at a time and watching the room develop into a place we love to hang out and enjoy our family.
***For those who have asked about the paint color: it is Behr Interior Satin Enamel Paint and Primer (brand) in Sherwin Williams #6095 Toasty (color). The couch is from Klaussner Furniture, and no, we didn’t pay anywhere near real retail price. It was a showroom sample, one of a kind purchase. We had decided to buy a sectional but with a different configuration. When we saw this one we had to totally refigure the room but are so thrilled that we did!
I have included links within this post to the other projects in our den that I’ve blogged about. Want to see more of my husband’s handiwork? Here is his window table, pallet shelves, fence slat centerpiece and our scrapbook room remodel.