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Here It Is! Our Family Room Remodel Before & After

When you see a space change slowly over time, sometimes the transformation loses its impact. This is why looking at our before photos gives me the motivation I need to finish our other spaces. Actually, it’s really kind of startling to take a step back and see where we were just four short months ago – taking a leap of faith and purchasing an outdated ranch style home on 3 acres. But we did it! And although there will always be work to do, I’m excited to finally share our family room remodel before and after!

Family Room After:

remodeled family room with neutrals, wood, and white

Now, there’s no way around it – this is a small cozy space. But I was determined to make it light & bright and focus on our farmland mountain views.

Family Room Before:

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outdated family room prior to remodel
Here she is, in all her beige, carpeted glory!

First, we removed the carpet and trim. We had planned on keeping the oak floors and lacing in new boards, but after looking at all the work, patches, and repairs, it was actually more cost-efficient to go with new, white oak wide plank floors. We saved a boat load of money by doing the demo ourselves.

family room remodel process
Clean slate! (I painted the heart on the wall as a paint test 🙂

One thing that tripped me up was the funky wood stove concrete slab. It was a maroon, speckled, jagged piece of rock. Removing it was not in the budget so I had to make do. Luckily, I was in the midst of experimenting and painting our peachy ceramic tile fireplace in the other room and realized I could use the same black high-heat enamel here. Perfect!

family room remodel progress with white oak wood floors

Family Room Remodel Task List:

  • Removed old carpet and red oak hardwood
  • Installed white oak wide-plank floors
  • Replaced trim and floorboards
  • Removed dated wall speakers and deleted some outlets
  • Created a smooth corner wall at edge of room
  • Painted concrete base of wood stove
  • Repaired drywall texture
  • Replaced light switches and fixtures
  • Painted walls, ceiling, and trim
  • Replaced ceiling fan and light fixture
remodeled living room with white walls, wood, and neutral accents

This room stood mostly completed for weeks as I hemmed and hawed over a ceiling fan. Initially, I really avoided the whole fan idea in general but changed my tune when I saw more modern options. Plus, it’s just functional here with the wood stove. After much consideration (here are some of my other ceiling fan contenders), we ultimately chose the Hunter Cranbook Low Profile Fan which really completed the entire room.

Remodel Sources

large picture windows in remodeled living room

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family room remodel before and after

I’m so thrilled to finally share this entire space! Stay tuned for more before and after remodel posts as we complete other spaces in our new home.

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