Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Family Room/Den Ideas

Hey there!  Hope everyone is having a great week!  I finally finished up the den and I am so tickled with it.  I decorated the room for my hubby because it is where he likes to relax with our boys and so I thought it would be fun to fill the room with some of the things he loves most.  I started the redo by building this reclaimed wood shelving unit.  He had asked for a unique shelf to display some of his collections.  Then when he came home with this colorful minnow basket, I decided to use it for inspiration for the rest of the room.  Here's what I came up with.
Because of the cheerful bright colors on the minnow bucket, I chose red, white and black for the color scheme of the room.  I wanted the space to have a nautical/lake house/coastal vibe to it.  So, big bold stripes were perfect.  I ordered the fabrics for the pillows at fabric.com.  The rug I already had and purchased from Lowe's several years ago.  The roman shades I made from old cheap mini blinds and drop cloth that I painted grain sack stripes on in barn red.  Here is a fantastic tutorial on how to make them.
This coffee table is a storage chest that my dad built for me many years ago and it's super heavy.  So when hubby came home with another set of gorgeous vintage castors, I thought it would be pretty cool to attach them to the chest to make it more mobile.  Plus, I love the charm it adds to a very special piece.
Our den is at the base of the stairway, which is getting ready to receive a major overhaul, as well.  Can't wait for that one!
I painted the Boat Dock and Bait Shop sign on old barn wood and attached a fill it strip to the back.  The oar came from an old barn but I added the number with grey craft paint, and gave it a bit of distressing.

I was super excited about this project.  I'm sure some of you have seen this burlap board from Pottery Barn.
Well, I thought it would be kinda cool to make so I bought a tri-fold foam board, covered it in canvas, then covered it in burlap and stapled everything to the back of the foam board.  Then I built a frame with ripped pieces of barn wood because that is what I had, but you could also use 1 x 2's. Before I completely attached everything, I spray painted two small wood dowel rods with oil rubbed bronze spray paint, also because that is what I had on hand, drilled corresponding holes on each side of the frame and inserted the rods.  Then I completed the frame and framed the rest of the board. 

To keep the board inside the frame, I used heavy duty staples and a staple gun. Voila!  Because I had everything to make this except the foam board and dowel rods, this project only cost me 10 bucks!
He's totally happy with it and it's perfect for some of the small paper items that my husband collects, like old drive in movie calenders from 1962, vintage maps and post cards, old metal movie reels, and anything else he or the boys wants to stick up there.  Does anyone else think that metal movie reel looks like a steering wheel on a boat??  I also hung the vintage maps we found when we went out thrifting one weekend.
This TV console is an old record player cabinet that hubby found on a picking adventure.  The record player didn't work so we pulled it out and decided to use it for our TV console and game system for the kiddos.  I love it, it's solid wood and didn't need anything done to it at all.  I even liked the hardware.
Picked this basket up at a yard sale and love it!  Love the cool texture it adds to the room.
Here's hubby's shelf.  He filled it with his collection of minnow buckets (I love that chippy green one, thinking about sticking some fresh flowers in it, if he'll let me, lol), a vintage fishing reel, an old pump gauge from a fire truck (my hubby is a fireman) and he's got several other things going on it when he makes up his mind. :)
He's pretty excited about the possibilities.  I love that.  :)
The white chair is my favorite part.  It used to be an everyday suede arm chair that was starting to show it's wear, so, thanks to a good friend, I got an Ektorp chair cover for only 29 bucks at Ikea.  I was determined to make it fit, and I did, by golly. It fit perfectly and I was so excited!  Like the kind of excited you get when you're a kid waiting for Christmas morning. :)  I couldn't sleep!!  For only $29, it's like we got a completely new chair!  And I've heard that you just throw them in the wash and bleach them when they get dirty.
We're both super happy about the room and he finally has a place to display the things he loves.  Oh, I switched couches with the living room and den simply because this couch is so much more comfortable and he likes it better.  So the newly upholstered couch is in the living room where decorating changes for fall will start soon.  I'm ready, so tired of this intense heat, even though summer is our favorite time of the year.  Anyone else ready for fall?
Have a great day friends!

37 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow Diana! You are one talented lady....such a cozy wonderful room, it has the look of a well loved home. The addition of your "homemade" goodies (which don't look homemade BTW) just adds to the charm. You are your hubby are great collectors. I spy a huge glass jug next to your TV cabinet that looks like it's partially wrapped with rope? We have an old glass jug like that one...can you let me know if you wrapped rope around the bottom? I'm going to check out the roman shade tutorial....

    As always, you have done a spectacular job!
    Judy

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  2. 57 days until fall! Does that answer your question? ha!
    Love your new room! It looks great :)

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  3. Your den is wonderful! I can't believe how beautifully you pull things together on such a small budget. Who needs Pottery Barn? (Well, except maybe for inspiration.) I love the tall windows in that room too. Your guys will spend many happy hours in there, I am sure!

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  4. Fabulous! Love the board, and roman shades you made...once again thanks for inspiration. Been looking for some for our sitting area off from our kitchen. ;)

    Blessings.

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  5. Wow, I think this room looks fabulous...great job!

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  6. You are so very talented and creative - I love it!

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  7. The den looks great! I really like how it came together. I love the rustic shelf, the PB knockoff bulletin board, and the mini blinds-turned-roman shades. Great space!

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  8. You did a great job with the room! I love all the little touches you put in there for your hubby. Especially that board you made. I have been eyeing that board from PB for sometime. Thanks for sharing how you made yours. The minnow bucket find looks great on the shelf you made him along with all the other collectibles. Love your style!

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  9. Wow Diana! You've done it again! Made me fall in love with yet another one of your rooms! I was telling my husband how talented you were and showed him your blog! I told him I wanted to be like you! Lol! The room. Looks. Amazing!! I love everyting you did! Now I have to go back and watch the tutorial on the mini blinds! :)

    Debbie Niles

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  10. I totally thought the movie reel was a steering wheel for a boat!!! I love that burlap board!!! This room looks super cozy which is exactly what you were going for I'm guessing... :)

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  11. The room turned out super cute! Don't tell him I used that word :o)

    I'm headin' over to check out the blind tutorial!

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  12. Love it! When can I come over for an in person tour! I feel like I'm not friends with a celebrity! Love you girl.

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  13. Judy, I did wrap rope around the bottom! :) And thank you so much for all the sweet comments!

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  14. Fantastic makeover!I can't believe you did that on such a small budget. I'm impressed. Looks professionally done.

    Thanks for sharing. BTW, love the couch. Looks comfy.

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  15. can you please come to my house and help me rearrange and redecorate my living area? yes?! oh thank you!!! ha!

    your family room is awesome. :o)

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  16. Your den turned out great! The colors, the shelving, the trunk - all of it just a perfect mix. You are so talented! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. Though I love summer, I'm anxious for fall, too. I'm tired of being hot.

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  17. I absolutely love every room in your house, I love how you mix rustic and contemporary items. Your spaces are beautiful

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  18. Everything looks absolutely fabulous! You did such an awesome job pulling this all together. I think my favorite is the faux grain sack blind. I might have to tackle that. Thanks for the idea!

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  19. this is fan.tas.tic. Seriously. I think I "ooo"ed and "ahhhh"ed my way through every picture!

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  20. I just adore this! I'm redoing my living room and hoping to do a few nautiful touches. I took a lot of inspiration away! And like you, I am soooo ready for Fall. Summer is just not my stle. Way to hot for this gal!

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  21. I love it! And I love the fact that you took the time to create a space where your husband would be comfortable.

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  22. How great that your hubby has an eye for great stuff! I'm here from Traci's blog and I'm a new follower. You have impeccable taste! Pop over for a visit sometime.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  23. looks wonderful! Great job. I love the board :)

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  24. Everything is lovely. You did a great job, because it looks so easy and comfortable!

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  25. Rosemary fromOntarioWed Jul 27, 05:57:00 PM CDT

    I love your blog!! The den is awesome, I really like the shelf that you built.

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  26. Fantastic room! I love the idea of putting the coffee table trunk on casters.

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  27. the room looks fantastic!
    absolutely love it.
    cheryl xox.

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  28. LOVE this room. i'm very partial to that look, to say the least. :o) thanks for the link to how to make the shades from blinds...i'll be checking that out!

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  29. This room and your home is absolutely gorgeous!! Even from the time you step up on the porch, you can tell this is going to be a beauty!! I love your style and you are extremely creative and talented!! Your home could be in any magazine. I am your newest follower!

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  30. Just found your blog last night and was so excited by your taste and talent that I read all your past posts. Just finished reading them all and wanted to tell you how much I love what you've done. Wow. I'm posting this on facebook so I can share it with my friends. I especially love the barn board headboard for you master bedroom....so gorgeous. I'm adding this to my list of favorite blogs. Very well done.

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  31. WOW!!Totally love your room!!My husband is a firefighter too and loves fishing and antiques!He would totally love this room!!You have talent!!

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  32. WOW, WOW, WOW, it looks fabulous Diana! Just perfect! I love every detail, and man I thought that chair was the actual Ektorp chair, it looks just like it with that cover! I love the colors in the room and how those striped pillows pop! Nice work!

    Carla- http://hammersandhighheels.blogspot.com

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  33. LOVE it! I am not sure my bank account will though LOL I opened almost every link you posted in a new tab on my screen, and as soon as I am done posting this comment I am going shopping ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. WOW! It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
    Hoping to make it out your way again...I'd love to see it in person, and hang out with YOU! :-D

    XO
    Layla

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  35. Looks great! Do you mind sharing the color you used on the walls?

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