Family Room Updates {a few changes & additions}

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I know I told y’all I was sharing a beach sign later this week. But I was looking at next week’s schedule!
Oops. Sorry!
Today I’m actually sharing some Family Room updates & changes I’ve made since I posted some recent things in there.

Like this coffee table turned tufted ottoman….

Thrifty Coffee Table turned Ottoman - top finished - #coffeetable #ottoman #diy

That I like but don’t love. :)
I had mentioned in the post linked above that I wanted to give it a re-do with deeper tufting and a pretty yellow fabric.
And I still do.

But, who has time for that? Ha!

I don’t right now with so many other projects going on. Plus, with summer upon us, I am busy with my outdoor areas now.
So I will re-visit this re-do in the Fall … or never ๐Ÿ˜‰ … but for now I found this pretty yellow throw.
It sort of gives me the look I was after with the yellow.

Coffee Table turned Ottoman - Yellow Throw Added- #thrifty #diy #homedecor

I also added another rug underneath. Pay no mind to that. It probably won’t stay. ๐Ÿ˜‰
By the way, it was an “extra” rug. I purchased it for a bedroom but it was too small where I wanted to use it.
So much for measuring! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Coffee Table turned Ottoman - Yellow Throw- #thrifty #diy #homedecor

And I found a “LOVE” pillow…and I love it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s back there on my little vanity/sitting chair— aka– an extra seat for someone to sit, if needed.

Coffee Table turned Ottoman - w Yellow Throw- #thrifty #diy #homedecor

I’d been wanting to “makeover” this lamp for awhile but didn’t get to it before I posted about this little end table.

Lamp Makeover with Chalk Paint - Before #thrifty #chalkpaint #homedecor

But now I have….

Lamp Makeover with Chalk Paint - After Styled #thrifty #chalkpaint #homedecor

It was pretty simple. Pure White Chalk Paint with Dark Wax over top. I highlighted the edges of the metal trim with Gold buffing wax.
It so needed that! Don’t you agree?

That gold gave it a nice little shine.

Lamp Makeover with Chalk Paint & Gold Edges - Before & After #thrifty #chalkpaint #homedecor

I might have gone a little crazy walking around hitting things with that awesome gold stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s so pretty I couldn’t help myself.

I didn’t put it on this though.

Thrifty Metal Scroll - Painted and Reloved - #thrifty #homedecor

I spray painted it with an off white color, gave it a light sanding and hung it up here:

Thrifty Metal Scroll - Painted and Reloved - After Distressed - #thrifty #homedecor

I thought it was the perfect spot for it and it almost hides the bracket in the middle of the curtain rod.
(By the way, these are the first pair of “no-sew” curtain panels I made. You can read about them –> here)

Thrifty Metal Scroll - After On Wall - #thrifty #homedecor
It was a thrifty find too (no surprise!).

I also just painted another pillowcase with Chalk Paintยฎ.
Here it is before: (removed from the insert)

Chalk Painted Pillowcase - Before - #thrifty #diy #homedecor #chalkpaint

I didn’t do it the regular way, however.

I tried something completely different this time. I know you can dye fabric with Chalk Paint so I decided to try something similar.
I made a watery mix of Scandinavian Pink and dipped the pillow case in and swooshed it all around.
It soaked the paint up really well but I didn’t rinse it out. (as you would if you were dying the fabric)
It didn’t cover the pattern but I was perfectly fine with that. I just wanted a coral colored pillow, not gold.

And it worked.

Chalk Painted Pillowcase - After - Scandinavian Pink - #thrifty #diy #homedecor #chalkpaint
I just wrung it out and laid it in the sun to dry. Once dry, I applied some Clear Wax.
It’s the softest feeling fabric (finished) I have done. (doesn’t really feel as much like leather as the chairs do, etc)
You can read about my previous pillow painting adventures …here, here and here.

And lastly, my husband and I put up a shelf in the Family Room.
(I can’t show you a full wall shot because there’s a little French Cabinet just below the shelf I’ll be sharing soon!— If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a few sneak peeks already. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

DIY Shelf - #thrifty #homedecor #DIY

The shelf is made out of a board we already had.
I painted it Pure White and sprayed it with Minwax Polycrylic to seal.

DIY Shelf - Finished - #thrifty #homedecor #DIY
The brackets came from Hobby Lobby. I painted those with the same white and lightly sanded to give them an “aged” look.
These are the same brackets I used for my shelves by my “Coffee Bar” except I left those “rust” colored. You can see them –> here.

DIY Shelf - Iron Brackets - #thrifty #homedecor #DIY

I’ve got some things sitting up on it now….one of them is the beach sign I was supposed to be sharing today!
Next week I’ve got a little patriotic themed post coming up along with some of my blogger friends and I’ll also be sharing that beach sign. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you all have a great weekend! 


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  1. Bonnie says

    Nancy – It all looks great! You probably have told us the color of your wall before, but I don’t remember what it is. Is that the White Raisin?


    • Nancy says

      Hi Bonnie!
      Thanks so much! :) The wall color is Blonde, SW6128. (Sherwin Williams) I have my house colors listed at the bottom of my page…but I really need to move it up to the side! No one sees it all the way down there! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I looked up White Raisin…it’s looks pretty too!)


    • Nancy says

      Thank you Sharon! :) Yes, it was simple but looks so different now! I was tired of that dark marble look!

  2. Karen H says

    Nancy, I love so many things about your family room! You are such an inspiration!

    Oh, and I love the rug in there… it looks to be jute?? I’m wanting a jute rug (or something similar) for my family room. The one I have now sheds too much. It’s the second rug in as many years. The first one shed even worse! Eventually, I will land on one that I really like that doesn’t shed! My husband really loves that I keep changing the rug!

    Great job!

    P.S. And I’m definitely going to try that “dyeing the pillow with chalk paint” thing! xo

    • Nancy says

      Aw thank you Karen :)
      Yep, they are both jute! I love them I have the same (lighter one, bleached) but large in my Study. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But…they do shed some. I think it’s just the nature of a lot of these natural rugs unfortunately. I don’t really notice it on the wood floors but if you sit on it with black pants…you need a sticky roller after!
      It seems like the white one sheds worse than the brown.
      I bet your husband loves the changing of the rugs (etc etc etc) the same way my husband does!! lol

  3. JaneEllen says

    Don’t you love simple makeovers that turn out great? Makes it so much more fun. Everything you did makes a wonderful difference. It’s just stopping to do them that’s hard when you have a list of to-do’s hanging over your head.
    I’ll have to look at HL to find some of those brackets, love yours. Want to put up a shelf under my plate rack, have the shelf but no brackets. Love your wainscoting.
    You’ve inspired me with your projects, I’ve been updating our single wide mfg. home as much as I can with no money. Using things I had and it’s made a creditable difference in how I feel about l/r. It’s about time some of “things” I keep accumulating at thrift stores are getting used and enjoyed.
    Happy weekend

    • Nancy says

      I do!! It doesn’t always go as planned so it’s nice when it turns out well! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I’m so happy I’ve inspired you! It doesn’t have to take large amounts of money to do things like this.
      There are so many ways to decorate and change things up inexpensively…as you seem to already know as well!
      Hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Debbie!! Yes, I love the lighter colors! We nicknamed this room “The Cave” when we moved in! (dark brown paneled walls…the works! dark,ugh!)

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Christy…it is! But I also look around and think hmmm, I need to do this and do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s never complete! But it sure it a change from when we moved in!
      (it was dark brown everywhere!! even the walls!)

  4. Hayley says

    This is an amazing website, so glad I came across it, having plenty of time on my hands at the moment there are so many interesting projects that I can do whilst staying in the warm. Thank you, please keep adding ideas and projects – fabulous!

  5. Aubrey says

    Hi! We’ve been converting our coffee table this weekend and this has been so helpful, thank you! I was wondering if you thought of a cool new project for the glass from the table? I think it would be fun to reincorporate it into our house somehow.

    • Nancy says

      Hi Aubrey,
      Wonderful, thanks! :)
      Actually, no I have not. It would be fun to use somehow! I did reuse the backing of another piece in my home (although you can’t see it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) in the making of the ottoman.
      If you think of something, let me know! Would love to hear. And if I do, I’m sure it’ll end up here on the blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Nancy online furniture


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