The first thing we did was paint the walls a warm camel color and brighten the built-ins with bright white paint. We initially hung a picture above the mantel but after a couple years and much convincing, I agreed to mount our TV above the mantel. Despite my aversion to having a big black box above our fireplace, it really is the best solution for this room.
Last fall I spent a weekend embellishing the mantle and built-ins with dentil crown moulding and raised paneling. I love the subtle detail it adds to the room. It doesn’t jump out at you, but it’s a much more polished, interesting backdrop than the plain wood. To make the raised panels, I used doorstop moulding and very small wire nails.
The two upholstered chairs in the room are centered on the french doors that lead out to our screened porch.
On the other side of the room is our couch. The DIY X benches I made are on the side of the coffee table by the fireplace. They’re great extra seating or footstools.
The coffee table used to be the same dark brown color as the couch but I sanded it down and stained it a light honey color.
Check back tomorrow for a look at my girls’ recently finished playroom!