(Seems Like) A Whole New Family Room

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Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
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Thrifted Paintings via cottagemagpie.com

Right before things got so crazy with the holidays, I did a couple things in the family room that really made a huge difference. I mean, it's not really a whole new room -- you can see primer on the walls if you look closely (please don't look closely). But the few things I did to make it feel like a whole new room, so I just had to share.

I didn't do much. We moved the daybed into what will be Mr. Magpie's office (oh, long story on that, coming up...). But otherwise, all I did was paint the little twin hutches (one is finished, one is half done), throw some of my thrift-store paintings on top and clip some fabric up on the windows that will someday be actual curtains (right now they're just "mistreatments" a la The Nester). So really nothing. But what a difference. Doesn't it seem a million times brighter? And cheerier? And fun? It's just so ME. I love it.

Check it out. This is what it looked like last summer, after we put up the test/temporary dividing wall to carve out where the mudroom will go:

Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com

If you go see that post you can really see how the hutches looked before they got painted.

And here's how it looks now:

Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com

It's not a huge change, but all the details just make me so happy.

Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com
Family Room via cottagemagpie.com

I want to paint the walls and make the fabric into real curtains, and then I have a bevy of other little projects to do. One of the first things I want to do is to make some kind of cute curtain for the hutches -- both tops and bottoms -- so that I can hide the toys and clutter (and, blush, actually take a picture of them to show you that's not embarrassing). I had tried some different fabrics I have on hand, but now I'm thinking maybe vintage towels, pillowcases, or even some kind of patchwork. Still pondering that one.

Plus I need to finish painting. More stories to come on that as well, since I stopped halfway, I don't know whether I can make the second one look like the first one or not! Yikes!

Anyway -- it's a work in progress, but it makes me so happy, I had to show you where it was at so far.

Meanwhile, though, I'm trying to finish up the Christmas presents I didn't finish while I was sick. I hope to get those done in the next day or two and I can show them to you. Then I need to give you the DL on what happened with the offices. So much to tell!!

What about you? Any rooms you have changed lately that make you really happy?

~Angela :-)
~Angela :-)
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