Family Room Progress -Removed Popcorn Ceiling and Simply White Walls

We made progress on our family room makeover this week including removing the popcorn textured ceiling from one section of the family room and painting the walls.

Our family room gets lots of light from two skylights in the cathedral ceiling (which we just replaced along with the new roof), a bank of windows and light from our kitchen patio doors. It was time to refresh our paint and I chose Benjamin Moore Simply White for the walls and Benjamin Moore Snowfall for the trim. At first I wasn't sure about white walls even though our living room and my studio are Cotton Balls white and I love them. I am used to the change now and really like the Simply White at all times of the day. It is a nice bright white without being stark.

We started the budget friendly family room makeover by switching the white slipcoverd couch that was in here with the custom leather couch in the living room. With teen boys, lots of visitors and a chocolate Lab it just made more sense to have the leather in the family room. It helps that leather is my all time favourite upholstery choice (just like my favourite outfit, brown leather boots, jeans and white blouse.)  

I shared the found end tables painted ASCP Old White and I finally got around to spray painting the original hardware black. The new lamps and pillow slips I made were shared here.

Our boys stripped the popcorn ceiling texture this week. They just did this area of the room that has 8 foot ceilings, stopping before the dining room and entry (that huge mess with be for another day.) Did I say what a huge dusty mess it is? We'll be putting up plastic 'doors' to keep the dust down when we tackle the dining room for sure.

A total mess but so worth it even before I sanded and painted with flat ceiling paint. The too small light is being replaced with a {gasp}ceiling fan/light fixure because popular design or not my guys love fans. 

The before colour was Benjamin Moore StoneHouse, a nice tan that tended to read a little gold in photos. We will be adding white millwork to the 'post' part of the far right wall.

One of the before photos. Even with lots of windows this end of the room could feel dark with the StoneHouse walls and without a light area rug (hoping to get eventually.)

The tall wall on the catherdral ceiling end of the room will probably be painted a grey (I'm considering Revere Pewter and Gray Owl.) And there is no way that we are scraping the popcorn texture off that ceiling! We'll add white beadboard or planks and frame out the replaced skylights. I also made replacement white curtains for the kitchen patio doors so don't pay attention to the temporary ones there in this older photo.

The grey colour will soon wrap around the upper portion of our board and batten wall (that needs some finishing) and down the hall to our front entry.

I am moving the photo gallery to the shorter end wall and will be adding one larger piece over the couch. Still tossing ideas around. 

I sewed a new star pillow for our $50 Natuzzi leather recliner that the guys will just toss on the floor, so I will add a basket beside the chair to hopefully catch it lol. 

The pillow slip is sewn with leftover fabric from the curtains and a heavy twill star. I have a thing for stars.

I'm really liking how this room is coming along. The next steps will be the gallery wall and then to continue on with finishing the board and batten and painting the other walls. I'll be looking for a rug eventually and I plan to buy an Ektorp white slipcoverd chair from Ikea soon to add to the seating.

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  1. I like the new white walls in that room! I like how it contrasts against the leather furniture. I like the colors you're considering for your other walls. I considered those same colors for my dining room and then chose Grey Owl. I can tell you the difference is that Revere Pewter is more of a tan grey and Grey Owl is more of a blue grey. Looking forward to seeing all of your changes done.

  2. Love the leather and the white walls, looking good.

  3. The room looks beautiful! The white looks so fresh and pretty with your leather furniture!

  4. Elizabeth,
    The room makeover looks GREAT! I have popcorn ceilings and for some reason they don't bother me (I guess I'm a little different). The new wall color is perfect for your pretty brown leather furniture.


  5. Elizabeth, this room looks great and I like the idea of leather furniture in the family room too. The white walls sure make it brighter. You've done a lot of work on your house. I'd love to take off our popcorn ceilings too! Everything looks really great there!

  6. Oh that must have been a messy job taking down that popcorn ceiling.
    Love the new look!! Can't go wrong with leather furniture...

  7. Hi So nice to 'meet' you...love what you've done here and are still doing. We never get done when it comes to decorating do we? too much fun! One question I have; where do you buy your chalk paint? I have a hard time finding a store close by?

  8. oh wow what a lot of work!!! Looks fabulous though. Popcorn ceilings are such an awful trend!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. It looks great! I have those sofas and I wanted a way to lighten and brighten my room. Love how yours turned out.

  10. I really love this! Honestly, I've never liked leather furniture until now. You changed my mind the moment I saw these pictures! Well done!

  11. Good for you for treating yourself! The new sofa looks lovely – I can’t wait to see more of it!
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