EVERYTHING happened in our rec room: dinner parties, slumber parties, gaming marathons, scrapbooking, RC racing, Lego tournaments, school projects, and billiard tournaments.
|Our rec room used to be the garage. |
But after 13 years it was in desperate need of a makeover. Here's what I wanted to do:
- paint walls, window frames, and doors
- replace lighting over table and add lighting over pool table
- create focal wall
- change the felt color on the pool table
- add seating for gaming and television
- replace café curtains
- replace existing farm table with a trestle farm table
|rec room inspiration board: neutral colors, contrasted with dark woods, |
and accents of red and robin's egg blue.
And so I got to work, starting with the walls. Arrivederci yellow, ciao Carrington beige.
|Yes, I did all the painting and, yes, I rigged that ladder.|
paint: Benjamin Moore's Carrington Beige
|Our rec room has 12-foot ceilings, so I got a workout climbing |
up and down a ladder for almost a week.
Then we (or rather, my husband) hung two lighting fixtures (purchased at Lowe's) -- one over the farm table and one over the pool table -- and created a focal wall by hanging an antique mantel (which I sanded and stained) and a giant clock from Hobby Lobby.
|Two lighting fixtures in a weekend.|
My husband is a saint.
|Mantel purchased at an antique store; corbels purchased |
at Lowe's and stained to match.
|I finally found a place for my Piero della Francesca plaques.|
After looking at café curtains at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, Pier 1 Imports, Ikea, World Market, and Amazon, I finally found what I was looking for (quite by accident) at The Christmas Tree Shop.
|café curtains from The Christmas Tree Shop|
|Where did the top half of our hutch go?|
|Repurposed as a bookcase|
Slowly but surely, our rec room came together. Here are some "after" photos ...
|Ready for entertaining ... or board games ... |
or Lego projects
|The bottom half of our hutch can now be used as a bar, |
sideboard, or serving area for when we entertain.
|antique armoire repurposed as a television cabinet|
|robin's egg blue for a pop of color|
|Chairs from Costco|
(deeply discounted since they were the floor models);
pool table pad changed to a Cape Cod blue
(arrivederci billiards green!);
artwork (w/ added shutters) to hide the fuse box.
So there you have it. I'm still on the quest for a trestle farm table, some artwork to hang between the windows, and a throw rug to bring out my accent colors, but all in good time.