Once upon a time, people loved knotty wood wall paneling, drop ceilings and linoleum floors. And strange uncomfortable built-in benches.
I must say, this wood paneling was in GREAT shape and really quality stuff. Part of me hated taking it down, but Moose convinced me *and he was right, per usual* that we needed to re-insulate this room.
This paneling had a happy ending though! Our neighbor ended up taking it all to do something in his basement!
But now when I sit in the middle of our (empty) new room… every painful moment of removing mouse-poop infested insulation was worth it.
It’s hard to believe this is the same room! The room was completely gutted, STARTING with the built-in bench you saw above.
Since the room is built on a concrete slab there was no heat in the room. We added two baseboard heating units (one of which you see above) and can now control the temperature in that room separately from the rest of the house.
We replaced all of the windows, and installed new window trim to match the rest of the trim in the house.
When we gutted the room, we exposed the back of the fireplace – thus my many DIY distressed brick posts!
Here you can see the original door from the living room. Also notice that the original room was a step down. When we redid the floor we built a new sub-floor to rise the height of the floor, so now the flooring is now the same level.
And looking back at this one door…
…it looks so skinny compared to the new french doors!
Since we have an older home, we don’t have a naturally open floor plan. Adding in these french doors definitely makes the spaces feel more unified.
I still have nightmares about removing these ceiling tiles.
If walls could talk they might say, “Ick-Ew-Gross”.
(And we installed about 10 extra electrical outlets along the way! That’s the royal “we” by the way.)
And here you can see the beautiful new crown molding installed by Moose! Painted by me – I have to get some credit somewhere, right?
This was the first room we’ve starting doing molding in and he did an AWESOME job! Now for the rest of the house! ; )
Not only was the original floor a step down, but it was a disaster! The old linoleum was cracking and breaking off of the concrete slab. Not much to miss here!
To finish off the room, we continued on with our honey-colored hardwood floors that are in the rest of the house.
This room has by far been the biggest “change” – I guess that’s what happens when you gut a room!
I remember walking into this room on the first day we looked at the house – we had so many visions for it then. It’s hard to believe nearly two years have passed and the vision is finally coming to life!
We’ve ordered a couch for the room, and when that comes our television will be moving over there! We’ve talked about some DIY attempts at furniture making for this room… so I will have to keep you posted on that!
Read all about how we DIYed Family Room:
- The 70s Called, They Want Their Knotty Wood Paneling Back.
- Sunroom Renovation Progress (There are Real Walls People!)
- Paint Me a Family Room
- Tips on a DIY Whitewashed Brick Wall
- Brick Wall Tutorial: Tinting a Brick Wall
Who doesn’t love a good before and after!
By the way – it’s National Library Week! Get on over to your local library and check-out a book, pay your late fees or listen to the Story Lady read a book! Celebrate and read!