by laura janning

My Latest Family Room Episode

January 10, 2013

My Family Room..... 
It's the place where housewives from Beverly Hills, New York and  Miami are witnessed being venomous, catty and cruel all in full make-up, Phineas and Ferb doing the most amazing activities to keep my kids entertained and Hoda and Kathy Lee having a cocktail at 10:00 am in the morning, when I am still drinking my hot tea.
The room today
This post is really about the journey of this space and less about the reveal, since I am still putting artwork on the walls and lights back up. Seeing how the room came together, is almost as entertaining as watching last weeks Duck Dynasty.
But probably more exciting then the latest Jerry Springer show, was that this room was not actually designed as a Family room but as a screened porch. Yup, another builder blooper. See, the builder put a subfloor down thinking it was another finished room. 
So with the 'porch' openings, it rained one day and the water had no place to go. We decided to forgo the screen porch concept and create a "seasonal room" adding windows, wood burning stove and a few years ago air/heat pumps, since this room originally was not designed to have heat and air.
The room has seen a few 'makeover' episodes during the last 10 years. 
 Like my sea of cherry stained walls episode.
circa 2003
When I converted it to a Sun room and painted the walls green episode.
circa 2006
Back to a family room without a shag carpet episode.
circa 2009
To our first New Years project of 2013 and painting the walls a creamy yellow/gold color episode.
And this time around, extension ladders were used instead of scaffolding. 
Besides, isn't scaffolding for amateurs? 
Best episode yet, although Duck Dynasty comes in a close second!
What about you, any house bloopers that you care to share?

Grateful for~
Not breaking any bones and an incredible sense of balance as I climb ladders!

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  1. Loved this post Laura! I would have been dizzy way up there...scaffolding or ladder.:-)

  2. Wow, you're a braver woman then I! I get shaky on a 7 step ladder, ha! Loved the green color on your walls, can't wait to see your new color. Be careful on that ladder!

  3. You go girl. I don't go up the tall ladders anymore. I let the man have the high walls and he isn't like that height much anymore.

  4. Love the new color.

    And I may have to start watching Duck Dynasty. I've been hearing all kinda of endorsements.

  5. You are hilarious!!! Looks great... And love me some duck dynasty too ;)

  6. If this is the housewives room.....this is my favorite of all the rooms! Love the new color and that you added the beadboard! You go girl!


  7. You are far braver than I am! Can't wait to see the final reveal. And I keep hearing about duck dynasty and must check it out for myself!

  8. I'm not a fan of heights either! You are one brave lady, my friend. Love the tour of the transformations. Kinda like looking back at old snapshots of yourself through the decades ...


  9. I love the room! The rock walls and floor are stunning! I cant believe how many times you've painted it with such a tall ceiling, such a brave girl ;)

  10. Wow- Laura-That is quite an undertaking. It is going to look wonderful when you are done. Can't wait to see it all done! xo Diana

  11. I love the series of shots/stages of this room!

  12. Woman...my whole HOUSE is a blooper. And if you're serving wine while you watch Brandi and Kyle mix it up, I'm coming to your house.

  13. you are soso brave n your presentations are great

  14. The room looks great!! Love your coffee table!

    Jenna @ rainonatinroof.com

  15. Looks GREAT...I don't think I could climb that ladder!!! Visiting from MM...

  16. I wish I had your energy, I would have had to hire someone to do the painting and staining! It is so much fun to see how your style has changed over the years. It can be scary looking back at old photos of what we thought looked good! Yikes! Fun post, thanks,


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