August 04, 2011

Cassie's Family Room

My little sister Cassie recently moved into her first home.  They completely renovated it and it's beautiful.  This is one of several posts, showing the makeovers.  Her commentary will be italicized and mine will be in normal print.  Welcome to Cassie's house.

Today I'm showing you my sister's new family room.  It was a big, bright room to start with, but not exactly her style.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Here's how it went down.  The mauve/brown carpet had to go. 


They also ripped out all the baseboards and casing.


My dad put in the acacia wood flooring that my sister got a sweet deal on.  The stairway even got a new railing/banister.  All the trim was replaced with thick MDF trim that was later painted white.


Here's a shot at the new railing.  My dad had never replaced one before, but he figured it out.  Pretty sweet.  My sister decided to go with a dark stain and white paint, giving the stairway a craftsman look.


As you enter the room, to the right you'll see a shelf my dad built that's just like the one he made for me.


Here's a close-up of a few of my favorite items on it.  I got her the giant mason jar at Hobby Lobby and she filled it will cute giant gumballs.


I love this sign she bought at Deseret Book.


The corbels I found for her at D.I. for $4 each I think. I was SO excited to find them because they were so cheap and they looked cool and worn. (Mine were a lot more expensive and I had to make them look worn.) See how big they are too?  (I made her put her hand in the shot so you could see how big they are :)


The giant entertainment center was a smokin' deal too.  My sister has a talent for buying and selling.  She sold a small armoire for the same price that she bought this giant one for.  It was a custom built piece that a guy had made and he didn't end up liking it.  Awesome, huh?


Here's a close up at some of the items she bought that I covet love.  I adore this large mirror.


The giant barrel is an antique from a local shop.  I thought about stealing it, but I'm pretty sure she'd find it :)


Here's the room looking from the other side.  (I'll show you that gallery stairway wall another day.)


The coffee table holds some decorative balls and she spraypainted some of them to match the decor.



The couch and chairs are adorned with homemade pillows made by my mom and sister.



She found the rug at Overstock.


The back corner holds an old trunk that's her husbands, a few random items, and some subway art you might recognize.  (The scribble is covering her address.  She's not currently welcoming random visitors :)


As I mentioned, all the casing and baseboards have been replaced.  To do it as inexpensively as possible, by sister bough giant sheets of MDF and had my dad rip them (cut them into strips) to use as thick trim.  They were primed and painted.  (Man do they suck in the paint.)


If you want to see more MDF trim, wait till you see the kitchen.  Ah!  My dad did some incredible board and batten in there.

So here's one last look.


EXTRA INFO:  If you want to know paint colors, my sister will be happy to share them, but keep in mind that when I photograph the walls, edit the photos, and you see them on your monitor, all of that can change the color quite a bit.  The colors often look much lighter than they are in real life.

If you have questions about where she got certain accessories, she'll try her best to answer you in the comment section.

Thanks for stopping by.

64 comments:

  1. Your sister's home looks awesome!!
    It sounds like between her and your dad
    they have tons of talent!!
    Thank you for sharing with us :)

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  2. Wow - this is an amazing make-over, looks so fantastic! And I love all those throw pillows :)

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  3. The redo is amazing, great job!!!!

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  4. It look soooooo good!! Wow! What a great transformation. And you are such a great sister for helping out so much!

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  5. The entire room is gorgeous!! You both have such a knack for interior design. I love the entertainment center, what a score!! And the pops of color used in the pillows totally brighten up the room :)

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  6. I'm going to borrow your family whenever I get a house. Sound good? I thought so too. ;)
    The remodel is beautiful. I love the floors.

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  7. Wow!!! That looks so great! Wonderful inspiration:). Thanks!

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  8. I love this room. Everything about it is perfect. Any idea on how big the window is? Are there blinds on the big window?

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  9. Wow, this looks amazing! I bet because it was a real family affair and everyone helped out, spending time making things and finding things, that the room feels even more special and homely. Your sister has great taste!

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  10. Amazing! I'm dying to see the rest. I swear Cheri, your family has to be the most talented family in Utah!

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  11. My hubby and I have been looking at houses, we are planning on moving at the beginning of the year. Sometimes it is hard to look through the ugly, outdated decor to see the potential in a house! Your sister did a wonderful job with the makeover. I think it is great that your Dad was able to do so much of the changes! Thanks for sharing the transformation with us!

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  12. <3 it! AMAZING redo.

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  13. W.O.W!!!!! I LOVE everthing in there!!! I am currently building our dream home and I need help. Do you think she would help me? lol!!! I love the pop of color every where and the fun textiles she picked and the pillows... LOVE IT ALL!

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  14. Awesome, gorgeous, amazing transformation!!! You all are so talented. Wow, your dad is so amazing with his woodworking skills! I love the bunkbed he built for the kids. I can't wait to see the rest of the house! Don't keep us in suspense, LOL.

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  15. This is a beautiful remodel! Thank you and your sister for sharing. You can see her current address in one of the other pics of the subway art. Just wanted to let you know so you can scribble it out in that pic as well.

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  16. I love how she mixed in some contemporary elements with the antiques! Looks great!

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  17. Oh I just LOVE this, I am so jealous of her abilities!! See thias just proves that you can make any ho-hum house into sheer awesomeness!

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  18. LOVE everything about this!! XO

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  19. We made our trim the same way and you are right... it does suck to paint!!!

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  20. Stunning re-do! I've featured your post today at http://www.craftbuds.com/fresh-picks-for-thursday-8-4-11/

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  21. Your dad is seriously awesome! And that entertainment center - is beautiful. Its amazing what a little paint and some TLC can do.

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  22. Wow, I am loving Cassie's house!

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  23. Love it!! I need decorating help with my brand new house. Okay, we moved in almost two years ago and I haven't hung a thing on the walls or decorated beyond finding space for kid's toys. Are you two available for hire?

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  24. Amazing! It looks beautiful. I'm looking at my blank walls wishing I knew where to start. I love the clean look it has.
    Where did she get that mirror? At first glance I thought there was a new doorway there. Love Love Love!!!

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  25. I would move in instantly!

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  26. Oh.my.heck! I looked one last time at the pics, I have that couch and chair!

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  27. Oh.my.heck! I looked one last time at the pics, I have that couch and chair!

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  28. Wow, love love love it! Especially the molding. I have colonial style molding all over the house, and I DO NOT LIKE IT. I would love to replace it all with flat, wide molding and someday I will!

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  29. You and your family are so talented when it comes to decorating. My house is so drab compared to yours. I just don't have that talent.

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  30. LOVE it! especially the rug!

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  31. Beautiful....from sooooo boring, dated and average to VAVOOM! Love the color pallet and am going to steel from it :)

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  32. Yay! This house is the EXACT same layout as mine and I've been dying to get some ideas for our livingroom. I want to see more of your photo collage on your entry stairs... I've been wanting to put one on mine too. Please share more pics!! It's beautiful!

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  33. Beautiful!!

    She must not have kids yet?

    I have decorate around toys, smile!

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  34. I'd love to know where she got the big yellow vase that is in the entertainment center. We are in the middle of a living room redo, and have just painted the walls gray. I want to use pops of yellow in the room. And, also, could she send me the yellow/gray pillow? Love it!

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  35. VERY beautiful - straight out of a magazine!

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  36. What an amazing redo! I'm in loooove with that antique barrel. Your sister certainly has a great sense of style.

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  37. OMG what a huge change! I love it!! I need to look at overstock.com to find a rug like that! I've been struggling trying to find out! Oh this definitely motivated me to get my living room more complete!

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  38. You can kinda see the address in an enlarged picture of the couch. Just FYI. I'm sure nobody here would be malicious, but just a warning. =(

    The room is beautiful. It really makes me wish I had a house I could truly make my own!

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  39. OMG! her couch and chair... where are they from?

    This room is divine! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  40. WOW!!! I love it! I would LOVE to know what color of yellow she used to paint! It looks wonderful!

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  41. Wow, what an incredible room. I love everything from the tv cabinet to the new railing and everything in between. Good Job.

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  42. Oh my heck!!! What a transformation! It all looks fantastic! (And I totally love that you've used MDF instead of molding. So much easier!)

    Congrats on your fabulous new house, Cassie!

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  43. Just beautiful! I too am in love with that mirror.

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  44. Love it! Sounds like you have a wonderful family you are so blessed. I the love the subway art could you please tell me want the ending says? Thanks!

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  45. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Cassie is so talented and we love her to pieces! :) (She married my son)

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  46. Beautiful room! Love that armoire.

    Maria, D.I. = Desert Indusrties, a LDS thrift store (I know they are in AZ & UT).

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  47. can't wait to see kitchen!

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  48. wow that is such a huge difference. it looks AMAZING!! Can you guys head on over to my house next please?

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  49. Jeanette - The end of the subway art says, "I will follow."

    Cheri

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  50. I love the trim. Do you know what size and wood type it is?

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  51. Did you purchase the Wherever You Go art, or was it handmade? We have been transferred so many times, I would love to have one of my own!

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  52. Love it all- am in love with the drapes...where did you get them? Or did you make them?
    tammy

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  53. Wow...your sisters home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I always love to see before and afters. It motiviates me to make changes to my home!

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  54. I love the way this house is looking!

    But what I really want to say is that I love how close and involved your whole family is. I love how everyone really really takes care of each other. That is so awesome and so sweet! You guys are all very fortunate and an inspiration!

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  55. Collette- The windows don't have blinds because they were to expensive so the curtains actually close all the way for privacy.

    Melissa- I got the mirror at a place in gardner village (Utah) called down to earth it was on clearance.

    Melinda- I got the yellow vace at Tai Pan Trading

    Michelle- the yellow paint is Behr Premium Brand and the color is Pale Honey

    Stephanie- we cut the wood for all the base board to 5"

    Sissy- the wherever you go art is a different version of the subway art Cheri did for the mother teresa quote.

    Tammy- the curtains are homemade sorry!

    Thanks!
    Cassie

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  56. Her house looks great! I love it all! What a great job! Love the corbels! Sweet find at the D.I.! Gotta love that! :)

    xoxo, Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

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  57. So, does your cute sister really hire out? I am in need of a little nudging in the decorating dept. and her house has inspired me to get going....only I need her help to start ;)

    will you let me know?

    ashlistorheim{at}gmailDOTcom

    i am in the salt lake area and promise i'm not a weirdo ;)

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  58. Everything looks so nice. Makes me want to rip up all the carpet and put in that hardwood floor. Where did you get the deal on the acacia wood?

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  59. Where did you get your flooring? That is exactly what I'm looking for, but haven't found a decent price yet.

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  60. I love the shelf, and I love your shelf! How did you dad hang it?? brackets? flush mount wall hangers? a french cleat? I have been admiring yours for months and ordered corbels and stained wood and when my husband and I hung ours last night it fell right down!! I have been to home depot, lowe's, local hardware store and everyone suggested something different and nothing has worked! How did you do it? I really hope I hear back!
    my email is cruzlona-a-hot mail

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  61. OMG! I'm in LOVE with your entertainment center, that mirror, your corbels.... sigh.... the whole room is AMAZING! LOVE IT! How long ago did you buy your mirror? Did ya see another one by chance? ;) Cute Cute Cute home!

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