Bonus Room “After” Pictures… and a fun vintage play area!

I am so excited to share these pictures of our finished Bonus Room/Family room!
The only problem is that it has been SO cloudy… so here are the best pics I have for now. I will post better ones when we get some sunshine! I will also be posting on the details of the room, other things I didn’t get good shots of, a painting technique, favorite paint colors, and more!
We started out with this room… are you ready for this… it is pretty bad…
This is right after Christmas, and it looks like a bomb went off in here. I am still searching for my other before pictures, but I thought you would get a little giggle out of this. Here are our old couches from my hubby’s bachelor days.

Then we bought this sectional from my brother… not exactly what I would have picked out since I tend to gravitate toward lighter couches…
…but I think it will be great for now!  I am planning on adding wood planks to the walls soon. We are also going to add fresh paint and new carpet soon. It is fun to see it all come together!
You can see the post about the Old Door Turned Floor Mirror {here}.
I added this big birdcage that I filled with old books. I can’t wait to share the before and after pictures of this piece with you tomorrow!
A friend of mine suggested that I pull the bindings off of a bunch of books to fill the birdcage and I LOVED the way the color of the aged pages looked in it. I put some fake artichokes in there for the color, but I hope to replace them with some green plants or boxwood balls.
You can see the before and after pictures of this side table {here}. If you haven’t seen it yet, you won’t believe the transformation!
I also created this DIY gallery wall art using mousetraps and salvaged wood! See post {here}
I threw in a bunch of comfy pillows…
And, or course lots of throws and extra blankets to snuggle up with.

I wanted this space to be so warm and inviting and comfortable for my family to just hang out.

Here is a view from the stairs. (We got a new TV that we haven’t put up here yet… I want to mount it on the wall so it is out of the way) As you can see, it is a HUGE room. It is the length of our 3 car garage, to give you an idea.

Since the room is so massive, I wanted to split it up into two different spaces. The first would be the family room, and the rest would be a fun playroom for Ella.

I had a lot of fun collecting these pieces for the space over the last several months. I purchased almost everything from thrift stores. I have collected the red enamelware for at least the last 10 years.

Ella loves the massive chalkboard on the back wall. She loves to draw. I will post all of the details and tutorials as well as the before and after pictures of each piece next week. You won’t believe what some of these things looked like before I painted them!

Update: to see more pictures of this play area, details, tips, tricks, paint colors I used, etc click here 
On the other wall, I put a toy box which holds some of her bigger toys, as well as her favorite teddy bear and a big, fun beanbag that we have had for a long time. I am debating what to do with this toy chest. I think I will probably stain it. I made a closet out of the other alcove by attaching a curtain rod and curtain. I love how much storage there is in this room now where we had none before.

I am planning on painting a different sign to go over her table, but I had this one on hand so I stuck it there for now.

So far, I love having this dual purpose space! And, I made/DIY/repurposed/salvaged almost everything in the room! I love that you can make a room so comfortable and lovely with just bit of elbow grease {or a lot :)}

I promise I will post better pictures when it isn’t SO cloudy outside!

Now for adding wood planks to the walls… I’m excited!

Linking at Coastal Charm!


  1. says

    Wow! This is the perfect place for the whole family to hang out! Movies, popcorn and cuddles! And i bet Ella ADORES her play area. I know I would have spent hours there if I were still a little girl!!

  2. says

    The room looks outstanding..really like how you made into two rooms (awesome idea). The play area is super CUTE!!! The sofa turned out looking great…it fits nice in the area.


  3. says

    Love your family room makeover!!! I’ve got too much winter going on here, 40+ inches of snow and more coming, to get creative! I’ve been wanting to do a room makeover and I have a brown micro suede sofa. You’ve got me so inspired! Love your storage shelves and hardware. I have an Ikea hutch I can do that with!! Hugs

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