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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Family Room Media Wall Reveal

Can you believe it?  I finally have something completed in my house!!!

ONE WALL… YAY!  (just 3 months, 4 major trips, and 2 college move-ins later)


I’m lovin’ this simple board and batten treatment (and so is the hubby).


I must give credit where credit is due.  This was not my idea.  I repeat. This was not my idea.  I got this idea from outrageously talented Mandi from Vintage Revivals when I visited her blog after seeing her on the Nate Berkus show back in the summer.  Click HERE and HERE to see her examples.  She also has the tutorial HERE on how to do this.  Thanks, Mandi!

I knew this would be a perfect wall treatment for my awkward “not-done-properly when we built the house” media wall.

So here’s the breakdown:

Blah wall that’s masquerading as a media wall.  Doesn’t it resemble a jigsaw puzzle?


The new wall color that you see on the top is Sherwin Williams Wool Skein and it rocks!

I had already pre-measured everything and had the lines drawn onto the wall of how I wanted it to look.  The pencil lines just don’t show up in the photos.


Beginnings of a transformation.  Already better.  No more jigsaw.  Much more continuity.


My excitement is building.


 I can’t even believe it’s the same wall.


The lead carpenter, Brad, did an awesome job.  (Yes, I used our contractor.  I’m a wimp when it comes to more than just spray or chalk paint!).  Brad even installed a hidden panel to access the wiring to the surround sound.


And, voilà!


Materials for my project:

Existing crappy built-ins
2 carpenters
MDF board
Wood filler, caulk, nail guns and such
Oh, and saws and sandpaper
2 painters
1 gallon gloss paint—Queen Anne’s Lace


Did I actually say “finished”?  Now I’m wondering if I should add some artwork or cool letters or something to the top squares.
Maybe some vintage frames like Mandi used.


I wanted some contrast and texture so I picked up these baskets at Target and added some different antique enamel number tags from my French collection.


I knew they’d come in handy someday.


I may have even gotten carried away with the number tags!  But I love them!


Some might even think I have an obsession with Hermes orange right now!  I’m not sure where I’m going with it yet, but I can’t seem to resist it.


Remember the bright orange tray that I spray painted week before last using high gloss paint?


Guess where it ended up?


How do you like my lacquered Hermes tray?  (Hey, it’s my story and I’m sticking to it!).

Another great French basket from my friend, Cat sits atop the table.  Please visit her Etsy shop HERE.


I’ve had this antique Provencial tile for quite some time.


Here’s a different view of the room.  (Bad lighting when you are facing windows). The half-finished part.  The old heavy drapes came down and I’m going to do simple linen side panels over the existing blinds.

I now have the original Levier painting over the sofa.  Read about it HERE.

Can you say Dark Brown?  I realize we have too much chocolate brown leather furniture in here.  It just sort of happened that way.  It’s Bernhardt so it’s not getting replaced and besides, it’s easy to keep clean with Murphy in the house.  I’ll have to lighten the room up in other ways.


Checklist of what’s left to do in the family room:

Linen panels for windows
Decide on additional artwork
Style the fireplace mantel
Change the ceiling fixture
More pops of color with pillows (obviously with orange since that seems to be the direction I’m headed)


But for now….right now….I’m happy with my new and improved wall.

Happy Decorating,

Partying at:
WOW! Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE the board and batten wall Kim!! It looks fabulous! Now you got me to thinking where I can do that in my home;)

The Decorating Diaries said...

Great job! It looks wonderful.


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, the room is coming together beautifully! Your media wall is gorgeous; and I love those pops of orange! I know that you have fabulous things in store!

Deserae said...

Wow, love the board and batten wall....what a fabulous idea!!! The whole room is fabulous :o)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love, love that new media wall. the entire room has come together so beautifully....I know what you mean about the Bernhardt sofa..mine is chocolate brown too and I am seeing that I need more pops of color too...love the orange!!...Great enamelware numbers from your wonderful Paris trip!!!

Debbiedoos said...

Kim that looks fantastic. Of course I love that pop of orange tray too.So fun to spray paint. Thanks for stopping by.

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

Oh my word it doesnt even look like the same room!!!! Congrats on finishing such an incredible before and after!! You are so sweet!!

love your guts

Rooms by Ann said...

I love the wall treatment, the room looks amazing.

pam {simple details} said...

What a pretty update, Kim! Love your pops of orange and the #s!

Cat @ Sunday Brocantes, France said...

It looks fabulous! I really do love the punch of Hermes orange too! And your Murphy is adorable! Mirabelle would look like an amazon next to him--no, she is just a large rustic French country girl right?!

Merci for the mention on the basket and I LOVE the addition of the enamel number!

Keep up the hard work! And if you need a break from all of it--you know where to come!

xx Cat

lvroftiques said...

I agree with everyone it looks great Kim! Such a huge improvement. I think it looks like an Hermes tray too *winks* Vanna

Maria Elena said...

Kim, it looks gorgeous!!! I love the beautiful woodwork!!! The room looks amazing!

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