I recently updated our upstairs hallway & stairwell and wanted to continue that same sophisticated, glamorous look for our downstairs living areas, including converting "The Blue Room" into a formal dining room
The living room is joined to our Family room, or as we call it “The Blue Room”, by a large 7 ½’ wide opening. “The Blue Room” (12x 13 ½) is our computer room /office/ dining room/ music room/ art studio /game room. The current Blue Room configuration is very open, with the computer desk, drum set, a few shelving units and a bar height table with 6 stools. The ceiling fan light was not as bright as we sometimes need so I also purchased a floor lamp, which I placed on top of the "Art Supplies" shelving unit with a dimmer switch. I ordered Cardboard Safari animal heads and had the kids make their own designs on them and hung them on the wall surrounding the TV.
The living room didn’t need much change aside from paint and some accent pieces, but The Blue Room needed a complete makeover!
I created these vision boards and floor plan:
I painted the wall between the entryway and stairs the same dark gray I used for the upstairs hallway and stairwell. I purchased a console table and large round mirror to go on the wall. I cut and glued plywood cut outs to our bland plywood door and painted it glossy black, and trim a bright white. I painted over all the stripes with the same light gray paint I already had on the walls in the main living room. I replaced the 2 blue and green accent chairs with Tufted Light Gray Linen chairs, and replaced the colorful pillows and throw on the sectional with black, white, and gray -with metallic silver and gold pillows and a faux white sheepskin. The colorful curtain panels were replaced by dark gray panels and a pleated white shade. The small 1 bulb ceiling light we currently had was too dim for the size of the room so I replaced it with a 5 spotlight ceiling light. We now have a lot of natural light well into the evening and ample light at night.
I spray painted all our decorative accents either gold or silver, including one of the black side tables I placed the “AK 47” lamp I made on.
“The Blue Room” was officially changed to “The Dining Room”
I painted the walls the same light and dark grays used in the hallway and living room, painted the closet door glossy black, and all the trims bright white. I replaced our metal blinds with the same light filtering pleated white shades I used in the living room, and mounted our TV onto the middle beam of the double window sill, and installed 2 double spotlights over the window. I replaced the ceiling fan with the same 5 spotlight ceiling light I used in the living room.
I converted the smaller shelving unit that used to store the art supplies into a TV/CPU/Router/Game console storage unit. I cut 2 fiberboard panels, painted them white, and used Diamond knobs I had left over from my Master bedroom makeover and mounted them using self-closing hinges. I purchased a set of 2 nesting console tables and placed the shelving unit under the larger of the 2, and centered them under the TV in from of the window. Now our television serves as the CPU monitor as well, and I eliminated our old Bulky CPU Desk! I purchased 2 Chesterfield Dark Grey Tufted Velvet Arm Chairs to flank the new “TV console stand”. I used one of the white fur stools I made as a small side table/ foot rest, and hung floating succulents of varying shapes and sizes at different heights, from the ceiling over one of the chairs.
I combined the 2 bigger shelving units I had (1 horizontally and 1 vertically) to make one large storage/display/buffet cabinet. I painted more silver and gold shapes onto the already painted black and white doors. I painted the inside of the open shelves gold and added lighting strips. I had a large wood framed mirror that I spray painted gold and hung it over the horizontal unit. I also spray painted some of the hexagon pieces of a clock gold and hung it on that wall.
I used the smaller of the 2 nesting console tables as our desk, and placed the other 2 white fur stools I made under it. On the wall over the desk I made a collage of the varying picture frames I had. (I spray painted some of them gold). I re purposed our utility cart as bar cart and purchased a new dining room set with an expandable glass dining table and 6 modern clear dining chairs that look spectacular!
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