Outdated Family Room

Host Carter Oosterhouse uses bamboo plywood to build an entertainment center and a mantel cover.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe dated wall paneling is brightened up with sunny yellow paint.
The dark-brick fireplace is given new life with a couple coats of white paint. To give the fireplace a contemporary look with balance, the hearth is resurfaced in stained cement and the mantel is covered in bamboo. Leftover bamboo from the mantel project is used to make geometric shelves for the big wall. The shelves add visual interest to the expansive wall and give the homeowners a place to display artwork. The large industrial light box is replaced with a custom-made ceiling fixture. Crafted from stainless-steel bowls and LED lights, the new fixture reflects light off the ceiling and walls to give the room a warm glow. Finally, modern furniture and accessories give the room a fun and fresh retro look.

Check out how Carter built the mantel cover.

Product Information for Items Used in This Makeover:
bamboo plywood: Plyboo
hybridized Portland cement: SkimStone - Minoan Red and Yellowstone
grass stalks: Target - 065050237
vases on art shelves: Wal-Mart - 8 ½" square (003885813204), 9" square (003885813212), 4x4x4 square (003885813189), summer vase (008018505499) and glass bowl (074270231932)
rug, coffee table, green chairs and sofa: Scandinavian Designs - Werner rug (S36 G-85/5x8), Williams table black (CT5078/BK) lime velvet chairs (GRITT-1/HE03-23) and three-piece sectional - Elan Sandstone (2587R-S/2017)
paint: Benjamin Moore - Lemon Drops, Windham HC-6 and Raspberry Pudding 2004-30
glass mosaic tiles: Tile For Less - red, yellow, green, orange
painting above mantel and fortune cookie centerpiece: Cost Plus World Market - "Summer Meadow" (380692) and Asian passage (23426498)
light fixture in kitchen, window curtains and striped drapery panels: Urban Outfitters - Spectrum Chandelier (12653796), Folk Stripe (123907872019-50) and panels - 90x108 bedspreads (AM-126, 2390787)
orange beaded lamp: American Furniture Warehouse (107-2650)
throw pillows: custom-made by designer Polly Blair