Before: Washed-up StyleJoyce and Melvin Mendoza's family room is the most used room in the house. With three kids and a dog, the Mendozas have an active household. Their family room is the biggest and busiest room in the house. It's also a room that is dominated by kids' toys and play areas.
While the yellow wall color is bright and cheerful, the homeowners are ready for a change. Now that the kids are growing up, it's time for the room to catch up and become more adult-oriented and sophisticated. Designer Kahi Lee and design coordinators Spencer Anderson and Abraham Hopkins help the Mendozas reclaim their family room with a casual beach cottage style. There's still plenty of room for all the family members to play.
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After: Casual Beach CottageKahi creates a beach cottage style in the family room. It's a casual weathered look with blues and neutral colors. Extending an existing element, the wainscoting now wraps around the entire room. The entertainment center gets an update with some paint and new trim for a clean, modern look. A built-in bench on the other side of the room also provides extra seating and storage for the kids' toys.
Paint — $65
- paint, Behr, wall (700D? Brown Teepee), wainscoting, entertainment center, bench and coffee table (1812 Swiss Coffee) — The Home Depot
Bench — $150
- pewter drawer pulls (55259, Laurey 3" satin pewter) – Anawalt Lumber
- green velvet material used for cushions (6580294) — Jo-Ann Stores
Wainscoting/molding – $80
- wainscoting for walls, entertainment center, bench (MDF3V 1/4", 4 x 8 1/4" MDF 3" beadboard) – Studio Supply & Recycling
- molding for wainscoting (099443002344) — The Home Depot
Photo project — $60
- thrift store frames — St. Vincent De Paul Society
- picture frames – The Salvation Army
- picture frames (400020079855, 400017260785, 400019986713) — Ross
- spray paint for frames (white, 020066759087), sisal rope (030699140992) — The Home Depot
Reclaimed window panes – $80
- reclaimed window panes – Glass Horizons
- plywood backing (BIR 1/2", 4 x 8 1/2" Birch Plywood) – Studio Supply & Recycling
Craft table – $100
- coffee table – Out of the Closet
Slip cover and pillows — $125
- seat cushions for wicker chairs (blue, 73879060703), toss pillows for couch (striped, 8598950459), sofa slipcover (blue, green and white striped, 4729332336) – Bed Bath & Beyond
- green velvet material for sofa pillows (6580294) — Jo-Ann Stores
Chandelier – $15
- nickel—plated chandelier – Craigslist
Entertainment center redo – $25
Rug – $25
- area rug (greenish—blue Berber 5' x 7', 086093118853) – Linens 'n Things
Console table — $16
- console – The Salvation Army
Lamps – $50
- lamps (silver tone, 074000063) — Target
- lampshades (wicker Vitte style, 90072771) — Ikea
Window treatments — $130
- yellow drapes (Lenda style, 70090115) – Ikea
- roman shades (2116691403) — Bed Bath & Beyond
- drapery hardware (silver tone rod w/finials attached (small 070042771749), (large 070042771756) – The Home Depot
Accessories — $78
- clear glass jars for seashell display (006697871, 006697888) — Marshalls
- small lantern (silver tone Rotera style, 26472200) — Ikea
- seashells (Magpie Shell, T124), (4" Fox Shells, T051), (5" Sand Dollars, T125), (White Starfish, T127), (Blue Starfish, T128) — Accessory Preview
- light wood and white serving tray (200001766) — Target
- wicker chairs — Craigslist
- chenille throw blanket (88530801900) — Bed Bath & Beyond
Total — $999
Window Frame Photo CollageFor a weatherworn, beach cottage photo display, Hopkins uses a salvaged window as a picture frame. After cleaning the windowpanes, he puts precut mat board behind the glass and then places the photos. He then uses plywood backing and bendable clips to secure everything into place.
Like this project? Find out how to do it yourself with these step-by-step instructions.
Family Photo DisplayThrift-store frames are an inexpensive way to display a lot of photos. Lee paints them white to create a uniform look so that the photos are the feature. She also creates a uniform look for the photos themselves by scanning the family's favorite photos, applying a sepia-tone effect and then printing the photos. Choosing one style for all the photos exposes the moment that the picture captured. Reducing color also reduces visual clutter. The final touch is to create a seaside style hanger by attaching sisal rope to the back of the frames.
Picture RailPreviously there was only one wall that had wainscoting. When you have a room with an undeveloped element like that, play it up. Kahi designs a picture rail to top the wainscoting around the room to accommodate this family that likes to display pictures. In order to keep numerous photos looking clean and classic, the picture rail provides a distinct space for the display. Lee transforms and defines the room with this very simple and inexpensive design element.
Want to craft this look in your own home? Spencer Anderson breaks it down, step-by-step.
Crafting/Coffee TableOne of the Mendozas' favorite family activities is scrapbooking. They love to gather around the coffee table and pull all their supplies out. Anderson devises a table that can do multiple duty as a craft table, a coffee table, extra seating and storage. He finds a huge, solid wood table that he cuts down to size and cleans up with white paint. Then, by adding cushions to fit the top, he creates additional seating in the room. The cushions can also be used on the floor as softer seating when the table is being used for craft projects. There's plenty of storage space below to stow away craft materials when not in use.