When we bought our house almost THREE years ago, the house was very neutral and BOR-RING! So, we have been adding pizzaz and character ever since! The pictures below, demonstrate our journey of this process!

Family Room before Family Room After Family Room before copy

In the picture above, you will see colored arrows that point to the part of the room that needed love and attention.

Pink: the wall to the left of the mantle needed LOVE, and the room needed color!

Yellow: The walls needed molding to add character.

Purple: The decorative drywall plant shelves need molding and paint to help give contrast to the room.

Green: The entryway needed some color and style.

Red: I dislike the tile around the fireplace, and I want a mantle. {Still on our to do list}

Turquoise: The light switch is located directly on the tile by the fireplace.{Still on our to do list}

Luckily we have done almost everything on our list!! One of my favorite parts of making over this spec house of ours was adding the fun orange stencil that you can see in the “after” picture! If you missed the post about how to make a stencil for $3.00, you should check it out! {After all, It is our MOST POPULAR post of all time here at ATT.} We also added molding to the plant shelf {and painted it white}. We painted our entryway turquoise and installed a birdcage chandelier. We added molding to the wall to add character and style.

Now that you are up to speed on the transformation process, we can begin DEMOLITION phase of the next project, right!?!?   

We are working on our MANTLE!!! If you have any awesome inspiration photos of mantles, send them to allthingsthrifty at gmail dot com because we must finalize our plans ASAP!

Step 1: Remove the tilemantle, sign, chandelier 001 Step 2: Move the light switch.mantle, sign, chandelier 003Step 3: Move the television cables above the fireplace. mantle, sign, chandelier 002Luckily I know an awesome electrician {aka my Hubsters} who is a jack of all trades.

mantle, sign, chandelier 006The television needed to be above the fireplace because of the layout of the room. Moving the television there wasn’t the easiest thing we have ever done though.  We bought two sets of hanging hardware because we wanted it as close to the wall as possible. After we installed the first set, it was too far away from the wall. It drove me crazy, so we ended up getting a different one.

mantle, sign, chandelier 011mantle, sign, chandelier 013 Step 4: Rearrange the furniture! {I know someone will ask where I got my lamps because they are soooo fun and unique…they are from Alice and Jay, and I LOVE THEM!}refinishing furniture Don’t you love our beautiful/torn apart living room!?!? Ha ha. Don’t worry, it won’t be that way for long! The baby gate is protecting our television components from the destroyer {14 month old Creed} until we figure out where to house them.  Ha ha.

Oaklyn Dance Competition and before mantle pics 086

Oaklyn Dance Competition and before mantle pics 092 Oaklyn Dance Competition and before mantle pics 088

Stay tuned for the mantle project coming soon, but so far, I think the room is transforming nicely! :) Here is another reminder of the before and after so far.

Family Room before copyOaklyn Dance Competition and before mantle pics 086


  1. says

    our pastor put his components into the mantel. he had a nice chunky traditional moulding mantle made with a shelf like area in the middle left open to house the cable box, xbox, and what nots

    love the work so far :)

  2. says

    I LOVE the idea that the first poster suggested…hide all of the components in the mantle itself! I'll be there's tons of beautiful ones that you can work a shelf into. Or maybe just add a shelf under the actual mantle and bring them "together" with some molding to make it look more unified?

  3. The Yoder's Four says

    I like what you've done so far with the TV and mirror! Makes the stenciled wall look even better. Oaklyn made me laugh in that second pic. LOL!

  4. says

    I bought a house without a mantle on the fireplace, but found a guy on eBay who made them out of molding for a pretty reasonable price. Just had to measure and email him, and within a week, I had a new mantle to put on my fireplace. It looks amazing.

  5. Stacy says

    Hi, I would love to know where you got the long rectangular mirror from!! I’ve been looking all over and find one like that. Thanks!!

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