11.20.2014

Before And After: The "Outdoor" Room


I've been debating on whether or not to post the official before and after photos of what we are now deeming "the outdoor room" on the blog yet. Partially because if you look close enough you still may see drywall patches that need painted, crown molding that needs finishing touches, a lack of decor on the majority of the walls, and then partially because I just forgot. However, for right now - it's as good as it's going to get. 

We aren't used to this two living room thing in our household, however I can tell you that I am absolutely loving it. Do you know how heavenly it is to tell your spouse to go to his designated room every evening while you retreat to your own? I watch any movie I want, he watches football, and then we meet in bed happy just in time to fall asleep. I promise at commercials we both mute our respective TVs and yell to one another to see how each other is doing. Occasionally if I am feeling really communicative, I'll shoot him a text with a picture of me when I was six months old or something equally exciting. 

So lets explain this room a bit -- when we first looked at the house I had zero clue what in the world we would use this weird space for. You see, it had this cut-out window in between this room and the kitchen which was just rather awkward. Add in the suuuuuuh-weet wood paneling and we had ourselves a masterpiece. Shockingly enough I didn't want to live with the current set-up and that's when it all hit me in the middle of the night before moving in that we needed to make this room feel like an outdoor patio of sorts. That's when the idea of shake siding, an actual bar, and other nautical dreams was born. Thankfully I have a husband who allows me to move forward with my crazy ideas [12% of the time] and he was down for it all. Because we have a formal living room already, I was allowed to have a little more fun with this one. And so that's what I did. Here are the before pictures..


I know. I can't believe I wanted to change a thing either. 

The first thing we did [other than rip out the carpet, blinds, anything else we could get our hands on] was have our handy siding friend come in and hang all of the shake siding. I was a little nervous as to how this would turn out because I've never actually seen it on the interior of a house, but I think I love it. 

[quick note: sometimes blogger decides to make my pictures look a little bit on the horrible side and today it decided to do just that, please excuse me while I go punch bloggers lights out. or something]

bar sign from junk art gypsyz 

The other big change was taking the window and turning it into a functional bar. We extended the counter from the kitchen into the room and had some corbels placed underneath and called it a day. I love being able to serve from within the kitchen to this room. And by that I mean I love when Shawn can slide a beer across the counter to me when I'm in here laying on the couch.


Here is the view from the kitchen of this area... 


And now for the remaining photos of the room in it's entirety without my commentary. 

I finally had some pictures I took developed and will be hanging them somewhere in this room
props to my husband for making that coffee table out of wood crates
 pillow cases from groopdealz and curtains from lowes


Now who's ready to come have a drink with me?

For other home pictures see: Kitchen // Half Bath // Office // Christmas Tour

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30 comments:

  1. This looks AMAZING! I absolutely love the Bar sign! Great job!!

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  2. So many cute little details! I'm a big fan of the whole two living room thing, although ours is technically one living room, one playroom plus a TV :) Now I'm NEVER forced to watch sports against my will! Oh, and I loooove your BAR sign.

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  3. I LOVE that room! I would never want to leave

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  4. Please come be my decorator!! We're moving in our new house in a few weeks! Our wall color seems similar too, and I love it!

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  5. Even though you say that there is still a little bit more work to do, I think it looks amazing! I love it. Great job.

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  6. The room looks awesome! Such a creative idea with the siding!

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  7. love love love. every single bit of it! The shake siding turned out awesome, it definitely gives the room an "outdoor" feel. And that whole 2 living room thing-- its the best. My husband will be in "his" living room watching some crap tv while I'll be in "mine" watching equally crappy tv or football. I would say our marriage has benefited from it...haha now I just need to him to make that crate coffee table and we'll be golden....haha! :)

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  8. Okay wow! It looks like a totally different room! Also I love that you have Home Alone on the screen.

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  9. That siding is so unique and fun !

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  10. What an awesome space! I am OB-FREAKING-SESSED (yes, that's a word!) with that "bar" light - your home looks so wonderful! XO, D

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  11. Such a great room!! I love that fun Bar sign and the siding - really does make it seem like you're in paradise :) I also love how you left the brick on one wall - so pretty!

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  12. Love the room! The siding looks awesome and it really does feel like an outdoor room/patio. I would totally come hang out and have a drink there with you :)

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  13. I will be over in 5 for a drink...or two ;)
    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Every single room you have done. You are an amazing decorator girl friend! Seriously, have you ever thought of doing consults for interior decorating/remodeling? You are amazing!

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  14. It really does have an outside feel... Impressive!

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  15. What drywall patches all I see is an awesome space perfect to host a cocktail party. This is a perfect remodel good job!

    Drinkingandblogging

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  16. I love it!!! You all did great work from vision to fruision!

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  17. Home Alone! I love your room. It turned out great!

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  18. Such a fun, unique room! And I love your barstools... I just got the same ones for my house. :)

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  19. LOVE this room! Especially the brick... speechless. And I love even more that Home Alone is on the TV. :) Looks great!

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  20. Oh my goodness, it looks incredible! You have done such a great job!

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  21. It's absolutely gorgeous! You are soooooooo creative. Wow! I want you to come to my house - I'll give you a drink(s) while you recommend some decorating ideas:)

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  22. This is by far the coolest thing I've seen for a house remodel.. My mom has those hideous wood panel walls and I don't know what to do with them.. Ugh.. But seriously it's amazing what you've done to the room.

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  23. I am loving this room!! What creativity! Wanna share some?? ;) My husband & I will be moving into our first house soon & I'm feeling so inspired to renovate!!

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  24. It turned out amazing!! The shake siding is really unique and really gives it that outdoor feel. The decor is spot on too!

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  25. It's breathtaking!! I absolutely love the shingle look. I would have never thought to do that!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)