A bonus room makeover that kids and parents love! This room was our winter project and it took serious planning. Personally, the planning process relies heavily on pinning photos. I pin like a lunatic when it’s time to update a room. Crazy enough, finding what I wanted in for this bonus room makeover proved extremely challenging.
During the planning process, we narrowed down the color scheme. I had to think of the entire family and not just what I like! Actually, I really like the color palette we went with for this makeover: navy, gray and yellow. Thankfully, finding decor items at reasonable prices was easy.
During the design planning stage, I placed focus on boy spaces, that with a little tweaking, would mesh with my tastes also. It’s all about the compromise when designing a family room.
The budget was slim at $2500. That’s not a lot of jack, given we wanted to buy a sectional. My speciality is designing homes for busy families and you can easily see how I can relate to the importance of designing a room on a tight budget. My advantage is knowing how to work the formula so it all comes together in a cohesive manner.
Bonus Room Makeover: Before
A big problem with our bonus room was a severe lack of personality. Plus it felt a dark. I’m all about light and bright. The lame picture frames I had were not adding anything to the room. I believe it’s crucial that
I believe it’s crucial that personality comes through when designing rooms. It’s the small, personalized touches that make a room unique. The deer shed (antlers) we have in the room are meaningless to others but to us, they are a reminder of a road trip last summer where I found these in a town outside of Mt. Rushmore.
It’s amazing how different this room looks. Choosing the lighter paint color had a positive impact and changed the mood of the room. Immediately it felt transformed, and everything was brighter and felt updated.
Bonus Room Makeover: After
The bonus room makeover and how it looks now makes me smile. It’s much lighter and brighter. Initially, the biggest change was the wall color. I could not get over how different the room felt just by applying Sherwin Williams Front Porch. This paint color is a perfect shade of warm and neutral blue-gray.
There were a few items we kept for the new project. The ikat lamp and chevron area rug are two of my favorite items that made it into the new design. The chevron rug is NuLoom Alexa Chevron Vibe Zebra in navy. As I’ve mentioned before, I love area rugs. This rug is no exception and was a great purchase. It’s on the thin side, but we have a thick pad underneath, and it wears like iron. So far, no wear marks or traffic patterns.
Bonus Room Makeover: Personalization
The alcove has a large window and provides quite a bit of natural light. The boys game table fits perfectly in the space, and the kids get a good amount of use from it. Frequently when there are a bunch of kids up there, you can hear lots of chatter over a game of foosball.
The alcove wall was a happy decorating fluke. I had the map for several months knowing I’d use it somewhere upstairs. On another shopping trip, the Route 66 sign jumped in my cart, and a plan started to come together.
The frame on the top right is a map from our road trip last summer, and the other is a cute inspirational quote I made on my computer and printed off at home.
First of all, I completely forgot to take a great “before” picture of this wall. I only realized that error FAR too late in the process. Dang it!
If you can imagine a monster television on a black stand with tons of crapola: video games, movies, and components against a large blank green wall.
The entire wall made this room look disorganized. Cords were everywhere, and the black shelving showed electronic dust! Yuck. It was a freaking nightmare and likely prepped my boys for college living.
The wall unit is an enormous IKEA hack. My brilliant husband was able to construct the plan based on my descriptions, and a few pictures!
Bonus Room Makeover: Wet Bar Area
Everything at the wet bar, other than the faucet and DIY wood countertop, are original. The mini fridge was the least expensive part of our bonus room makeover costing us all of $9! We were able to change the entire look of the wet bar by painting the cabinets SW French Gray and using contact paper! We still need to get the awesome brass hardware installed.
We had quite a bit of dead area between the back of the sofa and the wet bar. It had become a classic case of wasted space. The solution: a massive console table that doubles as a two person desk.
The table is not only lovely but multipurpose. Those two elements: attractive and versatile, should be abundant in all family homes. Moms should not have to choose one feature over the other.
The table fills the space beautifully. As an added bonus, the chairs also provide extra seating if we have a lot of kiddos over. They serve our family and space well because they are multi-purpose.
This bonus room makeover required a lot of planning and elbow grease. I love planning rooms, and the DIY projects were fun too, thanks to my helpers.
Having a design plan for space and using items we already had, along with a complete shopping list I stuck to, saved us a lot of time and money. That is the beauty of purchasing an e-design package. I do all the planning and list making for your design needs and budget, and you get the fun part of shopping, putting it together and claiming it as your own!