Dec 2, 2009

house #5: family room before/after

ceiling fan, brass trim and boring white tile around fireplace, cream colored carpet and *no personality*
(my little shadow...can ya guess where she gets her nickname?)
the carpet comes up, the hardwood goes down.
preparations begin for the coffered ceiling. i looks weird at first, doesn't it?

the ceiling is almost finished. we also installed a surround and wiring for a television above the fireplace.
a look towards the kitchen.
you can see the paint colors i was testing out.
the hole connecting the room to the kitchen...

getting there...
this is the only shot that you can actually see a little bit of the wood valance over the windows.
it's pretty similar to the valance i had built for the nursery here

the paint going up.

i really wish i would have taken more pictures of this room, but at the time, i wasn't planning on posting these on a blog.  the house just happened to be clean and i figured i'd take some photos!
the color on the walls is 
brandon beige,
and the color on the ceiling is 
powell buff.
the moravian star fixture was purchased online.
we eventually replaced the tile around the surround with white subway tile, 
but i never got a picture.
the stain on the floors is the same throughout the main level:
provincial by minwax.

before/after pictures of the dining room!


  1. I just discovered your blog over at Better After. What a fabulous transformation.

  2. This looks amazing. I know you are enjoying this room.
    ♥ Joy

  3. Linking over from Better After and seriously lusting. Is it wrong for a ceiling to turn me on? Geez. Fabulous.

  4. pk @ Room Remix
    The room turned out awesome and I LOVE the ceiling!

  5. Love this and love that ceiling! I found you via Better After . . . :)

  6. I just hopped over from Better after and I must tell you that I LOVE it! I'm an interior designer too, with a very handy husband and love to see how you guys built the coffers... I think I need to go wake up my husband so he can get building!

    I do have one or two questions for you though. How did he attach the bottom mdf to the base molding in the coffered ceiling. That base would split when he nailed it in right/wrong? I would love to know.

    Also, did you have a 9' ceiling or 8' foot.. I adore coffered ceilings, and would love to have one myself, but I am wondering if the 8' ceilings would make my living room to cave like...

    (if you have a chance my email usually shows up with my comments I would love to hear back... thanks SO much!.. although I know it is Christmas and a crazy busy time...)

  7. That ceiling is amazing! I always wondered how they were done - my kitchen ceiling awaits!

  8. Amazing! I just saw your feature on Better After as well, very impressed! Can you come do my house?!?

    Great blog, BTW


  9. Autumn, I'm new to your blog and wow! I love this transformation. It's awesome! Off to check out more. ;)

    Nice to meet you!

    Happy Holidays!


  10. are the colors benajamin moore?

  11. tori,
    yes, all the colors used in this house are benjamin moore.

  12. Autumn,

    I absolutely love your Treyborn home! It's goregous! My husband and I recently purchased a home with a similar style and are trying to get ideas for how we should remodel.... we're interested in hiring someone to design a baby's room. Is this something you could/would be interested in doing over the internet?

  13. a rooney,
    email me at for a little more info.
    i LOVE designing kids rooms!
    hope to hear from you soon.

  14. What a beautiful room! I love the furniture pieces, and the molding, and the french doors, and the... well all of it. I want this in my house!!

  15. wow extremeeellly beautiful!! totally love it. We have started working on our basement and wondering if 8 feet is too low to do these type of coffered ceilings. please email me when any suggestions or comments.

  16. Nice coffered ceiling!

  17. wow so beautiful! I love everything including that french door painted black, very original and cool!

  18. Love all the moldings and the ceiling treatment. It looks fabulous. Beautiful room and stunning transformation. Hugs, Marty

  19. Awesome job! May I ask what materials were use to create the "boxes" and how thick? Please let me know...thank you!

  20. NIce work! impressive for your family, hahaha i like your daughter he deserve a big and good house with many furniture.. :)

    ______________________________Upholstery and Vancouver Upholstery

  21. Very impressive work. I think your painting as well as ceiling looks very good. Are you a interior designer ? because your work really eye-catching.

  22. What paint brand are the colors? (E.g., Sherman Williams, etc.)

  23. What paint brand are the colors? (E.g., Sherman Williams, etc.)

    1. they are all benjamin moore paint colors! :)

  24. Love it! What are the dimensions of this room? or the dimensions of the squares?

  25. How tall was your ceiling before the coffered ceiling was installed?

    What size boards did you use (trying to ascertain the depth)?