Welcome to the 139th Metamorphosis Monday!
Happy Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? I’ve had a fun one. A friend and I attended an auction, something I haven’t done in ages. Didn’t buy anything but I captured a few pics I’ll being sharing later.
For this Met Monday, I’m sharing a small metamorphosis in my upstairs family room. This room is often known as a “bonus” room here in the south. It’s called a bonus room because it’s a large area over the garage that some home builders finish out and some do not. When this space is finished in, it’s feels a bit like a “bonus” space, thus the name. I’m using my bonus room as an upstairs family room/spill over guest room…trying to make it as multi-purpose as possible.
I’ve been gradually adding hardwood flooring to each room in my home and there are just two rooms left to go: the guest room and this upstairs family room. Since this is a fairly big room, 16′ x 24′ not counting the dormer windows, it’s going to be one of the more expensive rooms to hardwood. It’s pretty low on the old priority list…somewhere below renovating all three bathrooms and adding built-in shelving to the “some day library.”
A few months ago Wuslu had a “Deal of the Day” that I just couldn’t pass up…a large bamboo mat. It was a bit of an impulse buy, but worth the risk since I was pretty sure it would look great in either the upstairs family room or out on the screened-in porch. In the picture below, you get just a glimpse of the rug I’ve had in the upstairs family room for the past 16+ years. It’s an inexpensive sisal rug…I think I paid $69 for it all those many years ago.
Here’s a better view of it. During the process of creating a home office, I pulled the sisal rug into the office to just see how it would look. (By the way, I’ve pretty much decided against having a rug in the office.) The rug had darkened a fair amount over the years. Even after turning it over, you can still see where the trunk sat on top for so many years. See the faded rectangle in the middle? It’s much worse on the other side…the side that’s been up all these years. Of course, when the trunk is in place, you can’t really see that. But, when I spotted the “Deal of the Day” at Wuslu I couldn’t resist replacing this tired old rug. So, come along and tell me whatcha think about the new upstairs family room rug.
Come on in and check out the new addition.
A view looking down from the sofa…ummm, maybe I should turn the rug around so the writing faces the other way.
This is the view as you come up the back stairway from the laundry room. I wanted this room to serve multiple purposes so there’s a TV in the old Swedish pine armoire and the sofa is a sleeper. This room acts as a spill over guest room when needed. The trunk holds sheets, blankets and pillows for overnight guests.
This bamboo mat reminds me of one of those old needlework samplers. It measures 6′ x 10′ and was $134 with $5 shipping as the “deal of the day.” I’m not sure when it will come back around again on Wuslu…but you can sign up to receive their daily e-mail if you like it and want to keep tabs. Update: French Freak also appears to have this bamboo mat.
The letters don’t spell anything…just shows the alphabet in old English script. I can’t wait to see it atop hardwood flooring one day. Patience…must have patience.
I turned all the lights off in the room and took this pic below with just the natural light coming in through the windows. This is an accurate view of the colors in this room. The denim sofa looks so faded out in all the other pics in this post with the lights on, but this is how the sofa and the other pieces in this room really look. Old bound newspapers work as an end table at the end of the sofa…you can read more about it HERE.
Lights back on and everything looks faded again. Drat.
If you’re wondering about the paint color in this room…here’s the skinny. Most of the rooms in my home are painted a soft yellow color by Duron called, Sugar Cookie. For the bonus, I was afraid Sugar Cookie would clash with all the yellow of the antique pine in this room, so I painted the walls a Duron color called, Tea Biscuit. Tea Biscuit is a little lighter than Sugar Cookie. Again, Home Depot can mix any of the old Duron colors for you.
Here’s the formula for Tea Biscuit:
If you would like to compare Sugar Cookie to Tea Biscuit, you’ll find Sugar Cookie on the walls of my kitchen, master bedroom, entry and office. (See that slanted wall space over behind the plant stand…that section where the back stairway goes down? I’d love to have built in bookshelves there like I posted/showed in THIS post. It’s just wasted space right now.)
A view looking down… Remember my trip to IKEA? I’ve been holding out on you and now I’m busted. I never got around to showing you this cute tray I purchased when I went back for the Billy bookcases for the office. It was only $9.99…love those prices in IKEA. It just may turn up in a teascape one day for Tablescape Thursday.
A final view as you enter the room from the upstairs hallway.
So that’s my latest metamorphosis. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on in your home!
Downstairs Family Room
Bound Newspapers Create a fun End Table
Wuslu (where bamboo mat was purchased)
Upstairs Family Room
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