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Formal Living Room to Entertainment Room

Industrial Floor lamp for game & pool table room | industrial lighting | rustic design

Does anyone really need a formal living room?? That is always the room that gets neglected, gathers dust, and NEVER gets enjoyed. We decided to redesign our formal living room into a pool/entertainment/bar/game room. I could not be happier with the results! Best decision ever.

I know I wanted to base the color palette around a magnificent Jamie Wyeth print that I adore (Draft Age).Jamie_Wyeth_Draft_Age_1965

Here’s what I decided to do:

• Get a beautiful slate pool table

• Convert wood burning fire place to gas. It would be too close to the pool table to use for wood burning so gas was a great option.

• Painted walls & woodwork

• Had recessed lighting installed and purchased floor lighting

• New comfy furniture including an awesome kidney-shape couch, bistro table and stools

• Added small “bar” to keep wine, glassware, etc.

• Incorporated a vintage arcade game

Those are the main things I did. We now use the room all the time, both for family time and entertaining. Here are some photos of the complete room.

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Save Me! ~ Salvaged Wood Furniture & Design

In middle school I really enjoyed shop class. I loved working with wood, in particular.  I made a beautiful bowl using the lathe and enjoyed every bit of the process. Fast forward to about a year ago. I was inspired to get my hands dirty and work with wood again. I decided to build a coffee table using salvaged historic home doors. Fortunately, I live in an area chock full of old stuff pulled out of barns, homes, you name it. I bought a couple of wonderful, dirty, weathered doors and went to work in my garage. I pretty much had NO knowledge of how to transform these doors into a beautiful, functional coffee table, but I dove in. After quite a bit of trial and error, lots of mistakes, a whole bunch of mess, I had a great table! Yay!

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Historic Home Salvaged Door Coffee Table

It was soooo satisfying and fun and creative… I was quickly thinking about my next carpentry project.

It was soooo satisfying and fun and creative… I was quickly thinking about my next carpentry project.

I began brainstorming what other wood could I salvage to create my next design. No further did I need to look but outside my kitchen window. On the back of our property stood the kids wood swing set that only a few years ago, it seems, my husband and a friend spent the night building for our kids. Sadly, it was now neglected and my husband was bothering me to remove it from the yard. I just couldn’t part with it. It occurred to me, there was a huge pile of wood that of which I just couldn’t part. Could I re-purpose it for my next furniture project? I went out there and started strategically removing pieces of wood that I felt had potential. I’m pretty darn sure my neighbors thought I was a bit crazy, out there suited in goggles, work boots, cammo pants and a power saw. BUT, I salvaged some great stuff and went to work creating a design for another coffee table. I used only the wood from the swing set, some basic supplies (nails, stain, varnish, etc) and some metal plumbing supplies. The design took a little engineering and creativity, but the pieces I salvaged really worked out well. I prettied up the steel plumbing pipes with some black paint and embellished them with gold accents. I love, love, love the table I created. Not only do I love the design & look of the table, but also, now I can keep a piece of my children’s’ childhood in my house forever!

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Salvaged Swing Set Wood Coffee Table