Our family room has never been “just right” to me and it’s all because of this wall behind the couch:
It’s not bad, but it was a little blah to me. While we were doing the kitchen makeover, I had a little idea:
Did I just blow your mind? I turned them on the edge. I'm such a forward thinker.
You may remember back in the day, John made these mirrors from some spare mirrors we had and a piece of ceiling tile I bought from a antique store (if not, you can read the post HERE). I kept the square cutouts because I felt like I should be able to do something with them. Turns out, I could. The perfectly fill the space once the mirrors were turned into diamonds.
Then, while we were doing the kitchen makeover, I got another idea. We have a breakfast bar that is half the width of the other countertops:
So we had to rip that board down the middle to make it fit. That was also the cut that fell on John’s toe causing the nasty injury.
Rabbit Trail Update on the toe: John thinks that it’s healed enough to go without any bandages. Putting aside the small detail that it still bleeds regularly, it also still looks like a mangled toe. For everyone else’s sake at least, I’m making him continue to wrap it up. Why are guys so opposed to letting things heal?
So we had half of a countertop and nothing to do with it Didn’t think I was going to let that go to waste, did you?
Add 3 L brackets and voila… perfect place for a couple of lamps behind the sofa. The lamps really help brighten up the space and make it feel cozier in here. Plus they help fill out that wall and make it look complete.
Two bonus benefits:
- It makes the grasscloth on the wall really stand out. You can see the texture much better than you could before.
- Our air return is right behind the sofa and we’re getting much better circulation now that the sofa is pulled away from the wall a few inches.
I bought the lamps for $30 each and the shades for $13 each at Target. Then, I covered the shades in ivory burlap for some texture. I forgot to take a close up picture of the shades, but I’m sure you can imagine a burlap shade.
I’m loving that this room finally feels complete to me and it was such a simple project! The only thing we had to buy were the L-brackets and the lamps. That’s my kinda project