It has been over 2 years now that I have been showing you how I am making the lake house that Ed and I moved into our own. I have shown you how I transformed my studioffice, kitchen, foyer, living room, bedrooms, baths and more on a budget and even my ideas on what I would like to do with the exterior.
There is one room that I have rarely shown you though, and that is because the only thing I have done to it was clean up stains on the wall-to-wall carpeting and use it as a backdrop for a post I wrote for the Glidden paint blog I used to write for.
Well, it is time I show you the details of this room in my house that has no door. Yep…no door. From the molding around the door, we don’t think it ever has had one.
The previous owners used the room as a game room, they even left the pool table for us. I didn’t want it, but Ed did. In hindsight I am glad we kept it as it gets a lot of use when we have family and friends over.
For the way we use the room, a door is not really needed, but when we are hosting a houseful of family and friends, we have used this room with a blow-up air mattress style bed. A door is needed when we do this for privacy.
To keep this game room makeover on budget, we won’t need to buy a new solid wood door to match all the others in the house. I can use this one..
…do you remember this pocket door that was in the wall we removed between the kitchen and living room? We kept it. It is leaning against a wall in the garage just waiting for a new place to call home. I will have to stain it to coordinate with all the other door upstairs, but it is the right size for the entry door opening in the game room.
All the interior doors in the house are the color of this narrow closet door that was a gun closet when the house was built. We have no need for that, so it is where we store all our luggage.
Most of the projects – no…ALL of the projects we have tackled so far in the house have involved paint and this one is no different.
We plan to rip up the carpet and replace it with luxury vinyl plank flooring in a medium dark wood tone. I will paint the light fake wood on the pool table since it will not coordinate with the color of the new darker flooring. I am not sure what color yet, but I will leave the black ends untouched.
I will paint all the walls, trim and louvered doors my “go-to” white.
The IKEA shelving unit will stay where it is and just get a re-styling of what is on it.
The gym equipment stays since this is the main purpose of the room when it is just Ed and I in the house. He uses the Bowflex and bike and I use my Pilates Reformer.
We haven’t decided on how to go about hiding the exposed electrical wiring on the ceiling. I guess the ceiling fans were added a long time after the center ceiling fixture. Once we open it up we will know if it is a job Ed can do or if we will need an electrician.
These two ceiling fans are the best in the house. They are “vintage” Casablanca’s that really cool the room. Right now I think we will keep them, but I may paint over the gold parts, not sure yet. Once the darker flooring is in, I will be better able to figure out what will look best.
I will post updates throughout the makeover starting with the first project which will be painting the walls while the carpet is still down. Since it will be thrown away, I won’t need to put drop cloths down which will save some time and a little effort. :-)
Time to get out my brushes and rollers. Stay tuned.