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Beautiful Before and After Family Room Makeover: Cheap DIY’s with Pictures

I am LOVING this beautiful Before and After Family Room Makeover! Check out the makeover pictures & cheap DIY projects from this remodel.

Before and After Family Room Makeover

I am so excited to share all of the cost and DIY details of this room makeover with you guys today.

And, I also have tons of amazing before and after pictures of this Family Room Remodel too!

I love before and after pictures from home improvement projects. They’re always my favorite part of any DIY projects I do around here.

But, these big makeovers always take a LOT of work. It’s been months since I started this Family Room Makeover. In the end it took me about 8 months to finish this DIY remodel.

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Which is crazy because I finished my Before and After Master Bathroom Remodel in just 6 weeks. But, I guess I wanted that bathroom back as soon as possible.

And, this DIY Family Room Transformation was a lot more work than I realized when I started work on removing the arched doorway.

But, to be fair, I was only working on this room part time. And, I took plenty of weeks off to work on other things.

So, I think I probably spent 200 hours total on all of the DIY projects in this Family Room remodel. If I worked on this room full time, non-stop I probably could have had this room finished in 6 weeks. too.

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A 2023 updated look at this room now. The walls are now filled with art and the boys have a DIY writing desk perfect for homework and working on a laptop.

Now, let’s get to those amazing Before and After Family Room Makeover pictures!

How Can I Use an Open Formal Living Room

This room was originally designed to be a Formal Living Room. But, we weren’t interested in having a Formal Living Room. Especially one that was so open to the front door and the rest of the house.

So, we weren’t sure how to use this space when we moved in 9 years ago.

For the first 4 years we had a pool table in this room. I thought it would look nice from the front door. And, my husband thought he’d use it.

This open Formal Living Room was home to a hardly used Pool Table for many years. You can see my Easy DIY Star Wars Wood Sign Art and my Patina Paint Faux Metal Wall Art hanging on the walls in here.
Here’s the old view of the room from the front door. Once we had kids the toys started to take over and we really needed a Play Room that wasn’t visible from the Front Door. In this picture my Easy DIY Wood Display Board or Noticeboard is hanging on the wall too.

But, in reality, he only used that pool table once or twice a year. And, during that time, we had 2 little boys that really needed their own space.

We decided to sell that Pool Table and turn that room into a Play Room. Which meant we constantly had toys laying all over the floor.

I was not a fan of that new view from our front door. And, I really hated how loud the noise was coming from that room. This home was a little too open concept.

Image of an after picture of a before and after family room makeover post. Image shows a family room with a couch on a large rug with 3 vintage style posters above.
Here’s that wall after this Family Room Makeover. You can find tutorials to build the Easy DIY Cat Tree Wood House and the DIY Coffee Table Build Plans and that DIY Side Table Woodworking Plan in other posts on this site.

Check out how affordable that big 8×10 rug was in the 17 Best Area Rugs on a Budget for your Floor post.

I designed that coffee table with a top larger enough for board games and puzzles. That couch was moved in here from our Living Room. After I cleaned the couch with my Bissell it looked new again.
Set of 3 vintage travel posters framed over a couch.
You can see 55 Absolutely Beautiful Vintage Style Art Posters for Your Walls in another post. I LOVE vintage ads and art!

Check out 16 Ways to Repurpose an Open Formal Living Room for more ways to use this room!

I Finally Figured Out How to Repurpose a Living Room

So, I finally convinced my husband it was time to close off that opening between the Play Room and the Foyer. I was ready to turn that space into a huge Family Room we could all enjoy.

I decided to get rid of the arched doorway and install tons of toy and book storage all along that wall.

And, now that our boys are in elementary school, we also needed an entertainment center and gaming console for our family.

Another look at toys creeping into this room when we still had the pool table.
This room had 2 huge archways. The one that led to the Foyer was unnecessary. And, it made that whole wall unusable for much. I removed this flooring because it had a little bit of water damage from Hurricane Harvey.

So I designed an oversized entertainment center with bookshelves, wide and deep drawers, and big cabinets to fit the space and our families needs.

The space has been finished for a few months now. And, we are in there EVERY DAY now.

It’s a cozy, colorful room with lots of light. We all love hanging out in there. It’s a great Family Room that can work for decades as my boys get older too.

Image of a Family Room with blue grey built ins and light walls.
I am LOVING this room now. I lightened the walls a bit with Behr’s Sandstone Cove in Eggshell Sheen. And, I used eggshell paint sheen on the ceiling too. But the color on the ceiling and wainscoting is Behr’s Vermont Cream.

Read my 7 Helpful Tips for Decorating a Large Wall to see more of that vintage poster wall art above the couch.

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That extra large tile is from Floor and Decor. It has a beautiful Matte faux wood look. The paint color on the built ins is Duke Grey by Magnolia Homes by Kilz, in Eggshell. You can find my steps for how to paint built ins or bookshelves in another post. That bold color on the built ins really is the star of this before and after Family Room Makeover. Right?!

Keep scrolling for a breakdown of what I spent on this Family Room Makeover.

Family Room Transformation Video

If you want a better look at this room, take a short video tour of the before and after Family Room Makeover.

You’ll also see some of the DIY highlights from the work I did in this room. Like when I did the demo on the arch and when I hung drywall between the rooms.

WOW! DIY Before and After Family Room Makeover with Huge Built-In Entertainment Center

Budget Friendly DIY Family Room Makeover – Cost Breakdown

Since I did all of the work myself, I was able to remodel this whole Family Room on a pretty low budget. I spent about $1800 total.

Framing in the old archway with 2×4’s, drywalling, and the soundproofing I put in the wall costs about $150.

Here’s another before photo of that archway I got rid of. I removed the archway, framed in the opening and drywalled both sides before building the wall to wall built ins in the Family Room.

The biggest expense was all of the plywood, dimensional lumber, and molding on the built in entertainment center.

I spent between $800 and $900 on all of that wood, the paint, and the hardware for the drawers and cabinets.

Grey Blue Built In Entertainment Center in a Family Room.
You can find my tips for where to use Caulk or Wood Filler on Wood Trim in a previous post. And check out my Does Grout Renew Work? to see how I always keep grout looking great in my home.

The tile floor, thinset, and grout cost me about $600 total. You can find that beautiful faux wood tile at Floor & Decor.

And, I bought 3 gallons of paint for the ceiling, wainscoting, and walls. That cost about $120.

That great, large area rug was just about $120 too.

More Details about that Wall to Wall Built In Entertainment Center

I went very traditional with the design on the wall to wall built ins in the Family Room.

My home is already very traditional, with tons of wainscoting and molding everywhere. So, I wanted to stick with that look.

Cove molding and fluted details helped to give the built ins a very traditional feel.

I used soft close drawer slides and cabinet door hardware for a high end feel.

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The wall to wall built ins in this family room are a whopping 15′ long by 9′ high. Picking out the right hardware was a big part of the design. Check out 23 Unique Drawer Pulls, Knobs, & Hardware on Amazon for some great options for cabinet and drawer hardware.

What do you think? I am LOVING this room. My family spends so much time in here now.

I am LOVING this Before and After Family Room Makeover Transformation! Check out the amazing pictures and budget friendly DIY projects.
Look at all of that beautiful storage. These built ins are perfect for this room. You can see how I did the detailed edge on the drawer fronts in this Easy DIY Wood Drawer Front – Slab Overlay Design post.

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If you need some budget-friendly room makeover tips, check out the 14 Best Ways to Renovate A Living Room on a Budget!

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That’s it for this Before and After Family Room Makeover on a Budget!

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Check out how the other side of that wall looks now in the Before and After 2 Story Foyer Makeover post.

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Feeling inspired? That’s it for this Before and After Family Room Makeover on a budget! Let me know if you have questions.

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