The Lowe’s spring makeover wrapped up not that long ago, and today, we’re excited to share the entire story with you! From start to finish, the experience was exciting, exhausting, challenging and celebratory all at once, but isn’t that always the case when something is worth it? We landed late on a Friday evening at the Orange County airport, began our Saturday before the sun was up and called it a wrap with just enough time to watch it set on Sunday evening. We might have slept for a couple of hours in-between.
Our goal was to create a welcoming, relaxing and enjoyable family room for a newly-multi-generational household. Akiyo and her family – husband Brandon, son Bruce and teeny pup Katsu – recently moved in with her dad, back into the home she grew up in. This room is truly the backdrop to their lives; it’s where they sing songs, practice their dance moves and snuggle to a Netflix marathon. It’s where 5-year-old Bruce crafts and colors, and it’s where the family gathers after long work days and equally long commutes. After a quick tour (and coffee and doughnuts!), we wasted no time divvying up the paint cans and brushes, ripping open bags of potting soil, photo framing, spray painting, wood staining and furniture assembling. We had an impressive crew of Lowe’s volunteers, and Akiyo’s friends and sisters popped over to help, too!
Day one moved way too quickly, but it saw a lot – and I mean a lot! – of progress. While we knew everything from the walls to the trim would get a fresh coat of paint to start, we also had plans to create a unique treatment along the former wall of mirrors using Timberwall planks. These planks have a heavy duty adhesive strip on the back (sort of like a giant sticker) that push into place. The planks are provided in two different thicknesses for interest, and although they come in a wide variety of styles and shades, our idea was to paint them the same color as the rest of the walls. We weren’t looking for this accent wall to shout, rather, our hope was for a fun, subtle surprise. (Spoiler: Turns out, it is The Statement in the room, and we’re okay with that!)
While our original plan was to stack them in a brick lay pattern, both Akiyo and I got starry-eyed when we saw the suggestion for a herringbone pattern on the instruction pamphlet. Two brave Lowe’s volunteers called dibs! on the challenge, which was without a doubt one of the heftier tasks of the entire weekend.
The morning of day two was spent finishing up the Timberwall, installing shelves made from 2 x 10s (stained in Special Walnut and protected with two layers of Polycrylic), wiring sconces and hanging curtains. We cleaned up any imperfect paint lines along the freshly painted baseboards, sucked up fireplace soot, mopped the floors and shined all those windows!
Around 1 o’clock, we promptly kicked out all the Lowe’s volunteers (with hugs and thank yous and there’s no way we could have done all of this without yous) and we told Akiyo, Brandon and Bruce to take as much time as they needed to eat lunch and enjoy the afternoon. As soon as the door closed behind them, we hit ‘play’ on a high energy playlist, we arranged furniture, and we hung a gallery wall. We shopped from the family’s personal collection of special mementos, photos and knick knacks, and we debated the placement of each and every item – this-way versus that-way, one inch to the left and back again.
Do you remember how it looked before? Here was the view when you first walked into the living room, followed immediately by the room right now!:
Facing the fireplace, before and after:
The door to the right of the sofa leads to their laundry room, and any other adjoining doors to the room (plus all trim!) received fresh white paint, making all the difference. Above the sofa is a collection of favorite prints and family photos, including Akiyo-made art and (the world’s cutest) drawings that Bruce worked on leading up to our arrival:
Looking back towards the formerly mirrored wall, the room is almost unrecognizable! Replacing a dated accent wall for a new one lends a playful and more modern vibe to the room. The herringbone pattern was a lot more work than a more traditional brick lay pattern, but the results were well worth it. No longer is all the furniture in the room ‘under arrest,’ yet there is more seating than ever before. Everyone in the room has a place to sit – hooray! (Imagine me saying, you get a seat! You get a seat! You get a seat!)
Let’s talk details. The 2 x 10 shelves are strong and sturdy, spanning 4′ and supported on both ends with these brackets. Any exposed screw heads were touched up with a cotton swab and a dab of white paint for a seamless finish. The pots and plants hail from Lowe’s, some of them being ready made succulent gardens! Their selection is so beautiful right now.
While we were pulling the room together, we spotted a stack of board games in their garage, and we threw them in a basket Akiyo had on hand. There’s plenty of room under the shelves to grow their collection with more baskets, more games and more toys:
We hung these sconces above each set of shelves and disguised the plug in cords with cord covers painted the same color as the wall. (This is definitely an affordable solution if installing new electrical isn’t immediately feasible!) And see that black frame in the photo below? We cut the former owners’ owl drawing out of the drywall and framed it for display, keeping the sweet memory alive.
During the initial stages of the design planning, we had an electrician remove a wall junction box and relocate it to the center of the ceiling. Before, there was no overhead lighting, and we went one step further by installing this clean, simple ceiling fan:
Moving over to the accent wall, the idea was to create a separate little nook for Bruce with a kid (but still adult) friendly rocking chair and reading lamp. The map is a favorite print of theirs to track their travels, and the black frame plays nicely against the painted Timberwall. Perhaps one of our favorite parts with the Timberwall is that it’s not immediately noticeable when you first walk into the room; it’s an unexpected surprise. Finishing the corner is a pretty curtain backdrop that spans the entire length of the window wall! We DIYed the curtain rod from steel pipes (just like this!) that were spray painted black and installed with anchors.
While adding one accent with the Timberwall, we downplayed the stone fireplace by giving it a coat of fresh paint. Akiyo admitted that no one was attached (or attracted) to the finish, so although we debated paint versus natural, in the end, well, you can see what won! The original brass screen had become almost unusable, and in the eleventh hour, a Lowe’s team member found this fireplace screen that added a nice black contrast with a much better fit for the room’s aesthetic!
Although plans shifted and changed throughout the course of the weekend, in the end, the room turned out to be everything we all hoped for – cozy but fun, casual and spacious. We took their family photo albums out of hiding and stacked them on the table where they could be enjoyed. The chairs and couch are deep and inviting for snuggling, movie watching and napping. A new smart television hangs above the mantel on a swivel mount, allowing for it to turn towards the couch, chairs – or the outdoors. Overhead and task lighting spans throughout the room. New wood-look tile floors add an amazing amount of depth and warmth. Katsu even received his own doggy door that was installed directly into the patio screen!
By 4 o’clock, we welcomed the entire family back home to show them the space every one of us had worked so hard on. Not surprisingly, I cried. Akiyo cried. Bruce bounced around the room, wrapping himself in blankets and pointing out his favorite parts, and we all took a moment to really look around and soak it in.
As we were saying our goodbyes, Bruce had already begun laying out his toy cars. His favorite chair was claimed, and Katsu was so sweet to walk us to the front gate.
This was truly a team effort from so many. I was feeling very goofy (loopy?) by Sunday’s end (see exhibit A, above!), but the room came together exactly how it was meant to be. Akiyo, we hope your whole family enjoys this room for many, many years to come!
1. Sherwin Williams Infinity in Eider White | 2. Harbor Breeze Mazon 44″ ceiling fan, nickel | 3. Timberwall Landscape in Arctic White | 4. Lite Source 6.25″ swing arm sconce | 5. Allen + Roth purple/blue low ceramic planter | 6. Alligator bookends | 7. Garden Treasures blue/green ceramic planter | 8. Safevieh Bohemian dark blue rug | 9. Allen + Roth brass floor lamp | 10. Allen + Roth 84″ gunmetal curtain panels | 11. Allen + Roth bronze swing arm wall mounted lamp | 12. Style Selections natural porcelain floor tile
Fantastic! You guys did a great job with Lowe’s. I’m sure the family will be thrilled for a long time.
This space is absolutely G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!! As always, you guys totally knocked this out of the park! xo, Bridget & Casey
Thank you, ladies! :D
GOR-geous!!!! Love how this space turned out. I’m still bug-eyed thinking about how quickly it came together, too!! WELL DONE!
I’m still bug-eyed thinking about the exact same thing, haha. Worth it.
So heartwarming! This came out beautifully and I love everything in the room, especially those planters and the couch. And permaheart eyes for the Timber Wall!
The planters at Lowe’s are great right now! Love all the clean lined options they have right now, too.
Wow!!! You two knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s gorgeous and completely functional as the family wanted/needed. Love everything about this room.
Where oh where, are those gorgeous blue/gray chairs from!?
Those are from IKEA!
LOVE IT! You guys are amazing!!
I am in love with this room! SO good!
Wow! This is an awesome fransformation!!!
I could live here forever so happily. You guys did an amazing job. Those curtains look so, so expensive. And that rug! What a happy, happy place to live.
Love everything!! Where are the side chairs from?
Oh. Maybe I should read comments before asking..haha!!! Just saw!! My friend has that same chair. So excited to see they have a darker color!!
This is my favorite Lowes Spring Makeover reveal ever (including past years)!! The before and afters are stunning! You guys did such a great job.
So kind, thank you!
I so wish this rug was more affordable! You guys did an amazing job!
Gorgeous! I’d love to pick up the whole room and plop it in my living room! Since that isn’t possible, where is that gorgeous coffee table from?
We often wish the same thing – wouldn’t that be so much easier?! The coffee table is from Target!
Wow Target? You guys are such pro’s at scoping out treasures from all over! I was sad to see the black lamps linked are already sold out from Lowes!
Oh, no, what a bummer! We loved those so much, we were thinking of getting them for ourselves, too. And yes – that coffee table! It’s VERY affordable, and we found it hidden in the wrong spot behind other boxes in the final seconds of the makeover. It was meant to be.
This is an amazing makeover!! I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this reveal, and your timing is impeccable. We had submitted an application for our kitchen, and writing it made us realize we didn’t want to relegate the space to the bottom of our (lengthy) project list – we just finished painting the ceiling/walls/trim this weekend. I’m tired and sore and we still have a long ways to go, but this post was just what I needed to remember it’s worth it! Thanks for the double inspiration – to start our own spring makeover project AND to finish it!
You got this! It can always feel so overwhelming, but try to enjoy the ride and remember to take your time. It will always be so worth it, especially knowing you did it yourself. :D
Fabulous! And your heart must have skipped a beat when you saw the penguins.
What a rewarding weekend it was.
Akiyo makes plush penguins! SO cute. Everyone should check them out: http://mydeardarling.com/
So gorgeous! That looks like the perfect place to spend time in. Comfortable, yet so good looking. And could their family be any cuter?
Right?! Bruce was the best little helper.
The whole run looks so good, but I am mega crushing on that rug!
This is so motivating! I am looking to install some new shelves soon – what type of wood did you use for the 2x10s? I always end up spending so much on wood and I wonder if pine is just a solid best bet (at least some of the shelves will hold books/records, so kind of heavy stuff). Any thoughts appreciated!
We used just regular pine 2x10s! The thickness of a 2×10 (1.5″) would be super sturdy for records and books. Sometimes the wood isn’t always the prettiest, so be sure to dig through the pile and find a piece that isn’t warped or too knotty!
Love, love, LOVE! Such a great transformation. I am sure they will be enjoying their new room for many days and nights to come! Happy to see that you painted the stone fireplace — I just did the same thing to a similar on in my den because I couldn’t take looking at the 70s (?) stone anymore. Happy to know I wasn’t alone in my choice. I was surprised how much paint the stone sucked up.
Before we started painting, we held a group meeting and I confirmed that EVERYONE was on board with the painting. It can be such a polarizing topic! It seems that a fireplace like that was pretty commonplace where they’re from, even if to us, we rarely see that. As it turned out, all was on board, and we’re happy that we pushed through on it!
Wow, gorgeous room! I never thought about painting our stone fireplace but now I want to! The white looks great!
Wonderful job, you guys!!! Oh my word, what a transformation! And they look absolutely thrilled – so much joy radiating from those photos!
Beautiful! The rug is lovely. Would you please comment on its softness?
It’s soft! It’s also really thick. We laid a rug pad underneath, but it has a nice weight and feels great on bare toes.
What a beautiful room! So inspired. I do have a question. Where did you get that doggie door? It looks like it’s built in to the sliding glass door.
It’s from Amazon (get it here!), and it’s a part of the screen!
You guys never cease to amaze and inspire. I love this so much! The rug, especially. You really captured the easy, breezy SoCal style for this family. I love the family pictures. You can really see the joy that’s there.
I love this makeover. What I especially love is the attention to detail (doggy door for katsu, touching up screw heads with paint, cable management, etc.). It’s always a bit disheartening to hear about persons who go on an hgtv show for a makeover and then come to find out after that the work was poorly done (such as allegations against love it or list it that have recently come out). this seems to have been done properly (and it looks fabulous!!!)
a couple of quick questions: why did you choose not to hide the cable directly under the black sconces? and also, did you consider painting/staining the white mantle, or painting the tile hearth?
I really, really love this makeover.
ps–sorry for the poor capitalization–typing too quick, and it’s a bad habit :)
All great questions, and I love YOUR attention to detail!
We went back and forth on the cable directly beneath the sconces for a good 10 minutes. It’s not actually cable – it’s an oil rubbed bronze rod that covers the cable, and it’s pretty nice looking. At first, I was adamant about taking off the ORB rod and covering it up with a cable cover (painted the wall color), but once the boys held it up, we all started to like the contrast it gave! So, it stayed.
We did consider painting the tile hearth, but after the new tile floors were installed, it practically blended right in, which we ended up liking!
We also considered taking off the mantle completely and adding something else, but sadly, that was one thing that got nixed due to time constraints.
The snake plants with the stained wood shelves are so YOU GUYS. It reminds me of back in the day when you guys first put together your studio workroom, and that pairing is always going to make me think of you guys. Haha is that strange? Anyways, really loved this makeover and it’s given me PLENTY of ideas for how we’re going to be putting our house together in the future.
Aw, that’s awesome! You just can’t go wrong with a snake plant. We very recently moved that snake plant out of the studio because it wouldn’t STOP growing, and that room is very, very small! We re-potted it into something larger and tucked it into a corner in our bedroom.
Yes, I saw! I was totally loving the way it was juuuust brushing that huge mirror.
So incredibly beautiful!
WOWWW!!! I’ve been waiting to see the reveal…and it’s 1000x better than I even anticipated. I can’t believe you all did this is 24 hours!! I’m amazed. It’s perfect, and I’m sure the family LOVES it. I know I would. :)
We sort of can’t either! It really was a true 24 working hours with a little sleep mixed in. :)
Well done everyone! And I am so glad to see the fireplace painted out of the picture, as it were. That is such an improvement.
This is GORGEOUS!!! Where is the black frame with the map in from? I have the same map (or very similar), and I am having a hard time framing it, since I’ll want to take it in and out to scratch out the countries!
We had a tough time framing that! I believe the frame came from Target, but we picked up a piece of black art paper to put behind the map, which helped to fill in the gaps that would have shown on the sides.
So so good! You outdid yourself. I always get a little jealous when I see a couple working together so well. My husband and I just simply don’t. We could never tackle this together. Love everything that you did and it looks like it was a for a truly special family.
To be fair, we don’t ALWAYS agree on everything though! But I do consider myself lucky that he’s so willing to dive right in, usually coming up with clever solutions I didn’t think of!
Jesus Lord to thee I pray, send Film Crew guy from photo #3 to my makeover too. Amen.
You guys, this looks GREAT! I’m so proud of you!! That family must be thrilled to death. Job. Well. Done!
Thank you, Daniel! We can’t wait to see how yours turns out. Can. Not. Wait.
It’s so gorgeous!!!
And that rug!
Truly a beautiful room. That herringbone wall is to die for. I personally would not have painted the stone, but I don’t live with it everyday! Loved all the beautiful details.
So I keep thinking I’ll figure out where the round basket on the coffee table is from (Target?) but I’m giving in! Would you mind sharing?
Hi, Crista! It IS from Target. :)
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