Good Questions: What does the "After" pic look like?

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Jennie wrote in:
I am just about to close on my new duplex. Below are "before" photos of the family room (which opens to a patio in the front).

Oak lovers, cover your eyes, 'cause that wood has got to go.


I'm planning on painting every surface (ceiling, walls, shelves, trim, fireplace, partial stairs, not the pergo) white.

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I'm also replacing the baseboards with bigger ones because these are cheap and poorly installed.

We thought about ripping out the pantry closet but it houses the main water pipe.

The question is, What does the "After" pic look like?


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We have no furniture for this room yet. What do I do about those shelves?

We'd like to add a wet bar which will need to be on the back wall because that's where the plumbing is. Or, we could rip out all the shelves on the fireplace wall and put the wet bar there (I think).


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Should we rip out just some of the shelves? All? Where should our 50" plasma go? Should we build something similar on the other side of the fireplace to house our home theater components?

This is the party/ hang out room but I want it to look NICE! Thanks AT peeps.

-Jennie (2)

Congrats on the new place and good luck with the closing and move in!

Everyone, Jennie wants to know... how would YOU design this room?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.