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Old 10-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #46
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This is what I was thinking of (if I could ever convince DH)

Pocket door like this...


But between something like this (obviously the walls would be longer)...


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Old 10-09-2013, 08:20 PM   #47
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Ok, I see, but I still think it looks like a child gate or a doggie
gate. Full doors all the up would look better. Since you can roll the
doors into the walls, why not go all the way?
Our friends put French pocket doors in between the dining room and
family room, it looks awesome.
I think 5' is plenty wide enough for the foyer, and you could do even
do wider than two 36" doors on each side.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:18 AM   #48
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I don't mind it looking like a baby gate or doggie door. By time the dogs get older and stop chewing, I'd probably be a grandmother.
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You're the one that has to like it. keep in mind that the double
wall has to be pretty thick. I think it would look better on the
opening to the hall. But, from what you say hubby is reluctant
to do either.
Maybe just concentrate on finishing the LR, and leaving the
kiddie gate as is for now.
Another idea I just got, is what about a small half wall
on either side of the 55" opening, lets say each side a 14-15"
wide stationary half wall. Then in the middle a small half
hinged door which would be about 25 -26" wide hinged door.

This would be economical to do. I have two half walls separating my
family room from my dining room...the bottom has a molding that is screwed
to the floor... the sides are also screwed to the side walls.
It can be easily detached by removing the screws.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:58 PM   #50
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If I'm picturing what you are saying...the 55" opening to the hallway would actually be smaller because of the half walls? That won't work because we bring in a lot of big things to the house (last night it was a huge coffee table for the den). We just remove the gate entirely so things fit but we wouldn't be able to do that with a small half wall on each side.

I'm slowly working on finishing the room. I have a full time job and go to school so I haven't had any free time to finish things up. I don't have that much to do but I need to get it completed so that I can finally put all the tools and paint stuff put away and start moving stuff to the storage shelves of the built-in unit.

I can't walk into my home office/storage space/lay down area without bumping into something. Can't wait to get that room back in order either.
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The living room has been done for a while now but time got away from me. Here are the before and afters.













(the chair in the corner isn't staying..we are just holding it for my daugther.)



Pillows I made for the couch (envelope covers on pre-made forms....super easy!) I also made the three pictures hanging above the couch. Couch is from IKEA (Ektrop), long shelf is from IKEA, built-in shelves were done by my brother, TV stand was an awesome deal found on a local yard sale website. We already had the tables in another room.

The only thing left is to get a few plants to put in the room (a palm in the corner by the door, something else next to the couch near the entrance to the kitchen). I love walking into our home now and being met with the beach. I'm in the market for a 42" smart TV to put in here with wireless headphones so that I can actually USE the room.

The "before" pictures were taken in the middle of the afternoon. The 'after' pictures were taken when it was dark outside. Even though the flooring is MUCH darker than what was in the room, changing the paint and curtains really lightened up the room. We have a covered porch which blocks direct sunlight and the room always looked dreary. I think it was just screaming for a makeover.

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Thanks for the update kimberland30. You did a fantastic job on this. It looks like a very inviting and relaxing room to be in.

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coming along nicely!
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+1

Looking good!!

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