Random Acts of Paint: Simple Elegant Family Room Makeover | The Dreamhouse Project

If you’re lucky in life, you’re blessed with the kind of friendship that spans decades. Through breakups, triumphs, & crazy vacations; loves, loses, adventures & many many glasses of wine, I’ve been blessed to have an amazing friend by my side. Angela of Metta in Motion Yoga is one of my closest friends. Friends from childhood we weren’t always as close as we are now, but as we grew into womanhood together, I came to realize she’s my kindred spirit of sorts. She’s my person. My go to when I want to want to ‘shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be’. So when Kes and I came up with the idea of paying forward our PARA Blog Crew windfall by performing Random Acts of Paint, there was one person who came to mind first.

Ang & her amazing hubby Dwayne – or ‘Dwange’ as we like to call them (because they’re so awesome they need their own Hollywood hybrid nickname) – moved into their new house last spring & since then they’ve been slowly working on making it their own. Now that they’ve got a little one on the way, that leisurely pace has begun to pick up as they’re eager to get their house in order before they’re consumed by all things baby!

Angela has an impeccable sense of style so it’s no surprise that she had bold intentions for their family room space. Her plan was to take inspiration from this amazing peacock painting she’d found at HomeSense to create an elegant yet cozy space with just a touch of glam.

Peacock painting
The inspiration: This beautiful peacock painting from HomeSense

Intentions are one thing, however, morning all day sickness is another. Ang had a REALLY rough go of things through the first trimester of her pregnancy and between the nausea and exhaustion it pretty much put a halt to a lot of her ‘nesting’ plans. And with ‘Daddy-to-be’ having his hands full taking care of my girl AND readying the nursery for their little angel, we figured they could use a bit of help.

We thought it would be a fun idea to take over their house Renovation Raiders style as a surprise for Angela. I figure, after months of being sick, what better thing to come home to than a cozy space to be able to curl up in – especially when it’s one you’ve been planning & envisioning for months. So after a little coordination with hubby on a weekend they’d be out of town, we let ourselves in & worked a little family room makeover magic.

Using this…

PARA Paint and swatches
PARA P5018-85 ‘Deep Water Dive’ and PARA P2089-00 ‘Whitewash White’

To turn this…

Dwange family room before
Ang & Dwayne’s family room before

Into this…

mixing paint
Kes gettin his mix on!
Getting to work with the right tools
Getting to work with the right tools – some PARA Paint,
our Ryobi 18V ONE+ Drill with paint mixing bit & our HomeRight EZ Twist Paint Stick
After a couple of coats
After a couple coats of PARA Deep Water Dive

And finally THIS!

Family room makeover after
…and here it is NOW!
Fireplace focal point

I love how the PARA Deep Water Dive completely breathes new life into the space and turns the fireplace into a statement focal point for the room. I also love how the stark contrast of the trim in PARA Whitewash White gives the whole thing a clean finish.

Family room after - so much more inviting
So much more inviting!
Family room makover details
A few of the details..

It’s still a bit of a work in progress. The room won’t really be complete until they get some baby pics up on this wall!

One final wall to finish
One final wall to finish…

Just a few more months now guys…CAN’T WAIT!


  • February 26, 2014

    WOW!! What a great transformation, stunning color choice!

  • February 26, 2014

    Reminds me of my bathroom!!!! I love how the paint brings out the peacock painting!

  • February 26, 2014

    Once again a big thanks to you both! We are blessed to have such kind, caring friends and we are loving the new space – slowly getting things up on the walls to make it feel even more like home and baby pics will definitely finish it off! 🙂

  • Keisha
    February 26, 2014

    Great job guys! Looks amazing!

  • Kristi porter
    February 26, 2014

    What a beautiful story and I love the new transformation , so much you Ang !

  • February 26, 2014

    The colour is beautiful and you guys are obviously great friends to have!!! Such a nice gesture!

  • John K.
    February 26, 2014

    What great friends you have, Dwayne! Must have been quite a surprise for Ange on her return! Blue & turquoise are some of my favourite colours. Can’t wait to see the room. Might have to bring over some of my lagers…

  • February 27, 2014

    The transformation looks amazing! That painting stands out beautifully with your colour choice! Great job! ps- I need that mixing tool Kes has. looks like so much fun :p

  • February 27, 2014

    I LOVE that colour – what a transformation!

  • February 28, 2014

    You guys are awesome. What a sweet thing to do for a good friend. Gorgeous transformation, the colour looks beautiful!

  • February 28, 2014

    Was Angela surpised? Stunned? I’d love to have seen her reaction. You guys are awesome!

  • March 1, 2014

    That looks great, what a beautiful colour!! I like the peacock picture too, a good choice for your inspiration.

  • March 5, 2014

    wow what a transformation! I wish I was a bit more brave with bold colours – it makes a BIG impact. Love the “random acts of paint”!

  • March 6, 2014

    I’m so LOVING the bold color!! WAY TO GO!!!!!

  • March 22, 2014

    Wow! It looks amazing!!

  • March 31, 2014

    What a beautiful wall color! Too bold for us at the moment (we hope to put our house on the market in the next 3 years) but a girl can dream…

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