12.03.2014

Before And After: Living Room


It's time for another round of before and after photos from our new-ish house. I can't believe we have already lived here for 3 months -- every day it is starting to feel more and more like home and dare I even say I am starting to truly love it. I think Christmas trees have a lot to do with that but whatever, I'll take it. While we still have many projects that need completed [say for instance, installing doorknobs on all of our interior doors, nbd] it is finally feeling like it is almost out of the renovation stage. The living room was actually the first room we tackled when moving in as I had to have one room that we could actually sit down in and floors that we could actually see [do you know how unappealing to the eye construction paper is?] I love that this livinv room has a very Florida-like condo feel to it. It is light, bright, airy, and equally cozy at the same time.

Before I get too much into it, lets start with the before photos so you can see what we were working with.


As you can see, it was very white. White walls, white ceiling, white carpet, blah blah blah. Thankfully the real wood burning fireplace and seven large windows that flood the room with sunlight during the day made me look past the work that was going to have to go down to bring this space up to our liking. Here she is today with a little more color, texture, and spice to it.


The very first thing we did was cover up the retro painted ceiling with pine wood planks. We did this to the whole main level [minus bedrooms and bathrooms] which I believe ended up to be around 450 individual boards which is also equivalent to around 40-50 hours of labor. Originally the plan was to paint the planks all white however after we hung them, we fell in love with their natural color and decided to leave it. I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out! The next thing we did was tear out the carpet and floorboard trim and had all new hardwood floors and baseboard trim installed.

Next up we decided to have overhead lights installed [literally this house had basically zero overhead lights when we moved in, WTF]. We now have six dimmable LED lights in here and oh my word, they have made such a huge difference in the look and feel of the room. We also decided to hang a fan in the back portion of the room as you can see.

fan found for less than $100 at menards

The other major changes also include installing crown molding and then of course, painting the walls. We went with Sherwin Williams Mint Condition. I went with navy, coral, and shades of gold for accent colors to bring in little pops of color and fun to the room. 

rug from TJ Maxx

We then made a little gallery wall of sorts with a few of our favorite signs, pictures, words, etc. I love the eclectic personal feel that this wall has. 


All in all I love how the living room has turned out and look forward to the memories that will be created in it.

For other home tour posts see : kitchen // half bath // my office  // outdoor room // christmas tour



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29 comments:

  1. The thing about before and after pictures is first, you realize how much better the after pics look than the before pics. Then, you realize how much darn work it took. And third, you appreciate the pictures even more because redoing a house is TIME CONSUMING. But amazing. Great job, Erin!

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  2. you have done such an amazing job, love this room

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  3. Looks beautiful!! We just bought a house and will be going through the same thing. it's overwhelming already, but I know it will be worth it!

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  4. I love it! So nice and cozy, and the paint color is perfect!

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  5. Wow. I love what you've done and agree with your decision to keep the ceiling natural. . . not that you asked me, but just agreeing. :) Gorgeous, as always!

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  6. Ahhh I don't think I could possibly love this more! So cozy and beautiful.

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  7. You have a beautiful home! Definitely inspiration for my own house one day :)

    Jenny
    From the Desk of J

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  8. Wow! Very impressive! I love the ceiling and the hardwood floors. My parents have the dim lights in their living room and they're amazing!! I can't wait to have my own home one day so that I can decorate it however I please. I love all your decorations!! Including the Christmas ones. I clicked on all your before and after rooms and I love them all!! Great job Erin!! You guys have a great eye for decor :)

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  9. nice! i love the colour of your sofa

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  10. Your home is beautiful. I wish I had this type of creativity. Where do you find inspiration? I can't even pick out paint colors without having a mental breakdown.

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  11. That ceiling gives me heart eyes!!!!!

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  12. this is incredible! i love seeing renos! glad I stumbled across your blog! p.s. good choice leaving the natural color of the wood!

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  13. Wow. LOVE it. I didn't know you moved. (Haven't read blogs in about a month!) Congrats. Such a beautiful space.

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  14. Love that ceiling! Looks great in the room with that natural wood instead of painting, good choice!

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  15. This room is so beautiful! I love the navy furniture but the celing by far is my favorite part. I'll be buying a house this year and i'm seriously considering planking my ceilings. It looks so great that it's definitely worth the labor and tired arms!

    Looking forward to more of these posts!

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  16. THAT ceiling! you did such a good job!

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  17. Ooh so festive! I can't wait to go home after my finals and hang up our Christmas tree with my little bro.

    http://itsjpei.wordpress.com/

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  18. Absolutely love it!! We are planning quite a few updates after the first of the year and you are inspiring me so much!! :)

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  19. This is beautiful, what an amazing job! I am especially loving that ceiling, haha, as I stare up at mine wondering if we can do it too... :)

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  20. I love the wall of pictures! Great ideas! Love it!

    Trish
    www.thetrishlist.com

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  21. You are just making me SWOON with all that wooden plank paneling. The ceiling, the floor, that to-die-for fireplace! Oh, just go on while I sit here dying of envy and admiration.

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  22. Ooh lala! My house will never look that good, lol. At least not until we own instead of rent. Y'all did amazing!

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  23. Amazing!! My husband and I are in love with that ceiling!! Where did you get the planks? That sounds like a funny question;) But really beautiful room! Susan

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  24. Completely just stalked your blog haha its amazing! but this post is so beautiful. Props to yall for making this room happen. I love it.

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)