The day has finally come! I get to show you my living room reveal!
I'm not going to call it my final reveal because as you may have read in my Keeping it Real, Help I'm Drowning post, I still have quite a few projects I want to tackle in this room. I'll mention those in the after pictures so you can have an idea what else to expect to see later. You ready to see my new living room?
Let's start with a quick review of what my living room looked like before we started. I'll keep it brief, but at least this way you will be able to see the differences. I'm going to take you in a circle around the room both with the before and after so you can hopefully get the scope of the room.
Obviously this is the main seating area. Our living room has a lot of doorways, windows, and spaces that limit where the furniture can go…trust me. I have probably had my furniture in every possible placement in this room over the years.
On the wall opposite the couch is the TV and the fireplace (not pictured here). I removed all our prior artwork from the walls. I was ready for something new.
The fireplace was painted earlier this year.
The fireplace divides this wall in half. On one half is the TV. This half has two bookcases put together along with some additional seating.
The french doors lead out to our deck and backyard. This area of the room leads into the kitchen. It is also our school supplies storage area as we school at our kitchen table. A long while ago, I re-organized this area. You can read about it in this post if you would like.
Now…for the new!
As is obvious, especially if you read How to Remove Chair Rail Part 1 and Part 2, we removed the chair rail and painted the trim white. When I look at this picture now and look back at the before, it is hard to believe the other room was my living room. This room looks so much more modern and clean. It is so much more my style. I LOVE it!
I took down all the artwork that was on this wall. It won't be going back up. I have some unfinished frames that I plan to paint and fill with something. Not sure what yet.
Looking out toward the front of our house. Just to give you a different perspective. Our house sits up on a hill, so I always think looking out these windows from this end of the room makes it look like we live in a tree house. I'm still debating the tan curtains and couch. What do you think? I will be keeping the couch quite a while longer, but the curtains could be changed out. I'm kind of ready for new and to move the rods up closer to the ceiling as well.
Changing the color, removing the chair rail and painting the trim sure made our room feel a lot bigger. Not sure which element it is exactly that made the change but for the first couple of weeks, every time we would walk in, we would comment on how much bigger the room felt. Maybe it was just that the furniture was crammed in the middle of the room for so long…hmmm. Anyway.
You may have seen my posts about making some DIY wall art. I made the state diy wall art as well as the monogram diy wall art. I love how the turned out! Maybe they could be a little larger to fill the space a little more, but I much prefer this art work to what I had on the walls a couple of months ago. I love that we have the history of all the places we have lived, right there as art on our wall.
I also am super happy with the painted fireplace. I thought about both the painting of the fireplace and the removal of the chair rail for many years before actually doing them. I don't regret doing the projects at all and I'm super happy with the end result!
Looking out the opposite end of the room and out to our backyard. The chair on the left was my Grandma's. I think the arms on the chair are so unique. I really like them. I also think that I would like to make the chair over at some point to make it fit my room and my style a bit more…maybe a little less colonial looking.
This is another area where I plan to do some work and show you. I want to make some kind of art or wreath or something to fill the space between the fireplace and the lamp/bookcase.
It also isn't spring anymore and I have some fun plans for my summer mantel! Can't wait to make my ideas and to show them to you!
I moved this area around a little bit after painting. I moved the bookcase to the far wall, which left the ability to put the wood for the fireplace on the floor rather than the hearth. It also made it feel a little more spacious and a little less crowded on this wall.
These wall scream…fill me up and I see more furniture that needs to be re-finished or something. Not sure what to do with this whole area. The bookcases now look kind of off in the color scheme of the room. See this is why I didn't call it a final reveal. Baby steps…though really removing the chair rail, painting the trim and the fireplace are not baby steps. They are huge steps.
Looking toward our kitchen. This end of the room holds our homeschool supplies. You can see the rest of the trim in the house is not painted. Yet.
Doesn't this spot look like a great place to relax? I've got ideas for some summer pillows for the couches….I'm always thinking of more fun ways to change things up. For the moment, I'm going to put my feet up and enjoy all the hard work. Then after that I will slowly begin to work on my to-do list for this room and the other areas of my house as well as craft ideas, etc.
I had always thought I would take down the chair rail in the rest of the downstairs, but after all the work it took, I'm re-thinking that plan. Or maybe I will just wait until I forget how much work it was and then give it a go. Do you think I should remove the rest of the chair rail because it will look weird? or just paint it white? I don't like the chair rail…I really despise it, but I also am not super excited about the whole removal process either. What is your opinion? Wanna come help me? 😉
An update on my to-do list for this room.
Living Room To-Do
- New Lamp Shades
Finish quarter round by fireplace Touch up paint
- Paint frames for wall above couch
- Figure out what to put in frames above couch
- Wall art for by chair and lamp by fireplace
- Make decorative pillows for couch in coordinating fabrics
- Paint/Refinish end tables
- New Drapes?
- New TV/Entertainment stand
- ?Paint/refinish/recover my Grandma's chair
- ?Move mantel lower or re-do it?
- ?What to do about bookcases now
- ?New fish tank stand or refinish?
- ?Recover or get new ottoman/coffee table
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