Alright everybody the moment you’ve all been waiting for!!! Okay… Maybe only a few of you… But I’m going to pretend it’s been some big anticipated event. The living room reveal!!!! And the crowd goes wild!!! Okay…three people go wild!!
In this post I would like to show you the struggles that this poor living room has faced this year.
My hubby and I moved into the home in October 2015. The home was in such bad shape that I had to clean for a whole month before we could move in at the end of November.
So this is what the living room looked like when we first toured the home.
So before we moved in I decided I did not like the wood stove. For three big reasons it needed to be removed
1. It was uncertified and we didn’t want to pay to get it certified
2. It was such an eye sore and almost in the middle of our living room
3. I plan to have four kids and that was just asking to be an emergency room visit!
We have received A LOT of criticism for this decision. I’d say probably around 50 + people have commented on this choice, but hey…good things is my home right! 🙂 We do have the spout through the roof still so If somebody wanted to put one back in they could do so very very easily.
This was the view of the left side of the room.
This is what the room looked like to the right of the room. The square in the corner we turned into an officer, but that is a reveal for another time.
I first decided to paint our room a teal color. I loved it! I really liked the color and still do. But, (yup you knew there was going to be a but) our living room has one light. One. And it’s a huge room. And that dark task sucked in the light. The living room looked like a complete cave!! We didn’t realize how dark it was until we moved in and that point I had anyway redid the kitchen and painted every room. I didn’t want to paint again for awhile! So we suffered through.
We originally had the ottoman as our television stand and then we had rug over the cement that the wood stove left behind.
After the ottoman we we had our cheap Walmart coffee table as our DVD stand then my grams gave me a tv stand for free so we upgraded.
And then…the paper floors saga. I came across a post on Facebook depicting paper floors as the next best thing. So I went for it. Let me tell you one thing… If I had to do it again I’d be successful. I made all the mistakes on the first try so I could actually make the paper floors work if I had to do it again.
If you choose not to read the whole story I will give a brief. My hubby came home one day to all of the carpet ripped up. I put down plywood. And then I painted and pasted brown paper on the floors.
These paper floors did not work. Sadly. And I was determined to make them work, because we were going to have to live with them.
In September (so almost two months after starting the paper floors project) I had a miscarriage. It was traumatizing and horrible. My hubby felt sorry for me and so he bought me beautiful pergo outlast floors!!
I spent about two hours putting floors in when I smashed my fingers with the hammer and broke my finger. My hubby put most of the floor in and then in finished it up.
We had beautiful floors and then I decided since our living room was emptied that we should take advantage of the opportunity and I paint over the teal. But I was going to do it right this time! I sanded away the 80’s textured walls and washed them. I chose a light gray color.
I then put back on the baseboards and the furniture.
The living room quickly started to evolve.
I created a NEST sign for the wall. And you can check out the full tutorial of the NEST Sign Here
I bought a rug for $40 at Ross Dress for Less.
I then did a coffee table makeover where I got the coffee table for free. You can check out the Coffee Table Makeover HERE
I added curtain rods for $35. And then I added curtains for $30.
I was then not happy with the television stand situation.
I then found a $10 dresser at Goodwill and turned it into a tv stand. You can check out the TV Stand Tutorial Here
I then wanted to design the walls $25.
I put a frame and then I put a wreath in the middle of it.
One wall has a chalk board with pictures.
And then the final wall is my gallery wall with frames and a couple of nick knacks.
Finally, my husband and I realized why the wood stove was placed in the room. The room was an addition and wasn’t insulated (at all). So that room is soooo cold! So we bought a heater that looked like a fireplace. Now this purchase stung a little bit. $165.
And that’s that. So for the final pictures of our living room revel.
Ignore our fat cat who just HAD to be in the final living room reveal pictures 🙂
So if you want to take a look at the transformation in a quick look.
When we saw the home for the first time
Our Home Now
When we saw the home for the first time
Our home now
I hope you guys really enjoyed my post! We are SO excited about this transformation and we are happy as to how it turned out.
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