So, do you want to know the best motivator when it comes to working on home projects? Visitors. At least that’s the case for us. Anytime we have visitors planned to come, I go into overdrive and try and get something new done. About three weeks ago, this was the case, and in two nights I managed to give our living room a face lift that made ALL the difference!
The living room is one of my favorite spaces in our home. I love the vaulted ceilings, the wood burning fireplace, and the light that shines through during the day. But, it was hard to enjoy this space with the variety of colors.
I painted test swatches months ago in the living room, had the color picked out, but never got around to painting. It’s not like we had anything better to do, right? …
Originally, the room was predominantly yellow, with two bright red accent walls. The red just didn’t fit with this home, so we primed over those walls first.
at least the red + green make natural Christmas decor
Around the time we were prepping to prime these walls, we were also getting ready to prime kitchen cabinets. Lowe’s recommended using the same primer on each, Kilz. Using 1 1/2″ angled brush to cut in and roller brush, I painted one coat of primer and it covered pretty well.
After two coats of SW Requisite Gray on a looong Tuesday and then Wednesday night, the room feels brand new. You can see we used a ladder that reached the peak of the ceiling (thanks neighbor!). Cutting in from the moudling to the wall was a work out with the repetitive up the ladder, cut in, down the ladder, move to the right, repeat. And not to mention all the rolling. I have to admit I was proud of the calluses on my hands Wednesday night. You didn’t work unless a callus formed, right? Isn’t that a saying?
I swear the wall behind the sofa is begging me every day to hang something on it.
the wall behind the TV looks like it’s begging for something too, a mounted, bigger TV one day
After a fresh coat of paint, the room instantly felt bigger. Who knew the red walls were closing in the corner so much before.
We changed out our couch from a sleeper sofa with a chaise to this brown, micro-suede leather sofa with a recliner on each end (shout out to my dad and step mom for handing it down to us!). This in combination with the rug and new positioning of the two chairs helped create a cozy space that still feels open. We luckily were able to keep the sleeper sofa. It now lives in the office so we still have a spare bed in addition to our guest bedroom.
As far as home improvement plans go, this room is nearly complete. Next on the list is removing the hunter green tile on the fireplace. Depending on where the tile ends, (behind or beside the mantel columns) we may or may not change out the mantle piece. We’d also like to do something with the door leading to the screen porch. Either replace the door altogether, or just replace the glass to remove the grids, which will match our windows.
Something I struggle with is instantly wanting the pieces in our home to look like Joanna Gaines just strolled through and added her touch. We are reminded frequently that this is the “fun” part where nothing matches and we get to slowly add pieces here and there. If only we could win the lottery… but in all honesty, it is a lot of fun picking out new pieces together, enjoying hand me downs from our sweet family members (shout to Adam’s aunt and uncle for the green chair!), and slowly watching our pieces transform together.
Until the day we do win the lottery, I’ll just keep daydreaming.
- I recently learned how much I love these color shades together. The gray swatch was used on the walls. The navy represents our rug, and the brown our couch.
- We eventually want to find a new spot for the olive green chair and find a replacement. I’m really loving this one. The wood accents and mid-century style are right up our alley.
- We love our rectangle, chest style coffee table, but we’ll need a pouf or stool for the chairs. If it can double as another seat, even better! I love the jute upholstery on this one.
- We have a small black end table currently, but we’d like to add another, and possibly replace the solid black. I love the industrial style of this one, and the drawer for added space.
- Fireplace tile inspiration. I like the herringbone style with neutral colors.
- I love the warm yellow on this lamp base. Any warm color would be the perfect accent!
- A bold mirror for the wall behind the sofa or above the fireplace. I love the emerald style of this one!
- Throw pillows are some of the hardest things for me to pick. I get so overwhelmed in stores. The added texture to these basic ivory pillows is a simple touch, and the warm rust color of the knit pillow would accent our other neutrals.
- We of course can’t forget candles! These hurricane holders are beautiful at night.
Check out our Before & Afters page for more pictures!
Sidebar – we haven’t said anything about our kitchen progress since this post. We are finishing up the upper cabinets over the next week, and we picked our counter top!! It will be installed in 2 weeks! Literally waving goodbye to this green Formica already. More to come on how we chose our counter top and before and after pictures.
’til next time,