Friday, October 21, 2011

Living Room Rebuild, Part 5/Reveal

Disclaimer: When I said yesterday that today I'd be doing the living room reveal, I should have said that I would be revealing our living room which happens to be only about 68% complete. The hardest parts (ceiling, painting, fixtures) are finished, but we still have a lot left to do in terms of decor. Oh yeah and trim work. But, just like how you need to meet people where they're at. . . you need to meet our living room where it's at. Even if it's only at a D+ in terms of completion.

First, let's remember where it came from. Water-stained popcorn ceiling, tacky brass fixtures, and poopy brown walls.

Sorry the photo is grainy, it's a listing photo from our realtor

And now it looks like this. . . 

You can't see all the recessed lights in this picture, but we have 2 rows with 3 lights each. And they're on a separate switch so you can choose to have only one row on if desired. Ya know, mood lighting :)

The front side of the room.

The right side of the room. This side is very bare because we still haven't found the perfect loveseat yet. Remember, D+ - the room is still coming along.

This picture is the most zoomed out I could get.

This is the view as soon as you walk in our front door.

This is a close-up of our white display cabinet. I got this for free off Craigslist! We are a no-tv family. We may or may not get one in the future, but for now it just gives us more time to paint and conquer house projects :)

A few close-ups of our fall decorations.

*My amazingly-talented husband painted that bird. Isn't she pretty?

Our guard cat. Seriously, check out her smile.

And lastly, the ceiling fixtures I attacked with a can of spray paint. I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover, color: Flat Black. It took 3 thin and even coats to achieve the black beauty look.

So there it is, our living room after the ceiling room demo but still before the arrival of decor/loveseat.

Here is the list of what we'd still like to do in that room:
  • Hang art/pictures on walls 
  • Get a rug for the front door
  • Get a loveseat
  • Paint trimwork
  • Find/make throw pillows (I can't seem to find ones I like anywhere, so I may end up having to make some)

Okay, if anyone is still here after my ridiculously long post - what do you think? Do you know of any places to find great textured off-white throw pillows? What are your weekend projects? 


 Alright alright, I'm done.


  1. You could always try HomeGoods for pillows. Their selection is typically pretty fantastic.

    Congrats on the "no TV" thing. I can even imagine how much more I'd get accomplished without one...

    Everything is looking good!

  2. I wish my husband would let me get rid of our TVs!
    The room looks great.
    I agree with Brandi, or just make some! I made a "knit" pillow out of an old sweater, or you can sew some up (or even no sew with an iron and hem tape). =)

  3. I love that rug! Impressed with how much was accomplished in a short amount of time!

  4. Wow! The room looks great! What a transformation! I got all of our throw pillows at Garden Ridge! They are quality pillows at a cheap price. And for a love seat and wall decor I recommend making a trip to IKEA. I'm pretty sure we're going to live in that store after we buy a house!

  5. Really a great improvement! I've seen nice pillows on sale for not much at Kirklands.
    I would use the bold color in your rug and spread it around the room. Good luck on the rest of your list!

  6. @ Val
    Thanks! I actually worked at Kirklands when I was in high school so I tend to avoid it now - they always did have great deals though! I should check it out again! I think spreading the bold color around is a great idea and will help break up the neutral ceilings too :)