Have you ever been in someone’s house and thought, “This place could definitely use a makeover”? No? Okay neither have I. 😉
Making over my ugly living room
My house was a blank slate when we moved in. We bought our home brand new and were newly married so we didn’t have a lot of furniture or decor. All of the window treatments came with the house so we left them up. At the time I didn’t have a decorating style so the majority of our decor came from Home Interiors, a home decor party business that was popular back then. Our living room furniture came from a discount furniture store. It was ugly as all get out but lasted 17 years. I was dying to get a new set but couldn’t justify spending the money if nothing was wrong with ours so we kept it. The kids were so embarrassed by it.
Because our home is a mobile home we couldn’t just slap paint on the walls. It took a couple of years for us to get the courage to go all in and start pulling the wallboards off and replacing them with regular drywall. You can read about how we did it with our sunroom, here. Giving this living room a makeover couldn’t come soon enough! About the time we decided to redo this room I requested indoor stairs to get into the basement. Up until now, we had to go outside to go downstairs. I desperately wanted a staircase I could access from indoors.
The stairway could only go one place in the house which meant that we’d have to give up some of our living room but I was willing to do that. While I miss the extra square footage in the room I love having the built-in staircase more.
After adding the new wall and stairway we started the living room demo. The first phase was replacing the ugly walls with new drywall. When it came to choosing a paint color I was ready to go with a color called Honey Pot. At the last
Go with your gut when it comes to color
My hubby was less than thrilled at this point. After priming the new drywall and putting two coats of blue paint on it we were going to go buy my original paint color.
A couple of years after painting the living room we decided to put new flooring down. We had already installed laminate flooring in the kitchen/dining room/hall and couldn’t decide if we wanted to re-lay carpet or continue the laminate into the living room. As much as I love the feel of carpet, between the dog’s dirty paws and the cost we decided to continue the laminate into this room. Before we laid the floor I opted to repaint the room again.
When it came to painting this time around I chose a warm light beige. I wanted something neutral and light but not white. One of the things I’ve learned to do over time is position paint cards around the room. Lighting plays a huge role in color choice. What looks good on a northern wall may not look the same on your southern wall. Another idea is to purchase the little samples the stores sell so that you can test the actual paint on the wall. Once again I’d suggest putting some on each wall because it will look different. Paint also appears darker or lighter during different times of the day on your walls. I now live with my paint samples hung on the walls for
weeks months just to be sure.
The flooring we chose for our living room was a laminate purchased from Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. We had used it in the kitchen and dining room and really liked it so that’s what we went with. Luckily they still carried the exact same type/color we used before. For anyone who’s unsure about the flooring sold at Ollie’s, do your research. Check out the brands, read reviews and buy the best quality you can afford. We chose a name brand with a decent wear warranty and have been happy with it. With that being said there are a couple of swollen spots from water sitting on it but nothing that looks too conspicuous.
One of the most trying projects when it came to this room was the molding to replace the crown molding. We actually went and bought all we needed and even painted it but ended up going a different direction. Instead of installing traditional crown molding we installed thin straight boards.
Slowly I had developed a design style that came naturally. I like to call it comfortable country style. My decor choices veer towards farmhouse and incorporate antiques and vintage finds but I refuse to go all white. Do I love a white couch? Yes! But I also have 2 dogs and 5 cats not to mention a husband and 2 kids who could probably trash it in five seconds.
I need color in my life and this room allows me to incorporate the ones I love. Even so it is neutral enough to look good when decorated for any season.
Are there things I’d change? Yes, of course. I want a new area rug but not because I don’t like my current rug. I want one to wash and one to use, to be able to switch out if I want.
And my shelves. They’re going to get a coat of paint soon but I can handle the wood tone for now. Our renovations aren’t quick and for some