Welcome to our DIY living room reveal, Julie! If you read my first post about when we moved to Julie (here), you know we have a lot of work to do. Well-we have been doing a lot of work and it’s paid off.
As I begin this new adventure of blogging, I am really thinking of the busy moms and wives like me out there and what they would want out of a blog. I know when I am searching for new ideas, I like to find out 2 things: How much it is? and Where to get it?
So I have added the SHOP THIS ROOM page, where you can find everything seen in all my post. By clicking on the links. There is no sign up or fee for it. The link will take you right to the website. Let’s start the reveal…
The photo on the left is the front of the room, as you come in the entryway. The photo on the right is if you are coming from our dining room. See the matted teal rug that looks better in the photo then it did in person?
Now, when you walk through the front door, to you left of the entryway, you are greeted with a nice, bright, airy living room. Or as my boys call it “the room with no TV”. That’s right boys and girls we actually have a room with no TV in it.
This room is in the front of the house so it gets lots of natural light all day long. It is my favorite room in the house so far. Now what did we do? First, we
- Got all new recess lighting throughout the house
- Removed the carpet and added new laminate
- Painted the walls
- Added crown molding and beefed up the baseboards
Now to the fun part of dressing the room.
When walking into the room to your left is this great ladder shelf that I accessorized with some family photos and some of my favorite things all of which will be listed here. There are some great post out there on how to style a bookshelf. (here)
Peaking through the bottom of the top photo is a quick an easy DIY plant stand project I did. I bought 4 wooded stools from the LetGo app for $20, cut down the legs to different heights, painted them black and then placed them around my home. I will be posting a DIY tutorial on that project soon.
Next to the shelf, in front of the windows are 2 super comfy chairs I bought from Hayneedle. Between the chairs are 2 of the 3 nesting tables I found on Craigslist. For that DIY project, I just had to spray paint the table gold and clean the glass.
The white window treatments are from Home Goods, ahhhh Home Goods, but I will link you to similar ones here on our Shop This Room page. On the windowsill is a gardening DIY project I did with my boys, growing lemon trees from a lemon seed. We have a long way to go until they are actual trees, but for now I think they look so sweet in the windows.
On the opposite side of the room, across from the windows, is the matching chaise to the gray sofa in the room that we bought at Macy’s. This set has very clean lines and the deep seating makes it very comfortable. I am forever moving the chaise and the 2 chairs by the window around in this room. For now this is were they stay. Above the chaise the eyesore thermostat that I wish G- would move to the other side of the wall. Trying to distract from the eye is a wood and metal wall art piece I bought from Hobby Lobby that was on sale for half price.
Next to the chaise is the 3rd nesting table from the set by the window that I just accessorized with 2 big succulents and some books I bought from the dollar store that I painted the covers to make them look old.
In the center of the farthest wall is the sofa that matches the chaise. In front of the sofa is my DIY painted coffee table. I bought this large, super heavy coffee table from OfferUp for $40! It used to be a very dark cherry wood until I got my hands on it. I love the way it turned out so much it turned out to be a DIY project for my dining room table, 2 end tables and the coffee table in the family room. I will soon be posting that tutorial here.
On top of the coffee table, I just added an old tray that I painted white, some more dollar store books, and an antique mirror jewelry box for some bling. I just found those 2 glasses in my cabinet, which was weird because where did they come from, but I spray painted the bottoms and added the moss balls I bought from Michael’s.
Above the sofa is an easy DIY large wall art project I did specifically for my husband G-. This is a photo of Dolmabahce Palace in Turkey that I had printed at my local Staples. The quality of the printout is amazing. Then I adhered it to a 3×4 canvas I bought with a coupon from Michael’s. Next I trimmed out the canvas with some thin wood molding I bought at Home Depot. I used instructions from both of these tutorials (here) and (here) but of course ended up doing it my own way. I already have another DIY project in mind for over the bed in our Master Bedroom that I will be doing in the future.
If it was up to G- our house would be Turkish decor from ceiling to floor, but instead he settles for “a nod to Turkey” that you will see in each room in the house. This DIY project is much more then a “nod” but I love the way it turned out and is definitely the focal point of the room. Plus it makes him happy.
Flanking the sofa are 2 side tables I absolutely love. When I first decided on the style of side table I wanted, I found these from West Elm but $250 each table was not something I wanted to pay. With just a little research I found these Harper Blvd tables on Overstock for $100 less. SOLD! All the decor on these tables and in this room can be found on our Shop This Room page.
This is the view of our living room if you were coming out of the dining room. Even though I still would like to make a few tweaks to this room, like adding trim around the windows and moving the thermostat, I feel like this room is done. Time to move on to the next room.
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