The living room is the first room you see when entering the house, so I want it to look good, but in fact it is rarely used. So tasteful and elegant would be great, but this is not a room where we want to spend a lot of money on furniture. Instead we invested our money in replacing the worn cream colored carpet with hardwood and we invested our time painting the walls and trim, as well as re-finishing some pieces of furniture. Here is the after picture of our living room makeover.
Here is the living room before we moved in:
Living Room Furniture Update
Living room before picture, with our original furniture:
We had picked up the leather sectional furniture 10 years ago from Canadian Tire Co. This was purchase during our years in Toronto. For our non-Canadian readers, the furniture from Canadian Tire Co is would be slightly better than what you might find at Walmart. It has held up very well for such economic pieces. Unfortunately two of the pieces showed signs of wear: one item was not salvageable, and ended up at the curb-side, but the other was only damaged on one side, which was simply turned towards the wall (sad, but true).
My pride of this room is the two chairs that I had made over from items I had picked up second hand. Check out the article on the makeover of the arm chairs from gold to cream, included touch up of wood frame, and making the cylinder shape cushion.
The room is also home to the end table that had was cracking at the joints, which was easily touched up.
Floor and Walls
We painted over the gold colored walls with a light gray, Benjamin Moore’s Grant Beige.
The cream colored carpet was not great quality to begin with, and was over 12 years old when we finally decided to replace it with hardwood. Since we were taking off the baseboards anyway to address the floors, this also led us to make the decision to replace all of the baseboards with more substantial boards.
We painted the baseboards and trim using Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. We kept the original blinds and I like them much better now that there is contrast between the blinds and the window frames.
I had been admiring cow-hide rugs since we moved to the mid-west, and my husband picked one up which I think helps to finish off the room.
Living Room Before
Before we started, the living room had worn out carpet, small baseboards, dark wood window frames with matching blinds,…
What’s Next for this Room?
I really like the antique bookcase, and the re-finish of the top came out really well, but I don’t like it in the room, so it will probably try to replace it and relocate the bookcase to a different room in the house.
The coffee table was also a great deal from Ikea at least 10 years ago. It has been discontinued for years, but I think the dark wood frame with the glass top still looks current. I might re-do the wood finish to make it darker and cover the slight red color.
I have a couple of leather stools that are in good condition, but it is too much leather with the brown leather sofa, so am also considering slip-covering the stools or possibly re-upholstering them and putting hem on this side of the coffee table, but I cannot decide on the fabric. Maybe stripes?
Before and after: