House Files: Livingroom Makeover

6 Feb

We did it!  We’re officially moved in!  And I’m back to share the process and convince you that transformations can happen!


I am now a firm believer that it’s so important to be able to look past the current decor when you’re looking at homes because you can drastically change a room without major renovations.  But the proof is in the photos…

This photo is what was posted on the house listing and what we saw when we first went to visit.

Despite the really dated furniture, statues, carpeting and well, everything… we made an offer!  Because what we focused our attention on was the built-in bookshelves, large windows, and overall great layout and space.

And now for the transformation!


Step 1: Marvel at the pink wall-to-wall carpet, walls, trim and curtains, and of course the mirror wall… Then promptly remove!

Step 2: Paint trim and bookshelves, and prep wall for cable cords.

Step 3: Paint walls, and have your father in-law install a new back wall with matching trim.

Step 4: Paint the back wall with an accent color.


Step 5: Mount rack to hang TV and paint interior bookshelves.

Step 6: Bring in the furniture!

Step 7: The fun part… begin decorating!  (Stay tuned)

So yes, you can go from this to this:

How long did this take, you ask?  Now keep in mind we had a whole team of incredible helpers here… We closed on 1/13, got to work on 1/14… worked every free minute until 2/2… and this photo was taken on 2/4.  Mind you this was one of 6 rooms we painted and did work on, so if you really commit, I think you could tackle something like this in two weeks (give or take). 

If you are diggin the paint colors, here’s what we used:

Wall: Gentle Rain (Behr Premium Paint, Eggshell Sheen)
Accent Wall: Windsor Haze (Behr Premium Paint, Eggshell Sheen)
Trim: Orchid Bloom (Ace Hardware paint)

{Next up?  The bedroom makeover!}


8 Responses to “House Files: Livingroom Makeover”

  1. Donna February 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm #


  2. cooper February 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm #


  3. emmasart February 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Looks awesome!!!

  4. Lizzy February 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    So amazing Jenny, can’t wait to see more!

  5. cindy February 7, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    You guys really did a spectacular job! I can’t wait to come see it all!

  6. Joanna H. February 7, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    WOW! We were there Friday night and this had not been completed. You guys are miracle workers! Love love love it!!!!

  7. caryn February 7, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    i really wish you had kept all those lovely figurines!!! the place looks AMAZING! you and your crew did an awesome job. cant wait to visit!

  8. Kelly @ Corner of Main February 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Congrats on the house! I love the color you picked for the fireplace…soooo much better than mirrors 😉
    Have fun decorating!!

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