Sunday, September 2, 2012

Living Room Makeover

When we moved in the whole house was a smoke tinged beige color...eww. After a lot of cleaning and then priming (every wall in the house) we were finally able to paint. Since the front of the house is very open, we chose the same paint color, a dark grey, for the living room and kitchen. For contrast we painted the molding around the windows and doors bright white (they were originally oak, stained a dingy looking color). The ceiling molding and the ceilings got a coat of bright white as well.

The living room originally didn't have a ceiling light fixture, but thanks to Craig, my jack of all trades, it has an awesome modern fixture now!

We went with black leather for the couches and the chaise lounge (With my two eighty pound hairy dogs, there was no way I was doing any kind of fabric lol).

I bought the rug on sale from I wasn't able to find anything I liked locally and this site has a great selection!

The coffee table is from's my fav simply because it's on wheels. Need more room?...Just roll the coffee table over or out of the room lol! The corner table between the couches is another coffee table from ikea. I made new legs for it out of wood dowels so the table would be higher off the ground (A more suitable height for a side table).

I bought the corner box shelves from target. Filled them with cool accents.

My fav thing in the entire room is the awesome metal art on the wall. I got it on eBay and it was done by Brian M. Jones. Search for "metal wall art" and you'll all kinds of beautiful art pieces.

The pillows I ordered from Have I mentioned that I love the color blue? You have to check this site out, they have a huge selection of different styles and sizes of pillows.

So how about those modern floating entertainment centers going for about $2000? Ya right lol, when your as DIY savvy as Craig and I you can pull this look off for under $400! I used excel to design the plans (I love excel!) and even all the cuts we needed to have made at Lowe's (What a time and headache saver getting all the cuts done with the huge saw they have!). So, it's constructed from MDF and painted high gloss white. We used wood glue, some dowels and a brad nailer to make each box. The brad nailer was again used to secure the top boxes dividers while small brackets were used for all the shelving sections in the side and lower boxes. With the tv mounted on the wall the whole thing really does look too cool! <3 I'm so happy it turned out this happy the living room as a whole turned out so awesome actually!


  1. Yes the whole room looks great. You two did a fantastic job!!

  2. I can't believe how different this room looks! I love it!!