In the meantime because I have the patience of a 5 year old I'm going to go ahead and show you the almost finished product. We love it. I'd be lying if I said it didn't kick our butts and even required a tetanus shot at one point but in the end it was worth it. That said I don't ever need to lay a hardwood floor or do a wainscot wall treatment ever again. Crossed off my DIY bucket list with a Sharpie.
Let's take a step back and look at where we started. Ridiculous color. Unfinished, way too formal crown molding, windows that leaked and housed carpenter ants, ruined hardwood floors and terrible lighting.
Then I told you that I was inspired by Linda's gorgeous foyer. I wanted to make this:
Look like this:
So we busted our butts and came up with this:
Sean isn't happy with the L Cap piece at the top and mentioned ripping it out and redoing it. He was serious. No friggin' way are we doing any of this process again unless he has found some renovating elfs to come do it for us while we sleep. In which case I would ask if they had any siblings who also did landscaping.
A gratuitous backside shot of the room. Still need to figure out the piano placement.
Love me some nail head trim.
I love how much brighter the room feels with all the white woodwork and by swapping the over sized love seat with 2 tailored chairs. I still need to figure out the window treatments but the old ones work for now.
Pretty chairs. A mom of 3 boys needs some pretty in her life.
Love this HomeGoods lamp find of my mom's.
Bookshelf styling including some art from each of my super talented parents:
So there you have it. The living room that kicked our butts. It wasn't terribly expensive (actually this was a relatively inexpensive makeover) or challenging skill-set wise. I think what made it so difficult is the number of steps in the process. Oh, and the dust. The dust can drive a Type A person insane.
Check back soon and hopefully we can get this last 5% done!
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