Living Room Refresh – Paint Goes A Long Way

Living Room Refresh - Paint Goes A Long Way -

In our new living room we have beautiful custom raised paneling but it was painted a dull sage green.  Now if we were back in colonial times (I wish we were by the way!) this color would be perfect.  But we aren’t!  After living with it a week I felt like there was something dark and sleepy about it…I literally felt like taking a nap every time we walked in our living room.  We had a lot of work to do so that wasn’t really going to work 🙂

Living Room Refresh – Paint Goes a Long Way

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living room refresh - before

I have a love affair with white trim.  It is classic, like vanilla ice cream.  You can never go wrong with white.  White or light paint allows you the freedom to be more bold with furniture, pillows, curtains, and decorations. It also is a lot easier to bring in seasonal decorations and not worry about things clashing.  We decided on painting the walls with Sherwin Williams Kestrel White (which is a cool light tan) and the trim is Sherwin Williams Bright White. It makes the room so much bigger and brighter.  What a difference!

living room refrsh - center

We also painted the old black recessed lights white. (you can read about how we did that HERE)

The old denim couch wasn’t working in this room.  The size, style, and color just didn’t fit the room.  We found this new restoration hardware couch on craigslist for $200! (read about our craigslist finds HERE)

living room refresh look into dining room
living room refresh - console mirror

Our existing chairs, coffee table, side table, and ottomans work well in the room.  The pillows and rug are from pottery barn.  I always keep an eye out for pillows on clearance at pottery barn.  You can usually pick up very nice pillows for half of the original price.  The pottery barn rug is another craigslist steal for $50! I love utilizing mirrors in a room and hanging wreaths on them.  The mirrors really help brighten up the room and the wreaths provide year round interest (tip: switch them out with the seasons). Jason made the cabinet in the below picture for our old house.  It was made as an entertainment cabinet but it worked great as a side table in the living room in this house.  It creates a great spot to display family photos.  The top of the cabinet is made from cherry wood that was milled from a cherry tree taken down in Jason’s parents yard.  The rocking chair is a curbside freebie that we found and simply sanded and re-stained. The corner hutch used to be in our kitchen in the old house.  It was from Jason’s grandparents house & re-purposed it for a library cabinet.

Living Room Refresh - Paint goes a long way -

We bought this black secretary desk with hutch soon after we were married.  It is a very classic piece of furniture that hides a lot of my crafty supplies.

living room refrsh - living room secretary

Here is the view of our living room from the foyer.

living room refresh - foyer

We are still incredibly happy with how our living room paint turned out.  Here is a current pic of what our living room looks like now from our winter home tour.

Winter Mantel Decor - living room and fireplace

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Ahhh! the power of paint! Come see how we completely transformed the look of the living room in our old farmhouse with just a can of paint & a few 2nd hand pieces!

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  1. You inspired us to paint our living room the same colors. It looks beautiful. But now we have the fun (and difficult) challenge of decorating. We have no tv or fireplace in this room. We have a huge double window on one wall, two windows on the other. Half the other wall is the stairs and foyer from the center hall. The last wall is open to the dining room. We have a piano and a club room chair and couch with nail head trim. Now what?!! We think maybe natural fiber blinds with natural fiber rug. And botanicals like ferns, pussy willows. We have a brand new bamboo floor. The windows face northeast and northwest. The walls have panel wainscoting.

    1. Thanks so much for checking out our living room refresh Laurel!!! Neutral colors are the best because you can always change the other décor as seasons and tastes change. Your plan sounds awesome and all that natural light is such a plus!!!

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