Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Living Room Redesign - The After

As I mentioned in my previous post, we just finished a redesign/refresh in our living room! I am so excited to share it with you!

It's amazing what some paint will do!  Even though our walls were a pale yellow, the room still felt dark and dreary.  We painted the room Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter which is a beautiful gray/beige color and it looks amazing against the white trim.  However, the fireplace dragged the room down with its dark brick and black mortar.  Painting the fireplace white along with the new wall color, made the room feel so much bigger and more welcoming.

After the paint was finished, I moved on to refreshening the room further with new accessories.  I headed to my favorite store, Home Goods, to get some pillows and to see what else I could find.

I looked for some gray and blue pillows and found the perfect pillows for an incredible price! Do you love them?

I also found some beautiful curtains for the dining room.  2 panels were $35!  What?  In most stores, they sell 1 panel for $90.  Home Goods always has such beautiful, unique pieces and their prices are SO GOOD!  Going there is so much fun because you never know what you are going to find.  Unfortunately, if you see something you like or even kind of like, you have to buy it because you never know if they'll have it in stock again.

I brought the pillows home and played around with the setup to decide what placement looked best.  Please excuse the kids items in the background but this is real life :)

Here it is!  Our newly redesigned living room!  

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Living Room Redesign - New Paint!

We have lived in our home since 2010 and renovated or painted almost every room in the house except for our living room and dining room.  When we moved in, it was painted a pale yellow and it was fine but I never loved the color.

When you walk into my house, you walk right into the living room.  The room has 3 windows but there are 2 windows on one side facing our neighbor and 1 window facing the backyard.  We also have a brick fireplace with black mortar.  The brick, the black mortar, and the fact that 2 of the windows face our neighbor, make the room so dark despite having so many windows and the walls being yellow.  It has always bothered me.  Even though we plan on moving in about 2 years, I felt like the rooms needed a new paint job to look a little refreshed.

I wanted to soften the look and picked out Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter for the living room, hallway going upstairs, and our dining room.  Our painter started with the upstairs hallway and the walls by the stairs at the back of the living room.  After he painted it, he strongly hinted that it was too dark.  I didn't think so but he painted a sample by the fireplace for me to preview what it would look like.

Living Room - Revere Pewter Test Sample

I liked the contrast of the gray/beige color against the white.  Our living room opens up into the dining room so I was going to use Revere Pewter in both rooms.  Since he thought the color was too dark, he suggested going a shade lighter in the dining room.  I didn't really want to.  I like the color I chose.  

Living Room - Revere Pewter Wall

Living Room - Revere Pewter with Fireplace

After he painted the living room, I looked around and decided that the real culprit was the fireplace.  I asked our painter, George, what he thought about painting the fireplace white.  He said he thought it would be a great idea.  I was kind of nervous since once you paint the fireplace brick, there is no going back but I thought the white would really brighten up the place.

Yesterday, he painted the fireplace and when my mom got to my house she told me that he finished.  I asked how it looked and she didn't answer me right away.  I was so nervous!  What if it looked cheezy?  What if I made a mistake?  She sent over a picture and said "It looks great!"

The white made a world of difference!  The room looks so much larger and brighter and I'm so glad we painted the fireplace.

Now I have to decide what to do with the dining room.  I still think I'll stick to the Revere Pewter color but George has created doubt in my mind!  What do you think?