A DIY Living Room in Progress

Remember my living room? It looked like this last time we talked about it:

Something has been snoozing me out about this room ever since. Neutral upon neutral upon neutral.

And then I saw Emily Clark’s family room:

That navy and white was speaking to me. I loved every single inch of it.

And then I saw THIS:

More crisp navy and white with walnut-y trim. It gave me the same feeling as looking at Emily Clark’s living room.

So I spent the next month obsessing over researching Pinterest to make sure this was the right direction. It was hard waiting because I’m not known for patiently planning and thoughtfully considering. I typically just go for it. But I’m learning that sometimes that doesn’t turn out the best result.

Pinterest didn’t let me down…


(Source: HGTV Designers’ Portfolio)


(Source: ? Anyone know? It wasn’t attributed on Pinterest.)

(Source: http://dianebergeron.com)

So after much drooling and planning, stage one of my living room went from this:

to this…

The walls went from a dingy tan to Sherwin-Williams’ Gray Clouds in flat. It’s a cleaner more modern shade that works well with the yellow accents and the navy/white combo.

My favorite feature in this room is this wood slab that used to be a coffee table top. Here it’s used as a sculptural element, bringing in the warm wood tones to balance the room’s coffee table, leather chair and side table. It’s a full 5 feet tall.

Best of all, I found this in my neighborhood in somebody’s trash pile at the curb.

I know. Right?

The yellow pillows were made from $3.99 Target placemats using this tutorial from SAS Interiors.

The blue and white striped pillow was made from a twin sheet cut in half and assembled with this no-sew tutorial.

The most impactful piece in the new color scheme is the 6-paneled abstract painting. I needed color on that wall but didn’t want to assign too much of a theme by using an actual painting of something. (Not to mention I didn’t want to PAY for a giant painting.) So I bought six 18×24 canvases on sale at A.C. Moore for $7.50 TOTAL, used navy blue paint from the boy’s bedroom project and white paint from our family room makeover.

Behind the lampshade is an old barn wood frame that I lightly whitewashed and then hung to “frame” the light cast from the lampshade. When the room is dark it’s a really cool effect.

Cool things are happening on the other side of the room too, but they aren’t quite ready to show. I’m still layering and texturing.

For now, I like where we’re headed. And for $27.50 you can’t beat it.

That’s…

$7.50 – canvases

$8.00 – two placemats

$12.00 – twin sheet set (for blue/white pillow fabric)

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One Response to “A DIY Living Room in Progress”

  1. Shelley August 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    love the middle pillow – i think you said you used a twin sheet – i must learn how you did this. so cute!