Living Room Makeover – Warm and Dated turns Cool and Zen

This is one of my favorite before-and-afters ever.

Take a look at Becki’s warm but dated living room when we started.

She had never loved it, and for the longest time had wanted something more reflective of her zen and minimalist taste. Many months of planning and hard work later, (and trips to Pier 1, Lowe’s, and Chik-fil-A!) here is the reveal.

I still can’t believe it.



The yellow and red window dressings were replaced with these lovely rich and textured brown tones.



(Had to get a live shot of the desk in use.)

Bookcases before:

Bookcases after:

(Next up will be spray painting the brass accents on the fireplace to a black.)

We found baskets that carried the accent colors of dark brown and sage into the shelves.

Drapes before:

Drapes after. (Click here for the how-to on making these DIY painted drapes.)

We were able to keep papa’s favorite chair which brought a nice industrial and minimalist element to the space.

I somehow forgot to take pictures of the sofa wall before we started work, but just imagine a completely blank yellow-y wall above a tired tan sofa.

And now, the wall is this:

We brought in textures, color and contrast with the sofa fabric, pillows, blankets and rug.

The walls are painted Sherwin-Williams Amazing Gray  in flat and the floors, stairs and banisters were stripped and stained to a walnut finish.

The picture frames were all spray-painted the same shade of espresso.

Okay, one last look at the dramatic change from this:

To this:

Be still. My heart.

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2 Responses to “Living Room Makeover – Warm and Dated turns Cool and Zen”

  1. Becky Dickinson October 6, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    WOW! Awesome work Laura! Becki and her family will be able to utilize the room in a more functunal way now-I love the family photo wall, the blinds-especially the texture.The sofa looks so inviting! Wonderful Work! :)

  2. Pam Herath November 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Looks awesome ladies!