Welcome back to our traditional living room makeover! This is the second week in our 6-week One Room Challenge journey where we are transforming my in-laws’ living room from dark and dreary to bright and beautiful!
I’m so glad you’re back this week to follow along on our One Room Challenge project! We are in the process of doing a traditional living room makeover and today’s post is all about the plan and design. If you missed my project kick-off post from last week, be sure to go back and check out all the before photos so you can get a feel for how drastic this transformation is going to be. 🙂
Just a reminder – the ORC is a bi-annual event with 20 featured designers and close to 200 guest participants that all work through a room makeover in the six week season. If you’re new to the event, you can head over and read more about it here! It’s one of my favorite events to participate in as a designer. The amazing design talent displayed in the room makeovers is truly inspiring!
LIVING ROOM MAKEOVER
This week’s post is all about the room design! I’m so excited to share with you what we have planned for this space. 🙂
As a reminder, this is what the room looked like when we started:
In last week’s post, we went over the things my parents really don’t like about this room – in essence, the things we’re trying to fix by doing this makeover!
Here they are again:
- Too dark
- Ugly ceiling fan
- Too closed in
- No fireplace
- Floor trim gap
- Wood trim and flat doors
So, how are we going to fix those, you ask?? Well, let me show you!
The first step to solving their pain points involves removing the wall separating the entryway from the living room. See it in the picture below? That baby is going bye-bye. It’ll be great to have the natural light from the stairwell move into the space as well as giving the room more of an “open concept” feeling.
We’ve already finished the bulk of this part – the wall is gone and the electrical is rerouted. Now it’s just a matter of patching the sheet rock and flooring!
The next step is to lighten up the space with creamy white walls, all white trim and new white six-panel doors. My mother-in-law chose Swiss Coffee for the walls and Polar Bear for the ceiling and trim (both by Behr.)
In the process of painting the floor trim, we have removed it from the walls and will be reinstalling it down against the flooring so there’s no longer a gap between the trim and floor. Problem solved!
We’re just starting this part of the project – at this point, the windows and doors are all taped off and we’ve started priming. 🙂
The last structural change we’ll be making is changing out all the light fixtures. We chose simple frosted glass and white flush-mount lights for the ceiling lights in the hallway, entryway and living room and will be replacing the ORB chandelier in the adjacent dining room with a beautiful brushed nickel fixture. It’s our goal that the ceiling lights will blend in rather than stand out since the ceiling is low and we don’t really want the fixtures to be a focal point.
As far as furnishings, one of my favorite additions to this space will be the faux fireplace we’re installing on the right wall. We got this fireplace at a garage sale for $50 and it burns a real flame using some sort of Bunsen-burner type fluid.
We plan to paint the cherry wood white and freshen up the black portion with some black spray paint (including painting the brass ribbon black too.) It will be installed on the far wall with the tv mounted above, like so:
As of now, the fireplace is primed and ready for paint! We also got the TV mount in the mail this week, so really excited to finish painting this wall so we can get the fireplace and TV installed!
We also got this amazing 8′ credenza off of Craigslist that we’re going to stain a traditional cherry to match her tables and place along the wall you see when you enter the home. Storage is something this house lacks, so having all of this cupboard space for china and linens will be HUGE!
Plus, can’t you just picture it with lamps on either end and a beautiful large mirror above? It’s going to be so pretty!
Here’s a look at the overall room design in our mood board:
In anticipation of decorating this room, my mother-in-law had already purchased the curtains and we’re using the tables and lamps she brought from her prior home. We purchased the sofa and recliner last weekend, and they were delivered this week. Some fantastic ORC sponsors provided us with the rug and accent chairs. I ordered the doors and bought all the fixtures and hardware this weekend – which means we have just about everything we need to make this room happen!
Let’s take a look at our overall project to-do list as of now:
Remove wall Reroute electrical
- Patch sheetrock
- Patch flooring
Install new ceiling lights
- Paint all trim
- Paint and install all doors
- Paint all walls
- Paint and install fireplace
- Install TV Mount
- Furnish and decorate!
Compared to prior ORC projects, this one seems totally doable. 😉 And my in-laws are helping in the process, so that makes it even more manageable!
We have another big project starting this week (for the business) so my involvement in the painting and such will become less over the next few weeks and we’ll start depending on my in-laws a bit more. But they’re pretty hard workers so I’m not too worried. 😉 Be sure to watch my Instagram stories for live updates!
I will also be doing live tours of the space each week as we work through the project on both Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to tune in on Monday nights for those weekly lives! You can watch this last Monday’s tour here.
And again, a big thank-you to FrogTape, our official sponsor this season! If you’ve never used their painter’s tape, you’re missing out! I’d encourage you to read about their innovative painting tape – it is seriously AMAZING. I’ll be sharing a bit more of their products with you in the coming weeks. 🙂
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