Welcome back to the third post in this 6-post series featuring our traditional living room makeover! We are so excited to be participating as guests in the ORC this fall and are in the process of transforming my in-laws’ living room into a fabulous retreat!
It’s week 3 of the ORC – which means we’re halfway through the season already! Ah! So exciting. 🙂 The space is really taking shape and I can’t wait to share our progress with you.
As a reminder, this is our third season participating in the One Room Challenge and this fall, rather than making over one of the rooms in our home, we are doing a room makeover for my in-laws! You can read all about why we chose to bless them with a new living room in this post. Needless to say, they’re well deserving!
I’ve also been doing weekly live tours on both Instagram and Facebook – you can catch the first few here and here. 🙂 Tune in Monday nights at 6:15pm (on IG) or 6:45pm (on FB) for these tours! They’re pretty fun!
New to the One Room Challenge? Let me explain: Linda from Calling it Home created this fantastic bi-annual event for interior design bloggers that features 20 designers’ projects and allows over 100 guest participants (that’s me!) to link up their projects over the 6-week season. The support and encouragement among the bloggers is so much fun and I LOVE to read all the room reveal posts at the end of the season. Obviously, since this is our 3rd season, we enjoy participating. 😉 Be sure to check out our bathroom and dining room from prior seasons!
This week has been all about one thing: PAINT.
My in-laws were out of town for the first 10 days of this project, so during that time Chris and I worked hard at getting a head start on painting throughout the space. As you can see from our task list below, most of what we’re doing in this space (after removing and patching the walls) is painting!
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!
My father-in-law really wanted to do the sheet rock patch work after they got back from their trip, so Chris and I were working on other areas of the project until they returned last weekend.
Last Saturday we spent the day out at their house painting two coats on the walls of one side of the room and priming all of the wood window and door trim. No matter how many room makeovers we complete, I’m always blown away by how much change comes with paint! Painting is a fairly inexpensive way to create huge impact. If you’re wanting a different feeling in the space you have, try paint! Seriously. Try it. 😉
Here are a few shots of the space from before to now:
I have a few more fun DIY tricks up my sleeve to increase the style of this space and I’ll be sharing those with you over the next few weeks before our reveal.
Other progress we’ve seen is the light fixtures! Doesn’t that simple white flush-mount fixture look better than that old ceiling fan?! We got the chandelier up in the dining room too!
Chris ended up having to buy extra chain in order to drape the chandelier to centered over the table, but it’s up and looks SO MUCH BETTER than that awkward light that was in there before. 😉
The last thing we’re waiting on as far as materials are concerned is the interior doors. We ordered them about a week and a half ago, so they should be coming in this weekend sometime.
So, the big push this week is to get the sheet rock patched and the window and door trim completely painted so we can move on to painting the walls!
One of my biggest concerns at this point is the color of the walls… My mother-in-law chose a creamy white they’d had in their prior home assuming it would look and feel the same in this space and I’ll admit I didn’t push her to do the samples like I recommend in my steps to choosing paint. Well, I’m not sure they are going to be what she’s wanting… The section we’ve painted as of now looks a bit buttery (with too much yellow undertone) under artificial light. The difference is that their prior home had lots of natural light and that area of the home rarely saw artificial light. You can see the color of them behind the chandelier above.
We’re hoping once all of the space is that color and there’s no opportunity for yellow tones to be reflected around the room that the paint will be perfect. If not, we’ll just have to repaint. It’d be a bummer, but not the end of the world. I’d encourage you to use my post on how to choose paint colors to make sure you get the right color the first time!
Another issue we’re working through is the painting of the sofa and recliner feet. When we purchased them, they had black feet and we’re really not doing any black in this space so we figured we’d just paint them to look like dark stained wood! Well, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a furniture painter… I figured I’d just prime them and then paint/stain them a dark wood color. Easier said than done! I’m sure Chris will figure out how to make them fantastic, but they’re definitely still a work in progress. 😉
Chris is also in the process of staining the credenza to match their cherry wood furniture. We started by applying a traditional cherry gel stain and it turned it somewhat orange so we’re adding a layer of a rich mahogany to give it a deeper color. Stay tuned for the finished product!
As a reminder, here’s our final room design:
I can’t believe that in just 3 weeks I’ll be sharing with you beautiful room reveal pictures!! This ORC is always so fun!
Of course, a big thank you to FrogTape, our official sponsor this season! Be sure to check out their amazing painter’s tape for your next painting project! We’ll be sharing how their tape is critical to painting builder grade trim next week!
Don’t forget to follow my Instagram stories for real time updates throughout the week! 🙂 And be sure to check out the progress from all the featured designers and other guest participants too!
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