Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our Living Room Makeover - Before and After



We were desperate for a nice fresh change in our living room. After I spent so many hours in there breast feeding, the room got a bit depressing. The orange Ikea curtains made the room too dark, and closed in. The months of new parenthood have flown by and I am spending more time at home than ever before. The need to purge is overwhelmingly strong, as is the desire to make our small cottage living space more practical and functional; (and of course updating it to 2015 from 2008). We didn't have a lot to spend on this room as we are currently saving for a new deck. I think for being so low on the priority list we have really improved the living room from what it was. 
Here are some BEFORE photos




This is me putting the baby change table together at 10pm one night in early 2013. The picture on the right is of when we finally decided to say goodbye to the orange curtains a few months ago, I recorded their last moments. 


Here you can see the curtains are gone but the ugly venetian blinds still remain. Which means there was now nothing hiding our hideous and fugly, (but useful), air conditioner.

You can see we had a very hard time letting go of our giant coffee table once Charlie's toys took over, and the corners became too dangerous to have in the middle of the room. We were so desperate to hold onto it that we stuck it in the corner as a lamp table for almost a year.


Thankfully my friend Nicole offered up this very light weight and toddler safe table option for free.

I went out to Crab Apple Vintage in Islington, and picked out my first can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I love this paint so much because I didn't have to prime the table, nor the stools that I painted. I just went for it. You'll see photos below of the end result.



We sold the old coffee table and purchased this side table from Had To Have It 
after seeing this photo on Beryl's Instagram. Turns out she lives a few streets away from me. She gives new life to small furniture pieces and sells them at our local Olive Tree Markets. She can also do custom pieces - contact her on her Facebook page
Beryl also had this awesome photo on her instagram of a (working) bath tub in her back yard, sitting beautifully next to a mantel attached on the fence. It inspired our next project.
  I found this old mantel on the buy & sell site Gumtree for $80. David is extremely time poor and is always studying whenever he can, so it was very generous of him to spend hours fixing it up. It has some termite damage in the left side.

HOW TO: Dave used rubbing alcohol to kill any fungus or bacteria, then coated it with fibreglass resin to harden inside and outside. Once that was dry he re-formed the foot with a plastic epoxy then sanded it to shape. He coated it with ESP so he'd have no issues with paint cracking.



Next I asked him if we could paint the wall in our lounge room where the old fireplace used to be ( before we bought the house). I showed him some photos on pinterest to get him onside. He was a little concerned that a dark color could make our already small lounge room smaller. Obviously he came around to the idea ...

The wall is painted in Taubman's Signature paint.




























In very early December, before the mantel went up, we put an order in for some plantation shutters from The Shutter Guy. We waited just over 3 months to finally get them which had to do with the Christmas period. While we waited we splurged and bought a new light fixture and did away with the cheap Ikea one (above). I've always hated it so I was especially giddy to finally have my dream fixture for this room up and installed. We wanted to match the old heritage art deco details of our ceiling, so we had that in mind when we picked the new one.




The stool and coffee table are painted in Florence, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
and coated in Annie Sloan Soft wax for a nice smooth finish.

Charlie woke up early from his nap when I was trying to get some photos taken. He re-arranged some things, put out toys, and scattered Dr Seuss books all over the coffee table. I think he just wanted to add some more colour to the room. I'll just trust my young designer on this one ...


Love the little antique carousel toy I bought Charlie from the USA. Finally a room I can feel somewhat relaxed in while he plays.

Next challenge - getting a deck built! Yikes!

45 comments:

  1. Wow! Well done, it looks amazing. I love the colours.

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  2. I have house envy, I love your style and can-do attitude. I keep making excuses that my kids are young and that I can't have nice stuff but it's just that I'm lacking in 'style!!

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  3. Natalie @ Our Parallel ConnectMarch 3, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Well done , it looks bright and welcoming ... Hey almost like going on holidays

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  4. Love it. How hard is it to keep things nice when you've got a toddler! Perfect one minute, disaster zone the next

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  5. Stunning, a magnificent change. Many happy memories await in such a beautiful room xx

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  6. Wow, what a difference … I love the end result!

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  7. Holy shit! I love it!!

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  8. It's gorgeous. I hate you.

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  9. Of course I approve - aqua/teal is my very favourite colour. It looks great. I'm really tired of our bedroom suite, it's solid timber and great quality - cost a lot when we bought it 25 years ago, but I'd love to do something new. I have been thinking maybe some chalk paint might be the answer? Or sell it and get something new? Decisions decisions!

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  10. That makeover is gorgeous!!! Isn't Chalk Paint just divine - I need to get some for my hall table - thanks for reminding me :) love what you have done.

    Hello from #teamIBOT

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  11. Oh that looks amazing! You've done a fantastic job. I love that mantle!

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  12. Wow - it looks incredible. What a transformation. Well done!

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  13. Wow it looks amazing. I love the mantle and the pops of teal. I have been working up the courage to dive in with Annie Sloane paint. We have some old bookcases that I hate now and want to go from plain teak brown to pops of colour. Was it really easy?

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  14. How cool! I am struggling to get my hubby on side for DIY/Pinterest projects but looks like you have had a win. A beautiful room xx

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  15. Wow. What a transformation. That mantel looks awesome and I'm a huge fan of plantation shutters. Looks great.

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  16. Beautiful makeover!! Teal is one of my most favourite colours! :-)

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  17. Looks great. I l love the fresh colours, particularly the pops of aqua/teal. The plantation shutters look perfect!

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  18. Isn't Annie Sloan paint fantastic? I just love it! As for your room make over it looks fabulous! I totally get the need to change things around at home when you're there more once you become a mum. If love to give our living room a good makeover.

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  19. @The Plumbette what's stopping you? For me it's usually money and time :)
    I wish I discovered Annie Sloan paint sooner!

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  20. Thanks. My husband said you can't really see the shutters in these photos because of the light but I think you get the idea! @Erika @ Ever-changing Life of

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  21. @writeofthemiddle I felt very daring picking something so bright. We took a long, long time deciding on what colour to go for!

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  22. @Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me Thank you! I was watching a home renovation show where they have to find a house to buy and then reno it. The girl walking through the house told the realtor how she would rip the shutters out if she bought the house. I gasped. They cost so much $$$$ to put in! OMG!

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  23. @Lisa Does he not want to do it because of the time involved or he just isn't a DIY guy?

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  24. @Deb @ Inner compass designs I spent so much time looking at youtube videos on the subject of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I just couldn't believe there was no priming except some cleaning before hand. The videos did give some great tips on some sponge brushes to buy from the $2 shop. My second stool looks a lot better than the first because I did the legs in the sponge brush and not an actual bristle brush

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  25. Thank you so much @stufffromthesuburbs

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  26. @Malinda Thanks for much, and thanks for always popping by! Appreciate it.

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  27. @Janet aka Middle Aged Mama if you paint it and bring new life to it - I bet you'd be stoked by your efforts and it would almost feel new. I've debated doing the same to our bed but my husband is against me putting the effort in. He doesn't love the bed, and I think he doesn't think there is hope for it. I want to paint it yellow because I'm insane. ha!

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  28. You're gorgeous and I love you! @Olivia Harris

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  29. I thought you'd be all like "Peachy, this would have been so much better if you'd gone monochrome."
    I freaking love your living room, Hugz!

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  30. Thank you very much for stopping by to say so!

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  31. If it was a bigger I'd add a swing, 'cause I'm crazy like that. Wouldn't that make for fun memories? @Josefa @always Josefa

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  32. Almost! Too bad the lack of maid service brings me back to earth daily! haha! @Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

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  33. I know, I think my first couple photos (of the mantel going in) show that a bit more honestly than the last few. @Peta aka Trainee Mama It's constant, and makes you want to tear your hair out. I just want to have nice things, damnit kid!

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  34. @Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me Well.... I was wondering when we were going to talk about your excuses. haha!! I think you can have nice things you just can't leave them out. You take a nice photo, then grab your pretty thing before the drone strike hits. Then when they are older tell your kids how lovely they were when they were little, and show them pictures of those pretty things you just had lying around....haha

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  35. @Jodi Gibson Thank you so much. I was scared that maybe we were being too bold with the colour of the coffee table, but now I love it. It's hard to picture this stuff before it's all done, and have the courage to say - I think it might work ...

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  36. Both, my hubby commutes during the week so my enthusiasm on the weekends always outweighs any actual any ability to DIY...I watch way too many reno shows but he did say he liked the chalkboard wall paint for the kids, so there is hope yet!

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  37. Wow, love what you've done with it and that painting in your before shots is just stunning- hope you hung onto it!

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  38. Kaz @ MeltingMomentsMarch 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Such a great difference. I love the fresh new colours.

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  39. @HandbagMafia Thank you for being the only one to say so! It's propped up against the back wall in the living room because I don't know what to do with it now. My husband and I bought it on our honeymoon so it's got some sentimental value for us both. Maybe we should hang on to it until we move into a bigger place and I can think of a new spot for it?

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  40. @Kaz @ MeltingMoments Thank you. I think that signature blue/grey really makes the white walls look fresh, even though they haven't had a coat of paint in years. Thank goodness for magic erasers!

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  41. Yes, I think my hubster feels the same -it's not worth the effort.

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  42. Shannon @ Dash of TonicApril 4, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    The makeover looks great. Sone of my favourite colours. It's amazing how small changes can make a huge difference.

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