Living Room Makeover, Version 3.0

Living Room Makeover aqua gray silver gold white natural beachy eclectic MCM decor The Decor Guru Within the last year, I've made over my living room 3 times. That's normal, right? This time, I truly feel like my living room is decorated at its best. So with that I'll rationalize my compulsive makeover spirit for finally getting the living room right. The room now serves its purpose well as a cool but cozy, and relaxing space. First things first, let's get to what we love more than cheese on, well, anything--- the before and after shots.

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This “before” shot is actually from the 2nd living room makeover, but I included it to show the difference painting the TV wall made. Eliminating the L-shaped accent wall and enveloping the space with more heavenly aqua helped so much. I also swapped out the Expedit shelves with my hand-painted Rast dressers as a TV console.

Living Room Makeover before after aqua gray silver gold white natural beachy eclectic MCM decor The Decor GuruAfter trying out my original makeover plan, I nixed the idea of adding golden yellow since it felt overpowering. (Ironic for someone once nicknamed Rainbow Brite for her love of vivid colors.)

For warmth, I instead used lots of natural colors and elements like wood, linen, and stone. Doing this gave a stronger expression of the earthy, beachy design I love.

Living Room Makeover aqua gray silver gold white natural beachy eclectic MCM decor pillow blanket water hyacinth basket storage The Decor GuruMy favorite acquisition in this makeover: a vintage wood ironing board. I made it over with chalk paint and some distressing.

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This chair was another consignment find. I love its curves, which play nicely with all the angles in the room.

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I also incorporated my fave way to easily change up a room by sewing up some envelope pillow covers. On the linen pillows, I hand-painted a loose herringbone pattern with acrylic craft paint and textile medium. To balance the geometric decor in the room, I painted this abstract piece on canvas. The framed pieces are magazine cutouts, drawings, and sumi’e-inspired works.

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I also replaced my navy blue coffee table with one that’s more suitable to the room’s new style. This table is another DIY version, created with a plank of wood and taper legs. I stained both, but added white-washing to the tabletop after staining.

DIY whitewashed wood plank aspen coffee table tapered legs Living Room Makeover aqua gray silver gold white natural beachy eclectic MCM decor The Decor GuruThe tray was a variation of a past DIY and was easy to make. On the inside I added cork, which provides more natural texture and doubles as a coaster.

DIY coffee table tray cork modern whitewashed wood plank aspen coffee table tapered legs Living Room Makeover aqua gray silver gold white natural beachy eclectic decor The Decor GuruOf course, I made actual coasters as well. These easy, DIY coasters were inspired by Kate Spade’s paper gem coasters.

Kate Spade designer inspired gemstone coasters DIY whitewashed wood plank aspen coffee table Living Room Makeover aqua teal gray silver gold white natural beachy eclectic MCM decor The Decor GuruTouches of glam were added by using gold and silver (like the coasters above). I was never a fan of gold until I discovered my perfect shade—champagne. It’s like a cross between gold and silver, which made it a great choice for mixing metallics in the room.

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I’m so relieved this room is done. But mostly, I’m glad it’s now a streamlined, modern, yet cozy space to relax. Next on the horizon: my bathroom makeover.

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6 Comments on Living Room Makeover, Version 3.0

  1. Love to see house plants in a home. Your room is beautiful! I had an old wooden ironing board, but had to sell it when I moved to the patio apartment. Just didn’t have the room.
    Brenda

  2. Your living room looks great! The painting over the couch is perfect. I just went to your other post to pin those coasters🙂. Love them!

  3. kathrynbaugher // 02/13/2015 at 7:06 AM // Reply

    Wow! I love all of the diy projects in this space. Your herringbone pattern on the pillow, the watercolor abstract, the coffee table…. Thanks for linking up to The Creative Circle!!

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