Farmhouse Living Room Reveal

Farmhouse Living Room Reveal

I am so excited to finally reveal our farmhouse living room in all it’s glory. This living room makeover was acccomplished with a lot of patience and DIY ingenuity that I hope is an encouragement to you.

Before, we get started I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Benjamin Moore for their enthusiasm and sponsorship of this post. Their paint continues to hold its place among designers as a high quality product from a highly respected company. It was such an honor to partner with them on this room makeover.

Scroll to the bottom for more sources, as well.

If you have been around awhile you will know that we have been in the process of updating the farmhouse living room in our 1906 vintage home.  I have been moving towards a lighter, brighter, simpler version of our house.  White space and a quieting in my immediate environment has become more important in the last few years, which I explain in the post What Your Decorating Says About You.

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So, I know you want to get to the before and afters, but to really appreciate the transformation we need to go all the way back.

Back to what we started with.

When purchased the house in 2008 it was a run down rental. But, those original hardwoods, that darling window seat, the columns, etc. put stars in our eyes.

You can read more about that story in Finding Our Way Home.

While the rental was technically livable, we had different design plans. In the living room, we started by removing the plastic molding and popcorn ceiling.

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Then, we pulled up the carpet, repaired the floor where an old chimney used to be and some rotten boards.

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Next, we had to rewire the whole house, which gave me a chance to move light switches and redesign all the lighting.

Of course, after that, it became all about sheet rocking, new molding, painting and refinishing those wood floors.

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We got settled in and that brought us to the blue walls and tuscany style of living room, which you will see in the befores.

When I decided to lighten and brighten the room I created this mood board and talked about my goals in  Farmhouse Living Room Plans.

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  We made over almost everything in this room using what we already had.  While this route does take a long time, don’t underestimate the power of paint, fabric, yard saling and sheer tenacity when you want to give a room a full makeover.

As you work on a room, a lot of times the plans take unexpected turns. It’s like the room is telling you what it wants and you become the house whisperer.

I didn’t reference my mood board a whole lot after things took off because design can get so fluid in real time. But, looking at the initial plan now, I am amazed at just how true the final look is to this mood board!

 

Ok, time for some Befores and Afters, because they are so fun!

Before

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After

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Before

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After

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 Before

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After

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Before

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 After

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We started by painting the leather couch. Yes, you can do that.

I explain it all in How to Paint Leather Furniture.

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Lighting was replaced and the room painted in Benjamin Moore’s Simply White OC-117, which is my all-time favorite white.  We did the ceiling, walls and millwork in Simply White.

My grandparents’ piano was next.

Milk paint did the trick for that, see Painting a Piano with Milk Paint

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This sheet music was my grandfather’s.

It makes me so happy.

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Recovering all the chairs was quite the ordeal, but I learned so much and share my experiences in Reupholstering an Antique Chair.  The gray French chair will have a tutorial up soon, too.

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More recently, window seat got new pillows and a custom made french mattress.

See the French Mattress Cushion Tutorial for how to make your own.

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Finally, lots of painting took place. There was actually wet paint in these pictures on several pieces. Gel stain on the door to make it look like wood (tutorial coming), chalk paint on the armoire and book case and second coat of leather paint on the couch.

Oh, AND my husband and I built the wannabe “chicken brooder” coffee table. I have a couple of tweaks on the design and then I will share that on the blog, as well.

Ok, I will stop talking now and let you scroll away. . .

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So, there you have it.

By just using paint, fabric and some fun details, we were able to update our Farmhouse Living Room to the style we were dreaming of.

Farmhouse Living Room Reveal

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Related Posts

Farmhouse Living Room Plans

How to Paint Leather Furniture

Painting a Piano with Milk Paint

Farmhouse Drop Cloth Curtains

Reupholstering an Antique Chair

French Mattress Cushion Tutorial

 

 

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33 Comments

  1. jackie norwood
    July 21, 2017 / 12:11 PM

    MOST WONDERFUL!!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:28 PM

      I love your enthusiasm, Jackie! You are such a sweetheart.

  2. Brenda
    July 21, 2017 / 12:58 PM

    The room is so soothing and so lovely. You did a great job and I know it had to have taken a lot of time and perseverance.

    One of the things I most appreciated was using what you had, then up grading it with paint and fabric. Running out to buy new is not inspiring. Watching others use what they have in a new and creative way, or by simply changing the look with some paint, is encouraging.

    I am so glad the candle light sconce with the dear little painting under it got to stay in the room. I love that touch.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:29 PM

      I am so pleased that you found this makeover encouraging. And yes, the sconce and little gold frame are two of my favorite details, as well.

  3. Christi Wallander
    July 21, 2017 / 1:19 PM

    I was trying to figure out the chandy in that corner? Am I missing something? I’m kinda new to your blog, so not really that familiar with your home. Is a table going under the light? Curious. Please let us know. Your room looks very bright and cheerful. You folks did a wonderful job with everything.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:30 PM

      Hi Christi, thank you for all your wonderful compliments. So, the chandelier hangs directly over that chest of drawers, it might be kind of hard to tell from that perspective.

  4. Ardith
    July 21, 2017 / 1:21 PM

    This is a truly lovely and serene transformation from an already pretty, french decor. You’ve done a fantastic job with making your home even more inviting. Cheers, Ardith

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:31 PM

      Thank you, Ardith, we are really enjoying the new look and it is so much fun to share it with people like you.

  5. Kalyn Abrams
    July 21, 2017 / 1:26 PM

    Sarah, this transformation is unbelievable! It is so insane what a huge difference paint can make. And that window seat, so dreamy!

    Have a great time at Haven, wish I was there with ya! 😘

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:33 PM

      Kalyn, I missed you this year at Haven! But, so fun to see your comments here. I hope you are doing well, I think of you often. xoxo

  6. Karen
    July 21, 2017 / 1:44 PM

    Sarah, BEYOND WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL!!!!! 💛

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:33 PM

      Haha, Karen, you are such an encourager! Thank you for all your enthusiasm. xoxo

  7. July 22, 2017 / 4:05 AM

    It’s a beautiful room, Sarah. I love how you lightened it up and simplified your decor. It’s just gorgeous!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:34 PM

      Oh, you are so sweet, thank you for your kind words. I am so happy to finally be done and be able to share this room with you.

  8. July 22, 2017 / 4:54 AM

    It’s just beautiful Sarah. I think the biggest impact came from painting that huge armoire! Great job. I can’t believe how you can upholster things. That alone saves hundreds of $$$, if not thousands!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:18 PM

      You know, that armoire is starting to become my favorite piece, too. You are so sweet, I am still learning so much about upholstering, but it is quite empowering!

  9. Mary Lou
    July 22, 2017 / 6:11 AM

    Love your beautiful, welcoming home. Have an identical armoire in our family room plus two side pieces…lovely but so dark. Did you paint inside also….seems like an enormous undertaking….did you do yourself or have professionally done….need some encouragement. Your blog is terrific.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:19 PM

      Thank you, Mary Lou, I haven’t painted inside the armoire, but when I do it will be gray.
      I did it myself, it only took a few hours. You could totally do it! xoxo

  10. pamela
    July 22, 2017 / 11:06 AM

    wowzer! what a transformation and using most of your existing furniture seems magical! very classy comfortable. oddly enough I am noticing the curtain hardware for the first time, really stands out now. I just pulled 2 of the same brass finials from my stash for use in our new house and would love some info on the poles you used. just love them with the back rod and gold rings, thanks for the inspiration.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:21 PM

      Thanks, love! How funny, I have had that hardware for years. The poles are just super thick dowels from Home Depot, I stained them a mahogany color and clear coated them.

  11. July 24, 2017 / 3:18 PM

    Your room is gorgeous and so well done. Your before room was good but the update is spectacular. I really like how you reused and updated some of your existing furniture. Lovely. Pinning.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:23 PM

      Oh, you are so encouraging and sweet, Leanna. I didn’t necessarily mean to reused almost everything I had, but now I am glad I did.

  12. July 25, 2017 / 2:30 PM

    Wow! what an amazing transformation. You have put in for much work and it really shows. You should be so so proud.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 25, 2017 / 7:23 PM

      Lindsay, thank you for your kind words. They mean so much to me! xoxo

  13. July 31, 2017 / 3:09 PM

    Sarah! I adore your coffee table! It’s so amazing what white paint can do! Your armoire makeover is amazing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2017 / 5:56 AM

      Oh thank you, Summer!

  14. Tanya Hulbert
    August 8, 2017 / 2:45 PM

    One of my favorite things to see are before and after photos and yours are one of my favorites! I love how bright it feels now. It truly is amazing what paint can do. It can transform an entire living space for just a little money. I noticed the little shades were taken off the wall sconces and chandelier. Such a little change but a huge difference! Your home has been beautiful since you and your family started conquering it! It only gets more lovely over time.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2017 / 6:04 AM

      Before and afters are my favorite, too. Paint, fabric and little decorating tweaks make all the difference.

  15. August 16, 2017 / 8:33 PM

    Quite possibly my favorite living room makeover ever. It is just stunning. I am saving this for inspiration. And those chairs!!! I have one very similar and I’m afraid it will need to be recovered at some point. You did a beautiful job. Love love love everything about this whole space!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2017 / 6:05 AM

      Oh my, that is a huge compliment! I hope your chairs work out for you. xoxo

  16. Lyn
    August 18, 2017 / 7:24 AM

    I have never seen a door with the brass in the center. Can you tell me what it is?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2017 / 7:47 AM

      That is a doorbell! Isn’t it fun? It has a turnkey on the outside of the door.

  17. September 24, 2017 / 6:55 AM

    Well, you’ve certainly inspired me! But I’m working with a 14×14 studio (separate kitchen, yah!). Pulling this space together is going to take a long time, but I think it will be possible.
    Your transition to white walls has certainly calmed the mood down, bringing some quiet, coziness to the living room. (How well I remember my house, when my 3 kids ruled the space).
    Continue to offer all of us who listen you ideas for making a house, a home!

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