Farmhouse Living Room Plans

Mood Board, Inspiration, Design Plans for Farmhouse Living Room

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Now that the holidays are past and we got through the Finding Time to Hold Dearly launch.

Its time to turn our attention to some room makeovers.

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As I mentioned earlier, our living room has felt heavy and dark for awhile and I’m ready to brighten the place up a bit.

In the past, when we renovate a room, it can take us a year. Time and money are always harder to come by than we wish and sometimes I just can’t make up my mind about what I like.

This room have been gutted, rewired and sheet rocked.  The hardwoods were restored when we moved in.

We are done with replacing windows, knocking out walls and demolition of chimneys in here. So, theoretically, this should go pretty fast, right?

Just some paint, fabric, a couple of Craigslist pieces and a little new decor.


Well, I know better than to believe it is going to be that easy, but I am still going to keep it to approximately 12 major changes and plan to be done in 12 weeks.

Let me try to walk you through the room.

View from the front door.

Living Room, Before and After, Makeover, Interior Design Plans

Just inside the door, to the left.

Farmhouse living room, mood board, inspiration

View from the couch.

Living Room, Before and After, Makeover, Interior Design Plans

To the left of the window seat.

Farmhouse living room, mood board, inspiration

View from the window seat.

Living Room, Before and After, Makeover, Interior Design Plans

And, finally, the view from the kitchen.

Living Room, Before and After, Makeover, Interior Design Plans

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Here are the problems I will be addressing:

  • Room is too dark and heavy
    • Walls, armoire and book case are getting painted, probably white
    • Strip the three chairs and table down to raw wood and give them a coat of white wax
  • No real entryway
    • Create a transitioning area near the front door with a console table to the right of the front  door. Add a gallery wall.
  • Chairs are broken and uncomfortable
    • Reupholster the two matching chairs and King Louis desk chair in antique hemp sheets.
  • Couch is too orange
    • Paint with leather paint to darken it.
  • No real coffee table
    • Look for a square one, the room is long and pretty narrow. In the past, rectangular coffee table solutions emphasize how narrow the room is.
  • Don’t care for the yellow piano anymore
    • Paint cream
  • Redesign the window seat
    • Replace or stop using the seat cushion. Decide on pillow designs and make a few for the couch, as well.
  • Change curtains to white?
    • Maybe, maybe not.
  • Non-functioning desk
    • I’d like a new lamp and to make the whole area more user friendly.
  • Broken dresser, trim is missing and drawers don’t slide open and close very well.
    • Repair the dresser and move son’s Legos into the drawers.
  • Old speakers (flanking armoire)
    • From my husband’s college years. Yup, he’s 45 now.  I just keep waiting for them to die and they are eternal. Something smaller would be nice. (wink!)
  • Toy Closet (between armoire and dresser)- no light, lath and plaster are really damaged in there.
    • Add a light and plank the walls, may paint the french door that leads into there, as well.


Whew, that is quite a list!

Wish me luck!

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To see the finished room, visit Farmhouse Living Room Reveal!

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  1. January 20, 2017 / 3:04 AM

    I didn’t even know you could paint leather! I can’t wait to get the details on that. And what is it with men and their speakers? The Husband has a set that he insists we use, and they are huge. I would love to go smaller…but he has opposite plans. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:06 AM

      Oh my, yes, you can! Blog post coming soon. I totally cracked up at your speaker comment! So funny.

  2. Brenda
    January 20, 2017 / 12:27 PM

    I love that you are using what you have. Recently, again, that is what the Lord had been showing me as I began refreshing a room… to use what I had. I began looking around and the pressure to find the right things was gone. I had them, some in different areas of the house, and just moving items from one room to another worked for me. With your skills in upholstery and woodworking, not to mention painting, this room will almost be unrecognizable. It will be fun to watch, one step at a time. And your pre-planning, so well thought out, is amazing. Best wishes as you move forward with this.

    • January 20, 2017 / 12:39 PM

      I, too, did not know you could leather with Leather Paint?? Can’t wait to hear all about that! You are so inspirational and I truly love everything you do!!

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        January 25, 2017 / 8:10 AM

        Thanks, Kristie, you are so sweet!! I will post the couch VERY soon!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:08 AM

      Thank you, Brenda, I didn’t really think of that. But, yes, I am pretty reinventing what we have. Isn’t it empowering to know that there are more options than just buying brand new things every time you want to reinvent a space?

  3. Tonya
    January 20, 2017 / 12:34 PM

    If you are open to removing the inner panels to the doors on the bottom of the armoire and replacing them with a wire metal screening (like chicken wire, but small squares…or chicken wire would be cute, too), the speakers could be placed inside and still function. I actually like the color of the couch (might be my monitor) and would wait to paint it until the rest of the room was complete to see it with the new color scheme. I love the look of old leather. A pretty blanket and pillows might transform it. Love your ideas for the room. I can’t wait to see the transformation.

    • Brenda
      January 20, 2017 / 9:07 PM

      I have to agree with Tonya. Once the wall color goes to a white, it may impact some of your other color decisions. Excited to watch it happening.

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        January 25, 2017 / 8:12 AM

        I am hoping to paint the room this weekend and you are right it may really sway things. Can’t wait to find out the direction the room takes.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:09 AM

      Hmm, what a great idea! I will look into that speaker idea. And I am already done with the couch, but you it wasn’t a huge change so I think we are still fine. But, thanks for the thought.

  4. January 21, 2017 / 7:37 AM

    I love your ideas Sarah!! I can’t wait to see how the couch turns out!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:13 AM

      Thank you, Tori. You have such a gift for encouraging people!

  5. January 22, 2017 / 5:47 AM

    Sounds charming!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:13 AM

      Carol, I am glad you like it! Can’t wait to have it all done!

  6. January 22, 2017 / 3:49 PM

    I’m contemplating painting a leather couch, so I’m looking forward to getting all the details on that project.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:13 AM

      Coming soon, my dear!

  7. January 23, 2017 / 7:56 PM

    I love this space. It’s beautiful and you have lovely pieces of furniture. I would lighten things up a bit for sure. I understand what you mean. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Thank yo for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:15 AM

      Thanks for hosting, Vanessa! I’m glad you agree on the lightening part of the plan, can’t wait to post the final pics!

  8. January 24, 2017 / 3:55 AM

    Hello. I’m one of your newer readers. I know what you mean about guys and their speakers! Fortunately, our large (timewindows) speakers have been relegated downstairs in the TV viewing/ recreation room. I bought a ue mini boom speaker from Amazon which I can take into any room. It is wireless so I listen to pandora or podcasts on it. Is it the same as the large speakers? No, but it does a pretty good job and you can get two for dual speakers.

    Good luck with your renovation!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:16 AM

      Haha! Those guys!! I will look into your speaker suggestion, I love it when reader leave me their tips!

  9. Tanya Hulbert
    January 24, 2017 / 8:54 PM

    Sarah, I am really excited to see how all of your wonderful plans begin unfolding! Step by step, little by little, I know you will knock this out in your twelve weeks! You’re on a mission! Before and afters are the best!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 25, 2017 / 8:19 AM

      The couch is done, the dresser will be done tonight and I’m hoping to paint the living room this weekend. Right on schedule! So fun! Thanks for your words of encouragement, my friend.


  10. Lisa
    June 8, 2018 / 6:00 PM

    So happy I found you! I dream of living in a few acres and having a farmhouse, you have renewed my spirit with your story of how you found your homestead. Counting down the days until our lease is up (723) and we take the leap back to the country! So funny,I laughed when I saw the speakers! I plotted for years and tried sticking them in baskets etc to conceal! Finally, at age 50 my husband decided 😉 he needed smaller ones! You have touched my heart in so many ways especially when you shared little Wren with all of us. She’s up in heaven playing with my 3 little babes! God Bless!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 15, 2018 / 11:32 AM

      Thank you, Lisa, it’s stories and people like you that make this blog such a dream job for me. xoxo

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