Living Room Renovation: Before and After

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Living room before and after construction.

Living room before and after construction.

We finished the living room renovation about the same time as the kitchen. However, it took a lot longer to decorate. Our TV sat on a plastic bin for about 6 months before we found the right console. My DIY Lamp Makeover was the last addition to the room.

Living room renovation. Here's the before. You should see the after!

There are only a few before pictures as the room was adjoining the kitchen. You can actually see the corner of the old island. The placement of the island meant that there just wasn’t a lot of room to move in the space. If you want to see how the living is and was laid out in relation to the kitchen and dining room, check out The Kitchen: Before and After. The big changes to the room where that we sealed up the fireplace, renovated the bar and painted feature walls on the two main walls of the room.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

We went back and forth about covering up the fireplace. One of the main arguments for keeping the fireplace was resale value. However, the argument that ultimately won out was that the space was so much more functional without the fireplace. We also live in San Diego where the temps rarely drop below 60 during the day and start hitting 90 in March. I think we made the right decision because we have another fireplace in the home, if we want the warm and ambiance of a fireplace.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

We went back and forth about the bar area as well. It takes up half the wall and the fireplace took up the rest of the wall. It just seemed like we were potentially sacrificing living space for a ‘70s relic. We ultimately decided to keep it as we thought it would be nice to have a place away from the busy kitchen to grab a beer, open a bottle of wine or mix a quick cocktail. The kitchen area can get congested during dinnertime or parties and the bar has definitely helped alleviate some of that congestion. I also really enjoy having a large area in which to store glassware, liquor and wine. We used the same countertop and cabinets that we used in the kitchen. The wine fridge was our update to the area.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

Our contractors had painted the entire space a middle gray but I thought it was a little boring. One night I made a quick decision to turn the living room walls into feature walls by painting them a charcoal color. It was impulsive but definitely the right decision. The walls pull you into the space and make it very cozy. I love the moodiness of the dark gray.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

Once we started decorating, we decided we needed some color. We had an old lamp that didn’t work in the room and I really wanted to paint it a bright yellow. It took awhile to convince my husband that yellow was the right color but after a year, I convinced him (I think I just wore him out). You can see my DIY Lamp Makeover here. I painted a few frames the same color (and filled them with prints from minted.com) and added a couple of matching pillows. The great thing is that if we ever get sick of yellow as an accent color then we can just swap them out for something else. It’s a no commitment way of adding a splash of color.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

You can follow #BethHomeProject on social media as we finish renovating and decorating the rest of the house.
If you have any thoughts, questions or comments about the living room renovation, let me know. I’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

 

7 replies
  1. tiny
    tiny says:

    Hi,

    It was an awesome makeover! I really like the coffee table. would you mind sharing where you got it?

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Beth
      Beth says:

      Thanks! The coffee table is from overstock but it’s no longer available. If you’re interested, I’ve got a post scheduled for the last week in April that goes over my sources and product reviews.

      Reply
      • tiny
        tiny says:

        Aww…. that was a great coffee table! I’ve been looking for something that doesn’t have sharp edges, mid-century or modern style with storage function… this just meets all the criteria… Anyways, I’d like to hear your review on that.
        Thanks for prompt reply!

        Reply
        • Beth
          Beth says:

          I know! We bought it because it’s stylish but kit friendly. I looked everywhere for another source but I couldn’t find it again. Stay tuned for the next living room post!

          Reply

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