This weekend a lot of changes were made in my house, including my living room makeover on a budget!
I am absolutely in LOVE with it all, and the colors and textures are such a good reflection of what I wanted. My living space is quite small, so I knew I wanted to use the space wisely and brighten things up from where I started. When I moved into the house (2 months ago) there was a blue color on the wall, which was quite pretty, but for me it was too drab and grayed. My happiness comes with bright white and fun color!
My happiness come from somewhere else too: saving money (or at least not spending too much of it!). This living room makeover cost me approximately $125.00 from start to finish. All it took was some time and effort and hard work!
You can see here where I started:
Unfortunately the picture is not taken at the same angle, but I think you get the idea.
What I loved about my house when I bought it was that I could have moved in and done nothing…if I had wanted to. It was all in good shape and most of it was freshly painted. But like I said, bright is my happy place, so some of the grayness needed to leave.
Initially I had planned on removing the shelf on the wall above the TV, but once we took off the trim (the previous owners had added baseboard trim to create some visual interest on the shelf) I found a nice wood shelf and decided to keep it on the plank wall. It’s a perfect height for adding photos and pretty things in the room (even though you can see in the first picture that I have not done that yet…coming soon!). You can see here that the walls are primed, the shelf is exposed, and if you look closely, you can see the Seaglass colored paint on the left wall:
I will admit that this shelf turned out to be a bit of a bugger since it’s not installed level. But, my partner was able to navigate that problem and I think we were quite successful in how things turned out.
So, there you have it!
Soon I will post the goodness that happened in the kitchen this weekend (yes, there is more!) and I will also be putting together a tutorial so you can install your very own plank-look wall. Personally I think it’s a great way to add visual interest or even cover up a problem wall (like the one in my office that is covered with ugly wallpaper!) on the cheap!