I have been waiting to do this comparison until I am COMPLETELY done with my living room but figured...close enough.
I still need to do something with my window seat and also add a little more to that bare wall. The window pane just can't do its job all alone on that big wall. So I know I have shown my living room before but I never showed you the "before" picture....
So here is the before, big difference right? It is still pretty but it's also pretty boring. So what I did was paint that ugly railing white, installed board n batten walls, bought new couches from Ikea, bought a trunk for $1,
refinished a dresser for the tv stand and switched out the flower picture for an old window pane.....wow I really have been busy.
TA DA! My Cottage living room! and just an fyi, this did not happen overnight. Last summer I decided I wanted a cottage feel living room and thanks to blogland I realized I could have one. So each weekend I would take on a new project. One of the things I love about this room is that you just can't go to Target to get the decor. It takes time to find unique pieces ....I love the character of this room.
So here is a different view, you can see the difference the railing makes
I also have a lot more storage, the trunk is full of things and also the couches have space underneath so I can fit shoes and blankets and my dogs toys. (love ikea)
Here is a side by side, crazy right?
Oh, another thing. I did not repaint my walls, its just the lighting. The color is called rutabega by Sherwin Williams. So do you have a room in your home you absolutely hate? Well then what are you waiting for...get to work! What I started to do is pick one room and little by little just work on upgrading that room. Don't work on another room until that first room is exactly how you want it.
Here is a pix of my bedroom before and after too if you're interested.
Thanks for looking!
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