Drastic Living Room Makeover!

You all know I love a good home decor makeover. Some may say it’s my addiction. Since we’ve lived in our house, the living room has been through many transformations. I am always tweaking my style. I’ve added a new addition to the living room and I’m in LOVE! Before I reveal what it is, here is a recap of all of what my living room has been through in the past 5 years.

Let’s not forget how it all started. I still can’t believe our house once looked like this. Crazy.

This was our quick fix before we moved in. Much more presentable, but nothing great:

Then after painting the brick and getting a new rug, it was transformed to this! This is how it has been up until a few months ago:

I loved my rug from Home Decorators. It treated us well for over 4 years! We chose an indoor/outdoor rug which was such a smart choice with kids. We could literally hose it off if it got nasty. After getting our new sofas, it was time to start thinking about a new rug. Here is the sofa transformation. Before:

And After (with a slightly lighter wall color):

Next, we built a DIY tufted ottoman from a coffee table:

And FINALLY the moment you’ve been waiting for!  Since I LOVED my rug from Home Decorators so much, I was absolutely thrilled to find out that they wanted to send me a new rug for my new living room! I knew I wanted to go with an indoor/outdoor rug again since I had such a good experience with my last one. I wanted to get away from anything brown since my living room has transitioned into more cool gray tones.

Here are some of the ones I considered:

Can you guess what I ended up with? If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know.
 The Kilim Rug!  I love the geometric pattern and the blue color is just perfect. It came 2 days after I ordered it online!
We immediately opened it up and moved the old one out.  Here it is in action! 
It just completes the space perfectly.
Surprisingly, it’s so soft and plush. I would associate an indoor/outdoor rug with something really rough but this is definitely very soft.
And our old rug? Well for now we moved it into our dining room.
Someday I may move it outside onto our patio.
Did you notice anything different about our shelves?
It’s very subtle, but I decided I wanted a deeper shade of blue for the backs of the built ins. I used some leftover dining room paint and transformed them from this (Before):
To this! (after)
Just slightly darker for a more dramatic look. There is my very long living room story. I’m sure I’m not done transforming it yet!

And just for dramatic purposes. Here is the living room BEFORE:

And here it is AFTER!

The End!


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    Hi! SOOOO glad I found this site! Is the Kilim rug a true aqua, or more of a slate blue? Looks slate online but aqua in your pictures (which is what I want!). Love what you've done – the house looks amazing!!

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    I LOVE LOVE the white fireplace! What kid of paint did you use? Is the fireplace in working condition? Does the paint chip off if it’s hot? We are in the middle of remodeling a basement that has old brick and I thought if THIS amazing post first! Thanks Megan !I need your knowledge and expertise!

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      Megan says

      Thanks! We just used regular oil based paint and a primer for everything. The fireplace does work and we have never had an issue with any chipping. That being said, the outside does not get hot at all when the fireplace is on. If yours tends to get hot, you could use a heat resistant paint or primer! Good luck!!


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