I have been meaning to do a post on our new old living room for a while but there are still a few things that aren’t done like some window repairs etc. but I decided I may as well go ahead. Let’s take a look at my Fixer Upper Living Room Before and After.
Here is a shot of the living room from the entryway. I probably will get an area rug at some point, but I am loving the openness of the room right now. This room (as does the entire house) has great natural light. It has high ceilings and the 1930’s charm of an older home which I love. Basically, we gave this room a fresh coat of Moore White Dove and installed window blinds and curtains.
We didn’t buy any new furniture. The only new piece in the room is the fireplace screen also from Pottery Barn. I can’t speak highly enough of the quality of that fireplace screen. If you are in the market for one, it is heavy-duty, not shiny brass, and just lovely in my book.
Here is what the fireplace looked like before. The brass doors really detracted from the fireplace surround. We replaced it with the Pottery Barn one that is shown in the above photo.
If you follow me on Instagram you have seen this fireplace a few times. I thought about painting it initially but I actually love it now. I added the Pottery Barn linen curtain panels and rods (I am really impressed with the curtains for the price and quality). I did not want to invest the money in custom drapes. The blinds are from Just Blinds, but you can find them at Home Depot as well. All shoppable items are linked below the post at the bottom of the page.
The mirror was a Horchow purchase many many years ago. The oil painting of the little boy was in our master bedroom and was a thrifting find. You can see it in our old master bedroom here. The lawn bowling pins were found at Round Top several years ago. The coffee table is no longer available, but I have linked similar at the bottom of the post. You can find vintage bread boards similar to mine on Etsy here.The terra cotta bowl is Romanian I believe (not french as they love to claim) and it is filled with vintage coral that I have collected over the years. You can find them on Ebay here.
At the end of the room, the gorgeous picture window had these niches with dinky shelves that did not suit the size of the room in my opinion. I would have preferred to plaster over them but that wasn’t an option. I thought of spreading out the shelves or doubling them up to make them look beefier. See in-progress picture here. I am just not a tiny nick nack person. I love accessories but am not a big fan of a lot of little things. We had a great renter before. She left the floors in good shape.
In the two niches, I added these shutters from my former house and I am happy with the look. I would rather they were gone, but this is a good substitute.
Here is a closeup of the finished niche. I am happy with the look. The chinoisere chairs were a thrift shop find. The pillow is from Walter G Textiles (love them) and is linked below.
As I said the chairs were purchased at an antique shop several years ago, but Chairish has several pairs here. The table was handmade over 25 years ago but I have linked several at the bottom of the page that has the same feel. The box resided on this twig table in our old house and is an inheritance from Steve’s mom and dad. I love this spot but it is really hard to photograph.
As you can see this room has great windows. Behind the sofa, you can look out onto the courtyard. It is really starting to fill out.
In the other corner of the room a favorite corner cupboard was purchased on one of our trips to Maine (which was in our old family room) I filled it will a mix of old baskets to keep it textural rather than adding a lot of color and pattern. The painting is by Pat Huber fine art. The mirror is antique.
In the left-hand corner of the room is a favorite antique (grain painted) blanket chest also found in Maine. Above is a vintage cow painting.
If you follow me on Instagram you will note that the vignette on this chest changes often.
SHOP FIXER UPPER LIVING ROOM
Thank you for reading Fixer Upper Living Room before and after. Steve and I are heading to Southern California for a few days, We are heading to Santa Ynez today then Saturday to Los Angeles for a very special wedding celebration, then Santa Barbara on the way home. Follow me on Instagram for all the fun.