20.8.12

Updated Living Room

I'm a little embarrassed to post my before pictures of my living room. They aren't even the original pictures... they are more like half way before pictures. At this stage I had already painted the wide horizontal stripes (tutorial here) to try and hide the humongous blank wall taking over our living room. In hindsight I think the stripes made the wall look even bigger and blanker.


The room started to come together when I scored this awesome buffet and turned it into our current entertainment center. After that I was given (which means they were FREE!!) book cases, and decided to try for a more built in entertainment center look.

The book cases were sturdy and solid, but not quite the right color or look I was going for.

I painted them the same color as the buffet/entertainment center and then wall papered the backs with an ivory damask Allen Roth design that I purchased from Lowes. This was my first time working with wall paper and I loved it. It gave them great texture and dimension.


I love the way it came together and how it gives my big blank wall character. It has also bee a blast organizing all my books and knick knacks to put them on display!

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the cape on the corner said...

this looks soo good, and i love the fun wall stripe. i think it would look really neat, too, if you sorta carried it through the bookshelves, you know what i mean? not that this isn't great, but it's just a shame to cover the stripes.

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, that is SO so cool! I'm bringing my DVDs to your house! :-)

P.S. Thanks so much for stopping in at Cranberry Morning. Lots of good DVDs here! (especially if you like British mysteries) lol

The Michelle Show said...

This looks amazing! You really did a great job it fills the room/wall perfectly.

Ryan & Courtney said...

Wow I love all of it! The wallpaper backing looks soo good!! Jealous of your super cute house!

Rachel said...

Love this! I want to do something similar but with the TV on the wall. But where do you put your DVD player, etc and still be able to hide the wires?

Vintage Prairie Style said...

so pretty! I love the entertainment centre/shelves - they make the room!
keya

Debbiedoo's said...

WOW Peggy, that looks fantastic! I thank you for sharing with my party.

Whitney said...

um.. amazing!!! You are so creative and thrifty!!!

Stephanie @ Henry Happened said...

the room looks great! I love the stripes and the white shelves!

Mel said...

Hmm, I bet you're not feeling embaressed after visiting "my mansion", oh I hope my living area looks as nice as this when I'm done. I'm now following your progress, Mel

Kathleen said...

Wow, I love how you added so much functionality with the free stuff! It doesn't hurt that it looks great too :) By the way, I'm a huge fan of stripes, but I agree with you that they made the wall look even more blank.

Kathleen from Project's at the Pickett's

Ginger said...

Looks amazing! :) Love the built in look.

Cindy @mommyseverday.blogspot.com said...

Saw this on the linky party and LOVED the bookcases! We have a wall of bookcases and I'd love to put wallpaper on the backs of them too!

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

Love the look of this room! Beautiful colors. I am your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by Posed Perfection this week and leaving me a sweet note about the Modern Botanical Bloom Print. I hope you'll visit again soon and maybe even "follow me" back. Have a great weekend!
Blessings,
Nici

Sensible Sarah said...

Hello! It's nice to meet and follow you! Your living room is splendid! Thanks for sharing.


Hope you'll visit me too!


ciao bella
sensible sarah
your newest follower

Jen said...

I'm your newest member! Love all of your before and afters!

Jae said...

Thanks for stopping by so I could see your blog. Your new tv console is so quaint. Great updates to the room.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Your custom entertainment center looks great! I think it really did the trick in making that wall look less expansive. You did a really great job with the displays, too. I'm following you back! :)

Meaningful Nest said...

Love the stripes and you did a great job tying the whole wall together. I am a new follower!

andrea@townandprairie said...

I love the buffet! Post a close up!

Ladybird Ln said...

Love Love Love! Seriously such an inviting stylish room! Thanks for showing off at Ladybird Ln!

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

WOW. That looks GREAT. The striped walls are so bold and cool. The book cases are the perfect addition and are filled with the perfect amount of interesting things. The room looks so much cozier and inviting.

And, it's my first time here so I have to say, I love how bright and cheery your header is. Your blog looks as well decorated as your home :)

coffeeundertheumbrella said...

I think it's gorgeous! And I love the stripes and wallpaper.

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