Living Room Makeover Reveal


Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  We got hit by a nasty stomach virus this past week which left 5 out of 6 of us bed and toilet ridden.  But thankfully we are well on the mend and appreciate our good health all the more!  Update:  Make that 6 0ut of 6.:-(

Before I get into the juicy photo dump (no pun intended):-) I want to take a quick trip down living room memory lane.


This is what the living room looked like when we came for a showing 3 years ago.  Not super impressive but had potential.

Living Room


Living Room2
After we moved in, here is how I decorated the living room doing my best to work around a green sleeper sofa that I didn’t love.



Then we got wood floors at an amazing price and I added my bold DIY rug.

Living room after

DIY Rug from Carpet

The living room got an unexpected room-changing moment when a friend texted me inquiring if I would want her comfy but humble couch from her playroom (for free)!  After a lot of elbow grease (a.k.a. painting a couch) we moved the green sleeper sofa downstairs to our playroom and the new free painted couch upstairs.

With a new couch we then needed a living room overhaul which meant a lot of budget décor shopping and DIY.

So here is the new living room to date (except since the photos I have moved the blue vase on the hutch a couple of inches to the right)!:-)

Living Room Makeover

Living Room Makeover Reupholstered Chairs

Living Room Makeover Hallway

Living Room Makeover DIY TIle Art

Living Room Makeover Hutch and Topiaries

Living Room Makeover Tray


Living Room Makeover Decor Accents

Living Room Makeover Vignette

Living Room Makeover Painted Couch

Inexpensive Living Room Makeover

Living Room Makeover DIY Mirror

Living Room Makeover on a Budget

My goal for the living room was a relaxed but pretty room with a bit of a coastal feel (on a small budget).  Did I achieve my goal (please nod yes, it’s been a rough week)?! 🙂

I’ll be back to share more details on the room!  But in the meantime I would love for you to guess– out of everything in the room which one item in the room do you think was the most expensive?   Hope you have good one!!:-)

UPDATE:  Not even 24 hours after publishing this post did I start to doubt my decision of taking away the pictures that use to be over the topiaries planking the hutch.  So I did want any over-analytical decorator would do…I put them back up and took some pictures and begged her unassuming blogger audience to help me decide.  Wall art above the topiaries or no wall art above the topiaries?  Thanks in advance!!!

Living Room Makeover Final

Living Room Makeover Redo

Lving Room Makeover with Pictures

What do ya think?


Budget Living Room Makeover Reveal

28 thoughts on “Living Room Makeover Reveal

  1. Wendy

    I’m guessing the hutch was the most expensive but Im pretty sure you didn’t spend more than $100 on it. Maybe the rug then! I can’t believe all the changes this room has made. It looks great!! I now challenge you to give your dining room some extra love:)

  2. susan davis

    I am saying the floor lamp with the square shade. I love the room, but I do see a horizontal blue 12 inch strip running around the room at eyelevel; ie 60-72 inches. Just want to strengthen your side car paneling on the wall. Looks great!

  3. Tamara Post author

    Hi, Susan, thanks for your feedback! Do you feel there is something missing at eye level on the hutch wall? I kind of do. Some times I look at it and I think the empty space is calming and then at other times I look at it and thing it looks boring. I’ve thought about putting those two pics I had up before above the topiaries on either side of the hutch.

  4. Chris Salek

    Yes, the pictures are a definite stay ! Everything looks great…I want to paint a chair but worry if it will transfer onto clothes. How is the couch doing ?

    1. Tamara Post author

      Thanks for your input, Chris!:-). Go ahead and paint that chair because there is no need to worry about the paint transferring onto anything. Once it’s dry it’s much like a wall that’s been painted–it’s dry it’s not going anywhere!:-)

  5. mama duckie

    Hi Tamara, I’m new to the blog- your couch makeover is amazing! The living room is seriously beautiful! I would like to see the topiaries made more prominent. I like the pictures, but the topiaries seem a little sad to be stuck on the floor. I almost want to see them on your sofa table, but you obviously already have a nice arrangement there. In the end, its about what you like so please don’t pay any attention to me- I’m no designer!

    1. Tamara Post author

      Hi Deb! It most closely resembles the feeling of sitting on outdoor furniture which has a stiffer fabric…so it is not super comfortable but comfortable enough for me to read a magazine or watch the kids play outside.

  6. maria

    The space looks great. I do agree with others that the topiaries might look better on the sofa table behind the couch. They look too small on the floor. Love the color of your couch. It came out great!

  7. Diena Cameron

    I love everything you did. It’s so light and bright. Really pulled together. I agree with a few of your readers about the topiary’s, only not so sure it’s the topiary’s fault ( = I think your artwork isn’t big enough for the wall space. Maybe it needs some sort of gallery of pictures or art or objects on each side. Just a thought and believe me, i am no designer either. I love your Ballard knock-offs, i really have to try that. Just bought a home with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths so i will definitely need some more artwork to fill up my walls. Love your blog with be signing up and also Pinning. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mothers day if you are a momma. .

    1. Tamara Post author

      Hi Diena, welcome!:-) Thanks so much for your input on the living room. When you look at a room for so long it’s nice to get another point of view and perspective for sure! Congrats on the new house!! So exciting to make your own–it takes time but it can be SO fun!! Thanks for joining and Happy Mothers day to you too!

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