Living room makeover progress

Our living room has been on quite the journey over the years. A never-ending journey that still isn’t complete. We edge nearer all the time but never seem to quite make it! 

Let’s start at the beginning. (You can see the before photos for all of our house here.) Back in 2011, when we first purchased our house, the living room looked like this.

A real dream of a room!

We began work right away, working long days and late into the evening, trying to make a dent in the huge project we had started. And wondering what the hell we had gotten ourselves into!

A comfy and inviting living room seemed oh such a long way away at this point, let me tell you.

But, we got there. 

Eventually.

We cleaned the place to within an inch of it’s life. We painted everywhere. We replaced the wiring, radiator, fire, curtain pole, curtains and light fitting. We put new flooring down. We actually had a room that I was happy to spend more than 5 minutes in.

And then we filled it with any random pieces of furniture we could lay our hands on.

Here it is in all it’s glory with magnolia paint and lots of random furniture (and 3D puzzle! Bit of a 90’s throwback there. Not sure if they are still a thing!).

The cats sometimes used to sit inside that scratch post with their little head poking out and they looked so cute! My Mum used to think it was hilarious!

As is blindingly obvious, these photos were taken in my pre-blogging days. Nice addition of a boxed-up barbecue and charcoal there to complete the look! Proper Instagram fodder!

Typically for a first-time buyer (I’m presuming), we ‘made do’ for quite some time with old items that had probably seen better days – the curtains were from my old bedroom at my parents’ house, as was the blue rug. The radio under the stairs is perched on an old bedside table until we could find something better to put it on. Oh the joys of buying your first home!

But we persevered and constantly moved pictures and ornaments and furniture and basically everything in the room around until it looked a damn sight better.

It was now the paint that needed to be changed. Dan has something against magnolia paint. I’m not sure what exactly, but he was adamant the magnolia needed to go, so after a few years of him telling me he had had enough of the walls being magnolia, I eventually gave in and started the search for a new colour.

We settled on almond, which we used to paint the whole living room. However, we found that having the whole room this colour made it feel a little dark for our liking and I regretted painting every wall, rather than leaving 3 walls magnolia. 

After great debate, we decided to paint 3 of the walls white and leave the one wall as a feature wall. This made such a difference to the brightness of the room.


We no longer had a rug in our living room thanks to our very naughty  cat who decided to use the last one we bought as his litter tray. He was not in my good books for quite some time after ruining a brand new rug!

When my parents no longer had space for one of their rugs at their home, we thought it would be nice to have it in our living room rather than seeing it go in a skip, which would have been such a waste. So here it is, thankfully cat wee free. For now. And it better stay that way! Oh the joys of having pets.

We had been wanting new curtains for a long time, and my parents very kindly bought us some new ones for Christmas, which went really well with our almond feature wall. However, after we received another pair of curtains, these ones have since been moved to our bedroom now. I am so behind with this blog, let me tell you, I need to get a shift on!

The cats have pretty much ruined our sofas by scratching at them at any given opportunity, even though they have a scratch post (why walk all the way to the scratch post when you can sprawl across the sofa and scratch at the same time?!) so we cover them in throws, in a desperate attempt to minimise further damage. It’s a good way to keep the sofas clean too because it’s easy to wash the throws regularly. 

We want to get a bigger white throw to replace the cream one on the sofa under the stairs, but it does the job for now.


The storage unit was given to us by my Father-in-Law and we painted it white. You can read about how we transformed it here.

My parents recently decided they no longer wanted the round glass table and we thought it would fit perfectly next to the sofa under the stairs, which it does! Now Dan has somewhere to put his drink down, so he is happy. He is easily pleased!

We have made several more changes to the room since I took these photos, so I will write another post showing our living room in it’s current state. I’m hoping to do this within the next few weeks, but judging by my snail-like progress with this blog, weeks may turn into months!

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