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! Here is our living room makeover progress so far.
Let’s start at the beginning. Back in 2011, when we first purchased our house, the living room looked like this.
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. Also 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!
But we got there. Eventually.
We cleaned the place to within an inch of it’s life and painted everywhere. We replaced the wiring, radiator, fire, curtain pole, curtains and light fitting, and put flooring down. Finally, we 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 aforementioned random furniture and and a 3D puzzle. Are they even 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 thought 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 to complete the look!
Typically for first time buyers (I’m presuming), we made do for quite some time with old items that had probably seen better days. The curtains were from my bedroom at my parents’ house, as was the rug. The radio under the stairs was perched on an old bedside table, until we could find something better to put it onto. Oh the joys of buying your first home!
But we persevered and constantly moved everything in the room around until it looked a lot better.
Next, it was the paint that needed to be changed. Dan hates magnolia paint and was adamant it needed to go, so after a few years of him saying we needed to change it, we started to 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. I regretted painting every wall, rather than leaving 3 walls magnolia.
After much debate about what to do, we decided to paint 3 of the walls white and leave the one almond wall as a feature wall. This made such a difference to the brightness of the room.
We no longer had a rug in the living room, thanks to our very naughty cat who decided to use the last one we bought as a litter tray one day. He was not in my good books for quite some time after ruining a brand new rug!
When my parents no longer wanted one of their rugs, 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.
We had wanted new curtains for a long time, and my parents very kindly bought us some new ones for Christmas. They go really well with our almond feature wall. However, after we received another pair of curtains, these ones have since been moved to our bedroom. I’m so behind with this blog, I’m sorry!
Our 2 cats have pretty much ruined the sofas by scratching at them at any given opportunity, even though they have a scratch post. I mean, why walk all the way to the scratch post when you can sprawl across the sofa and scratch at the sofa at the same time! We cover the sofas with throws to try to minimise further damage. It’s a good way to keep them clean too because it’s really easy to watch 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 to update it.
My parents decided they no longer wanted the round glass table and we thought it would fit perfectly under the stairs, which it does!
We’ve made several more changes to the room since I took these photos. Here’s my post showing the new changes we’ve made.