I am back today with an update on our farmhouse living room makeover. I thought I would have a big living room reveal by now but I am still working on a few projects and I thought I would share some progress we have made in this room since last December. This makeover started around Christmas time last year when I sent an email to Marian Parsons, aka Miss Mustard Seed, asking her for some ideas that I could implement in our living room. She wrote a post about it (part of her ‘Decorating Dilemmas’ series) that you can read here. I initially thought that I would do some furniture rearranging, tackle a few projects, maybe replace a thing or two, and call it a day, but nooooo, this makeover took a life of its own. I ended up not keeping a single thing in our living room!!! I sold most of the furniture and started hunting for bargains at local antique and thrift stores. I also became a full blown Craigslist addict:)
Here is a photo of our Christmas living room last year…The first thing I did was to sell our black couch. I have been wanting a brand new white sofa for a long time but even with the money I got from selling our old couch, it wasn’t enough to purchase a new one… until my Craigslist addiction paid off. We spent last Christmas visiting my in-laws in New York City and I was able to find a FREE Ektorp sofa on Craigslist. Before heading home to Vermont, we drove to Brooklyn to pick up the sofa but getting it ended up being quite an adventure… We own a small car which doesn’t have a roof rack and my husband had to wrap the Ikea sofa with a tarp and duck tape and strap it to the top of our vehicle. We got stuck in NYC traffic for TWO hours with our son screaming in the back seat before driving back to Vermont in a snow storm. In the end, it was all worth it and after purchasing white slipcovers, the sofa looks brand new.I also decided to position the sofa in front of the TV, which left the long wall on the right empty. I moved the brown cupboard that you see on the left in the picture below, which was used as a pantry in our kitchen, and put it where the old black couch used to be. Here is how the cupboard looked when I first moved it to our living room…And here is how it looks now after a little makeover…The wall where the black sofa used to be is long and to fill it, I added a stool with an asparagus fern plant in an antique coal bucket, a theatre lamp, and an old door from the 1890’s.We also found an antique coffee table on Craigslist that opens up like a school desk. We got the table in Deux-Montagnes, Québec, and I fell in love with it despite its tired ‘orangey’ shade. The coffee table got a little makeover and you can read all about it here.The secretary got moved to our bedroom and got replaced by an antique dresser.
Here is a before picture…And now…
The jute rug did not work with the new layout and it got moved to our kitchen. I am hoping to purchase a new rug in the next few weeks. Our green chairs were too small for the room and I decided to swap them for two wing back chairs I found on Craigslist. The chairs are currently blue and the plan is to dress them up with white slipcovers. I also need to paint the baseboards, window trims and cornice white. The wall where the TV is hanging still needs a lot of attention.
Here is the TV wall back in December…I sold the corner hutch and our sideboard is currently listed for sale on Craigslist. I found a piece of furniture that made my heart sing and I think it will match our white cupboard and the overall style and feel of the room much better. My husband just picked it up last week and I can’t wait to give it a little makeover. It is a dry sink cupboard and it will be used as a TV stand. Stay tuned!
The past 7 months have been filled with sweat and tears (no blood yet!) and even though I am dreaming of a big living room reveal, this journey has taught me to be more patient and grateful. One reader reminded me about this quote I posted last year and this really resonated with me:
A HUGE thank you to my husband and my son who drove many, many miles to pick up furniture pieces that I could not live without.
Thank you so much for sharing this makeover journey with me and I promise that I will have a farmhouse living room reveal before Christmas:) Be sure to follow me on Instagram and on Facebook for more behind the scenes.
Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!
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