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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Livingroom re-do finally finished! (almost)

Yeah!!! I finally got a room finished! (Well almost) I didn't re-arrange any furniture because the way that it is seems to work best for us. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It's not that I didn't like it before, but I have been wanting to do this for quite a while. All the public rooms can be see from each other and the way it was before, just didn't work for me anymore. (To many different color schemes)

I still need to have a slipcover made for the sofa above, but that will have to wait until I can save up some more money. I made all the pillows myself. (I'll show details further down) and took down the green and white drapes and made burlap drapes to take their place. I still had some of the brown that I used to trim out the sheers so I used that again for the burlap to keep a really finished look.

So here is the left side of the room before. You can see the big black hole of a TV in the corner.

And the other side... The coffee table was a bench that I cut the bottom of the legs off to make it a better coffee table height. The wood side table came from my husbands family. The ends fold down. It's a cool table but I have been wanting to paint it for a LONG time. I still haven't convinced him to let me do that.

After the face lift on the cabinet. I'm so thrilled with the change. No more black hole!!!

The coffee table got a new paint job as well. I added small touches of black all through the room since there is actually a lot of built in black in the house. I painted the small shelves on the wall black, added black trim details on the pillows, added black trim to the lampshade, and my DH found that great old metal R at a construction sight he was working on.

I used some of the vintage lace and vintage jewelry that I found on vacation for the pillow above. The bows on the corners are made from tea stained gauze.

The fabric for this pillow come from the old curtains in my studio. I made three of these in total.

This pillow I used an old beige crocheted doily I had. It actually matches the color of the beige denim fabric really well.

The detail on this pillow is a vintage hat!! I found it at a great shop here in town.

Here is the "before" of the cabinet. My mom gave us the TV and the cabinet about 4 years ago. It used to be an all in one cabinet and TV. Then the TV died and they pulled the old one out and just shoved the new one in it's place. There was a lot of ugly space around the new TV.

I decoupaged the outside with vintage sheet music. Then we taped it all off and sprayed the front with Krylon Fusion paint for plastic. Then I removed the front panel that housed the old speaker and re upholstered it with a quilted silk that I had in my fabric bin. Lastly I decoupaged some 3" wide balsa wood with more sheet music and framed out the opening. Presto! All the yucky stuff gone!

Well that's the new Livingroom! I still want to add 2 more frames to the window. I'll find them at a future garage sale. (Prime garage sale season is rapidly approaching!) The other rooms are almost finished. Just a few more things to do. Thanks for hanging out with me. I'll see you again soon!


Charlotte said...

Hello Karen. My niece directed me to your blog. She said "Who knows. You might be neighbors." I actually live in Phoenix, but my mailing address is Scottsdale.
I really love the makeover of your living room. I love cottage style also although I don't have much of it. I definitely do not care for the southwest style decorating which is so popular in our area. I hope you will drop in and see me. I have 3 blogs. 3 and a half actually. One of them is called At Home in Scottdale.

MaygreenFairies said...

Ohhh Karen hun, it looks wonderful, and the cushions you have made a adoreable, you are super talented. Hugs, Mandy x


This is really great! I love the TV - I have always hated the empty sides on my entertainment center - you have planted some seed here - I will have to think on it.

Thanks for sharing!


Cottage Way of Life said...

One thing I really hate in a room is a big, ugly, television. Unfortunately, I have one, it is monster-sized and there isn't a whole lot that can be done with it. Some day I will find a huge old cabinet to disguise it (I am always looking). Your solution to the "TV problem" is terrific and your TV cabinet looks sooo much nicer after you finished your makeover. It was a super fabulous idea to paint it white, recover the speaker area with old fabric, and apply the sheet music! Now ... it's a thing of beauty.

Linda K. said...

The makeover for your TV cabinet is gorgeous, sheet music has so many uses. I love it. Your cushions are fabulous!


Kim's Treasures said...

I love your room!!!

Barbara Jean said...

That is the most awesome idea about he TV cabinet!!

Great job on all of it. Just lovely.


barbara Jean

Unknown said...

Haven't we ALL wanted to paint that black TV....and yours look marvelous! I really love the covered speaker idea....very clever. Room looks great...you did a fabulous job.....come visit soon....xojana

Karen said...

Karen - room looks marvelous! give yourself a huge pat on the back Girl! Now you can sit down, take a breath, look around and think "ahhhhhh", and then proceed to get ready for the Holidays!
I have empty frames in my family room and my dining room and just put another one on the bakers rack. I absolutely love them!!! My father-in-law looked at them the last time they were here and looked at me and said "Babe, you're missing something! They're empty!" I just laughed. MEN!!!!
I am redoing a master bedroom for a friend of mine and am doing them all painted white and shabby-chiced. They'll look awesome. (I guess - if there was one good thing to come out of a divorce, she gets to decoate her bedroom the way she wants it now. Frilly and foofed out! HA!)
Karen - Some Days Are Diamonds

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is beautiful and I LOVE the pillows, the coffee table and what you did to the TV cabinet!!


Lou Cinda

Charlene said...

Love your re-make on your living room! The TV looks awesome! I WANT new slipcovers for my sofa too. I had 2 Queen Ann arem chairs that were a terrible fabric & had a lady do custom slip covers years ago. I STILL AM IN LOVE WITH THOSE CHAIRS! And it is the slipcovers that make them. She did a buttoned look on the backs. I should do a post on them. In fact... would be a perfect Metamorphis Monday Post.

And I love those tin shelves above your sofa! Where did you find those treasures? Did you do those too? Great Job! Can't wait to see the other rooms you are working on.

stefanie said...

it turned out soooooo good, you need to take a close up of the burlap drapes you made. i really need to get motivated, but there are just too many good ideas

decorator to the stars said...


Jean said...

Karen, Everything looks fantastic, but what you did with the tv is pure genius. I love it. The room is so well put together. Enjoy your work.
Jean in Virginia

Sheila Rumney said...


It looks just wonderful... I can't believe the tranformation of the TV cabinet. My DH would never have gone for that one!

Everything is just gorgeous!

Mammabellarte Rita Reade said...

How cool is that TV! Great work and it feels so relaxing. Ciao Rita

The Feathered Nest said...

Karen, it's all GORGEOUS!!! I love it all!!!! You have such a knack for knowing where and what to use in a room, the overall effect is just breathtaking girl ~ I hope you're having a great week sweetie, xxoo, Dawn

Debra said...

You have been busy with your room and it looks good. I love the drapes you made. I'm still lost in my home, maybe I have some junk you could reuse..lol

Tanya said...

Your living room looks beautiful. I'm so impressed with your tv cabinet re-do. That's really turning a sow's ear into a silk purse (as my mom used to say!).

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...


The TV cabinet transformation is fabulous! Very chic...everything looks so nice.


Embellished Bayou said...

It looks stunning, so cozy & homey yet rich & classy! I especially love the pillows you embellished.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Your living room make-over turned out great. The tv cabinet is is amazing. Enjoy your "new" room!

ArtPropelled said...

Lovely blog! Wonderful ideas!

Anonymous said...

Your living room redo is fabulous! I am redoing mine too and you have given me encouragement to see it done so well ;) Love your pillows and great job with the TV stand!

Thanks for the compliments on my feature in RH's!

Debra@CommonGround said...

I am just totally amazed at all you accomplished. The tv cabinet is so clever and stylish, and just painting the coffee table/bench made a huge difference. I just love it all!

Myrna said...

Wow! it all looks fabulous!! The TV makeover is brilliant! Your room looks so warm and cozy and unique! Just beautiful!! Great job!

Unknown said...

It looks fabulous Karen! I especially love what you did with the TV cabinet. I know what you mean about slipcovers. I need one for my sofa upstairs, but they are so expensive when they are custom made.

Claudia said...

I love all your changes, Karen. The tv cabinet redo is fabulous! What a great way to disguise something that is necessary, but not too attractive. Now it looks great!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,

Thank you for your sweet post over at my little blog!

Wow! Everything is so beautiful! Love, LOVE the pillows you made. I will be back often!!!


Deb said...

Your livingroom looks amazing Karen! Love the colour scheme.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Lovely! Gorgeous! Beautiful! I love how you kept what you had but updated it all to bring the whole look together. The overhaul on the tv cabinet is absolutely fantastic. I love the whole look. I also like the fact that you cover your walls with things that you love. I do that also and over here in Kuwait, that just totally freaks people out. They think my place is a museum. HA! Great makeover and looking forward to the rest. Best wishes, Tammy

The Vintage Vagablonde said...

I love the new look!!!!!
You did a great job and the tv~stand is such a creative idea.

I really like the touches of black...It looks classy.

The burlap curtains and the pilows are favs of mine :)

looking forward to seeing what else you are doing~Sheri

marilyn said...

Your room is beautiful. I love the pillows. and the ace lift on the tv is the neatest thing I've ever seen. loove your blog. Marilyn

kaniki's said...

Karen- this is awesome.. Your home is just amazing- and I just love it... Although there is no way with all my critters ( husband and daughter included ) that I could keep it that gorgeous and clean- how I dream of such elegance!! Great job on the makeover.. I'm going to have to post some pics of our ol' country prim homestead too soon.. I'm trying to catch up room by room:)

Kaniki's Prims & Whims

A Fanciful Life said...

Wow - it's amazing what some small changes can do. I especially love all the pillows you made with the different embellishments. Good job!
Sharon :-)

chicroses said...

I love your new look in your living room. The TV turned out great. We bought a new house and the builders are making fireplaces just specifically to hold the new flat screen TVs. I said no at first but now I think Ill put mine up on my fireplace mantel. If I ever get a flat screen tv..they are still spendy.Someday I will show pixs of the house. Anyway was really interested in your burlap drapes. Are they painters drape cloth? I bought some a couple years ago and never got the nerve to put them up. Your drapes what I can make out look good. I have enjoyed looking at your room..love those pillows..Sally

Unknown said...

Wow, Karen!! What an amazing job you have done with your room. It is a spot that beckons people to come and stay a while!! I especially loved your pillows-I wish I could sew!!!! And I love your ambition!! The t.v. was phenomenal. Who would have thought?!!

Have a great day!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

WOW!! Looks lovely,you did a great job!!I love those pillows,bet you keep going back in there don;t you??? All the best,Chrissy

Lynn Kellan said...

Wow! Your room looks like it could be featured in a magazine! Well done! (And I don't see any humidifiers hiding behind the furniture...I think I should follow your example!)

The Whispering Creek House said...

wow what a makeover! had fun checking out your blog! well done!

The Rustic Victorian said...

You are so creative Karen, you should show the tv manufactures how to do it. wonderful room!

KarenB said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I am seriously impressed by your TV project. That looks so great now. Really, such an improvement!

Unknown said...

Your room looked nice before but now it's even lovelier! The pillows are charming and the TV cabinet make-over is great, what a good way to hide the "black beast".


I adore this makeover - you have done everthing perfectly. I'd have it all ! Thank you for the inspiration.

Lisa said...

Please come to Texas and do my living room!!!!!!!!Yours looks FABULOUS!! You really have the gift. Lisa

Ana said...

Hi Karen,
Your living room looks amazing, but what totally blew me away was your tv unit transformation! It's incredible. I just did a post on how I dislike modern electronics and what I did about an alarm clock, but your idea blew mine out of the water :-D Great job. Have an awesome day.

♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

The Painted Nest said...

Hi Karen!!!
Thanks for stopping,and for your sweet comment!!! Girl, I love the new look!!! LOVE the look of your living room!!! Beautiful!!!
Blessing Sweet Karen,

lori miller vintage design co said...

OMG! Just found you. Love the room redo. The pillows and the TV are amazing...such talent. How Fun!

Elyse said...

happy fall, karen!

amazing re-do and it's so full of inspiring and creative touches! the sheet music! the pillows! the tones! all lovely.


paperbird said...

You have been working very hard. It looks lovely Karen. I adore the pretty pillow with the hat adornement.

Cyn said...

Karen..I too live in Scottsdale..the desert and long for other places..so we have to make do right? Love the living room make over! It is just gorgeous!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Karen I can't get over how pretty the TV cabinet looks! Gorgeous job!
Also the pillows are sooooooo pretty!
bunny hugs to you,

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a gorgeous home! You've really made good use out of what you have. I can't wait to see what else you're working on. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I'm currently having a giveaway, so be sure to stop by!

Journal Swag said...

Hi Karen! We met at the quilt show months ago... I was in Joy's booth with her. You know, the one with the charms! Did you move to the desert? I'm glad I found your blog!


By the way... it's looking GREAT!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen ~ Your re-do of the living room is really lovely. I especially like your wall treatments. Thanks for stopping by Star's Fault to visit, I am in lovely Alabama today and noticed your quesiton about if your burlap curtains would shrink. I confess, I've never measured burlap before/after washing, but I bet it does scrunch up some - especially in the dryer, but if they did, you could always add a panel to the bottom of your curtains, which would be really chic also!!

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Kelly Lish said...

Absolutely beautiful and inviting. I would love to sit on the couch and have a cup of coffee and just soak up the atmosphere!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Your livingroom is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. It is so warm and inviting, makes you want to just curl up on that soft sofa. You have done a great job. Love it!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Love it, Karen! I had to come back three times, my computer wouldn't load all your photos. It was worth it, love the new slipcover and I can't believe what you did to the TV - it's gorgeous. You've given me inspiration for the upcoming week. I've been stuck in a rut because we're having our roof replaced and they've been working weekends only. Thanks for giving me my putter-itness back again.

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