Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Molly's Living Room Renovation


Our last stop on the house tour of our 1915 bungalow is actually the first room we renovated. It took by far the most work, and it ended up being our favorite room in the house, so I guess that's why I'm saving the best for last. You can see our other room renos here: Entryway, Bathroom, Guest Room.


Our goal was to make it a cozy, kitschy mid-century modern wonderland, and we think achieved it. From the cheery mustard yellow walls to the mid-century modern couch and coffee table to the vintage side chairs and artwork, I absolutely love the mix of old and new.


To see how far the room evolved, just take a look at the photo above. It started out looking like a funeral home from the '70s: floor to ceiling mint green wallpaper, curtains, and when we pulled up the new carpet we even found pieces of mint green carpet that had been there!


We basically stripped down everything and renovated it all. Above is a shot of my husband's priority of adding recessed lighting. I was on board because he wanted it so much, but didn't really care either way. However, I think it's one of the most dramatic and best changes we made!


The plaster walls took a few layers of skim coating, or scraping wall putty over the wall and scraping it off, so the plaster walls were nice and smooth. Then, sanding the entire walls, wiping them down, and priming the walls and woodwork. 


Next came the yellow paint. I especially love it in the space because the bold shade made the huge living room/ dining room space seem cozier. When we took down all the wallpaper and took up the carpet, we actually found that at one time the living room and dining room had a wall between them and had been separate, which made sense, because combined it makes a huge room. Gosh, I just love the secrets that hide in old homes.


The wood floors were in relatively good shape, but a little aged and sad. We had to remove the flooring in the entryway to fill in holes where pieces were missing in the main space. However, we finished the entryway sub-floor in the same shade, and it kind of helped separate the spaces, by having slightly different flooring. We rented an industrial sander and got to work sanding the old finish off and evening out the surface. 



Another touch I really love was taking up terra cotta tiles in front of the fireplace and adding black and white penny tiles. I think it looks much closer to what would have originally been there. After staining and sealing the floors, adding crown moulding, and doing about 100 other small touch ups, it was time for decorating!


I'd say at least half of the decor is vintage, but I've linked all the modern items below. I love the fact that I was able to incorporate pieces from family members like the "Better Homes and Gardens" decorating book from my grandma and floral crewel artwork my great-grandma made. 



And, most importantly, the living room renovation was dog-approved. :)


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Room Details: Couch: West Elm, Coffee Table: All Modern, Rug: Target (similar), Pillows: Urban Outfitters, Target, Artwork: Hobby Lobby, Bowl: Ikea

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