Today I’m very relieved and excited to show you my weekend project – the makeover of our living room. I decided that since I’ve started my own furniture refinishing business (see for sale items here and my custom portfolio here), I’d better have a decent, cottage chic/beach house living room. Plus now I can show people an example of my chalk paint refinishing. I’ll show you the before pictures first. By the way, I added a new feature – if you hover your mouse over pictures on my blog, a pin it button will pop up and allow you to easily pin the pic.
The sofa, love seat, coffee table, side tables and lamps were Craigslist finds from our time in Maryland ($300 total). The television stand was a $60 Craigslist find and one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to buy new couches. When we arrived in Hawaii, we went to the Pearl Harbor Nex Furniture Gallery to look at couches but I was disappointed with the quality. The gallery offered what I considered to be cheaply made, particle board type sofas and loveseats for at least $900 on sale. I didn’t want to spend that kind of money to have a couch that will be destroyed. I came home and decided to find a way to bring our outdated yet wonderfully sturdy green couches up to date and to makeover the entire living room to a beach house theme in the process. In total, this makeover cost less than $275 out of pocket.
I purchased the loveseat slip cover and sofa slipcovers on Amazon (Ticking Bordo Furniture Slipcover Loveseat) and (Ticking Bordo Furniture Slipcover Sofa) for $168 total. I am very happy with them. They lightened the room up tremendously and stay in place even with the constant use they receive.
One of my favorite finds was this antique reading lamp that was only $40 at T.J. Maxx. It gives the living room a vintage feel and is much lighter and fresher than the two bulky silver lamps I had on the side tables before. Plus it’s a great reading light.
I refinished the television stand by stripping and re-staining the top in a deep walnut color and painting the bottom with Sherwin Williams antique white chalk paint, distressing it and hand waxing it. It lightens the room so much and I love the beautiful stain and grain of the wood on top. You can see the deep walnut stain against the antique white paint below.
Oh, and the candle warmer lantern was an Amazon purchase as well (Hurricane Candle Warmer Lantern Lamp ). My family loved it so much that my Grandma and Aunt also ordered one for their houses. I’ve had it for two years and the bulb is still going strong and I turn it on at least 4 hours a day on average. The white basket below is one that I had. I refinished it in fresh white chalk paint and distressed it. Now it has that perfect beach house feel.
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