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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Our Industrial, Farmhouse Living Room Overhaul!

Hey, Ya'll....... We've been MIA for a little while now. Not going to beat around the bush here, we've just been busy with life. We just celebrated both Paisley's and Guthrie's birthdays in April. Paisley turned 4 and Guthrie turned 2. (I know......sigh, I can't believe it either.) Now that the girls are getting to that fun, almost self sufficient age, we have been able to do more things with them. Which results in being on the go a lot!

Enough with the excuses! ;) Let's talk about some before and after's shall we? When we're not running to toddler tumble classes or to and from pre-school - we've been working on some more home improvements. 

Project #1 - Operation Living Room Overhaul

So mama B&W and I were tired of our old, outdated, orange-stained paneling living room and decided that something needed to be done about it. The living room always seemed dark and gloomy and we wanted something that would make the room we spend most of our time in brighter, airier, and more refreshing. (sorry for the phone photo's! That's what happens when Mama isn't home and there's two toddlers running around your construction zone!)

We originally put the paneling up in the living room when we built the house. After living in the camper for 9 months while building the house, we wanted something that would go up quick, cheap and get us out of the camper and into the house as quickly as possible! So paneling was the answer. 

Elsa and Frozen to the rescue to keep the kids happy while working!

See ya later orange paneling! :) Look how much bigger and brighter it seemed without that gloomy solid orange wall!

The rest of our house has a farmhouse, industrial, rustic style, so that's what we wanted to go with for this room too.    We decided we wanted to drywall the top half and shiplap the bottom half.  

After hanging the drywall on the top half of the room, we started to install the the bottom boards. We used 1x10 pine boards that we stained in american walnut. 

We added white accent trim for the baseboard, chair rail and new trim around the window. This easy project added so much life to this room!

We ended up adding some shelves on the wall with the TV. We wanted to bring in that industrial feel to go with the barn wood furniture we have in the living room. We used galvanized pipe that we painted black and a 2x10 that we stained american walnut to match the wall. 

And, here's the almost finished project. 

Yes, I said almost.  

Of course Em isn't completely satisfied with it yet.  She says we need new lamps, new pillows and a new industrial style, long locker style entertainment center.  She also mentioned something about those end tables needing to be white.  Sounds like I have some more work to do!  So stay tuned.  I'm sure this room will look different again in a few months! lol!

We've also tackled the kitchen.  It's looking more farmhouse-ish everyday complete with a white shiplap accent wall.  The cabinets are being transitioned to white.  New hardware.  New decor.  Lots of stuff happening in that space!  Check back soon for pics of the Farmhouse Kitchen progress! 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hopefully you'll be able to check in a lot more often from now on! 



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