My “Hot Mess” Living Room Gets an Update

I don’t know if you all know but I’ve been working on updating my living room. I’ve made so much progress!

After what seemed like 50 shades of gray paint I decided on one. To see my journey to pick a paint color check out this post.

I had a hodge podge collection of random wall decor, lamps, and all other sorts of decor I’ve collected over the years. Basically it was just a mess and had no sense of order. This may surprise the ones who know me personally because I am so orderly in “real life.” Gosh it was bad.

I tossed or gave away almost everything in the room with the exception of the furniture and it’s slowly on it’s way out too.

These first two pictures are “BEFORE” and will give you an idea what I’m talking about.

Before Living Room with Mantle

Before: This is the corner you see to the right of my entry door.

If you can tell by these extremely bad, dark iPhone photographs it was a mess. I inherited the wall color which combined with the brown furniture and black curtains made the room feel like something a vampire would be at home in. Most of the furniture was hand-me-downs and I was apparently going for a black & red theme.

Here are some AFTER shots of the same room minus the wall color, decor and some of the furniture. The terrible orange stone fireplace even got a tiny makeover! (Ignore the carpet…the room is not finished by any means!)

New Wall Color and Furniture Arrangement - Mantle

Couch (Temporary) and Entry Door Wall

Entry Console Table

Tobacco Baskets! Finally found some.

I love my clock!

For those of you that are interested here is a detailed list of the stores in which these items were purchased:

Wall Color: Mindful Gray from the HGTV Home Collection by Sherwin-Williams

Trim Color: Pure White from the HGTV Home Collection by Sherwin-Williams

Couch: Hand-me-down from the mother. It’s on its last leg but I can’t find what I want so I have to save a little $ to get something custom made.

Armchairs: Target

Clock: Wayfair

Curtains: Target

Floral Stems: Hobby Lobby with the exception of the ones on the mantle which are from Kirkland’s.

Gray Console Table: Kirkland’s

Mercury Glass Vase: Hobby Lobby

White Candlesticks: Kirkland’s

Silver Pumpkins: TJ Maxx

Lidded Basket: Home Goods

Metal Wire Basket: found at antique store in Sheridan, AR

Mercury Glass Pitcher: found at a flea market in DeWitt, AR and sprayed with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint

Orange Pumpkin: the farm

Wood Picture Frame: TJ Maxx

White Half Moon Table: Vintage Soul a decor junktion in Longview, TX

Tobacco Baskets: the Painted Tree Vintage Market in Bryant, AR

White Horizontal Bookcase: Target

White Pumpkins under Mantle: Michael’s and spray painted with Chalky Paint

Galvanized Bucket with Magnolia Leaves: antique store in Sheridan, AR

Fireplace Mantle Decor: Most from Kirkland’s or Hobby Lobby, exception is the window which is from the Cotton Seed Market in Ashdown, AR

If I missed anything else try checking this post. If it’s not there just email me or comment below and I’ll see if I remember where I got it.

My sweet fur baby, Pepper

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