Before & After: Amanda's Cozy Cohesive Living Room

Before & After: Amanda's Cozy Cohesive Living Room

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Clawson, MI
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
We own a 1925 Sears Kit home that we love. We love the bigger moldings, plaster walls and original hardwoods. In the 70's, there was a living room addition added on the back of the house. Unfortunately, the owners did not choose to make this addition seem like part of the original home. It has smaller moldings, navy blue carpet and a dated brick fireplace. We wanted to make this room seem like it was original to the home and flowed with the rest of the house. This makeover took us 3 months to complete and cost us about $1000. It was all cosmetic changes, thankfully. We whitewashed the fireplace first, which immediately changed the room. I also painted the fireplace surround with a high-heat black paint. We chose to paint the walls in Benjamin Moore's "Dry Sage" and replaced the navy blue carpet with a light grey. We replaced all of the trim and moldings with a thicker version that matches the rest of the house and painted them white to keep everything cohesive.
My makeover advice::
The advice I would give to someone considering a similar project is to take your time. We spent almost a month with a whitewashed fireplace and blue carpet while we decided the best plan of attack for the floor. Living in a renovation is not easy but not rushing it makes the best outcome.
What I love most about my new space::
I adore the fireplace. It has made the room so cozy. There was nothing particularly wrong with the brick before, but it wasn't cool antique brick or anything so we didn't feel bad about covering it up. It completely dated the home before and now it is our favorite feature in the house.
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