Before & After: Jessie's $400 Living Room Refresh

Before & After: Jessie's $400 Living Room Refresh

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Richmond, VA
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
My boyfriend and I bought our first house this May. After closing I had 11 dollars in my checking account so we had to find the most inexpensive ways to make the house beautiful. The living room had the most obvious potential; however, the walls were beige and brown, the tin ceiling was a glossy tan and the built in shelves were little more than sagging planks nailed to the walls. We boxed out plumbing pipes that ran through the shelves, painted everything two shades of soft grey with white trim and painted the ceiling a matte white. I added marbled tissue paper over the fireplace and changed the heavy brown fan for a white one. All of our furniture is either made by us or secondhand, including a bookshelf I made from an old mantle years ago and removed a shelf to create a place for a tv. The whole process probably took about a month of working in the evenings and the changes cost around $400 dollars. The ivy growing in the fireplace was free, and maybe my favorite element.
My makeover advice::
Start with a clean slate, simplify until you're happy with the base elements of a room and then add things you love on their own. If everything in a room is loved they will find a way to work together.
What I love most about my new space::
I love the tin ceilings, the ivy vine in the fireplace, the faux marble wallpaper and the rich warm floors. Even with big windows the tree outside keeps the light filtered and cool, like being in a forest.
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