Call Me Ang: Living Room Makeover

Living Room Makeover

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pink and Navy Living Room Makeover

I've grown bored of our great room. We have had the same color scheme for several years. It's time to start living life in color! I decided I wanted to add pink. I wasn't sure my husband would be on board.  I created this board, so that he could visualize my plans. Surprisingly, he didn't cringe. I'm taking this as a positive sign and moving forward with my plan! 

This grand plan would cost a fortune if I ran out and purchased everything new. Thankfully I have a few tricks up my sleeve! We currently own several pieces that I can modify and use. I've given myself a $300 budget. This $300, will have to cover the cost of fabric, art, paint, accents etc. 

We have a console table that I've never been particularly fond of. It's fine when used behind the sofa, but right now I have it against a wall. The piece has cubicles in the front...It's hideous. I'm not sure what we were thinking when we bought it 10 years ago.  However, rather than invest in a new table, I plan to knock the cubes out and paint it white. I'm hoping this "facelift" is just what the console needs....or it will end up on the curb! I'm growing less tolerant of "things" lately. If I don't like it, I don't see the point in keeping it! 

We have two cream occasional chairs that are not being used.  I'm going to reupholster the pair in pink fabric. I've never reupholstered anything, but I'm feeling ambitious. 

I have crystal and silver lamps that are gorgeous and being stored in the attic. They are screaming to be used! I've been searching for Navy lamp shades. So far, I'm not having any luck with my budget. No worries, I will just buy fabric and cover existing shades. 

I have several blue and white vases/ginger jars that can be used in our great room as well. 

While my list of items needed is short, some can be pricey.  I need a white fur throw and pillow for the chairs. I've seen several affordable options at Homegoods. I need small x-benches or cubes to be placed under the console. I'm not sure if that will be doable with my budget. I've seen them as low as $50 at Target.  The benches/cubes will be the largest expense.

I love to paint! I purchased a 36x48 canvas from Michaels. Their level 2 & 3 canvases (not professional quality) are currently half off. I paid $25 and will create my own abstract art! I've also been reading tutorials on how to create your own floating frame. While oversized art doesn't need a frame, it is certainly prettier with one. 

Thank goodness for Etsy! Fabric expense can add up quickly. Thankfully, I found a seller who has pillow covers reasonably priced. I'll recover existing inserts for pillows that are placed on our sofas.  

My goal is to complete this in the next two weeks. Not a huge undertaking, since I won't be painting walls or building anything. The bulk of my time will be reupholstering. I'm a tad nervous about tearing apart perfectly decent chairs. If only there were a way to dye the existing fabric. Does anyone know if this is possible? Have you seen it done? I bet Pinterest has the answer!

I'm really excited about this project and I can't wait to share the evolution and final results with you!



  1. I can't wait to see the finished product!!!

    1. It's going to take longer than I expected. ha!