A few months back I decided to give my living room a complete makeover, something it’s needed since we moved in almost seven years ago. My biggest challenge was making my husband understand that in order for me to completely remodel our living room I was going to have to make some serious changes, aka spend some serious money, well that didn’t go over to well since he doesn’t understand the concept of spending money on decorating or re-decorating. That meant I was going to have to do some serious bargain shopping and take on some challenging diy projects that I was a little skeptical about, but I recruited my husband, bought more decorating books and magazines that I can keep up with and started searching the internet for living room inspirations and diy tutorials. It took me a few weeks but I finally finished my inspiration board and knew exactly what I wanted my living room to look like; however it was going to take alot more work to get the furniture and accents I wanted at a price I could afford, so I was on a constant search for deals and discounts spending most nights and weekends either on the internet looking for coupon codes or rummaging through discount department stores and local consignment shops.

It was a lot to take on at once but after three and a half months our living room transformation was complete, so i’m pleased to announce that my husband and I successfully  installed crown moulding,  put up wainscot paneling and built a fireplace overmantle  all for $300.00. In addition, we were able to find all of the furniture and decorative accents for $2,931 for a total cost of $3,331

Look for DIY tutorials on how to install crown moulding, how to install picture frame wainscot paneling and how to build a fireplace overmantle in the near future!

Living Room Makeover Before and After Photos

Here are some photos of my Living Room Before the Makeover

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Where do I start….no architectural elements, bad lighting and the list goes on

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Here is a view of the Living Room from the Kitchen Entrance

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Here is a view of the Living Room from the Foyer Entrance

Okay, on to the good stuff….. Since Lighting makes a huge difference in the way a room looks and feels I wanted to showcase the way the room looks in both natural and artificial lighting conditions. Now without further ado, here is my budget living room makeover

The photos below were taken during the evening using artificial lighting

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My husband and I Built the Fireplace Overmantle, Installed Wainscot Paneling and Crown Moulding

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Close up of the Fireplace Overmantle. My biggest DIY accomplishment thus far!

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This is the view looking into the Living Room from the Foyer Entrance

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I love using Ceramic Pitcher Vases for Floral Arrangements

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View from the Kitchen Entrance

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Angled view from the Kitchen entrance

The Photos below were taken during the day time using natural lighting 

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View from the corner of the Living Room looking towards the Kitchen

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Side view from the Foyer Entrance

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I had a very hard time getting a good picture of this view due to the reflection from the mirrored plaques

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These Floating Shelves are a lifesaver!  They are fabulous for decorating but they are also hiding the ugly thermostat box on the wall; It’s right behind the picture frame on the bottom shelf. If you’re interested in learning more about camouflaging ugly thermostat and control boxes checkout my previous post How to Hide a Thermostat Box 

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Up-close view of the sofa, rug and wall art

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The End….

Below you will find a cost breakdown for the entire project

 Cost Breakdown


Custom Built Button Tufted Sofa: Online custom furniture retailer, Club Furniture – $1,680

Set of Matching Wing Back Chairs: Local Consignment Shop – $200

Furniture Total = $1,880


Floor Lamp with round shade:  Amazon – $110

Torchiere Floor Lamp: Target – $59

Lighting Total = $169

Wall Decor

Set of Framed Prints (35×40): TJ Maxx – $80

Set of Mirrored Plaques: Kirklands – $50

Beveled Mirror: Garden Ridge – $69

Floating Shelves: Amazon – $50

Wall Decor = $249


Throw Pillows (purchased fabric and used old pillow forms): Fabric – $18

Curtain Panels & Valences: Overstock – $100

8×10  Hand-Tufted Rug: Overstock – $315

Textiles = $433

Decorative Accents & Accessories

2 Candles: TJ Maxx – $6

White Distressed Candle holder: TJ Maxx – $10

Brushed Nickel  Candle Holder with Crystal Embellishments: TJ Maxx – $12

Pink Flower Candle Holder: TJ Maxx – $6

5 Nesting Book Boxes in three sizes: TJ Maxx – $26

Decorative Plates (Large & Small): TJ Maxx – $27

White Vase: TJ Maxx – $12

White Pitcher Vase: TJ Maxx – $12

Dried Flower arrangement: TJ Maxx – $10

White Ornate Picture Frame: TJ Maxx – $12

Decorative Mirror Plate: TJ Maxx – $15

Tall Mirrored Candle Holder: Garden Ridge – $14

Medium and Tall Mirrored Vase: Garden Ridge – $28

Decorative Mirrored box: TJ Maxx – $10

Decorative Accents & Accessories = $200

DIY Projects

Crown Moulding – $70

Ogee Moulding – $40

Chair Rail – $60

Paint – $25

Overmantle Materials – $105

DIY Projects = $300

Total Cost = $3,331

There are a few items that I used in my living room makeover that I didn’t include in the cost breakdown above, as I already owned the items and it didn’t impact my budget; however I thought it would be helpful to share the cost breakdown for those items as well.

Coffee Table: Crate & Barrel (Clearance Sale) – $100

End Table: Crate & Barrel (Clearance Sale) – $125

Media Console: Craigslist (This console retailed at almost $800) – $100

Television: Best Buy (Black Friday Deal) – $800


Soooo….What do you think? 


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