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my mom’s living room makeover

So in the sneak peek of the furniture I painted for my mom while visiting last week, I showed you these dark pine bookcases.

These bookcases have great significance in my memory bank as they were the backdrop for every.single. homecoming dance and prom picture from jr. high to high school. Wanna see?

10th grade homecoming

11th grade homecoming

Just a regular ole date (my mom was camera happy).

Senior prom

Weren’t my dates happy? Just look at those smiles! 🙂

And what’s not to smile about? It was the 80’s…when Journey was still together and I still had a waistline. 🙂 Good times.

Anyhoo…hope you enjoyed that little trip down memory lane. But you are here to see a living room makeover right?

I don’t have any true before pics because I was a little overzealous and started moving furniture outside to paint before snapping any. Oopsie.

But here are some pics my mom took before they had the carpet replaced a few weeks ago.

Diagnosis: Too much dark furniture placed willy-nilly around the perimeter of the room. It looked like a furniture hold-up. All the pieces of furniture retreated to their separate walls with their hands up. Nothing was cohesive.

Remedy: Lighten up some of the furniture and arrange the room so that it is visually pleasing and inviting.

First up…the painting. As I showed you in this post I painted the dark pine bookshelves and the antique stereo cabinet in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White.

Here is the before and after one more time.

To help freshen up the living room accessories, my mom and I headed to Birmingham.

Our first stop??? My happy place.

We found some great pillows and accessories. (BTW, I found the Hadley duvet cover that’s out of stock here in Canada!)

Then we hit HomeGoods, Target, TJ Maxx and Steinmart. Just look at all those goodies we had piled high! 🙂

Next came the fun part…putting the room together!

I used all of the same furniture that was in the room before and added only the ottoman. I just rearranged it so that there was a true focal wall and a warm, inviting seating arrangement.

The walls are a beautiful mossy green color, so I stuck with greens and yellows with botanical accents. I’m not big on “themey” rooms but in the right doses a common element or theme can really pull a room together.

I added a runner, lamp and grouped a few accessories to create a vignette on my grandmother’s drop leaf table. Underneath was a perfect spot to store the unused ottoman. It’s handy when extra seating is needed.

The pillows are from Pottery Barn.

The french script ottoman and the botanical prints were found at Steinmart.

Love this green lamp. We found it at HomeGoods.

These basket weave lamps are one of my favorite things we added. I love the texture that they bring to the space. The linen button shades were a Hobby Lobby find.

My goal was to create a beautiful retreat for my mom using pieces that she already had. By painting a few pieces of furniture, rearranging the room and freshening up the accessories that goal was accomplished.

My mom loves the room and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out too.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everybody!

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34 Comments Post a comment
  1. Susan…wanna come play at my house? It could use a dose of your fabulousness. Your Mom’s room looks so wonderful and fresh! What a fun way to spend the week. Thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday! 🙂

    March 23, 2011
  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. #

    You did a fabulous job! It’s fresh and pretty and comfortable. I bet your mom loves her room, especially since you put so much heart into it!

    March 23, 2011
  3. Mel #

    Fresh is what immediately comes to mind.

    What a wonderful gift. And the two of you even have matching pearl necklaces. Too cute.

    March 23, 2011
  4. Jamie #

    Everything looks amazing! Am so glad you had such a good time. Nothing like some good “Mommy – Daughter” time! I can hardly wait to see your (new find’s) makeover’s – am so excited!!

    March 23, 2011
  5. Your Mom must be thrilled! The bookcases look wonderful with a fresh coat a paint! And, the goodies you found at PB are so pretty in her space, too! Thanks for sharing, Becca

    March 23, 2011
  6. LOVE the prom pictures! And what you did for your Mom was fantastic! She must be thrilled! Everything you bought just pulled it together so nicely.

    March 23, 2011
  7. it turned out so amazingly!!! and i especially enjoyed the prom pics- those were awesome!

    March 23, 2011
  8. MamuniaAgunia #

    Good job! Your Mom’s room looks so fresh and wonderful! Have a nice day!

    March 23, 2011
  9. Girl you did a beautiful job for your mom, you may come to my home anytime…..i laughed at how every picture was taken in front of the bookcases, so funny how that happens. The living is so fresh, bright and so very pretty.

    March 23, 2011
  10. Sera #

    You always make me snort with laughter (here at work much more!) when I read your posts! Your date pics made my day…at least you stayed consistent with the same “smiley” guy all those years! *grin* As for your waist- I’ve been told having one is HIGHLY over-rated, so not to worry…:)
    Your mom is SO lucky to have such a talented daughter to re-do her rooms! MY mom is stuck with someone who can’t design her way out of a damp paper bag! *sigh* I love your blog and always enjoy seeing a new post show up in my email.

    March 23, 2011
  11. Jim #

    Another great creation by my favorite designer! Best of all, I got to play golf while she worked.

    March 23, 2011
  12. Oh my your Mother must be estatic. You did an incredible job. What a difference paint and accessories can make. ~~Sherry~~

    March 23, 2011
  13. What a fantastic transformation! I am dying to shop at Hobby Lobby, but alas, us Canucks are denied this shopping delight. I’m sure your mom is loving her new space!

    March 23, 2011
  14. Kim Brown #

    Beautiful, it’s really beautiful, and oh so beautiful!! 🙂

    You, Cloud White, and Pottery Barn make an awesome team!!

    I really love the photo of you and your mom, I love that you are both wearing pearl necklaces!!

    March 23, 2011
  15. Susan #

    Is that paneling I detect behind the bookcases in those old photos? My parents also had a love affair with wood. They never would have dreamed of painting case pieces and still don’t like it when I do it. I’ve given up trying to to convert them to a lighter, fresher look. Your mom’s room looks so nice, a long way from all that dark, heavy wood. As far as the bookcases, they could have been made yesterday instead of thirty years ago. They look so current and stylish. Nice makeover.

    March 23, 2011
  16. Deanna #

    I love the ottoman and painting the shelves was a great solution!

    March 23, 2011
  17. Marcia Ramsey #

    Fresh and springy! You inspire me daily with your transformations. Thanks for brightening my days and giving me inspiration! I really appreciate you!

    March 23, 2011
  18. Rondell #

    Wonderful job on your mom’s home, you sure did alot of work and the shopping trip had to be wonderful!


    March 23, 2011
  19. kristin #

    what a wonderful makeover, I just love it!

    March 23, 2011
  20. LOVELY, the makeover and Mom!

    March 23, 2011
  21. Your mom should be thrilled since the room turned out so updated and beautiful. Wow

    March 23, 2011
  22. OMG!! I loved reading this post. Loved that you shared those photos from the 80’s. My parents always used the same back drop of the fireplace for every photo.

    Onto the makeover…..HOLY COW!!!! Love it!

    Take care,

    March 23, 2011
  23. Wow, thanks everyone for your nice comments! They made my day. 🙂

    March 23, 2011
  24. great job on the bookcases. they are wonderful!

    March 24, 2011
  25. That must have been fun for you both. The shelves look great! Love the height.

    March 24, 2011
  26. First of all I enjoyed all your cute homecoming pictures! You’re just a doll. And…what a good daughter you are to do all of this for your mother. What a difference painting those pieces make! You’ve certainly put together a beautiful living room for her! Love the red print chair. I have used that fabric on little curtains for my kitchen and pillows for my den.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    March 24, 2011
  27. What a great job you did! I love the ottoman and prints and lamps and pillows — just everything.

    And that waistline you used to have! Wow! You were a darned cutie! (And of course, you still are!)

    March 24, 2011
  28. What a fabulous room!! The changes make the room so fresh and 2011; just beautiful. Also love the pictures. My mom was a camera toting, date-picture taking mom too. This is truly a “wow us Wednesday”. Peggy

    March 24, 2011
  29. Viola Stuckey #

    It looks like it is coming together great. I have a quick question though…I noticed in your picture with the pillows that you did the “karate chop” to put the dip in the middle…I’ve seen pillows done like that so much, where did that come from originally and why do people do it? Just something I’ve been wondering!

    March 24, 2011
  30. Love the transformation – especially the scripted ottoman and the painted bookshelves. I’m sure your mother is thrilled!

    March 25, 2011
  31. Paula Diekhoff #

    Is there any way you can tell me, step-by-step, how you painted your mom’s old bookcases and stereo cabinet? I showed the “before and after” photos to my husband and he agreed the ‘new’ look was good, but he commented
    “I don’t know who is going to paint ours and how to do it”. So, I need HELP and would greatly appreciate a tutorial. I know you time is limited. Thanks for considering this request.

    March 26, 2011
  32. kim #

    I love this makeover and I am sure your mom does, too. Love the bookcases in white and look at all those yummy PB pillows. Thanks for joining WUW.

    March 28, 2011

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