Sunday, December 18, 2011

DIY Project Parade ~ Sitting Room Before and After

My love of DIY is sometimes madness! We have an empty nest this year. We planned a vacation in December because it sounded good at the time to get away while it's cold and snowy here and escape to somewhere warm and toasty.  However, it's a busy time of year. I'm in a bit of a holiday panic.  Since we have so much going on, I thought I'd only put up our smaller pre-lit tree in the living room instead of our monster not pre-lit.  I rearranged furniture, vacuumed all over, set up and fluffed the little tree.  I didn't realize it was so little - it looked lost.  Sad, really. I don't think I even needed to rearrange furniture. It just wasn't going to work. I had to bring up the monster.  

So...time to move the little tree to our little sitting room. Only the walls were dingy. A DIY girl cannot decorate and just add Christmas to a blah sitting room! Of course not! So, 4 days before our trip (I hadn't even packed yet)...I decided to freshen up the walls in our sitting room so that the tree would be happy there. 

Sitting room before: I loved the color...it was just scuffed up and scratched and even dirty. 
(prepping the room to paint)

Armed with Dutch Boy's Refresh paint and my Purdy paintbrush...I had this room repainted in no time flat! One coat. No taping.

You can see the difference here in progress. New wet paint...


Pretty new color is Dutch Boy's Ypsilanti Skies (yes, I had to go look that up to spell it right only to discover that spell check already knew)....
 
Now it's a lot fresher and brighter. I love the light blue/gray with the cherry furniture and green from the Christmas tree. 

before


after


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I even made a sign for our coat closet...

More after pictures:




 DIY Ornament Wreath tutorial by Mommy is Coo Coo
Mine is a gift. Thanks, Amanda!



I'll be sharing a tutorial for the DIY curtain rod and DIY script dropcloth curtains and more coming soon!  :)
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31 comments:

Crystal said...

Thanks for hosting, I love your Christmas decor!

JC said...

Looks great! I like the rearrangement of the furniture also!

HI THERE! said...

Thanks so much for hosting. Your home looks beautiful! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Jenn :)

m @ random musings said...

lovely decor - can you share where you got the love you more pillow?

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

It looks beautiful in there - I love your tile with the trim and wall color. I also am dying for that ornament wreath!

Coley said...

Your room is so so gorgeous! Thanks for hosting ;)

Dusty Coyote said...

Looks beautiful. I love the little box that your tree sits in and I always drool over your mirror-so gorgeous.

gail said...

wow! your tree and room look fabulous! :) So warm and cozy!
I also liked your little tree in it's other spot too.
gail

Sabrina @ loulousucre said...

Your room looks beautiful!!! I love the wall color and the curtains. Merry Christmas!!! Enjoy your holiday in your warm/sunny place.

The DIY Show Off said...

Thanks, ladies. :)
M@Random Musings - It's from WUSLU. but unfortunately the pillow is sold out. Sorry!

Suesan said...

Hi Roeshel,

I think your blog post feed is set to Short. In your Dashboard, choose the Settings tab and then the Site Feed menu option. Under the Blog Posts Feed option, make sure Full is selected from the pull down menu. That should fix it.

Susan said...

This is a gorgeous and inviting room!! What a great transformation.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love everything about this room. I'm mad about the curtains, and the tree. Very cozy vibe. Thanks so much for hosting. Merry Christmas.

Blue Velvet Chair said...

Roeshel -
LOVE that pillow!
The season has finally got to me and I entered the same post twice - at 48 and 52 - so go ahead and delete one of them. Sorry about that.
Michael

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

Funny...I would see putting up the tree as an excuse NOT to paint. You rock and it turned out beautiful. Thanks for hosting!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Your room looks fantastic! Your taste is always impeccable though! Thanks for hosting too!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Roschel

I love the paint job. Its lovely. Thank you for hosting.

Vanessa

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, Roeshel your sitting room looks absolutely incredible! The fresh paint and all of the other lovely details are perfect. Can't believe you got all that done with what you have had going on this month! Thanks so much for hosting us here this week and have a wonderful Christmas! :-)
Vanessa

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Your room looks fabulous! I love the new paint. Such a great place to sit. It looks so lovely!

Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} said...

I don't know what else to say other than love, love, love, love, LOVE it :D

Lolly Jane said...

Your room is stunning. Loving your style. Thanks for hosting (:

Tracy Suzanne said...

You've been one busy girl Roeshel. And yet you still find time to host at this busy time of year. Santa should be very good to you. Your makeover is gorgeous! Thanks for letting me join in.

Merry Christmas...
Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

NYCLQ said...

Absolutely gorgeous Roeshel! So simple - and so elegant. Love it! Love the window panels too! Thanks for hosting and...

Merry Christmas!
xo Lynda

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I love it! I think it is so pretty. I especially like the Coat Check sign. Great idea!

Sherry said...

That's too funny that your Christmas decorating caused you to "need" to paint a room! I so relate. Looking forward to the curtain rod tute...I need that! Linking up at 144 & 145. Merry Christmas!!!

Vonda said...

I love the sitting room and the little Christmas Tree!
Have a fun vacation and Merry Christmas!! Looking forward to more great reading on your blog in 2012!!

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

Thanks for hosting. Your sitting room looks wonderful. I love the tree in the box! Everything looks so lovely. Great job!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I love the new look! You have some gorgeous accessories in that room...I'm jealous!

Hibiscus House said...

I am so glad that I found your blog. Love it and am now following. Please pay me a visit anytime at Hibiscus House, dolly's designs or dolly is cooking. Would be glad to have you Merry Christmas.

Nif said...

I love love love the "Love You More" pillow! It's what Hubs & I always say to each other! Love your decorating style. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I really like the arrangement. Your home is always so beautiful and unique. I love those curtains and can't wait for the tutorial. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. I sure wish i could borrow you for a week, haha. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best and wishing you Happy Holiday's.

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