June 09, 2014

Summery Living Room Makeover with Coffee Table Before & After

Hello there friends! 
Can you believe that I really am actually alive & well out here?? 
I've been a terrible blogger but it's been a relief just to focus on my new job and spend time with my sweet family of four while we are still four :) 

We have been plugging away on our Baby Girl nursery and I am over the moon excited to share it with you soon! 
It has turned out every bit like I imagined it would and even better! 
Hubby has done such an amazing job of helping me take my vision and bring it to reality. 
Now we are just waiting on our rocking chair to get reupholstered to get the finishing touches in :) 

So in the meantime, I figured I should show you how I brightened up our back living room for spring & summer. 
I love this room in our house because it's full of light and has my little reading nook in it. 
I'll be sharing an update of that little space later this week!! 

I don't have any good before pictures but it was pretty much just a couch, coffee table and a few things hanging on the wall. 
It's changed a lot over the past couple years and I finally have it feeling bright & cozy...just the way I like! 

Check out our cute & summery space!! 


This living room opens right into our bright & gorgeous dining room area so they share the same blue & yellow colors that I love so much. 

I'm only sharing a small part of the room because there have been several transformations going on in there lately!
Including my reading nook & a new office space that had to happen since the computers were kicked out of the now-nursery. 
Don't mind the crazy lumpy couch- it's not a forever piece for us but it is the most. comfortable. thing ever. And not an eye-sore at the moment so it stays :) 

Let's talk about the coffee table for a minute. 


This pretty little piece was redone nearly four years ago! 
I know, I've been terrible.
But I could never get good pictures of it and just didn't feel like messing with it, honestly. 
But it was one of my first pieces & I love this little table!!

Here is what it looked like before: 


I think it was a Goodwill find. 
I love the curves and details along the sides so I snatched it up. 
I decided to go for a two-toned look for it and am so glad I did!
It has been perfect in the ever-changing decor of that room. 

First things first, I sanded down the top to get the varnish off and then re-stained it with dark walnut stain.
That red was super stubborn and kept wanting to come through so I dry-brushed some dark glaze over the stain for a deeper brown. 
And it was perfect :) 


I painted the bottom in a satin white and *gasp* didn't distress it.
Although I probably should now since it's had it's fair share of dings :) 

But check out the before & after on this beauty!!


So much better, right? 


I love, love, love all the details on this table. 
Definitely will be sticking with us for a while!! 



The coffee table has an eclectic grouping of things on it that I just love!
I found that vintage suitcase forever ago and love it on the bottom shelf. 

I used a blue tray from Hobby Lobby that we used at our wedding to hold a grouping of frames and my cute distressed tiered bowl. 
The bowl was a goodwill makeover, as was the cute frame. 

The small 'love' frame on the other side was from our wedding too. 


This room has lots of brown tones in it with the couch and dark wood floors so I love bringing in bright accessories to lighten it up. 
I use my favorite yellows & blues in the frames, wall decor & pillows to keep it light and airy.
It would easily become too dark & stuffy if I let it. 


The fun pillows are a mix of DIY ones that I shared forever ago, including my duck-cloth pillow (with an updated "C" now) and my painted burlap pillow.
The other pillows have white & blue pillow covers over them to keep it bright!!

I know you're dying to hear more about my spring faux mantle...and I promise I'll be back this week with more details! 

I'll also be sharing the office area & the updated reading nook too :) 
So stay tuned, friends!!

Hope you week is going amazingly!!


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