Great Room Makeover Reveal | ORC Week 6
After five weeks of planning, shopping, and DIY projects, the full-room reveal for the great room is finally here.
That’s right. In this post, I share how 1/2 gallon of furniture paint, a few new accessories, and 10 yards of fabric come together to create a completely new look.
But before we peek at the results, a word of thanks. It’s been a pleasure to share this journey with you and I truly appreciate each and every visit.
Now, are you ready to see how the room turned out?
Great Room Makeover Reveal |
Eclectic Traditional | ORC Week 6
I’d be lying if I didn’t start by admitting that, in the beginning, it was more than a bit overwhelming to stand on the second story catwalk and look down into such a huge, empty space. Seriously, the room was oddly shaped and would require mixing and matching whatever I could lay my hands on. There was a moment —well—more than one— when I was filled with serious doubt –and near panic.
And then, it happened. That moment when it seemed like everything would be ok.
Now, in some parts of the decorating universe, what I’m about to tell you might seem strange. Bizzaro. Perhaps even sacrilege. But just hear me out.
On this particular morning, as I stood peering over the banister of the second floor, I realized that I had to make peace with what could be changed and what was here to stay. And this peace absolutely had to replace the panic before so much as one. more. thing. could happen in this room.
And, at the time, my heart was still struggling with the desire to strip the room from ceiling to floor. But as my head and my pocketbook quietly objected, I was reminded of this simple prayer.
“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference.”
And just like that, a sweet and gentle peace washed over me and the vision for the space fell miraculously into place.
For this refresh, the chandy, the floor, and the two pieces of furniture in the above photo are the things “that I could not change.” But once the artwork on the mantel was located, I had also found the “courage for the things I can” change in the rest of the room. With this piece in hand, yes –it is contemporary and yes –it is pink, the colors and fabrics were easily coordinated. Sounds crazy, I know! But trust me. It. was. soooo. easy.
The mirror is a refresh from a 1990s gold frame and the extra frames leaning on the mantel were thrifted and refinished. An entire post is dedicated to the mirror refresh in Week 4. If you happened to have missed it, the link is at the bottom of this post.
Sources: The architectural piece (far left), the artwork, and the candles were purchased at TJMaxx. All other items were upcycled from my on-hand inventory.
An upholstered ottoman that is a bit dark, but the perfect size and shape, is brightened with a DIY centerpiece, a refinished tray, and a throw made from upholstery fabric and fringe.
And in the corner, a tufted leather chair is softened with a cuddly throw and a couple of pillows jazzed up with DIY pillow covers.
Now I ask you, can you even tell that the ottoman is dark and the fabric a bit outdated? And what about the flat color in the taupe leather chair? Notice anything besides pink, black, and white?
Me, either. 🙂
Sources: The centerpiece containers, throw, and tray came from TJMaxx, the silks and stems are from on-hand inventory, and the upholstery fabrics were purchased at a local discount fabric store.
And speaking of bold, have you ever looked at Pinterest and felt that all of the rooms look basically the same? I mean seriously, what’s up with that? In my world, it is time for the unique. And although the design here is about 70% old-school traditional, I tried really hard to toss in a bit of the unexpected.
Like, for example, a collection of outdated luggage refinished to work together on top of the armoire.
OK. Not a great example —since I’ve seen this done about a gazallion times. 🙁
But when the luggage is combined with the armoire, which hides a flat screen TV and the media equipment, and some flanked canvases, the look takes on a life of its own. Wouldn’t you agree?
The photo below is the view from the kitchen side of the great room.
Sources: The luggage, canvases, and the armoire were upcycled from on-hand inventory.
In contrast, here is the view from the foyer. Is it just me or does this look like a completely different room?
Sources: Everything is upcycled from my personal stash with the exception of the gold side table. It came from TJMaxx.
And just to the left of the entrance from the foyer is the staircase. In fact, the staircase does a good job in its service as a strange, but effective open-style wall.
The sofa is another piece that I had to make peace with at the current moment. After many hours of shopping and doing the math, I elected to use a sofa I already had and refresh the cushions with DIY pillow covers.
I would like to find a sofa with a slimmer frame and more of a greige fabric, but it looks like I’ll have to custom order. This will take 6-10 weeks once the order is placed. So I am chosing to put a new sofa on my project list and be thankful for the comfy little number in the photo that is overflowing with colorful pillows.
And here we are. Totally happy with our simple room refresh and totally stoked for the next ORC.
Be Back Soon
In fact, the dining room is already getting cleared out so that planning and shopping can commence. NEXT time, I don’t want to get caught by that pesky 6-10 week delivery date on a piece of furniture. And, of course, we hope to see you there.
Click here for Week 1 – Eclectic Traditional Great Room Makeover Plans
Link here for Week 2 – How to Make a Discount Rug Work Like A Boss
Click here for Week 3 – 4 Easy Ways to Make Elegant Wall Art
Link here for Week 4 – Mirror Makeover in 3 Easy Steps
Click here for Week 5 – How to Make Custom-Sized Pillow Covers
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Before You Go
As always, many thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting this event on her blog. Please stop by to see all of the finished rooms. At last count, there are 250+ bloggers sharing ideas for every room in the house. #orc #oneroomchallenge
Thanks also to the ORC media partner, House Beautiful and to all of the wonderful sponsors. We are thrilled to have shared this journey with you! #housebeautiful