Livingroom Makeover: progress update

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One of my good friends recently bought her first apartment, so it has put me in a reflective mood and I was inspired to share a progress post of how my living room DIY work has evolved since I bought my apartment ~5 years ago.

Here’s what my living room looked like the day after I picked up the keys.

I was freaked out by the pressure of owning my first apartment but insanely excited at the same time.

{Me and my sister sitting in the position of where I wanted my furniture}

Four days later, this is what it looked like in renovation mode…

{The first thing we did was replace the cornices to give the space some art deco character}

Over these 5 years, I took my time to try out different layouts and figure out how I used the space before I settled on what would work best for me.

{2012}
{2013}

The same room today…

Aside from the missing artwork on the main wall (to the right of this image), this room is complete.

I had a hand in making and customising most of the pieces in this room in some way, so I’m really proud of this space.

I made the curtains ($150).

I refinished the side table ($50) and the hutch ($95).

I resprayed the coffee table ($20).

I painted the picture frames and put together the images and mounting boards.

I sourced new lampshade and sprayed the base.

I bought the sofa ($300), rug ($100), side table, hutch, coffee table all from eBay.

I put up that Laura Ashley wallpaper ($75).

I reupholstered those Louis armchairs ($340).

Livingroom 3

Livingroom 6

 

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No one job was all that taxing or expensive. But I’ve managed to get a good custom look. The secret was having the patience to understand the space and what I wanted and sourcing the right items at a great price (all of which takes time – there’s no way around it).

Pamela