Living Room / Dining Room Reveal!

Edit – Our mantel has since had a big change! Check our fireplace makeover!

When we first purchased our century farmhouse just over a year ago now, we were overwhelmed with excitement and filled with ideas of what we would do with this house to make it feel like home. To be honest I think we definitely got ahead of ourselves with how quickly we thought we could get it all done. Older homes take a lot more work – and although the previous owners did a lot in making the home up to date (wiring, insulation, new siding) they didn’t tackle what may be the most difficult and frustrating challenge of older homes…

Wallpaper.
We found ourselves in a three month long renovation with our first room, partially because we had never dealt with wallpaper in an older home before and it was a huge learning process. The room is still in progress (I have some tweaks coming up in the near future) but I thought today would be the perfect time to show where we are so far with this room a year later.
This is what we started with:
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
This photo actually makes the room look quite nice in comparison to the reality. The built in unit was just awful, and as you can see wasn’t capable of fitting a flat screen – they had it bolted onto the outside.
The textured wallpaper wasn’t lined up so you could see each and every seam, and it just wasn’t a great sight to see.
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Below are photos of when we first tore down the unit, sorry for terrible quality! These were also taken at night:
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Removal of wallpaper… over 100 years of layers, ugh!
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
We made the decision to gyprock the focal wall, as it was in terrible condition. The column on the right contains a pipe that connects to the upstairs bathroom. To create symmetry we added another column on the left.
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
This was once the walls were prepped and painted, and we were starting to build our mantel!
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Everything and anything else we could, we skimcoated! – Blog post about this in the future!
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
And finally, here is our living room / dining room reveal today:
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Still need to do something with those TV wires!
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
DriftWood Seahorse - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Wooden Sailboat - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
White Fireplace - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Lantern and antique box - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
starfish and blue glass - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Green Wreath - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Farmhouse Table - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Our dining room was made based on Ana White’s popular plans!

Farmhouse Table and Windsor Chairs - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss

Farmhouse Table and Windsor Chairs - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
We managed to score a Restoration Hardware 6-arm wine barrel chandelier knock-off from none other than Homesense! (We plan to add flame-shaped bulbs in the future)
Restoration Hardware knock-off  -  Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
This vintage ladder was scored at a junkyard – it was about to be demolished!

Antique Ladder - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss

Farmhouse Table and Windsor Chairs - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss

Farmhouse Table and Restoration Hardware chandelier knock-off  -  Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss

Antique books and wooden bird - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss

Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Starfish in an antique bread bowl - Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss

Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss

Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
Our golden retriever Sawyer seems to enjoy the room.
Budget Living Room / Dining Room Makeover Reveal! - Nest of Bliss
I plan to update this page as I finish up with new plans I have for this room. A renovation is never really “finished” is it?

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Comments

  1. Sooo Beautiful! Beyond words! Xo

  2. Hi Brandi! Congratulations on your new blog! It looks great! You have amazing taste and have done such a beautiful job on your home! I LOVE that fireplace and that chandelier! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog today!
    xo,
    Virginia

    • Thank you Kim! We just finished building the fireplace up to the ceiling for a bigger impact. I just love fireplaces, your stone fireplace is to die for!

  3. The place looks great Brandi! Great job on the finishing touches. I’m jealous of your faux fireplace <3

  4. Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous transformation! It looks like all that hard work paid off! I love your coastal touches everywhere. The room looks so cozy and inviting. Great job!

    • Thank you Kim! I actually just finished putting the first coat of paint on the top of the mantel – we decided to build an extension up to the ceiling! It’s the smaller projects that seem to make the most impact!
      I’m from Nova Scotia (Now living in New Brunswick) so those coastal touches have to come with me wherever I go. You seem to have the same mentality as I do on that one – one of the reasons why I enjoy your blog so much. 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh. One million billion trillion times better!! I can only imagine the work it took to remove all that wallpaper!!

  6. Thank you!! It wasn’t always fun, that’s for sure. Since I posted this we added onto the mantel as well which I think makes a much better impact than that old entertainment unit!
    I’m actually about to tackle the wallpaper in the foyer and up the stairs. I’m crossing my fingers that the former owners gyprocked those walls before adding on more wallpaper… a girl can hope, right?

  7. What a dramatic transformation! Both rooms are so beautiful now!! Great job!

  8. Thank you so much for the sweet comment Lisa! Be sure to check out the addition we completed on the mantel. 🙂

  9. This is gorgeous! Did you install the fireplace yourself? We’ve been contemplating adding one, so I’m interested in any advice/resources you might be able to provide.

    • Hi Kirsten,

      Yes! We did. This is a VERY old post however – you should definitely peek at the updates this space has received since! The fireplace even had an extra makeover. 😉 For that there is a tutorial linked within this post! For the fireplace itself, we purchased it second-hand in pieces and put it together while building a hearth for it. We bought an electric fireplace that we put in the middle and added some wood around the edges where it was a bit too small. Good luck!

  10. Melissa says:

    Hi Brandi,

    I absolutely love your subtle coastal touches … may I ask the color of paint used ? The dining room is just gorgeous and I love the pops of peachy blush and the window treatments. I’m getting ready to lighten up my LR and DR and this is perfect inspiration !

    Melissa

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thank you so much for your sweet words! The paint colour in here is a warm grey called Chocolate Froth by Behr – It’s one of my favourites & looks different in every light!

  11. Theresa O'Brien says:

    Can you please tell me where you got your white windsor dining chairs. I’m looking for the EXACT same chairs. **Even if you refinished them yourself, can you please tell me where you purchased them? Thank you!! Your home is gorgeous!

    • Hi Theresa!
      I purchased these chairs from Kijiji (Similar to Craigslist in the US), so I unfortunately can’t be of much help! This is a much older post & since then we replaced the chairs was tufted ones & I gifted these to my parents. They are great chairs, so keep a look out at stores but more importantly online on second-hand websites – you might score a deal, too! 🙂

  12. Hello I just came across your page and I love your remodel! My dad recently made us an Ana White farmhouse table and I’m trying to decide what color I want to stain in. Can you tell me what you used on your table? It’s beautiful!

    • It was a trial and error process -but we have a tutorial in the ‘projects’ section all about the table finish

  13. Where are you buying your decoration. Like the driftwood seahorse, I’m IN LOVE with it and can’t find one anywhere.

    • Hi Christine,
      The seahorse was actually found at a pitstop gas station between provinces while on a roadtrip. Your best bet would be coastal decor stores or perhaps online, but shipping may be on the pricer side.

  14. Hi, your living room is gorgeous! What color do you have on the wall? I love that it is nearly white but I’m guessing not quite…???

  15. Great job! I love the wires on the TV. Not because it’s a nice look, but because it means real people live in this house. Sometimes design blogs are too styled and perfect. I like to be reminded that a house belongs to regular people like me.

    • Hi Dalila! This is a bit of an old post on the living room, be sure to check other pages for the updates we created since – but YES the wires were still there 🙂 In a home as old as this it would be awfully tricky to try to get those wires in the plaster walls. I completely agree with you – a house needs to be livable – and also, it’s too easy to have a beautiful home if you have heaps of money. I try to keep things real around here. 😉

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