A Coastal Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist

Happy Labor Day!  Sit back and enjoy a little trip to the coast today in this living room makeover.

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 The Decorologist

 

I showed you the make-over of this Brentwood client’s entry last week, and it made it into the Style section of The Tennessean over the weekend!  This is where this living room started:  it was a large, light-filled room filled with treasures my client had collected over the years from the flea market.  The problems we identified were:  the orangey-brown fireplace from the 1980’s did not work with the beachy vibe she really wanted, the room felt unbalanced, the furnishings lacked cohesion, and it all just felt a bit cluttered.

Living Room Before

 

Over the next several months, we worked towards creating an oasis of calm for this busy family.  The fireplace needed an update, but I didn’t think it was necessary to rip it out or cover it over – instead, we used the power of paint to transform it.

Fireplace Before

 

 

Let’s start with another “before” of this living room:

 

 

This is the “after” of the space from the same angle:

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Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist

 

 

Here’s a “before” from the other side of the room:

Living Room Before

 

And the “after: “

painted stone fireplaceLiving Room Design by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

 

Before:

Before

 

 

Isn’t the fireplace GORGEOUS now?  The new wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Iced Green, which plays into the coastal palette throughout the home.

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 Living Room by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

 

 painted fireplace

The Decorologist

 

 

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Design by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

 

Vintage globe I picked up at an antique mall

 

 

Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

So many little makeover projects went into making this beachy living room come together – I’ll  share the details and how-to’s of those, including the fireplace and furniture makeovers, later this week.  Stay tuned!

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Kelley
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Holy cow, this is amazing! It looks so much brighter and more cheerful in the “after” photos. I love the wall color!

Lee
Guest

it’s a small world – literally – I picked up that very same globe a week ago when our church was throwing out old classroom paraphernalia to make way for remodeling.
Question: your room transformation is amazing, but part of the transformation includes moving stuff around and giving things a home somewhere else. What became of the guitars stored in the corner by the fireplace? In other words – how do you convince someone to move their stuff so you can have a pretty room?

MarySue
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MarySue

Once again, my jaw literally dropped as I scrolled down to the first ‘after’ pic. You have amazing talent! Bravo on another fab room! Your client must be ecstatic with the results!

Mary
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Mary

Wonderful transformation! That fireplace makeover is the best I’ve seen and your how-to post on how you did it will help so many people turn their dark and heavy looking fireplace into a beauty. I know quite a few people who have the same fireplace and their room is no wider than 10 feet -the dark fireplace towers over you. I will show them your post to see if they can be convinced to do a makeover.

sonia
Guest

Absolutely GORGEOUS after!Bravo Kristie
Enjoy labor day weekend
Sonia xo

Holly
Guest

Beautiful Kristie! That fireplace POPS now – I can’t wait to read about the technique you used to update it. Nice work!

MK
Guest

Oh my goodness, I hope you will tell us what paint color you used! After years of the tans and browns, which are still nice, all these cool colors are making me yearn to transform at least one room. I see so many re-dos with what looks like a Tiffany-blue. Lovin’ it!

Kelly
Guest

What a great transformation Kristie! Amazing how much better the fireplace looks. Paint helped in the room but you did the wonderful redesign. Your client must be so happy!

Maria @ All Things Luxurious
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Wow — this is an amazing transformation! 🙂 I love everything — but I think that chandelier is my favorite part!

Paula,
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Paula,

I have this identical fireplace and when I showed my husband, he started asking questions. I think he might go for it. Waiting with great anticipation for the instructions on how to transform my bossy fireplace.

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Stephanie@cre8tive
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Oh Kristi, this whole transformation is so well designed and well executed. I love the settee, just so fun and flirty. Great job on this one!

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Amy
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Amy

I love, love, love the color in the living room!  I want it for mine, can you tell me what color you used? I've been trying to match it on my own to no avail!

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Can you please tell me the name of the paint you used on the walls? It’s beautiful. We are painting a nursery & need a gender neutral color. Thank you.
Jennifer

Tristan
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Tristan

What a beautiful room. I think I will paint my guest room in Ice Green. What trim color did you use?

Eric
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Eric

Hello I’ve just been searching for a way to possibly paint the fireplace. I came across your makeover there and it’s great!
But I didn’t see the how to. Is there still a link or a quick explanation of what was used?
Thank you
Eric

Tiki Bighouse
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Tiki Bighouse

Hi, I also an wanting to know how you painted the fireplace. I can not figure out how to get to your blog to find your Larry post explaining how you did it. It looks amazing! 🙂

Christie Williams
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Christie Williams

I need the info on what you used and how you transformed the fireplace. I would love to do it to my fireplace and i have an entryway that is gray rock with lack grout. I am anxiously awaiting a reply

Nicki Parrish
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Hi Kristie! I love this fireplace makeover, and I would like to ask permission to use a photo with a link back to this post, in a favorites post I am currently writing. Would that be OK with you?