Then and Now: Our Living Room

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Then and Now: Our Living Room

Happy APRIL! Hopefully this means warmer weather is on the way. ;)

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed when living in a fixer upper. We look around and realize how much work still needs to be done on updating our home while still trying to fit in everyday chores like laundry, washing dishes, mopping the floor, cleaning windows, and scrubbing the toilet. Oh and then there are things like working and raising a toddler. It’s a lot!

But when I actually stop and think about how much work we have put into our fixer-upper and how much of a transformation this home has undergone, I’m amazed.

On Thursday I mentioned that I was starting a little mini three-part series with a couple of fun, DIY all-natural product recipes (the first of which was an amazing coconut oil + lemon sugar scrub – you can find it [here]). I thought it would be fun to start another little series called “Then and Now” to show you just how far we’ve come.

Today I’m starting with our living room because it’s the first room you walk into when you come in our home. It wasn’t the very first room we worked on after we moved in, but it was one of the first. Keep in mind that this room isn’t done – but this is how it looks right now.

So first, here’s how the living room looked on the real estate listing:

Then and Now: Our Living Room via Life on Shady Lane blog

And here it is now:

Then and Now: Our Living Room

One more view – then:


Then and Now: Our Living Room


How we got here:

  • Refinishing hardwood floors [here]
  • All of the paint colors we used [here]
  • What’s the deal with our stairs? They’re not done yet! Don’t judge us, we’ll get there. See more [here]
  • See a couple hilarious photos of when we had TWO couches in this small living room (including a massive sectional)  [here] – plus there was a different layout and a different rug!
  • Read about the history of our antique church pew and see photos from Christmas [here]
  • More Spring photos of the pew [here] and [here]

Pretty big transformation, right? I really considered putting off this post a little longer because the living room isn’t “finished.” But let’s be real…even if we lived in a brand new house, I don’t think I’ll ever feel like a room is “finished” just because I like to mix things up and change things around so much. The plank thing on the wall above our couch needs to go – we built it around Christmastime to hang a wreath on, and I just haven’t come up with the “perfect” thing to hang there instead just yet. And the stairs and stair railing aren’t done yet, either. But…I wanted to be real and show you what our home looks like NOW – it’s certainly not perfect and we have a lot more work to do, but the changes we’ve made this far are pretty awesome I think.

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You might like to read these posts next:

A Pop of Blue in the Entryway

A pop of blue, modern farmhouse entryway via Life on Shady Lane blog

Our Upstairs Bedroom: Before

Upstairs Bedroom: Before

The Other Upstairs Bedroom – Before

The Other Upstairs Bedroom - Before

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  • Reply
    April 1, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Love your before and afters! You guys did so much work! Love the after!!!!!!!

  • Reply
    Mia Janick
    April 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I just love it so much! Great job, what an amazing transformation:)

  • Reply
    April 3, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I like the before and after photos! I too know how overwhelmed you can feel at times with a Reno. We are still working on our daughters cottage and we don’t charge anything so we have to do it as money allows but I try to stay focused on the work that has been complete so we don’t get down about the stuff that isn’t done yet.

    • Reply
      April 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      We’re doing the same, Yvonne – it’s hard to WAIT until you have the money to do renovations, isn’t it?! But it’s so so worth it!

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