Living Room Makeover

 our family room.  
Besides our dining room, this is the only gathering room in the house. It’s our living room/family room/game room/scripture room/story room/teaching room, etc.  It’s a very important room in our family, which is why it’s important that it’s warm and inviting.

I took on the challenge to re-do this space for less than $100.  I already had the board+batten and wall color in place from last year.  This room just needed to be spruced up a bit.

My freshly finished room:

The before:

It was okay, but there were a lot of things little things that I’ve been putting off.  Thanks to #FreshAccents, I was able to get a kick in the seat to motivate me!

Here is my list of things I accomplished:

  • New floor-to-ceiling curtains.
  • New pillows.
  • New lampshades. 
  • Matching lamps.
  • Fresh coat of paint on buffet/tv stand.
  • Hide cords/cable box in buffet-turned-tv-stand.
  • Replaced coffee table.
  • Painted existing curtain hardware.
  • New sign above curtains.
And I did it all in 24 hours spending just over $50!  

Cost breakdown:


  • Lampshades: $32 (Target)
  • Drop-cloth Curtains: $20 (Home Depot)
  • Free/Recycled: Mustard Yellow paint recycled from this project, oil rubbed bronze spray paint had on hand, handmade sign, pillows were hand-me-downs from Kristi, traded coffee tables with sis-in-law/neighbor.)
  • Total: $52.  Not too shabby!
And to think, it all started with the smell (: 
It definitely needed #FreshAccents in here; don’t you love to walk into a house that smells good?  I picked up a stylish Renuzit Fresh Accents at my local grocery store, Safeway.  I chose “after the rain” aroma… Mmmm.  

Stay tuned later this week for the major renovation of the buffet turned tv console…  I’m excited to share some secrets with you (:

So, are YOU up for the living room challenge?  Try to re-do your gathering room for around $50; I promise you it’s possible!

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions are my own.

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
Lolly Jane

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  • Alderberry Hill - So lovely! The paint color on the wall is cheerful yet calming at the same time…and I love the yellow you used on you TV console! The big window lets in so much light, it's fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - It looks great- so cheerful but comfortable! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I love it!! That gorgeous yellow console adds so much to the room! The new curtains look great! I stil love the blue door too! Such a great space!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ Simcoe Street - Beautiful job!!!! xoReplyCancel

  • Christy - I LOVE your tv stand now! Stands out so much better. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel {} - I love your pics and frames… so cute!!! Great job with the makeover! xoxo- rachel

  • Sims Family - I think u were supposed to call me….:-)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - GORGEOUS AND SO LOVELY!!!! We just did our living in board and batten all thanks to your post!!! I am dying to know what paint colour you used for your living room (above the b&b)???ReplyCancel

  • Cherie - Wow it's amazing how you can change a room on such a small budget =D

    I'm holding a small swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  • Julie - I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

  • Tonia L - It looks beautiful! I love the yellow buffet with the robins egg blue!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ 52 Mantels - It's so lovely, Kelli!! I love the colors and I want to steal those drapes, the tv console AND the lamps. If you don't mind :).


  • Ginger - Looks great! Love your drapes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - Thanks for the comments, everyone (:

    @Emily, I hope you check back as you're a no-reply blogger. The wall color is Sherwin-Williams, Swimming" SW 6764 (:

    I'm glad you like it! XOReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - ps: @Emily/52Mantles…Come over anytime would ya?? (;ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - We are re-doing my daughters room, and I am searching far and wide for drop cloth curtains that I like! I LOVE the way yours go floor to ceiling! Thanks for posting them! I'm your newest follower! (and I pinned this idea!)

    Come visit me anytime!

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  • Raysha - I love the colors. Especially the door. My house needs more color.

  • Diane N - Philzendia - Wow! I love what you did to the room. It looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Lefevre - I love this project because all of the Fresh Accent posts have shown how you can really spruce up a space for a little $$$ReplyCancel

  • PERMANENT POSIES - Love the yellow! What a difference it made, right?ReplyCancel

  • Ladybird Ln - Can you explain to me how you did your curtains… Did you buy them like that, or did you make them… I love them, and they would go nicely in my Family room… I like the connector things on top, and well everything!


  • Ari - dude your amazing!really good at decorating:) looks beautiful:PReplyCancel

  • Tanya - This is simply amazing! You did a fantastic job. I found your website via Sugar and Dots. I am now following you on twitter, pinterest and FB. Have a blessed evening!ReplyCancel

  • carol J - i love the cheerful colors! i have a picture window in my LR also … mine is that big plus a double hung window on each side. My dilemma is how to dress it… i want the light sometimes but also the privacy a good solid curtain affords, and that’s a LONG curtain rod to cover it all… have wondered if blinds on the side windows would make sense? any thoughts?ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - What do you think about roman shades in place of the curtains since they’re so pretty? That might look nice and you don’t have to mess with curtains at all! The blinds can stay in tact and you can always drop the shades too!ReplyCancel

  • Randy Cox - Beautiful transformation of living room. From photo gallery to curtains, Sofa to small round table, everything looking perfect at their places.

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    • lollyjane - Thanks Randy! You are too sweet! :)ReplyCancel

  • Easy fall wreath - […] the paint was dry I used some scrap fabric (drop cloth leftovers from Kelli’s living room makeover) to cut simple leaves out and paired them with felt flowers (love Becca’s felt flowers […]ReplyCancel

  • aqua nightstands - […] I used leftover ‘Swimming’ by Sherwin-Williams paint (from this wall color and also this coffee table) and switched back and forth from a foam roller to a Purdy brush […]ReplyCancel

  • Tobey - Bummer these photos aren;t showing up anymore ;(ReplyCancel

    • Lolly Jane - oh no!!! thanks for the heads up, tobey! we’ll see what we can do to fix that!ReplyCancel

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