Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Living Room Before & After



Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...but how much love we put in that action.
~Mother Teresa~


I apologize in advance for being so short on pictures.  
I plan to repost my living room later but almost all of my before, during and after photos are on my computer which is in the shop and I hope I'm able to salvage them because I fear the computer itself a gonner.  Second one in about a year for me! ;-(
I've been working on a tiny laptop, and sharing it with the kids for the past couple of weeks or so.  

Anyway...here is our living room 

BEFORE


and
AFTER



 Six hours.  That is exactly how long it took my Mom, and me with a little help from Ashton to completely disassemble this room, paint it, and yes, put it all back together again.   When I say disassemble the room, I mean it.  When we moved in here I had thought this might be the last room to paint because it wasn't all that bad, compared to the rest of the house, so I had completely placed my furniture, filled my curio cabinet, hung the paintings, drapes and of course some of my transferware plates.

Then one day around noon I decided the darkness had lingered on here long enough and I couldn't take it anymore.   My Mom happened by at just the right time. She's usually got a green light when it comes to helping me decorate, so we hopped in her car, went to get paint, brought it home and started painting. Oopsie daisy...wrong color.  Back to Walmart for the right color, then back home, started painting at 2:30 just as Shawn, Michael and Ethan left for the restaurant, then finished painting and putting everything back in place at exactly 8:30, a full  hour before the boys and Shawn returned.  

You should have seen their eyeballs when they walked in the house!  I just love doing that kind of stuff to people!
They were completely shocked and could not believe a transformation could take place so quickly.  

I will post more pictures of this room later, showing all angles of the room, and some close ups of things, you know, like transferware!


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45 comments:

  1. Heavens to Betsy! And I thought I could move fast. What kind of vitamins are you two taking? I want some. Are you gonna come help me at the little blue house? (Moving late October. Just in time for holiday decorating!)
    Brenda

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  2. I sure could use some of your energy and natural talent for decorating, Nancy...what a beautiful, warm, inviting room. I am amazed how you have transformed that sad, dirty house into a beautiful home for your family...they should be very proud of you.

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  3. Hi, Nancy,
    What a difference! Love love love! So much brighter and cozier.
    D

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  4. Nancy,
    What an absolutely beautifl room...full of eye candy...I keep looking and finding more. How did you possible do all that in six hours? I need you at my house!
    Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

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  5. I'm totally impressed Nancy at your get to work thing, along with your dear mother!! My goodness, take it all out, paint, take all in and decorate!!!, NO, I DON'T THINK I COULD! I'm amazed and it's gorgeous! Hugs, FABBY

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  6. that is amazingly beautiful I love the checkered chairs the best

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  7. Nancy, You have created magic in this room...just gorgeous! The red check fabric is my absolute favorite and of course you know how much in love with your transferware I am. You have done such such an amazing job transforming this home. Thanks for sharing at the Open House party and enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  8. I couldn't believe what I was reading! You have changed the room dramatically! You girls are fast!
    Your room is beautiful and inviting!

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  9. WOW! Your living room is gorgeous. So cozy!! I Love your chairs...red checks are my favorite! I wish I was as talented as you, your home is beautiful!

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  10. Nancy what an amazing transformation and I am blown away that it was done in such record time!! Gosh it would take me days to get it back in shape after painting! Love the color you chose and really like the way you set the chairs and table in front of the fireplace.

    I am going to have to remember this in the summer months. Getting ready to start or wood burning stove up again here in Colorado so that arrangement would quite work now.

    bee blessed
    mary

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  11. It looks great! You did a great job,Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow, that sounds like an exhausting six hours! :) But well worth the work - it turned out beautifully!

    Thanks for linking up to the roomspiration party today!

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  13. Six hours! You are Superwoman! Your transformation is amazing and inspiring.
    Karee

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  14. I like what you did -- I've had dark colors in several rooms for about 7 years now and I'm getting tired of them and want a lighter look -- gathering my "supplies" and then will start on the rooms one by one!

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  15. Nancy, Are you sure you are not a superhero? Oh my goodness! What a transformation. I love the new colors. It makes everything pop!
    I can't wait to see more. Beautiful. I LOVE your red and white chairs!!!!!
    xo Yvonne

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  16. I'm sure their eyes bugged out, Nancy! You made it into a very cozy and welcoming room! It looks totally different from the before. You did a great job in such a quick space of time {with your help, of course!}.

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  17. I cannot believe what you did in six hours!!!! Yes, you had some help, but you are amazing!!!

    - The Tablescaper

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  18. I love the new lighter living room! It's so wonderfully country french!! And girlfriend that was FAST!!......Ahem... could you come work your painting magic at my house? *winks* Beautiful job! Vanna

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  19. You must have worked at warp speed! Amazing! And the room looks amazing. Love the new color!

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  20. I agree with Honey ~ you two had to move at warp speed! This is amazing...really. It would have taken me 6 hrs just to do the decorating and I doubt that would have been time enough. What color paint did you use? It looks beautiful with all your things. Of course, I adore those chairs!!

    xo
    Pat

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  21. P.S. Do the owners know the miracles you have worked in this house? If not, they should...and I hope they are extremely grateful!

    xo
    Pat

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  22. Whoa!!!! That WAS a quick transformation. I'd still be working on getting the paint can open! :-) Great new color...really gives the room a great facelift!

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  23. Hi Nancy! Wow, now that's some super fast painting! You must take some power vitamins! :)
    Your living room is totally gorgeous! You have such a wonderful decorating style! I love it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. Nancy, you already know that I consider you totally amazing. Wow! I need you to buzz into my living room and do a makeover. LOL
    Thanks for sharing the new look. Good luck with the computer files. ~ Sarah

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  25. That is positively AMAZING, Nancy! It looks BEAUTIFUL in the soft green shade you chose. You & your Mom make a great team.

    I'm your newest follower & am sorry I didn't do it sooner.

    Thanks for doing such a nice giveaway over at StoneGable, too.

    fondly,
    Rett

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  26. So much brighter Nancy, but somehow even cozier too!

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  27. Wow that is amazing! I cannot believe how beautiful this room is Nancy. It is like an English country inn~

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  28. Ay least you are not a major procrastinator like myself! This room is a huge improvement on the previous photo. So cozy and it doesn't even look like the same room!~Hugs, Patti

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  29. Good grief girl...6 hours??? You are my hero! Your livingroom is absolutely stunning! All set for the holidays!

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  30. Beautiful transformation! I love the color you used. You and your Mom are definitely a great team. You have such a pretty living room and I love your plaid chairs also. Great job!

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  31. Holy moly! What a speedo! Love the color you chose. And the chairs are wonderful. Looks great!

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  32. Very pretty! Absolutely LOVE your red checkered chairs... GORGEOUS!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  33. You make me tired! (in a good way)

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  34. You make me tired! (in a good way!)

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  35. I'm still in awe about how quickly you transformed this room! It is gorgeous! Love the way you use color!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. You are and asset to the party's success and I appreciate you!

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  36. Hi Nancy ..My name is Karena..I found you today through Stone Gable I know this may sound a little odd but I noticed on this post a picture of what I imagine is your family room...with those wonderful red check chairs...I noticed the painting above the fireplace..is it a Marty Bell ...I have been a fan of hers for over 20 years...I just had to ask...thank you for sharing your beautiful home And your Transferware ...

    Karena "A Loblolly Life"

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  37. That was a quick turn of events. you could be related to my husband. It looks great, such a homey feel to it. ENJOY
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  38. Gorgeous! So much better.
    My Share of Pink, have a fabulous weekend!

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  39. Wow! Darling! I love it!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  40. OH.my.gosh! I'm amazed by your energy and vision! This room looks fabulous, and I canNOT believe that you and your Mom did this is only 6 hours! LOVE all of the details of this now inviting room. And, the addition of the greenery to give the illusion of a mantel is awesome! Can't wait to see more!

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  41. I cannot believe you and your Mom! 6 hours? Makes me tired. Absolutely darling! Found you via The Charm of Home. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/voice-studio.html

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  42. Boy oh boy, you've been busy. I hope you had a backup plan for your photos. It would be a shame to lose any of them.

    Your makeover is top notch - now relax and enjoy!

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  43. That's amazing, 6 hours! Great job!

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  44. It's fantastic! It looks wonderful Nancy! I bet they were surprised. Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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