Living-Dining Room Makeover | Sources & Projects

As promised, I’m back to share all the details about the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house.

If you’ve been following along from the start, you’ll know this was a DIY, budget-focused refresh so everything has been thrifted, up-cycled, bargain-hunted or hand-made!

I’ve included a complete source list at the end of this post though I also wanted to talk a bit about some of the projects and items I haven’t yet mentioned in my previous posts.

DIY Skirted Ottomomans

OTTOMANS 
We made these from scratch. Although there were two ottomans in the room previously (refer to the ‘before’ pics in my reveal post), they were a little pokey for the scale of the space and their frames had begun to sag.

Making these involved constructing a cuboid (rectangular cube) from plywood, attaching a foam pad to the top, covering the whole thing in wadding/batting, then sewing a pleated linen slipcover to fit. Obviously, if you’re competent with power tools and a sewing machine, this is a relatively straight-forward project, however it might seem a little complex and daunting to those of you who aren’t.

An easier alternative is to find some inexpensive little tables or storage cubes then upholster them using a staple gun – no building or sewing required!

I think each ottoman probably came in at around $30.

Dresser Styling

MIRROR 
I’m sure many of my fellow Aussie readers will recognise this $19 Kmart captain’s mirror. Bargain!

We didn’t have a stud in the wall where we needed to hang it so the wooden peg (which is actually the end of an old broom stick) is only there for cosmetic purposes. The weight of the mirror is really being taken by two screws under the rim.

Dresser Vignette

BUST 
I have wanted a bust for ages! Problem was…all the ones I came across were super expensive. I found this guy in the Emporium of Art eBay store for just $60. Unfortunately (or fortuitously for me?), there was a shipping mix-up so I eventually ended up with two – one for me and one for Mum!

Block Printed Pillow

CUSHIONS 
I kept all of the throw pillows light in colour to help off-set the dark sofas.

The plain square covers are from H&M and Mum made the long lumbar one. All of the inserts are feather-filled and came from Ikea.

The block-printed cushions are hand-made. Although I didn’t write a dedicated blog post about them, you can find my block-printing tutorial here.

Living Room Makeover

COWHIDE RUG
We already had this and adding it to the room was a last minute decision. It just provides an extra layer of interest, helps anchor the coffee table and ottomans, and references the brown from the sofas. It’s a faux cowhide rug we got from Kmart for $49.

Living Room After

WALLS
Although the room was already painted in a neutral shade, it was a little dull and yellow. To freshen things up we painted all the walls Dulux ‘Antique White USA’.

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SOURCE & PRICE LIST

FURNITURE
Sofas | Already Owned | Furniture Trader
Armchairs | $185 each (discontinued) | Ned’s
Coffee Table | $10 | eBay
Drop-Leaf Side Table | $50 | eBay
Piano Stool Plant Stand | $30 | eBay
Grey Side Table | Already Owned | Home Pine Furniture
Ottomans | $30 each | DIY
Canvas Trunk | $130 (discontinued) | Schots
Fireplace | $180 | Deals Direct
Dining Table | $80 | eBay
Dining Chairs | $75 each (on sale) | Early Settler
Grey Dresser | $80 | eBay

DECOR
Natural Rug | $150 | Ikea
Faux Cowhide Rug | $49 | Kmart
Pendant Light | $170 | eBay
Downlights | $45 each | Beacon Lighting
Curtains | $30 pair | Ikea
Block Printed Cushions | $10 each | DIY
Mudcloth Cushion | $12 | DIY
Square White Cushions | $8 | H&M
Long Lumbar Cushion | $12 | DIY
Green Demijohn | $60 | eBay
Heron Art | $45 | Thrifted & DIY
Botanical Gallery | $30 | Thrifted & DIY
Wooden Lemon Bowl | $15 | Early Settler
Large Blue & White Ceramic Bowl | $20 | Early Settler
Black Lamp | $10 | Thrifted
Cane Basket | $14 | Kmart
Canvas Cases | $80 set of two (discontinued) | Temple & Webster
Round Grey Pot | $10 | Kmart
Bust | $60 | Emporium of Art
Black Candle Holder | $5 | Kmart
Captain’s Mirror | $19 | Kmart
Brass Lamp | Already Owned | Online Lighting

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PROJECT GALLERY

Electric Fireplace Makeover       Dresser Makeover

DIY Mudcloth Pillow       Free Printable Botanicals

Piano Stool Makeover       Ikea Curtain Hack

Leadlight Door Makeover     Downlights

Spray Painted Lamp Update       Free Printable Large Scale Art

Farmhouse Dining Table       Block Printing on Fabric

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For further info about the space, check out my previous posts or feel free to ask any questions.

Have a great week all.

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14 Comments
  1. chris aka monkey says:

    I wish I was your mum lol I so love this room xx

  2. Sharon says:

    Love your work!
    Must read the rest of your posts,
    Merry Christmas!
    Sharon.

  3. Will and Kay says:

    Lovely and informative!!
    Thanks!!
    Kay and Will

  4. Sherylee says:

    Looks like DIY ottomans will be next on our list – already bought the linen fabric and looked up how to sew the slipcovers ;-).
    There are so many beautiful personal touches that it must be wonderful for your folks to be able to look around and see them everyday.

    • Thanks so much Sherylee. It is nice that so much was scavenged for and DIY’ed. It gives a real sense of home and meaning to the space.

  5. Sonnie says:

    Beautiful interior it’s clean, simple, elegant

  6. Mr. Grant says:

    Happy new year! This room is absolutely beautiful. I love it’s transformation and it’s very informative. I wish I was as creative as you. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. panneer says:

    Beautiful interior decor awesome

  8. Isabella says:

    Checking in a little late to say how beautiful this room is. I absolutely love that you create such lovely rooms on a budget. It’s so helpful to us readers working within budget constraints, to see how possible it is to work toward a beautiful, affordable room. How many people can say “K-Mart” in their shopping list! It just shows what impeccable taste and talent you have. And, you are a very hard worker too!

    • Aw, thank you so much Isabella. I know this probably sounds really corny, though giving my readers the power/knowledge/confidence to decorate their homes beautifully on a budget is actually at the core of all that I do. Everyone deserves to have a home they truly love and it really needent cost a fortune. I really appreciate your comment.
      :)

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