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As some of you may know, Will and I bought a house this past May. Even though our closing date was at the end of May, we didn't actually move into the house until the end of June so we could do some work to the house. And boy was it work! I am so thrilled to finally share before/after photos of our home (as I have promised the last 3 months in my monthly goals!). Today I will be featuring our living room! So our living room started out with yellow --yes...YELLOW-- popcorn ceiling. Obviously this was one of the first things that had to go. After scouring over Pinterest for days, I finally found a tutorial for planking popcorn ceiling with pine planks. Thanks to the handy work of my dad and husband, they managed to figure out how this would be done and mastered what I think is the most perfect pine planked ceiling on the planet. I am obsessed with how clean it makes the space look! On top of planking the ceiling and painting it white, we also had to paint every wall (as you will see in the before photos, there were 4 different colors in the living room alone) and all of the baseboards. It's not even funny how much I hated paint by the end of this renovation! After all the painting was done, the fun part came. I had already picked out a couch, rug, and coffee table from West Elm, and we already had most of the other furniture. We decided to use an old dresser of Will's for our "mini bar" in the living room. I spray painted the drawer handles gold for a little face lift. Above the mini bar, I have started a wall gallery. I bought a bunch of cheap frames, spray painted them gold, and filled them with either original work or some prints from Hammerpress (one of my favorite spots for fun prints!). We also knew that we really wanted some small leather chairs, but couldn't seem to find any at a price we could afford until we found some absolutely perfect ones on Overstock. We love the retro look of them, and they have a jute back which I think adds some cool texture. Once we had all the furniture, it was all about accessories. A lot of the ones in our living room came from HomeGoods, Uncommon Objects, and other antique stores. There are even a couple of things from Goodwill (gasp!). Will also chopped some wood to put below our TV which could be one of my favorite elements! The last big thing was the living room light. It started out as a modern fan with a ginormous, rectangular light cover on it. After no luck in finding a smaller light cover that fit, we decided to just replace the whole thing. I found a super cool light at West Elm (can you tell we love that place?!), and upon receiving it, I gasped because it looked so massive! I was a little nervous while putting it up thinking that it was going to be annoyingly large...BUT...once we got it up, I fell in love! I think it completes our living room rather nicely!

I'm so happy to have a place to enjoy each others' company and cuddle on the couch!

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