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Transforming our living room one day at a time…
We’ve been in our house a little over two years now, but we still have a long way to go in completing spaces. When we moved out of our old house, we ended up donating a lot of furniture because we knew we wanted to update a lot of things. We got rid of our living room rug, coffee table, accent table, and once we moved to the new house, we donated our couch and loveseat to a thrift shop. With those things gone, that meant a lot of empty space.
This wall has been empty for nearly two years, because I was unsure of how I wanted to decorate. It already had the chair rail installed, as you can see in the photo above, so we decided to do wainscoting below and paint it white.
I used paint that I already had on hand from another project and started by doing three coats on the wall. For the wainscoting, I purchased premade panels from Lowes and my husband installed them. (You can shop similar panels here.)
The next step was painting the wall above the chair rail. This was actually very time consuming because our ceilings are so tall. It’s also the reason why this wall is the only finished wall in the living room.
These next photos were taken in the evening in low light, but you can get a sense of the change.
I searched high and low for new furniture (and I’m not even kidding), and found these armchairs from Albany Park. I ordered one, and when it came in, I loved it so much that I ordered another one! I also picked up this little nightstand at an antique store and thought it would be perfect as a side table. (You can read that blog post here.)
Where We Stand Today
I moved a canvas print from another place in my house to go on the wall for now. It’s a great piece, but it’s definitely reading too cool for this whole area. I’m currently shopping for something with warmer tones that I can hang here. For now, this will stay.
The candle sconces were a lucky find! I liked the idea of adding hardwired sconces to this wall, but that would be a lot of work and expensive. These candle sconces were so easy to hang and I can easily take them down if I ever decide to.
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I will definitely do another post when I have more updates and when I decide what art I want to go above the chair.
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