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As promised, here are more pictures of the home renovation now that we’ve moved our furniture in. You can see others by doing a search for DIY on this blog. For the living room, I actually had to hire someone to help scrape and paint the popcorn ceilings, because even on a 16′ ladder, I wasn’t able to reach the cathedral ceilings at the top. Then I painted the walls a light grey above the chair rail, and installed faux wainscoting and painted all the moulding and bookshelves white (it was closer to a cream color before). We installed a new light and ceiling fan, ripped the carpet up, and put down bamboo flooring. Then we got to do the fun stuff: hanging art. I still need to create a piece to go over the bookshelves and fireplace, but I’m waiting for inspiration to hit. Here are the before and afters:

Living room makeover 2

Living room makeover 1

See the chair with the butterflies and moths on the right? We found that chair about a minute before we found the penny that made me cry, so it makes me extra happy to have it because it’s a reminder of my dad.

I also refinished the railings to match the floors using the Cabinet Transformations kit that I used on the cabinets:

Living Room 7

The last couple shots didn’t show the ceiling fan, which I’m in love with, or the new painting I created for the wall up high, so here’s one more shot: