Updated Living Room From Italian To Country Cottage


I love what they did with this living room transformation.  It does make a big difference with the white trim and lightly colored walls.



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Submitted By The {Re}formed Ranch


A couple of years ago my husband and I purchased a 1951 ranch in Texas that needed a lot of work. We knew it would require a lot of commitment, but we both love do-it-yourself projects and knew that we could tackle it on our own. The room that needed the most help was our living room, which looked more like an Italian restaurant than a cozy country cottage. Our goal was for the space to feel organic, like it had been collected over time. We have found that by purchasing only the things that we love, the space, in turn, feels more cozy than if we were to go to one store and buy a lot of coordinating items. Here are some more tidbits about the makeover:

  • The wall color is Olympic “Toasted Almond” in flat and the color on the trim, built-ins, and fireplace is Olympic “Ultra White” in semi-gloss
  • The decorations are from a variety of discounted home stores including TJ Max, HomeGoods, Tuesday Morning, Target, and even Wal-mart. We also found a lot of great things at resale and antique shops.
  • The curtains are actually painter’s drop-clothes from Lowe’s. We knew we wanted something light and airy, but also knew we didn’t want to spend a ton of money since we needed 8 curtain panels. They fit perfect in the room, and the $9.99 price tag wasn’t too shabby either.


Here are also a few of their other projects that you will find interesting.

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Well, the time has come for the before and after pictures of the living room. These pictures really show how paint can transform a room. With a neutral wall color and bright white trim, we took the room from outdated Italian to country cottage. Although there are still a few things we need to do, like resurface the fireplace, we love the way it turned out!

the before…

and the afters…

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  1. Franky says

    This is gorgeous. I loooveee the built in bookshelves with the molding around them. beautiful style

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