Newly Painted and Decorated Den Before and After

Submitted by Dixie Delight

Living Room Makeover

As y’all well know, we’ve been working on a few updates in the den (painted mirror, repaired fire place, hung oyster plates, un-hung oyster plates when my decorating demons took over, updated corbels on bar) and it’s finally all wrapped up!

Just for kicks, here’s the before before.  Loads of room for improvement, no?

April 2009 080
April 2009 081
…and, after a WHOLE lot of paint, too many sewing projects, furniture and accessories, here’s where we are today!
February 2012 253
February 2012 277 copy
January 2012 330
Paint – Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth (walls) and Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim)
Curtains – Basha Dot (sadly, it’s been discontinued), made by me
Floor – unstained white oak
Rug – Indoor/Outdoor French Leopard by Ballard Designs
And for the close ups…
February 2012 281
January 2012 340
January 2012 341
Custom mantle designed by me and built by contractors we hired to renovate house.  Plates Butler’s Pantry by Lenox.  Antique girandoles from my grandmother, arrangements by bestie R.  Fire place screen from Love Street.  Gas logs by Real Fyre.  Kid table from Michael’s, chairs from Pottery Barn Kids and no-sew cloth cut by yours truly.
February 2012 284
January 2012 293
Chairs by Rowe.  Pillows made by Mother and myself from the little’s silhouettes.  White throws from Ikea.  On the table in front of windows – lamp from G. Scott Interiors, alphabet tray by John Derian, oyster plateby Alison Evans, antique books and pie crust table from Mother.
January 2012 300
January 2012 296
Small table next to door holds reproduction vintage phone from Pottery Barn, collection of books by Savannah authors, cloche with picture of littles and one bronzed baby shoe from each.  Frames fromSugarboo Designs over table.
January 2012 304
Bar with updated corbels.  I painted the bar height stools in the trim color and recovered them with a pleated skirt.
February 2012 302
DIY chalk paint mirror in Annie Sloan’s duck egg blue.  Alison Evans oyster plates.
January 2012 307
Antique curio holds collection of pictures and overflow from dining room china cabinet.  Lamp from Stein Mart.  Staffordshire dogs from Scott Antique Market, collection of books by Savannah authors, silhouettesof myself and Sister as children and my littles and cousin Bird.
May 2011 1362
Atelier antlers from Ballard Designs.  Antique buffet retrofitted to hold t.v. components.  Aiden Gray candle holders.
February 2012 322
Antiqued mirrored coffee table from Horchow.  Lantern from DC2 in Savannah, arrangement from Scott Antique Market, oyster plate by Alison Evans, antique rice bowl from Paris Market, large clam shell from Pottery Barn, antique books from Mother, New Orleans Toile coasters from Hazelnut.
February 2012 363
February 2012 351
January 2012 342
Banquette designed by me and built by contractors that renovated our home before moving in.  Anne Hathaway able custom made for us with salvaged wood from Georgia plantation home.  Lamp shades from Restoration Hardware, oyster plates by Alison Evans, pillows made by myself and Mother and purchased from Ballard Designs and Love Street, baskets from Pottery Barn, signed print by Ray Ellis, other items collected.
So that’s a tour of every inch of our den.  I couldn’t be happier with where we are…and for a type-A kinda gal, it sure feels good to cross that room off the list!

Website | + posts

I am the husband of the amazing Cassity of Remodelaholic. I love to problem solve and to design and build things inside and outside the house to make life better. I am a professional Landscape Architect by trade and love the outdoors.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. It’s an incredible room, with so many beautiful elements! Thanks for including sources for so many things. I love the little banquette you designed. What a great way to use that little corner!

  2. I’m loving the look of the fireplace. I need to remember that those things can be changed and brightened up, since we are looking for a new house. I don’t want a great house to pass us by because of the look of the fireplace. It can always be changed.

    1. Marina, From the picture I can see that she used something like this. I have used those too, they are available at Home Depot or Lowes in the section for wall hanging hardware. You just have to know what size of plate you plan to hang. Then you just hammer in a nail and hang it on the nail.

  3. I love your make over!!! It is so beautiful. You have excellent taste. Your room looks like it comes straight out of a magazine or model home.