Living Room Mini Makeover – Part Three

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Are you all tired of our Living Room yet?

We’ve finally finished the piece that began this living room makeover: the great big, gifted, pine armoire. If you recall this is what we started with:

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And then we made some small changes, like organizing the books, adding some blue and straightening up the shelves:

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And then we revamped the coffee table:

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And the armoire got painted a nice robin’s egg blue (a Behr colour match of a Beauti-Tone paint called Quayside 601-4):

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But it still wasn’t quite right. We needed some new bling…er, hardware. We looked everywhere online and pretty much everywhere I could think of locally. It was much more difficult than I thought to find something that suited the armoire and the space. But finally we found what we were looking for at Lee Valley Tools.

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(photo courtesy of Lee Valley)

Fortunately we live sort of near a store so I could satisfy my impatient nature and go and pick them up instead of waiting for them to be shipped. Yay! And my amazing hubby came to the rescue with drill in hand to put them on the doors and drawers for me.

So once again the before:

armoirebefore Living Room Mini Makeover   Part Three


And…are you ready?

The armoire after (I’d love to not have the bookshelves, but we really need the storage):

armoireafter Living Room Mini Makeover   Part Three


So what you think of our mini makeover? I still have a few odds and ends to add, like a 50% off Goodwill lamp, which I will post about later. And we obviously have to redo the floors too, which will come as soon as we can do it. But it is much improved, yes?

(P.S. We love, love, love your comments and read every single one!)


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  1. says

    The room looks great! Definitely much more light and airy. I especially like the beadboard on the coffee table. And isn’t Lee Valley great? I can spend hours in that store.

    • aka design says

      Thank you, girl! Lee Valley is great…I was so glad I had picked out what I wanted online the night before…I was so overwhelmed when I walked in! S.

  2. Lara says

    Funny post! We love Lee Valley too and bought our pull from them. The beadboard on the coffee table was inspired – what a difference! Room looks really great.

  3. says

    Wow, the after is a HUGE difference. The contrast of color really makes this space appealing and inviting. I think your decision to paint the pine was right on!

  4. trishelle says

    This looks fantastic, I have been thinking about painting my armoire as well and was alittle reluctant…. NOT ANYMORE!!!! I’m going to paint it a colour. Thank you for inspiring me.

    • aka design says

      Thank you Trishelle! We love it! It made such a difference and inspired us to add more colour (balanced by neutrals of course) to our home too. S.

  5. says

    This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job.

    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!
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