Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sitting Room Makeover

Hello everyone!

I've been very very busy this weekend making over my sitting room.  I decided it was time to lighten and brighten it to match the rest of my home better.  I painted some furniture, painted the walls, re-arranged furniture and re-accessorized the room.  It looks completely different now. 


First, I painted the walls Linen White by BM.  It is the same color used throughout the house. I moved the wall hutch out of the room and placed the chest between the two front windows.  I painted the secretary grey and moved it to the back wall.  Two slip covered chairs balance out each side.


I filled the secretary with old books, plants and silver pieces. A touch of burlap and some string add texture. 



I had to switch the chests from the family room and sitting room since they are different sizes.  The one originally in here was too big to fit between the windows. 







My black chair (minus the ottoman) moved to the opposite corner of the room.



This corner of the room remains  unchanged.  I am expecting something in the mail to place above the small mirror on the wall.  I realize it looks like it's hung too low right now. 


The wall hutch moved to the dining room.


I like it in here much better.  I displayed some of my white dishes in it.


I made a couple of other changes to another room which I'll share later this week.

I don't really want to see a paintbrush for a very long time now!  That secretary was a bear to paint.  It had so many nooks and crannies and locks and drawer pulls and hinges and levers.  Whew!  I did not realize how much work it was going to be when I started it.  Btw, it was not made of any kind of fancy high dollar wood.  So I didn't ruin it by painting it.  Just thought I'd share that.  I know some people get upset about that.

Hope everyone had a good and productive weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Linking to:  Met Monday


50 comments:

Judy said...

It all looks so refreshing and cozy kelly! I need to be painting a chest in my den instead of sitting here on the computer!

xoxo,
Judy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, sister you have been really busy. I love the changes. Love the secretary painted and love the plate rack hung in the dining room. It looks bigger in there. I need to come for a visit to see it all in person.

โ„ณartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kelly I LOVE all the changes you've made! The plate rack looks so much better in the dining room and I really like the pretty white dishes you displayed on it. Your sitting room looks fabulous! Love the secretary painted and love all your sitting areas. Great job girl, now take a day for you tomorrow!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful makeover, Kelly. Anything with cubbies is a nightmare to paint. Kudos. You did a great job.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your really got s lot done in one weekend, but I know I move slow! The secretary looks beautiful in this color and I love how you have accessorized it! Love your plate rack and dishes, too! Take a break tomorrow!

XO,
Jane

Poppy said...

I love all the changes you made in your sitting room:)The grey secretary is looking beautiful between the two slip covered chairs and I love the little vignettes in it! Beautiful room and the drapery panels look wonderful!Have a great week!~Poppy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, so many changes and so pretty. I love the lighter colors and the gray secretary is stunning. Beautiful wall hutch and it looks amazing where you put it. Gorgeous piece. Hugs, Marty

Anne said...

Kelly,
Love the changes you made.I know how you feel.I took a two week break from painting.As you know I have painted quite a bit.But crazy me is going to be painting yet again very soon.
That hutch looks perfect on your dining room wall too.
Anne

Sherry said...

Lovely makeover job; your secretary is gorgeous!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your sitting room is very pretty. I loved the wall hutch over your chest of drawers before, but change is often good and it looks great in your dining room. You sure have been busy painting!

Babs said...

Your sitting room really looks great. I like the color of the desk and that your room is so fresh and airy. The plate rack looks so good with the white plates. I like it in the dining room.
Nice job Kelly,
Babs

Deserae said...

Your sitting room looks so gorgeous! Love the new paint color in there....it looks so light and airy now :o) Your secretary looks AMAZING! The plate rack looks perfect in your dining room too!!! Fabulous job :o)
~Des

Deserae said...

Your sitting room looks so gorgeous! Love the new paint color in there....it looks so light and airy now :o) Your secretary looks AMAZING! The plate rack looks perfect in your dining room too!!! Fabulous job :o)
~Des

bluebird1959 said...

Just simply beautiful Kelly...the black chair is one of my favorites. Jane

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It all looks wonderful!

chateau chic said...

Hi Kelly,
I really like how your sitting room turned out! I bet your secretary was a bear to paint, but it is beautiful and styled so nicely. I'm also loving the column in the corner with the plant. Your hard work definitely paid off!!
Mary Alice

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Holy cow! I don't know how you do it. I've been trying to find the time to paint my living room cabinets for about 6 months now :)

Maybe when my youngest is in school, I'll get my act together. Or maybe I'll just continue to find excuses.

Everything looks fabulous! You've got great taste.

Cozy Little House said...

Looks fresh and crisp.
Brenda

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Kelly: Another pretty job well done. I really like your plate rack on the DR wall. The desk is looking great with it's new paint. I really like it..Happy Sunday..Judy

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Kelly it looks simply wonderful...fresh,french and fantastic(oh I am good) love all the details...now relax and enjoy it! xo

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

ha, I was wondering about the painting of the secretary...I have one too...but it will be a long day in h*ll when I finally paint it...cuz it does have too many cubbies and sections....yours looks great! You have great style!

Wild Oak Designs said...

It all looks wonderful! I just found your blog and it always makes me happy when I see others doing what I do...
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

At The Picket Fence said...

It all looks so gorgeous Kelly! You have the magic touch for sure my friend! :-)
Vanessa

Sandy said...

Love it! I love the secretary. What color was it before? I love seeing all the changes you make around your home. very inspiring.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

No one should get "upset" if you paint something that is your own..I think everything looks great. Problem with painting my curio cabinet is that it IS good wood..and was my mothers..so I hesitate. Then...I noticed you did not paint your gorgeous wall shelf..and it looks great with the white. I have both the white and the natural wood mixed. However, I have my eye out for a lovely little desk like yours to paint and nearly had one this past Saturday but missed it by a moment!! :)
I'll keep searching. What a lot of work you went to and the results are gorgeous!!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

it's so fresh and pretty! now I need to see the "before" just to remind myself. the secretary is wonderful painted!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

When you paint, you really go all out! Everything looks lovely. I especially like the brown gingham table cover.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a lovely space, Kelly! I love your color choices and all of the wonderful accessories!

jessica said...

So beautiful!!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your sitting room is just beautiful so wish I could have one and not let anyone even in it well guests of course woul dbe the only room in the house that would saty clean that way lol

Gail said...

Oh My Kelly, I would say you have been one busy lady! I LOVE all the changes you have made and that secretary is absolutely gorgeous!!

Melanie said...

Your sitting room is so very pretty!!! Love what you have done! That wall hutch is awesome, what a lovely piece to have on your wall!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Wow you WERE busy, Kelly. Looks fabulous. I do know how some jobs can seem like they wouldn't take too long and end up being MUCH more involved! Great job. blessings ~ tanna

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I always wanted to be Samantha in "Bewitched"...just wiggle my nose and poof everything is done...Now, did you have Samantha there this weekend?...How did you get all that gorgeous work done in a couple of days?

You are truly a "Wonder Woman"...the room looks fantastic and love the way you repositioned all the furniture...I just had time to paint one piece of furniture this weekend and I am not done!!...and don't tell anybody, but I painted a "mahogany" piece..late 1800's...

Cynthia said...

Wow, you did a great job. I love the plate rack and the secretary. Beautiful room.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Wonderful makeover! I absolutely love your wall hutch...it is gorgeous! Stopping by from Met Monday.

Bliss said...

You were busy. Can I hire you? I "un"made a room this weekend. Started a redo of a formal livingroom, hated it, and put it all back the way it was mostly.

~Bliss~

ImSoVintage said...

It looks fantastic. Could you send some of that energy my way, please. :D

Designs By Pinky said...

Kelly, the whole room looks beautiful! I love that secretary painted the gray color! Love how you accessorized it too. The wall hutch looks so pretty in the Dining room too. Have a beautiful week. Get some rest:) XO, Pinky

Olive Cooper said...

I will garden and leave you to the furniture painting as it is your calling. The room looks clean, fresh, and like you dear Kelly. I trimmed fifty shrubs.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow ~ you have been busy, Kelly! It looks great! Love the look of the secretary and the chest between the windows. Sometimes a change up like this is perfect ~ no major redo's needed!

Marsha said...

Love what I just saw in this post. You're Kim's sister, too! Y'all really know how to decorate your homes. Can I come live with you? Everything is beautiful and I could get used to that!
I'm following you.
Marsha

Envoy-ette said...

Love it! So light & airy! Very relaxing! Great job!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Sounds like you have been very busy! I wish I was done painting too, however, the next thing I need to do is the picket fence in my yard.

Your makeover looks great, love the gray secretary....Nice job.

Scribbler said...

Love it! And your secretary is unique. I am still searching for one.

Linen White is one of my all-time go-to paints -- cannot beat it.

MGal @ WatchMeDIY.com said...

I just love your style. I am redecorating my friend's space in a French Country theme and your sitting room is just the inspiration I needed! Come take a look at what we've done so far at watchmediy.com. Cheers, MGal

Angie said...

I love all of the changes! So pretty! I love your chairs, the paint color, and the secretary is fabulous! You did a great job!

Angie :)

Debbiedoo's said...

It looks so beautiful Kelly. LOVE the secretary. It sure does look bigger and brighter in there. I wish I had more spaces to lighten and brighten. My down stairs is just one big open floor plan and everything has to flow from one room to another...Oh well..I can admire yours.

PAT said...

Gorgeous changes, Kelly. I love the wall hutch. Would like to find one for our dining room.

Your sitting room is beautiful!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

The secretary is an amazing piece with the leaded panes. I love your skirted furniture and I am realizing I need more than the one that I currently own. Great job, Kelly. Enjoy your weekend!