Hey, sorry for the long break! I promise I have not been lying on the couch eating bon-bons, watching Housewives of someplace or another. I’ve been crazy busy working on two separate huge makeovers and much to the Mr.’s delight, not at our house! I’ve pretty much been up to my elbows in paint for the last 3 weeks, and I finally have time to actually blog about it. My Dad recently retired and my parents bought a cute little fixer upper condo down in Delray Beach.
They bought the condo turn key, so it came with all the furniture. The previous owner was a single guy, who recently got married, and this was his bachelor pad. The furniture wasn’t my mom’s style and the scale was wrong for the space. Also, it was covered in palm trees – palm tree lamps, palm tree couches, palm tree shower curtains, you name it, the guy liked his palm trees! The walls were also painted a very warm beige, which made it feel dark. Here is a before pic –
My parents closed on the condo the week we were all down there for spring break, so we played on the beach with the kids during the day and my mom and I power shopped at night. I mean power shopped! It was basically super market sweep, but instead of groceries, we had our carts piled with clearance sale throw pillows! In 3 evenings we managed to buy all new living room furniture, accessories, bedding, light fixtures, tile backsplash and counter tops. I had never set foot in the condo, but my mom showed me pics and we went from there.
There is not a room that went untouched. So, I will be breaking things down over several posts, but today I thought I would show you the living room. My mom and I were down there last week painting and putting the finishing touches on everything; while my Dad and the Mr. were on kid duty back in Michigan, and I should probably apologize to anyone who stood downwind from my children last week. The Mr. sent me a photo of little man on Thursday and he was wearing the same clothes as he was when I left on Monday…apparently hygiene is not a priority when mom’s not home. It was basically Lord of the Flies over here.
Unfortunately, it stormed the entire time we were in Florida, which was good because we weren’t tempted to lounge on the beach, but bad because I had a hard time shooting the space – the before and afters are still pretty amazing.
We wanted to lighten things up a bit, so we painted all the walls Top Sail by Sherwin Williams. My folks also have awesome friends, who drove from the other side of the state to help take down all the old ceiling fans and the weird electrical cords that were running down all the walls from them.
We found the couches at a local furniture store called Furniture City and my mom scored all the tables at consignment shops when she was dropping off all the old palm tree furniture.
I sanded down the tops of all the tables and used grey paint to color wash them to give them more of a beach vibe. Then I painted the coffee table legs Peacock Plume by Sherwin Williams and the end table in the gray paint (which I can’t remember the name of unfortunately). Here’s a before of the coffee table –
Ok, lets talk TV’s – what bachelor pad is complete without a 70 inch flatscreen right? It was love at first sight for my dad and the TV, naturally, so there was no way we were talking him into a smaller one, but we could balance it out better. Here’s the before –
And after –
We found this console table at that same City Furniture and the oar at HomeGoods, which was originally orange. I painted it with the same Peacock Plume paint and now the tv looks like it fits the room versus taking it over.
We repurposed this odd palm tree bamboo shelf situation into a cute storage/display area by painting it grey and moving it to the other side of the room. Before –
And after –
It also serves to break up the dining area (which I will be sharing next week!) from the living room since the condo’s main living space is a long rectangle.
Isn’t it crazy what a difference paint can make? I can’t wait to show you the rest of the condo as soon as I manage to scrape some of the paint off myself :)
Lamps – Birch Lane
Glass Bottles – Birch Lane
Glass bowl – HomeGoods
Tables – Consignment shop
Couches – City Furniture
Mirror – City Furniture
Rug – City Furniture
Pillows – Pier One
Baskets – Pier One
Paint color – Top Sail by Sherwin Williams