A Living Room Update, With a Quick Paint Makeover!

Living Room Update - Quick Paint Makeover at theDIYvillage If you could see our garage, you might call it paint central… As a matter of fact, right now, it looks eerily similar to the paint aisle at Lowe’s, paint color, after paint color ,after paint color!  We love the power of paint and are always looking forward to our next paint project!  That’s why when I found on that one of our July topics for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Challenge was paint projects, I headed straight for the paint aisle garage!  Jacque and I have been methodically working through each room of our house, looking for the next room that could use a full out paint makeover.  And after a quick look at the Never Ending Honey-Do-List, we chose our living room!

Living Room Paint Makeover

When we bought are house a few years ago, the living room didn’t look bad, but it wasn’t a room that we were compelled to spend much time in.  And given that it’s one of the first rooms that our guests see, we thought it was time to step up our game! We chose to focus on a making over a few key elements of the room; The walls, the wall art, the lamps, and the cabinet.

Paint Makeover of The Walls

The first step in the paint makeover was choosing a new color for the wall.  We made our way over to Lowe’s and surprisingly within about 5 minutes, Jacque and I had agreed on the Valspar color, Morning Jog.  (She liked the color and I’m hoping having a room painted with a paint called Morning Jog might motivate me to be more active!)  To paint the entire room, with multiple coats it took us one full day.

Living Room Paint Makeover

 Paint Makeover of the Wall Art

The next step in our living room makeover started with this canvas art that Jacque had painted back when she was in college.Living Room Paint Makeover

We painted the entire canvas with this eye catching color, sketched out the plane on adobe illustrator, and cut a custom vinyl stencil that we used to help in filling in the plane art.  Here’s a break down of the steps we took to create this Vintage Airplane Art! This project was started and completed in between waiting for coats of paint to dry on the walls!

Living Room Paint Makeover

Paint Makeover of the Lamps

Jacque came up with the idea to makeover her grandparent’s vintage lamps.  It was a great opportunity to add another splash of color to the room, so we went with her instincts!  (Usually a smart idea…)


 We taped off the lamp cords and the sockets with painters tape and gave both lamps two coats of Valspar Paint & Primer Spray Paint.

Lamp Paint Makeover

Once the lamps had dried, we applied a finish coat of clear gloss lacquer and added these herringbone lampshades to complete their transformation.  This part of the living room makeover was started and completed alongside of painting the walls and the wall art.  (So far all of this in one day!)

Lamp Makeover

 Paint Makeover of the Cabinet

The last piece to receive a paint makeover in the living room was this custom cabinet that Jacque and her Dad had made a few years back.  We gave it a quick touch of Valspar’s paint color, Graystone Flats!  And yep, you guessed it, started and finished all within a day!

Living Room Paint Makeover We finished off the room by adding updated pictures, some storage with our Up-cycled Wine Crates, some new curtains that Jacque fashioned out of some previously purchased tablecloths, and even added a matching couch pillow by following this No Sew Pillow Tutorial by our friend, Virginia over at LiveLoveDIY!

At the end of the day, we were left with a feeling of accomplishment…and a sore back!  But, we couldn’t be happier with the transformation that our living room has gone through.  Paint Makeover

Have you completed any DIY paint makeovers recently?  If so, we’d love to hear about them!

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As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Handymen, Lowe’s furnished us a gift card to cover the cost of the supplies used in our living room makeover!  This is a sponsored post, but the projects and ideas found here within are my own.

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    • Matt says

      Hey Kelly! I took your advice and am ready for the next room! After checking out your living room, three ways one room posts, we may need to fly you down to Tennessee to help with our next room!

    • Matt says

      John, I think there were a few moments of panic when Jacque actually started painting the lamps, but we were quickly set at ease when we stepped back and saw the results! As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and fyi, I am totally digging your new flower bed! (No pun intended)

    • Matt says

      Thanks Keri! We’ve spent more time in this room since we finished the makeover then we have the whole rest of the time we’ve lived here! We’re loving it too!

    • Matt says

      Hey Beth! Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think! I am loving what you and Nick have been up to lately!

    • Matt says

      Thanks Beth! Ever since we saw those airplane props with you in Nashville, I’ve been digging the idea of airplane art! (Just glad that Jacque was up for it too!)

    • Matt says

      Hey Laurie! Good eye! We’ll be sharing our Sled Shelf Tutorial some time later this year, I’ll try to remember to shoot you an email when we publish it!

    • Matt says

      Thanks Jeff! We love making our own wall art, I think the plane may be one of my favorites! I’m still amazed at how easy it was to agree on the paint colors…That is not normal!

    • Matt says

      Hey Chelsea! We are ecstatic with how well the lamps turned out! Sometimes it’s tough adding that first coat of paint, but this time, it was definitely worth it!

  1. julie says

    I love the airplane art! My son’s room has a subtle airplane/travel theme so I’ll be happy to borrow that at any time…seriously!

  2. says

    Love love love your living room! What slipcover is on your couch? I’ve been looking for one that looks like that and haven’t been able to find one that I like!

    • Matt says

      Melissa, That statue is actually part of a Franklin Mint collection that Jacque’s Pops had! We’ve got some other great pieces throughout the house! I’ll get the name of the statue if you’re interested in trying to find one!

  3. says

    Absolutely TRANSFORMATIONAL! I mean, just look at how beautifully you guys changed the entire thing. Re-creating the wall art, with just the right creativity has given it such a classy look.
    By the way, just wondering, why didn’t you guys chose some other image other than the plane? Just curious to know :DDDDDD
    Well done x
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  4. Jennifer says

    I love the lamp transformation. My sister has some lamps that could use a makeover. I even think that color would look great in her living room. : )

    Note: I think you meant herringbone instead of houndstooth when talking about the fabric lampshades.

  5. Brandi says

    Love the makeover! Do you mind sharing the name of the Valspar spray paint you used? It’s so sunny and I am in love with it! Thank you!!

  6. Lauren Hannah says

    I love how you give new life to the room, it actually looks lighter with the paint that you used in the wall. Thank you for this one, it is a great idea from yours.


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