Living Room Tranformation

Our English Tudor living room needed a makeover.

~ After ~

The paneling had to go or at least be covered up. Having wood floors, a paneled wall, and wood beams on the ceiling made the room seem dark. It also made the room feel uninviting. 

 The first thing we did was try and balance out the room with wood blinds. It helped but the room still felt not right. We decided we needed a more formal mantel and radiator covers.

(The wood blinds helped tie in the wood beams on the ceiling.)

 (Our new mantel made a wonderful difference to the look and feel of the room.)

It was looking better but I was still not happy with the results. The new radiators covers were so pretty but the radiators stood out and needed to blend in. I painted the radiators with Benjamin Moore tudor brown.

It was beginning to look so much prettier but still there was the paneling. I decided to cover over the paneling with Ready Patch Joint Compound. It was hard work since it's like putting on peanut butter. I also had to make it look just like the rest of the room. My walls have an old world finish to them. Being an artist helped a lot with this process. You would never know the wall was not plastered over 100 years ago. It took me a long time to finish. 

When it finally dried I repaint the room with Benjamin Moore richmond bisque.

Now the wood beams on my ceiling match all the mahogany that I adore in the room.

Am I finished yet ......... no there is still more to come. 
I love adding to a room overtime.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please forgive me for not recently stopping by your blog. I'm still having issues with my tooth. The abscess tooth needs another round of antibiotics.  
Have you ever had a year of bad health? Ugh!



Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...


Your room looks beautiful! You did a lot of work on that paneled wall but so well worth it! The room is much brighter and cozy! Great job!

And I really hope you are feeling better soon.

Pellie / Penny said...

What a great room transformation.

Your hard work paid off wonderfully - from dark and dated to bright and classic.


Honey at 2805 said...

A terrific transformation! You hard work really paid off! Hope you feel better soon!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks beautiful, Dee! I'm sure that was a lot work adding the joint compound but it was so worth it! I don't think we are ever "done" with a room. I know I'm constantly tweaking, adding or deleting!

Gina said...

Your living room looks beautiful! It's great lightened up. All the hard work was worth it.

Unknown said...

Just gorgeous Dee. What a fabulous job you've done.

Come follow me on my linky, please.
Have a lovely eve ~

Little Miss Maggie said...

Hi Dee. Stunning makeover. Absolutely beautiful.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,
Your livingroom has changed so much!
You are a true artist with great ideas that work out very well.
So sorry you're not yet feeling well!
Well, the year 2010 was my downer when I became paralyzed in January and Pietet had his quadruple bypass early September...
Lots of love to you and don't give up hope - ever!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness- you changed that room 100% - you did so much hard work - and all your effort paid off - it is a gorgeous room.

I am so sorry about your tooth ache - I hope the antibiotics will help.

Love, sandie

Anonymous said...

I am following you would you follow back. Pat

Bliss said...

Your patience paid off - tedious work putting peanut butter on a whole wall!

We did have a bad year with health, so I kept a journal of who got what. All kids were home at that time, 8 total of us but normally a healthy group. It was never ending, was always something for someone. Hope your tooth gets on the mend and the year doesn't continue on that path.


Regina from The Queenly Abode said...

Hi Dee, you have done a great job painting over your paneling, love how it makes the room brighter!
Hope your tooth feel's better today!

photography by suzanne said...

What a beautiful room. Your hard work really paid off!
Hope you get feeling better. hugs...

Designing Domesticity said...

I love all your changes. Thanks for sharing the room changes over time. I, too, love a layered look. Thanks for sharing, liz

Kelly (Seaux Southern) said...

It looks fabulous! I love seeing a room transformation. Hope you are feeling better real soon!!

Ika Verunica said...

Room looks beautiful ..
You made a big deal ..

Marianne said...

WOW,what a transformation! The rooms looks great. Now the fireplace, beams and floor stand out.
Marianne :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Dee your house is gorgeous, I can't wait to see the whole thing. I have just a little house, not much to see. I love the idea of covering that wall with peanut butter or I mean joint compound..genius!


Gypsy Heart said...

Wow, it looks beautiful! I know that doing the texture was a time consuming experience...I've done that. The paint looks light and happy and the beams are just gorgeous.

So sorry your tooth is a problem still. With these knees, I totally understand not feeling 100% all the time. I so hope that you feel much better quickly.



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