Happppppy Monday my friends! Grab your coffee and a snack, because I have a doozy of a post for you–this is a long one folks. Today I’m so excited to be bringing back another edition of Farmhouse Rehab, which is all about helping you–my kind and loyal readers–design your own homes with farmhouse charm. I get so many questions through email and social media from people looking for design advice. Maybe it’s your living room that has you stumped, or a tricky bedroom that you’d like some input on. Whatever it is, this series is my chance to offer my personal ideas and suggestions for YOUR home. For today’s post I’m helping one sweet reader, Michelle, with her living room and dining room space. Michelle has done a lot of great things already, but she is looking to brighten up her home and get more of a fresh, farmhouse look. And what better time to do a complete refresh than spring!? We have a lot to get to today, so let’s just jump right into it. Here are the photos sent in by Michelle:
The first thing I notice about Michelle’s home is that she’s already done some awesome things to bring farmhouse charm into her living room and dining area. Not only does she have little pops of vintage decor here and there, but the overall layout of her home is great. Plus those hardwood floors are gorgeous. There is so much potential here! I have lots of ideas for her space and I’ve broken it all down below. First up is the living room:
Updated Living Room
Michelle wants to brighten up this living room and give it more of a farmhouse feel. I think she’s actually closer to that look than she realizes. In my opinion, there are only a few things I’d personally change about this space and it’s all very budget friendly.
Paint the Coffee Table: Instead of buying a new coffee table, I think Michelle could easy update this one she has with a fresh coat of paint. It would be such an easy fix. I’d suggest painting the whole thing a soft grey or white, or she could even stain the top of the table a dark color and only paint the lower half. I did a similar look on this dresser.
Keep the Couch: I think the couch can totally work in this space. I’d only recommend getting a handful of new throw pillows to brighten it up a bit.
New Artwork Above Couch: In order to give this space more personality, I’d suggest replacing the sunflower photo above the couch. Michelle could go for something more vintage, like a few old windows or even a gallery wall. Or she could keep it simple with a new sign like this wooden farmhouse sign. Here’s a few other options that would work well in this spot:
New Rug: To balance out the darker couch, I’d replace this rug with something lighter and more neutral. I love this oval beige area rug, but I think any of these options would work as well:
Freshen Up The Fireplace:
This corner of the room has sooooooo much potential! That fireplace is gorgeous, it just needs a bit of updating and it will shine. Here are my ideas:
Paint Brick & Mantel: Updating the brick and wood mantel with fresh paint would be a quick and affordable solution to brighten up this corner. I think Michelle would be safe to paint it a soft white color, which would compliment the cream colored walls. This is a gorgeous fireplace and a big of updating would really make it pop. And painting brick is actually very simple, I have an easy peasy tutorial here.
Add Shiplap in the Space Above Mantel: To really get that farmhouse look, I’d recommend adding shiplap in the space above the mantel. This will make the fireplace a focal point of the room and add character to the space. Very affordable and DIY friendly. I have a tutorial on installing shiplap here. And I also found this great tutorial for adding shiplap above a fireplace. If Michelle does decide to go this route, I’d recommend first painting over the brown paint with the cream color on the other walls. That way the dark brown doesn’t try to peek through the slats in the shiplap.
New Curtains: You can barely see just a bit of Michelle’s curtains, which look to be a shade of dark purple. I’d suggest switching these out for drop cloth curtains, which are super affordable and perfect of the farmhouse look. See my post about drop cloth curtains here.
New Accent Chairs
Michelle has two of these accent chairs over on the left side of the fireplace. Since she’s going for more of a farmhouse look, I recommend she upgrade to a pair of new accent chairs. I love this Serta Arm Chair and I think the style would blend well with her couch. Other great accent chair options:
I think Michell’s living room is really close to being what she wants. Just a few changes will make a huge difference. Using some of the existing furniture she already owns, like the couch and coffee table she can paint, will allow her to save money and leave room for a few new pieces like the accent chairs and rug. And that fireplace is just so full of potential, it could easily become the star of the room with some fresh paint and shiplap.
Media Center Area
This little corner of the room is small, but there are a few options here:
Paint: I’d start off by painting this wall the same cream color that is in the living room. That will brighten this space up and pull it all together nicely.
New TV Stand: The current TV console is too small for this wall. I’d simply replace it with a larger one that will take up a bit more of the wall space. I love this one, but here are a few other options that are would also look great.
Relocate Bench: If possible, I’d consider relocating this bench. That will open up more space for the TV stand.
Add Storage: I’d suggest adding a few storage baskets on either side of the TV stand for blankets, pillows, and other living room goodies.
I love the idea of using this wall as the media center area. With some fresh paint and a new TV stand, this area will look completely refreshed. Now let’s move on to the final space: the dining room!
Keep the Chairs: I absolutely love the chairs Michelle already has–great style and perfect for the table.
Paint the Table: If Michelle wants to save money in this space, I think she would do well to paint her dining table. I think a crisp white would look amazing with her black chairs, but she could also paint the top white and use a different shade for the lower half–such as a gray or a soft pastel color. I did a similar paint combination on the table in our breakfast nook and I love it. See that project here.
New Light Fixture: Now this is the really fun part. I think this space is dying for a new light fixture and it’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to transition this dining room to more of a farmhouse look. I think any of these chandeliers would be gorgeous in this space:
New Rug: Depending on Michelle’s budget, she could consider adding an area rug underneath the table. This will help with two things: 1) an area rug will cozy up this space and pull it all together for a more finished look; 2) since this dining area is in between the kitchen and living room, an area rug will help define this space. Here are a few areas rugs that could work well in the dining room:
Wow. That was a lot. Are you guys still here? Bueller….Bueller? I sure hope you’ve stuck around through all of that, I know this was a long one. But I wanted to help Michelle bring a completely new feel to her living area and dining room with a full blown spring refresh! I’m so excited for her to make these changes, but I have to say–I’m the most excited about that fireplace. I think that little corner could look ammmmmazing with just a little bit of work. And really the same can be said for all of these areas–there is just so much potential. It will only take a few key changes, some fresh paint, and a little rearranging to make a big difference in her home.
I put so much time and energy into these Farmhouse Rehab posts and I really hope you all get a few ideas out of it. Or maybe it sparks something that inspires you to mix things up in your own home. Either way, I’m so glad to have you stop by and see what I’m up to. I’d love to hear what you think and definitely let me know if you have any questions!
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Now let me give you a quick disclaimer. I’m not a professional. I don’t have any fancy design degrees or certifications. As I always say, decorating your home is very personal and you should always do what feels right to YOU. These are just my opinions and suggestions!