Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working with one of our good friends on a $1,000 living room makeover. He’s a newly single dad of 3 awesome kiddos looking for a fresh start and new perspective in his home and a brand spankin’ new living room is just what he needs to get the ball rolling.

$1,000 can be a tight budget for an entire living room update but I plan to tackle this budget makeover with a little repurposing, a little thrifting, and a whole lot of DIY. I’ll be using existing items combined with some fresh new accessories and accent pieces to create a space that feels fresh and new and better reflects the style of our client and friend.

Here’s what we’re working with:

$1,000 Living Room Makeover

$1,000 Living room makeover

It’s a nice big room with good bones and super high ceilings and with just a little updating, it’ll be a great new space for this young family.

One of the main issues here is the wall-to-wall carpeting. He’s not ready to install new flooring just yet so my plan for this living room design is to embrace the blue while drawing the attention elsewhere. So, that being said, here are our main objectives for this living room makeover:

  1. Create a fresh new space for a fresh new start
  2. Work with, not against, the high ceilings: Create a focal point on fireplace wall
  3. Embrace the blue: keep main elements simple and neutral
  4. Bring in color and fun with art & accessories
  5. Reconfigure seating for better use of the space
  6. De-clutter & organize – additional storage for toys & games

I’m still working to piece together some additional furniture pieces, potentially a wishbone chair walnut or ivory colored and a couple more accessories but here’s a look at some possible plans to breath new life into this living room:

$1000 Living Room Makeover

These certainly aren’t final or definite plans but its a good example of how we’re going to neutralize the space, embrace the carpeting, and bring in color and life through other, smaller elements.

A fresh coat of paint will be going up on the walls and ceiling soon and I’ve been busy piecing together supplemental furniture, vibrant artwork, and fun and colorful accessories that will bring new life and a fresh perspective to this family’s living room. I plan on adding some sort of accent detail above the fireplace to really create a focal point on this wall that embraces the ceiling height and creates a better balance of scale in the room.

I couldn’t be more excited to help create a fresh new space for this awesome family! Follow along over the next few weeks to see how this space turns out.

Have a great Tuesday, folks!



Life has gotten in the way over the past couple of weeks, but I was finally able to finish painting the living room floor tiles for our temporary flooring fix. If you remember in my last post, I started painting the first side of the asbestos tile we uncovered beneath the old carpeting. Since then, I finished painting the floor tiles and applied a coat of water based polyurethane.

Painting the living room floor tiles

Truthfully, I’m not thrilled with how the polyurethane turned out. I decided to use a water-based polyurethane to avoid the harsh fumes of an oil-based product, but found that since most are geared towards wood flooring and other wood finishes, it didn’t work as well as I had hoped on the black paint. The finish turned out pretty cloudy and splotchy in some spots, which probably wouldn’t have been noticeable on a lighter paint color, but was definitely evident on this black floor.

Painting the living room floor tiles

There is something to be said about embracing imperfection, though. If this wasn’t just a temporary flooring fix, I would have been more anxious to resolve the issue but, even though the perfectionist in me died a little bit, I decided not to waste my time, money, and energy on re-doing the floors.


Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve had moments of weakness where I wanted to pull all of the furniture back out of the room and repaint, but the more rational side of me knew it wasn’t worth is. For now, I’m just embracing accidental imperfection and telling myself it looks more natural this way ;)


I collected a couple 8×10 area rugs in the southwest style from around the house and layered them in the living room to not only hide some of the trouble spots in the floor but also warm and cozy it up a bit. Albeit the little poly snafu, I’m really excited about how much better the floor looks already. From old carpeting to holy 50’s asbestos tiles and best selection of rugs from Magnolia Home, to freshly painted black floors, I’m digging the transition.


As always, there’s still LOTS to do in here (like finishing trim & molding, finding a large area rug & other long-term furniture and accessories, and, of course, deciding on a permanent flooring option) but it’s pretty crazy how far this room has come. I’m trying to take one step at a time and enjoy this slow yet rewarding renovation progress.

And since you know I’m a sucker for a good before and after, here’s a reminder of just how far this room has come…



The beautiful weather over the weekend gave me the chance to tackle a few projects around the house that I’ve been putting off until I could open all the windows, and painting the living room floor tiles was #1 on my list. Despite ripping out all of the carpeting throughout the rest of the house, we had previously kept that living room carpeting intact and got a professional rug cleaning to make it look like new again until we decided what we wanted to do with the floor in the long run. We are having Tate’s Coating company come out and insulate under our floors to help keep it warmer during the winter. It was in decent shape and wasn’t horribly offensive so I was ok with it in the interim.

We knew there was some sort of concrete / tile / hardwood floors underneath the carpeting, as the space was originally an open-air porch before it was enclosed, so I was hesitant to expose what would be freezing cold floors beneath the carpeting during the dead of winter. But, now that the sun has been shining and the temperatures rising, I knew it was time to get moving on this project.

We ripped out the old carpeting to reveal…wait for it…wait for it…


Olive green 1950’s asbestos tile! Yay! Is the sarcasm reaching through your computer screen and slapping you in the face? #LongLiveTheChevron

While I can definitely appreciate a… let’s call it “vintage” flooring option in the right context, this baby wasn’t doing anything for me, not to mention the fact that it didn’t go all the way to the wall in places where we ripped out the old paneling as well as a few little damaged spots around the perimeter.


We’re definitely not ready for the permanent flooring installation quite yet, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with the current flooring for long so I decided to use some of this Behr Porch & Patio paint, that we had previously purchased at our old house but never used, to give the dated floor tiles a face-lift. We intend to get more info about Gettysburg Hardwood Flooring Group, who can do it professionally. 

We had originally considered ripping out the old porch tile and painting/refinishing the concrete below, but once the carpeting was up, we realized we were dealing with what was, most likely, 1950’s asbestos tile. Truthfully, just the word ‘asbestos’ scares me, but we were informed by a Environmental Monitoring specialist that it is perfectly safe to live with as long as materials are in good condition and the asbestos cannot be released into the air. This was the case for us, so rather than delve into the asbestos removal process, especially since this was going to be a temporary aesthetic fix before a more permanent flooring solution, we decided to simply paint and seal the tiles themselves. **I definitely suggest getting a professional opinion before dealing with any materials you think could possibly contain asbestos.**


I decided to paint the floor in 2 phases rather than all at once in order to keep some semblance of normalcy in our life during this project. The paint recommends 72 hours of drying time before returning to normal use so this is what made the most sense for us. After the first side has completely cured, we will move the room over to the painted tile and finish phase 2.

The preparation is probably the most important part of this project. It’s UBER important to have a clean and dry surface free of any dirt and dust in order to get the best results. Navigate here to see it.


Now, I’ve done A LOT of painting since we’ve moved into this house and, let me tell you, painting the floor has been BY FAR the most enjoyable paint job so far. It’s just so much easier and faster than painting any other surface. I might even go so far as to say I enjoyed it.

Just quickly go around the room and edge along the walls with a paint brush.


Then, using the floor as your paint tray, roll the paint over the surface with a roller on an extension pole. The only thing you really have to be aware of is not painting yourself into a corner, literally. Just start in the farthest corner and work your way to the exit/entrance of the room.

After about an hour, the paint is dry to the touch with a really nice eggshell sheen to it but you should wait 72 hours before returning to normal use.


Once that time is up, we’ll move the furniture over and paint the remaining side. The pictures don’t really do it justice but it looks SO MUCH BETTER. The subtle tile lines are actually really nice in person and almost give the feeling of a dark stone tile. The paint also does a great job of disguising any damaged areas and has me excited to move onto some other finishing touches in this room.


We still have yet to establish how the paint will stand up to those 2 crazy dogs running around the house. The only concern is how the tile themselves will take to the paint, since it’s obviously meant specifically for concrete or wood surfaces, but only time will tell. I’m debating whether or not I should try some sort of extra sealer or just wait and see how it goes. Fingers crossed.

It may be a temporary fix but it’s a temporary fix that’s really nice on my eyeballs. I hope to be back with Part II of this post later this week once it is all completed.

Until then, have a great Monday!