Room Refresh Reveal


January 13, 2016 by Terry

When you think of a room refresh you usually think reconfiguring furniture or maybe new paint.

Well, my Room refresh has actually caused a domino effect.  What used to be my living room is now my dining room and what used to be my “catch all / office”  is now our living room.  Yes, our whole main floor living area has been rotated to be what I think, is a little more functional and efficient use of space.

I will begin by showing you the way the room looked when we first moved in.  By the time this photo was taken (sorry for the poor quality) I had just made over the fireplace by building a mantel and hanging new tile.  (You can see that very early post here … my how I’ve grown since then!) I think that post also shows yet another different look for this room.

Obviously the room was very mismatched and while (at the time) I loved the pieces in it, it didn’t all “fit” together … I guess you could call it a work in progress :)

I look back on this picture and think “ewwwwww! what was going on even????”  I’m almost  embarrassed to share it.

Following this, I had become more involved in DIY and things changed.  It stayed as a family room for a while but nobody was using it as we still had a main living room and another family room downstairs.  Why this house has 4 living rooms I do not know!


When I decided I needed a place to work it changed to my “office” and place to upholster.  I never upholster in my garage as it just isn’t clean enough to allow fabric to touch the floor.

so then it looked like this …


and I would create things like this..


and … this …


It would get sooooo messy and I didn’t really care to decorate it really.  It was also a place to store items that were completed and ready to go to my booth that I couldn’t temporarily incorporate elsewhere in our house.

It also stored my antique sideboard for the longest time as there was no room for it in our dining room space.



Since I wanted to use the fireplace more than for just propping up my projects and random items that didn’t have a home.  I decided it was time to make a change.  This is what the room looks like now.


It is a difficult room to decorate because it is long and narrow.  This end of the room is a cozy place to visit or relax and watch a bit of television. I am in the works of scheming up a way to hide the T.V. and cords on the wall.  Hopefully soon I will be able to begin that project.  The other end of the room holds a place for my desk/office area.  I have decided that I will keep the mess to a minimum and do most of my projects elsewhere … hope I can keep to it!

I wanted the space to be cozy and welcoming and not super busy to the eye so I tried to keep it simple.


I moved my old oil funnel lamp into here to add a bit more of a soft lighting in the evening.  It also enables me to keep from having to add a side table to the already small space.  It also plays off the rustic feel of the table and antique drill press.

I couldn’t decide which chair I liked better by the fireplace.  The French Chair or the Deconstructed Chair…


This one is smaller but not as cozy looking to sit in by the fire.  They are both sitable chairs but have a different feel as far as being cozy goes…


I took a small strand of battery powered LED lights and scrunched them into a hurricane glass for some interesting lighting.


I placed some old books rolled up in the sewing machine lid and arranged it under the side table that holds the T.V. receiver.  It helps to hide the electrical cords for now until I can find something better.



I placed some faux plants in antique metal filing card boxes next to some empty frames …


I also gave the coffee table another drink of hemp oil at the same time I oiled the drill press to refresh it.


I think it all came together quite lovely and we all use this space now.  It isn’t huge but the nice part is that it has become an inviting space for us all to spend time together.


I will show you the other end of the room soon!



P.S.  Making Broken Beautiful starts tomorrow!  Don’t forget to link up some inspiration! :)

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20 thoughts on “Room Refresh Reveal

  1. It looks so inviting and lovely Terry! I love the mix of neutrals and wood. So pretty :) Hugs, Lisa


  2. What a warm and welcoming room. You are giving me some ideas to refresh a couple of rooms


    • Terry says:

      Oh that is awesome! I hope you will share the makeover with us when you do! I hope you have a great day! Thank you for taking the time to say hi!


  3. Peggy says:

    I love it! Rustic and cozy!


  4. repurposingjunkie says:

    Terry, ooh. I love this room!!! You definitely captured the warm and rustic feel!!! It looks so cozy and inviting!!! I really like the deconstructed chair and the hanging oil funnel lamp!!! I can’t wait to see the other room! :)


  5. Christine says:

    super gorgeous…love the paint color. May I ask what the dark gray is called???


  6. Betty says:

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop


  7. I love the space! ESPECIALLY that coffee table!
    What a great space to call your own- for whatever purpose!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you so much Catherine! I don’t know how long it will stay this way but… :-) Maybe I should add a butler button to it ;-) I hope you have a great weekend !


  8. Terry this room is GORGEOUS!!! I wouldn’t change a thing about it! Even the TV blends nicely. I mean.. lets be honest, we all have a TV, right? Yours fits the space well since the color it is incorporated all throughout the room in the varying shades of gray. Unless it really bothers you, I wouldn’t worry about trying to conceal it in this space. Cords are always a nightmare obstruction to deal with. I hate them with every bone in my body!

    Your fireplace is so incredibly beautiful! I saw you were in the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop so I had to stop by to check out what you have been working on.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    Olivia- Co-Hostess
    Reinvented Collection


  9. That is one beautiful room my friend. One day I’m coming to sit there with you, but not till winter’s over….


    • Terry says:

      Oh I do hope you come! I look forward to that day :) I hope you had a great weekend! Sorry for the late reply … I actually didn’t peek on my computer all weekend!


  10. Love your style lady! Everything looks so warm and cozy. It makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and relax the day away! Hugs, CoCo

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  11. It looks so cosy, I want to inject a bit more cosiness into our home (we started with a blank canvas and I am now working on making it more homely).

    I so so would love to have a cream rug but with a choccy labrador and 2 little girls it’s a no go.


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Sam! I hear you about the colors! We have 5 children, a yellow lab and a calico cat … We make it work with rules about eating in certain areas and shoes etc. Of course accidents do happen sometimes .. but that’s expected. How fun to have a blank canvas to start off with! Happy decorating! Hope you have a great week!


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