My living room is done! Well, for now. Ha
This house journey started about 7 years ago, every Sunday when Kevin and I would grab some coffees from Starbucks, we would drive around searching for open houses to check out. After, a year of searching, we decided to look at houses in the country and that’s where we found our home.
Our home isn’t that old. It was built in 2006 but it was lacking a lot of character. I really wasn’t sure how I wanted to style it. Well, that year Kevin and I got married and in February, I found out I was pregnant with our first son, and 17 months later I found out I was pregnant again with our second son. I was busy with two little ones and the only thing on my mind was sleep. Now, that my boys are older, it was time to get work. I was confused on my style because I love a lot of different styles. Yes, I live in the country but I didn’t want to make my house too country but I definitely wanted it to feel old like a country home. I really paid attention to my clothes, colors and patterns that I like, to figure my style.
”Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.” -homeowner Erin Flett, Country Living
When I found this quote on Pinterest, it really spoke to me. I started collecting things I love so I can design my living room . I wanted my house to feel old but yet modern. So, my first step was to change the flooring. My flooring was a light oak color. I wasn’t a fan. It didn’t go with any of my furniture, artwork and not the look I was going for.
First, I started by staining my banister and fire mantel. I used General Finishes gel stain in the color, Antique Walnut. I love this stain because you don’t need to sand so much. You can sand lightly and stain on existing stain. Gel stain is really a-game changer. It will save you some time and frustration.
Second, I got quotes from a few companies to do my flooring project. The color I used was “hearthstone shadow”. It has a golden and red undertone. Definitely not a color I was looking at first but it matched my banister and fire mantle, perfect! The color of the wood definitely made it my house feel old.
Also, we painted the living room with Sherwin Williams, in the color “Amazing gray.” The fireplace is the main focus, the gray really makes it pop.
Now, my flooring project done, new paint job and I been collecting things I love. I feel like the mood of my house has change. I love how it feels more old and charming.