Living and Dining Room Reveal

Here we are on Day 3 of our fully remodeled fixer upper tour on Pecan Drive!  Today is the big reveal of the formal living and dining room.  This area was probably the most damaged.  The original owners had this house built back in the early 60’s but then never touched it again.  There is something to say about maintenance and how important it is, especially when living in a climate like Texas!  But on the bright side, if they would have kept up with the house and repairs we wouldn’t have been able to purchase it at such a great price!  Several people have told us that they either showed the house to clients or looked at it themselves but were afraid of all the work that needed to be done.  We’re the kind of crazy people who take on challenges like this.  Sometimes I think we need our heads examined.  Haha!Living 5Before photo of living room as you enter from the foyer.  The house had been sitting for several months unoccupied.lv1And here’s what it looks like today!Living 4We ripped out the nasty old carpet, took off all the trim and replaced the windows.  The beautiful plant sitting on the floor was given to us by another sweet neighbor welcoming us to the neighborhood.  I tried my best to keep it alive through all the construction but the poor thing didn’t make it.  Sad face!!!Living 3Another view before the demo began.lv3The finished product!  Ya know, I thought I had a lot of stuff to fill and stage a house until I started decorating this one.  I quickly ran out of furniture and home decor.  Luckily we now live near Canton and we get to go to Trade Days every month.  It has been a lifesaver (FUN too)!!!crown moldingThe crown molding in this space is SO pretty!  Definitely a wonderful feature and draws the eye up.lv4

sofaOur $10 trunk made the trip with us once again.  But last week we added some feet that we picked up in Canton for just $2 each.  Gave it a little lift.  We store all our table games in it.  My husband and I play all the time.  Does your family like to play games?  Mr. A and I are very competitive.  All in good fun of-coarse!

Dining 5Hope you are wearing your sun glasses!  These walls in the dining room were hot pink.Dining 6There was wood rot under the windows from rain over the years.  It was pretty disgusting and we were very anxious to get it all cleaned up, add the new windows and get a tight seal on it.water damage

laminate flooringOnce the new windows were installed, we continued laying the laminate flooring into this area of the house.  It was so nice to be able to walk from room to room on a clean new floor.wainscotingNext, we added the decorative wainscoting.  I kept with the theme of crisp bright white and light gray walls.  We found a great deal on the flooring at Sam’s Club.  It was being discontinued so we over bought to make sure we would have enough.  I think we ended up returning just two boxes.  We kept one box for the new home owners any case anything should happen in the future they’ll have replacements.dining 4We removed the swing door between the kitchen and dining room to open it up and shed more light into the kitchen.  It just makes more sense now and has a much better flow.  dining 5I was going to keep all the decor neutral since we were listing the house but…I just couldn’t help myself.  I had to bring out the fall decor and even add some new things too.Dining 1

dining 3Out with the old chandelier and in with the new.  It looks like a simple light fixture but it took us quite awhile to assemble it.  But it was worth it.  I LOVE it!!!dining 6Final photo of the dining room with a sneak peek into the brand new kitchen.  Maybe we’ll go there tomorrow as the tour continues!

Side note… something really exciting has happened.  Hopefully I’ll be able to share the news with y’all very soon!!!


  • Curtains: Ikea
  • Shades: Home Depot
  • Laminate Flooring: Sam’s Club
  • Floor Lamp: Vintage Street Designs
  • Candle Holders: Vintage Street Designs
  • End Table: Vintage Find
  • Living room floor rug: preowned
  • Dining room sisal rug: West Elm
  • Chandelier: Amazon
  • Wall paint color: SW7015 Repose Gray
  • Trim color: SW7006 Extra White

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  1. Your house is looking gorgeous! I love the two chairs in the living room. I’ve been looking for chairs like that forever!
    Great job!

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