Home Improvement|Saying Goodbye to the Formal Living Room

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As times have changed in recent years with floor plans and homes, what can you do with your outdated floor plan? It makes it tough when a room that was designed and intended for one purpose you have no use for or want to use for an entirely different purpose. Tearing down walls and rebuilding an entire floor plan, is not cheap by any means.

Do you have a formal living room? If so, do you even really use it? Maybe you do and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just have no use for it in our home. Thats why I decided to show you how I have transformed our formal living room into an what I am terming an “open door” office.

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The room today, though I have much more planned for it coming up is intended to be used as a formal living room. Well I don’t need two living rooms. I need a study. That’s beauty in life and getting these older homes. You really can make them work for you. I’m transforming this formal living room into an open door office.

I, of course, did not take a before picture prior to painting the walls. However, I did find an old photo from when the home was first built and put up for sale.

It does not look like it, but when we bought the home, the carpet in here was quite disgusting. Also, that blue chair in the upper left corner is strategically placed over a large piece of missing carpet. Apparently, the previous owners cat tore up the carpet in the upper left corner……

With the intention set to replace the flooring in this room, I decided the first step was to paint the walls in the room. Which, by the way, if you’re debating whether or not you would be able to paint your home, do it! It’s really not a horrible project at all to do. It can also save you quite a bit of money especially if you are on a tight budget. It just takes time and patience but it’s worth it in the end.

I recommend you do one room at a time. I painted, just me- no help from my husband or anyone else for that matter- our entire house. I started off painting one room at a time. It turned out to almost be quite therapeutic for me.


I chose to go with Sherwin William’s Silverplate for the walls in this room and then the same paint 20% lighter on the ceiling. I am so happy I went with that color for this room. I remember when I began painting the walls with Silverplate in this room, I started to regret my decision and had planned that down the road, I would be changing the paint color again in the room.

After seeing the results, especially with the new wood plank tile in the room, I have to admit that Sherwin William’s Silverplate has turned out to be one of my favorite paints!

It took a lot of time and research before we decided on the flooring that we would be replacing the carpet in this room with. I’m very happy we stumbled upon this at the flooring warehouse. It’s a porcelain tile made by Emotions.

It’s amazing what a difference a fresh coat paint can do along with choosing different colors to help update a room.

I was going to put in Roman Shades, though I have since changed my mind. I am leaning more towards to putting in plantation shutters. Do you have any suggestions? I’ve always grown up with plantation shutters and love the look they give.

Here’s what I have done so far. I’m currently searching for the perfect rug to help complete the room until my budget can allow me to invest in wall decor and a light fixture. Stay tuned because there is so much more coming to this room!


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