Oh my gosh, you guys. So much has happened that I haven’t shared and I am so excited to finally be sharing all the projects I’ve been working on for the last 7 months. Yes, seven months! Early last year, I started working on a living room makeover (which I talked about here) and I finally finished it up at the end of last summer. So, why haven’t I shared?
I had this crazy dream of having our home in a magazine. I’ve heard several editors speak on submissions and what they like/don’t like (print publications aren’t big fans of publishing content that has already been shared on the web) so I decided to snap some pics to send to a freelance editor. Then I waited. I was so close to just saying “Screw it! I’m gonna post this!” but then in November, part of a crazy chain of events, I got the news that a BHG special interest publication called Makeovers would be at my home on December 2nd to shoot for a magazine coming out in March 2016.
Dudes. It happened. It’s out.
I can’t even believe it.
That’s me. In a magazine. With my clothes on. Giant life score.
So, once I got the news that our home would be published, I knew the proper thing to do would be to save the reveal images for the magazine and then do a follow up here, so that’s what this is.
Before I get into the full reveal, though, I want to take you back to look at the evolution of this space.
This is what it looked like before we moved in:
We had the walls painted, the floors replaced, new mantle installed, added a ceiling fan (how does anyone in Georgia survive without one?!) and painted the paneling. We had just come out of living in a hotel for several months so I did everything I could to make the new home look like the old home. This is what it looked like after we moved in:
Not terrible but… really, look at all that chevron. Too much.
One of those framed pieces is now living a new life as a pillow in the new living room.
Then I found the most amazing couch ever which inspired me to have a garage sale and totally transform this space into a place I love while staying on a budget.
After so much waiting, here it is, ready?!
I made all the pillows, including one from a previously framed piece of DIY art.
I also framed a few needlepoint pieces for the new gallery wall. The one of the girl was a thrift find and the others we inherited, they play nicely with our Dwight Shrute illustration. The floral painting was done by my great great grandmother.
I updated the end tables using some thrifted industrial knobs I picked up at Scott’s Antique Market.
Our DIY Vintage Tripod Lamp lives in this room now…
…along with lots and lots of family heirlooms and pics. This is my great great grandfather and his beautiful bride, Ella May. She was a housewife and artist and I so wish I had known her. She did several of the paintings we have in our home as well as several sets of hand painted floral china.
Only about 10% of our old books are thrifted, the rest belonged to family and some of these have dates scribbled in the front all the way back to 1903.
There is normally a legless hutch under the TV which you can see in the magazine pics. Recently hubs went out of town and I went on a project binge and injured my right arm somehow and now it’s barely working. So, that thing is chillin’ right now waiting for some paint. And some legs.
Several of the gallery wall pieces were thrifted, including a few ikea frames. The male nude was a find from a sale right in my own neighborhood, the floral was a thrift store find (for a buck!) and the painting is another done by my great great grandmother. Her house was undergoing renovations and she painted what she hoped her house would look like. I just love everything about it. She couldn’t afford canvas so it’s painted on a piece of wood covered in cheesecloth.
Somehow our couch didn’t make it in the mag…
..And I can’t wait to show you the dining room. Doesn’t even look like the same room as what’s in the magazine. I tore that room apart as soon as the photogs left.
Another look at the way-back before:
I’m so excited to share the rest of the house and all the projects I’ve been keeping on the DL, so, get ready for a healthy dose of Dena. A great big THANK YOU goes out to all of you for reading, coming back, supporting me, leaving comments, etc. I’m so thankful to all of you for sticking with me and being so encouraging. Hoping to repay your kindness with some serious DIY action in the coming months.
Swap It Like It’s Hot is coming up next week and I’m pretty excited about that too- especially because I’m making the hubs do the work since my arm is on the fritz. I’ve been getting out of dinner duty, too, so that’s nice.