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Our formal living room and other #DIYFAILS (6 of 6)
Can we talk a bit about home decorating and DIY fails today friends? I recently shared about making house a home which showed a lot of our successes. While we’ve had some great successes in both DIY projects and decorating projects in our homes, we’ve had an equal number of complete fails!
Today is a bit different. I’m going to start you off with a furniture fail turned success in our current home with this before and after that might just blow your mind because of the price tag and how awful the “before” was. I have made many decorating mistakes in this home. But the biggest and most costly so far was our formal living room. I bought furniture that was WAY too small for our space and had to live with it for nearly three years until last week when I made a big change spending less than $200 thanks to some creativity and a few lucky finds on Craigslist and within our home. And, we didn’t opt for some of the architectural elements we truly wanted in this space when we built, so now we are left trying to figure out how to do that in the next year or so with contractors. Sometimes doing it right the first time is best. Here is our first attempt at making some changes in the space.

DIY Fails Before and After

While it’s nice that we’ve fixed the mistake, it was also a big waste of money. If I would’ve planned the entire room out better, measured and not made a few impulsive purchases, we probably would’ve had a better room and less waste. And if we would’ve thought through the architectural elements like beams on the ceiling, board and batten on the walls and a few other things, we wouldn’t be going back and doing it. Of course, I plan to find a way to use the old furniture, because although it’s too small for the space and a bit too formal for what I like in our home now, I do still really love it. But our new/old sofa is a better fit. I simply replaced our old sectional cover and turned the sectional into a sofa. This was a $40 change that made all the difference. And if you’re thinking “how will she deal with white with two cats and kids?” I’m with you! But, we bought two sets of washable covers so we feel pretty safe.
Our formal living room and other #DIYFAILS (2 of 6)
I want to share just a few more shots of our new and improved formal living room.
Our formal living room and other #DIYFAILS (1 of 6)I loved layering plaid items into the room and filling the space with warm neutral tones. While the room isn’t complete quite yet, it is close and is much more our style with these simple changes after living with our design mistakes for a couple of years.
Our formal living room and other #DIYFAILS (5 of 6)
I have made SO many DIY and design mistakes in both of our homes. In our old home, I painted a bedroom that doubled as an office, dark purple and it looked like a dungeon. For this home, I dyed curtains yellow to save a few dollars, but instead ruined the curtains and had to go buy new fabric and have some made which were also a mistake. I could have bought the original ones I wanted if I would’ve skipped the DIY projects and saved the money.
 Our formal living room and other #DIYFAILS (4 of 6)I’ve made countless painting mistakes. My husband and I have attempted hanging light fixtures ourselves and ended up with the fixture slightly hanging down from the ceiling, often needing an electrician to finish up the job. Typically the mistakes come from my hope that we can do it super inexpensively, but sometimes, I just want to try things. So many failures that I need to stop counting for my sanity.
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