Living Room Renovation: Before and After

Living room before and after construction.

We finished the renovations on this room about the same time as the kitchen. However, it took a lot longer to decorate. Our TV sat on a plastic bin for about 6 months before we found the right console. My DIY Lamp Makeover was the last addition to the room.

Living room renovation. Here's the before. You should see the after!

There are only a few before pictures as the room was adjoining the kitchen. You can actually see the corner of the old island. The placement of the island meant that there just wasn’t a lot of room to move in the space. If you want to see how the living is and was laid out in relation to the kitchen and dining room, check out The Kitchen: Before and After. The big changes to the room where that we sealed up the fireplace, renovated the bar and painted feature walls on the two main walls of the room.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

We went back and forth about covering up the fireplace. One of the main arguments for keeping the fireplace was resale value. However, the argument that ultimately won out was that the space was so much more functional without the fireplace. We also live in San Diego where the temps rarely drop below 60 during the day and start hitting 90 in March. I think we made the right decision because we have another fireplace in the home, if we want the warm and ambiance of a fireplace.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

We went back and forth about the bar area as well. It takes up half the wall and the fireplace took up the rest of the wall. It just seemed like we were potentially sacrificing living space for a ‘70s relic. We ultimately decided to keep it as we thought it would be nice to have a place away from the busy kitchen to grab a beer, open a bottle of wine or mix a quick cocktail. The kitchen area can get congested during dinnertime or parties and the bar has definitely helped alleviate some of that congestion. I also really enjoy having a large area in which to store glassware, liquor and wine. We used the same countertop and cabinets that we used in the kitchen. The wine fridge was our update to the area.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

Our contractors had painted the entire space a middle gray but I thought it was a little boring. One night I made a quick decision to turn the living room walls into feature walls by painting them a charcoal color. It was impulsive but definitely the right decision. The walls pull you into the space and make it very cozy. I love the moodiness of the dark gray.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

Once we started decorating, we decided we needed some color. We had an old lamp that didn’t work in the room and I really wanted to paint it a bright yellow. It took awhile to convince my husband that yellow was the right color but after a year, I convinced him (I think I just wore him out). You can see my DIY Lamp Makeover here. I painted a few frames the same color and added a couple of matching pillows. The great thing is that if we ever get sick of yellow as an accent color then we can just swap them out for something else. It’s a no commitment way of adding a splash of color.

Here's the after pic of my living room renovation. You should see the before!

You can follow #BethHomeProject on social media as we finish renovating and decorating the rest of the house.

 

If you have any thoughts, questions or comments about the living room renovation, let me know. I’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

 

Let’s Eat | Bacon and Spinach Bow Tie Pasta

Bacon and Spinach Bow Tie Pasta

Here’s another example of a recipe that was born out of necessity. I had extra bacon and spinach that needed to get eaten or it was going to end up in the trash. I feel very strongly that food shouldn’t be wasted. Putting food in the trash is like throwing away cash. When you put it in those terms, it sounds totally crazy, right?! Also, it’s a waste of water, energy and general resources.

Bacon and Spinach Bow Tie Pasta

This recipe is very light even though it’s made with bacon. The bacon also gives a lot of flavor that works well with the spinach. Overall, it’s simple, delicious and made with fewer than 10 ingredients. It’s one of those recipes that you can make in less than 30 minutes (probably less than 15 minutes if you’re a fast chopper).

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Bacon and Spinach Bow Tie Pasta
 
Light and delicious pasta made with bacon and spinach.
Author:
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Farfalle or Bow Tie Pasta
  • ½ pound Thick Cut Bacon (about 6 slices), chopped
  • 3 Shallots, finely diced
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups Fresh Spinach
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions.
  2. Add the cooked pasta to a large serving bowl or dish and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until cooked but not crispy, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes with the bacon until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken broth to the pan and bring to a boil.
  6. Turn off the heat and then add the spinach.
  7. Give it a toss then pour over the pasta.
  8. Stir well and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 

Bacon and Spinach Bow Tie Pasta

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #FOODFASHIONANDFUN. I’d love to see what you make!

 

 

Bacon and Spinach Bow Tie Pasta