Giving a Dated Home a Timeless Makeover

Feb 25, 2013

I know I picked on this room last week because of the 90s features, but I want to show you how it can be salvaged into something beautiful and timeless. Yes, timeless!



I already mentioned I would cover up the "bookcases" on the wall with drywall. I would also buy a large mirror to cover up the window over the fireplace or use wainscoting for a more permanent solution. The flooring is also a problem. It would have been nice if the wood (or laminate) continued into the kitchen.

But, what I think could make this room look amazing are transoms. This is what I see when I look at the opening between the living room and kitchen, especially with the columns.

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I'm sure a lot of people would be completely daunted by this idea because of the cost. You might be surprised. Remember my transom I installed over my study doors?


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Guess how much? It was only about $100 and it was custom ordered! I think three transoms separated by two columns like in the inspiration picture would completely change this room.

I know a lot of people aren't a fan of two story ceilings. I think they can be dramatic and beautiful if done correctly.

A large scale chandelier like this one from Lampsplus.com would be an eye catcher, especially if hung low enough to be reflected back in the mirror over the fireplace.


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I love the drama it creates!

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Next, this room needs some character added to the walls. I love the "Something's Gotta Give" living room. It's a two story living room, but still cozy.

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It would be way too expensive to wrap the room in batten board or plank the walls. Adding the moulding to the fireplace area, around the transoms, and using trim to visually divide the ceiling from the walls like they did here would help get this look.

Are you starting to see it?




I wonder how much this house was again...

















6 comments:

  1. Your vision is amazing. I don't think I would have thought if transoms for this room, but you're right - they should totally do it!
    Stacy

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    1. Thanks! I'm always looking for a spot to put transoms, lol.

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  2. I can totally see it! That room has potential for sure. Both rooms are large and filled with light. I like how you see things! I also love how you put the transom into your own home. Who knew you could get that great look for not a lot of money? I wish our ceilings were high enough that I could find a place to put one now. :) Sharon

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    1. That's the only place in the house I could fit in a transom. I wish I had room for more! I thought it would cost a lot and was so pleasantly surprised to find out they aren't that expensive. I guess someone else also saw the potential for that house because it sold!

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  3. So true! I'm always drooling over at your beautiful inspiration pics! I'm going to check your post about that.

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    1. Thanks! I get most of them from pinterest. If they ever lost my pins I would be devastated!

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