A paint job that was worth the wait.

Living Room Before

Notice the random plaster blotch above the mantle, the lines on the ceiling marked by an old track lighting system, and the random squares of cardboard covering holes. Lakeshore Hill Cottage was in dire need of a makeover.

Water marks & loose plaster from an old roof leak

Just two short months after moving into our new home, my daughter pointed out that it was raining inside the house….. OK THAT’S STRESSFUL. We made a mad dash for buckets, pots and pans, anything that would catch the drips.

Discovery of sconce wiring hidden behind plaster.

We had old cloth wiring replaced last year. On either side of the fireplace we found wiring for sconces! I found some vintage sconces from Reuse Depot. The paint color sucked all of the light out of the room. I decided on Benjamin Moore’s sharkfin (green), Chantilly Lace (white), and Breath of Fresh Air (blue). Finally, Here are some afters.

The goal with the green feature wall was to recess the wall further back in the room.

The living room while a pleasant size, can look shallow. The darker color helped trick the eye into believing it’s further away than what it is. Painting the fireplace black was a surprise even for myself. I was sold on keeping it white, but it jumped off the dark wall into the recesses of my eyeballs. The black keeps it as a prominent feature without it being too overpowering.

The green was carried over from the feature wall into the builtins.

Having the dark color in the shelving helped our pretties pop, and it gave more dimension.

The dachshund puppies in the fireplace are the only dogs we’ll ever own 😉

The fans are from the Home Decorators collection at Home Depot. We have been very pleased with the quality and looks of these ceiling fans. The choice for the blue ceiling was to bring the outdoors in. We are thrilled with the results.

Curtains and hardware are from IKEA. The pew is from an old Chicago church circa 1920s.

Original fixture 1925. It’s twin is on the other wall facing.

Textured walls does help with plaster repair! I was grateful for that builders detail!

Cleats from early 1900s

Cleats are from an etsy store Zarahs

Now we’re just enjoying our new living room. Each time of day brings different lighting and gives life to different aspects of the room. We’re loving being a family in Lakeshore Hill Cottage.

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