Lowe’s Living Room Springtime Makeover

I’m almost embarrassed to show you these Befores.  You see, we’ve been living with this rug, this couch, these curtains, well, everything in here – for over 5 years.  I’ve always liked it. Yes, it was somewhat dark, what with the dark walls and the dark rug, but it showed of our traveling lifestyle well, or so I thought.

Now after looking at the photos, I think it just looks empty.


Why did I never notice it before?

Thanks to Lowe’s Creative Ideas, I was challenged this month to spruce up a room in my house.  I would have liked to have tackled our master bedroom, but since that room was the only refuge in our house thanks to the kitchen reno, I went with the living room, even though I secretly thought it didn’t need it.


As all of us know, money doesn’t go far when it comes to home improvement.  So, I tried to be smart.  Maybe a brighter rug, some curtains?  Maybe some lamps?


Lowe’s.  Did it.  I was thrilled to find such a nice rug at a great price.  It is kind of an ivory background (same color as my ever-shedding dog), but has some beautiful teals, rusts, black (which blends well with my kitchen), and greens.  It also has some brown, which went well with my already coffee colored walls.  Perfect, in my opinion.


While I was shopping, I happened upon some gorgeous multi-striped curtains at Lowe’s as well.  The colors weren’t exactly the same, but I took a chance, because they were too goo a deal to pass up.  Turns out, once they were hung (using my existing sheers in between), they matched wonderfully!

I thought my existing lamps would work fine, and they kind of did, but everything else in the room looked so fresh and airy.  So, I went back to Lowe’s and found some artsy 50’s inspired teal lamp bases and crisp white drum shades that really make a difference in the room.  I love them!  I was lucky enough to find a few throw pillows that matched out at my local Walmart.  I think they work really well!


imageNow, you can’t see it here, but we have a floor vent that was just – well – standard and ugly.  So I replaced it with a great looking brushed stainless steel vent cover, also from Lowe’s.  It was a great $12 spent and makes such a difference!

I absolutely love the way the room looks now…what do you think?  Better?


Is there a room in your house that could use a little Lowe’s Love?  I bet there is.  Lucky for one of you, I have a $100 Lowe’s Gift Card up for grabs!  Just let me know you want it, and what room you think you want to work on.

For more chances to win:

There you have it…5 chances to win $100 to Lowe’s!  Good Luck!

Giveaway is sponsored by and shipped from Lowe’s.  Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST on May 4, 2012.  US Addresses only, please.  Disclaimer: I was supplied a gift card to Lowe’s to purchase items for my makeover, but was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Carolsue says:

    I follow Lowe’s on Twitter as MsCarolsueA

  2. We’re moving in two months, so there is a whole house to choose from… but if I had to pick just one room, it’d probably be our bedroom!

  3. Miss Chris says:

    $100 for my baby turned preschooler would make a great difference!

  4. Miss Chris says:

    Love the makeover! I follow Doughmesstic on Facebook and twitter :)

  5. Wow, I love the new look. I’d love to tackle my master bedroom…some paint, shades, and drapes would work wonders for that room.

  6. I followed Lowes on Twitter as @dragondream

  7. I liked the Lowes page on facebook (Kristin O’Donnell Cruz)

  8. I follow DoughMessTic on Twitter.

  9. I like the DoughMessTic page on facebook.

  10. I;d love to work on our bedroom!

  11. I follow you on Twitter

  12. Kristen M. says:

    My rooms are similar to your before pics. Decorating is not my talent. I would like to make over my living room. It’s a small room which could easily pack a punch with curtains, a large mirror over the couch, a 5×7 area rug and a new lamp or light fixture.

  13. Kristen M. says:

    I follow you on twitter. (@mclanek).

  14. Did all the above – FB, twitter, like…. and your house looks brand new! Just great! I’m envious!

  15. Mami2jcn says:

    This would be great for our family room.

  16. Mami2jcn says:

    I follow Lowes on Twitter–mami2jcn

  17. Mami2jcn says:

    I like Lowes on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

  18. Mami2jcn says:

    I like you on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

  19. Love your makeover. My living room could also use some sprucing up for sure.

  20. I follow Lowe’s on Twitter.

  21. I like Lowe’s on FB.

  22. I like you on FB.

  23. I follow you on Twitter.

  24. What a great spruce up! It looks really beautiful!

  25. What a difference a little spring makeover can make : ) I’m working on a gazillion rooms in my house and this would come in SO handy xoxo

  26. I follow Lowes on Twitter @bellalimento

  27. I follow you on Twitter duh ; )

  28. I’ve liked you on facebook well forevah…

  29. And I like Lowes on Facebook…and IRL where I’m currently spending a gazillion dollars on my reno ; )

  30. That room looks fantastic! I’d love to re-do our living room / dining room area!

  31. I follow you on Facebook.

  32. I moved in Spetember and keep telling myself I need to decorate, but I just haven’t. Maybe this would help me get started! I would start with my living room for sure, since now it is pretty much empty :(

  33. I follow you on twitter

  34. I am a Doughmesstic facebook fan

  35. We moved into our new home in December and still the living room and formal dining room have absolutely *nothing* in them. None of the windows are dressed, no furniture, no rugs — it’s fairly pathetic. I think if I had to choose, I’d go with the living room as the more pressing to finish, since we’d actually like to sit in it and enjoy our fireplace.

  36. Already like Lowe’s on FB.

  37. Already following @doughmesstic on Twitter.

  38. Now following Lowe’s on Twitter.

  39. Liked Doughmesstic on FB as well!

  40. I’d probably put it towards a closet makeover!

  41. I follow Lowes on Twitter.

  42. I follow you on Twitter!

  43. I also like you on FB!

  44. I also like Lowes on FB!

  45. Oooh! Probably my living room. Or bedroom! Maybe dining room? O_o

  46. Followed Lowe’s on Twitter.

  47. Liked Lowe’s on FB.

  48. I already follow you on Twitter.

  49. And I already like your FB page, too! :)

  50. Oh my – I think the master bedroom needs some serious loving…..sort of sad in its’ current state.

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