Bit of a Home Tour at Sixty-Fifth Avenue

Looking for some inspiration to motivate you to dive into your next DIY home project? Londen from Sixty-Fifth Avenue submitted her before and after living room and play room. Both are a-mazing!

Her Pottery Barn inspired playroom is a near twin. She did a fantastic job!


Pottery Barn Kids Playroom Remake

We were starting to be taken over by toys in the living room so a playroom was definitely in order. After looking for inspiration for the design, I found one in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. Forget inspiration at this point, I loved everything about it and knew I wanted to recreate it but on a budget.
This was my inspiration picture….. I mean picture I wanted to copy.
And this was the small room I had to work with.

I was not looking forward to painting over those dark walls. I read that the Aura paint by Benjamin Moore would be perfect for this project and it was. It covered the dark paint with 2 coats and no primer! It was awesome!

Next I commissioned my sweet husband to paint the trees and a few birds. I showed him this picture and he went to work.

Pottery barn was charging $100.00 for one decal!

My handy Dad built a couple of bookcases for the room. This was his first time building furniture and they turned out great! These were a perfect first project because I was painting them. I only needed three tubes of caulk! Just kidding, only two! Love ya Dad!

There is a closet on the side wall so the bookshelves are not centered.

This dream house lived in the playroom until Santa brought the little one her very own train table. She is Thomas the trains #1 fan for over 2 years running. My dad to the rescue made the table.

On the other wall I made this butterfly art with a punch and a bunch of old magazines.

Not very easy to photograph.
WOW! Isn’t it amazing? The wall mural is nearly exact and so darling. My favorite part is the DIY butterfly art – gorgeous job, Londen!

Her living room is beautiful too!
Check it out:

Living room before and after

Here are a few before pictures looking from the kitchen into the living room. When we bought the house it had pink carpet, pink walls and a small doorway between the kitchen and living room. Two ceiling fans were practically on your head and ugly metal awnings on the windows.
About an hour after we got the keys the first thing to do was rip those awnings down! That weekend we opened up the little doorway.

Neutral carpet was installed until we were able to afford hardwood floors.
You can read about that here.

We scored the new wood front door for $100.00 because it was a canceled order.
The stereo speakers are hiding under the two skirted end tables.

This dresser is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. The mirror I found at the flea market in Paris and carried it all the way back to our hotel in the rain. I fell in love with a chandelier for my dining room, but passed it up because I didn’t do my research about shipping things home. I regret it all the time, it was so cool!
Awesome, right?
Thanks so much for sharing, Londen!
I LOVE both transformations!


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