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Modern Rustic Living Room Makeover

I am super excited to share my modern rustic living room makeover reveal with you all today!!! The style and vibe I wanted to achieve with this space was modern yet cozy, with lots of rustic touches. I love how it turned out and it’s my favorite room makeover I’ve completed yet!

Note, I’ve included a video room tour and full room source list at the bottom of this post!

Modern Rustic Living Room Makeover after photo

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Almost one year ago I shared my living room makeover plans and at that time I didn’t think this makeover would take this long to complete! I always seem to underestimate the time needed for projects ha!

One of the reasons this makeover took so long is because I had a hard time deciding on the decor and wall art. Another reason for the delay was that there were over 12 DIY projects for the space, many of which were furniture DIYs. By doing so many DIY projects and spreading it all out over time, we were able to save a lot of money and spread the costs we did have out, which definitely helped budget wise!

Let’s take a look down memory lane, here is what our living room use to look like:


Living Room Makeover Plans

Living Room Makeover Plans

Living Room Makeover Plans

Yikes, what a mess!! This room certainly needed some help!

The first two projects we tackled for the living room was adding shiplap accent walls and replacing the cheap, ugly floor trim that I couldn’t stand. The shiplap accent walls immediately gave the bland, boring space some much needed character. The shiplap also provided a much cozier feel too.

Modern Rustic Living Room Makeover

I really wanted the big, long wall in this room to become a welcoming, focal point when you walked into the living room. In addition to adding the shipalp, we centered our new IKEA Ektorp couch (comfy and budget friendly) on the wall. On the left side I added a rustic, weathered wood blanket ladder DIY, adding a cozy and rustic detail. And it only cost $15 to make!

In front of the couch, we placed our DIY farmhouse coffee table with a large, black metal tray.

Modern Rustic Living Room Makeover

On the right side of the couch is a vintage side table that I made over with black paint. The black painted side table and brass knob, along with the chic, glass and brass lamp that I love, helps to add modern touches to contrast with the vintage and rustic details.

Modern Living Room Makeover

The other focal point on the large wall, which is my favorite feature of the whole room, is the DIY wood floating shelf! I will be posting a tutorial soon on how we made this, but I did share some behind the scenes on my Instagram stories on how we hung it with hidden brackets. So, on the floating shelf I placed three, modern ceramic vases with eucalyptus branches and a brass framed, round mirror hung just above it. I just love it!

DIY wood Floating Shelf with modern round bras mirror, white ceramic vases, and ecualyptus branches

Finally, for this side of the room, I added lots of cute throw pillows, with a mix of different textures and neutral colors. It took me forever to figure out what combo of throw pillows to do. I know they can be easy to change, but all the throw pillows I love are a bit expensive. Since it was a small investment, I tried to choose pieces I could easily mix with other options in the future.

Modern Rustic Living Room Makeover

On the left side of the room, I kept it really simple with just our DIY rustic TV stand, TV, and baskets.

DIY Gray TV stand and TV in living room makeover

A few weeks ago I made some budget friendly, DIY square picture frames with family photos and hung them with command strips on the wall around the TV . But, I really didn’t like how they looked there, so I moved them over to the wall by the stairwell/door to create a small, symmetrical gallery wall. I think they look great here and I love seeing the photos every time I walk down the stairs or turn the corner to go up the stairs.

DIY square picture frames on wall

Also, we painted the stairwell railing black (Black Panther by Benjamin Moore) to match the back of the front door color and I love the contrast of it with the white shiplap.

On this same side of the room, I kept it pretty minimalist, with our vintage buffet that I painted with chalk paint a few years ago. Above the buffet are two, 16×20, modern, gold picture frames with two abstract paintings that I made. Both abstract prints are available in my Etsy shop as printable downloads in multiple sizes here: Brush Strokes Abstract Print (left) and Watercolor Abstract Print (Right).

White vintage buffet and two abstract painting prints

abstract painting prints in modern gold picture frames

Finally, on the wall with our front door and window, we have our DIY entryway hall tree bench. I love decorating our hall tree for all the different seasons!

Next to the hall tree is our window where I updated the window trim, added curtains from IKEA, and a pretty, wood curtain rod. Also, I removed the cheap, plastic blinds and added bamboo blinds that I cut to size and added a privacy liner. All of these window detail updates really helped to add more warmth and character and make the window more of an architectural focal point.

To help provide a better sense of the space and my modern rustic living room makeover, I created a video tour! This is my first video where I’m talking so ignore my awkwardness as well as my new video editing skills haha! Hopefully, I will get better at these things 🙂 And don’t forget to subscribe at the end to my new YouTube  channel!


Well I hope you enjoyed my modern rustic living room makeover reveal!! I’d love to hear what your favorite part of the room makeover was?! Later this week I’ll be revealing what our next room makeover will be! Follow along on Instagram and Facebook for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!






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