Thank you National Builder Supply for sponsoring this post.
Well, we are slowly making the rounds through the house and putting some living touches on all of the rooms. I know that sounds strange, since we’ve been here for 5 months, but there are some rooms that we use less than others. Especially since I moved in pregnant, and then had Roman – you can imagine I haven’t spent a lot of time in the downstairs living room.
And it showed. Haha.
I think my husband is making a play for a little bit of “man cave” downstairs… but even if that does end up being his retreat space, I’d still like for it to look nice. It was a pretty utilitarian space when we moved in – white walls, white track lighting. This is a photo I took when we came for our first showing.
Nothing fancy (but hey – at least it was finished)!
We moved our old living room furniture in (we bought a new set for the upstairs living room) and while it will eventually need an upgrade (having already survived a dog and a toddler) – it works well for a secondary living space. We used leftover paint from the condo to warm it up a little while still keeping it light and neutral, but the one thing that HAD to go was that harsh track lighting.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with National Builder Supply on the lighting project. I’m a DIY-er, after all… and replacing light fixtures is one of the easiest upgrades to make! If it’s already wired for lighting (for example – if there’s an existing fixture there) it’s just a matter of taking the old one off, disconnecting the old wires, connecting the new ones, and mounting the new fixture. I ordered a pair of Progress Lighting Modular Two Light Flushmounts in the bronze finish to bring the brown tones in the room to more places. It’s a beautiful and simple design, and I picked flush-mounted lighting to make the low ceilings feel a little higher.
Yes, I did it myself. With my handsome assistant, of course. ;)
Just be sure your lights are off – I go one step further and turn the breaker off. (We have a toddler – you never know when a switch is about to look really interesting.) That also means this is a job for while it’s light outside so you can see what you are doing.
A few wires, caps, and screws later – our downstairs lighting was made over in less than an hour! These fixtures are nice and bright (meaning less emphasis on the “cave” part of man cave) and the fluorescent bulbs make our energy bill happy. I loved shopping National Builder Supply’s website for lighting, because I could narrow down my search preferences and see suggestions similar to what I was viewing. This was the perfect way to browse a huge selection, without being overwhelmed by lighting that we knew wasn’t our style. I shop online anytime it’s possible – now that we have TWO littles to bring along with us, it’s so much easier to make our big decisions at home, after hours or during naptime.
We haven’t shopped for accent pieces for the room yet (a pair of end tables are next on the list!) but the paint and the lighting made it a whole new room – it feels lived in, now. My husband is trying to talk me into a movie-poster theme… maybe. ; ) For now, we just have some simple artwork hung from the old living room, and the canvas from our wedding. (And I am letting the Star Wars vehicles go right now under the “choose your battles” philosophy.)
Because the room is long and skinny, we filled in the corner with our old pub table and chairs. Downstairs is an ideal space for having people over for the game, so it’s a great way to have a food-ready area without actually constructing any kitchen-type space. (And when we finally choose a color theme, it’s also easy to re-cover the seats with coordinating fabric!)
It’s SO nice to finally feel happy with the room. I can’t wait until carpet is in the budget, too – but these were some small changes we could make all on our own to make our space more welcoming!
I was provided with free product from National Builder Supply to facilitate a review of their product line and their service, but the opinions, projects, and ideas in this post are my own.