Before & After, House / Living Room

Living Room: Painted!

Say goodbye to my bland living room, because no photo of it will ever look this way again:

The healthy dose of Behr’s Tate Olive paint that we splashed on our living room walls was just the trick we needed to add some colorful dimension to the space:

I can say, without a doubt, that WE LOVE IT!

Painting the two walls that comprise this corner of the living room was really the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way to take the room from bland to glam. Doesn’t it just look so much more sophisticated?  The green provides the perfect backdrop for our gleaming wood pieces, as well as the white sofa and chairs.

The painting may move to the dining room now, because it doesn’t pop as much on the [now green] wall in this corner:

We have clever plans to make the transition from living room wall to dining room wall more polished, but we can live with the nice straight line for the next few days:

Now it’s time for me to get back out there and finish building and staining my entryway shelf, working on implementing the rest of my mood board, and making a 30th birthday cake for Ryan’s big day this weekend.

Have a great weekend!  Any fun plans for you guys?


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  • Reply Jenn McCormick at 5:08 pm

    LOVE IT! Great job picking out the color, because the room looks completely amazing … and you’re right, both the furniture and the wood pop!

  • Reply Jenn McCormick at 5:08 pm

    LOVE IT! Great job picking out the color, because the room looks completely amazing … and you’re right, both the furniture and the wood pop!

  • Reply Abby @ a delightful design at 5:17 pm

    It looks fantastic! The color just makes everything else look better. Enjoy your space!

  • Reply Shelly at 5:21 pm

    What a transformation! Love the color

  • Reply Anna at 5:26 pm

    I love the colour! It works really well and adds so much dimension to the space.

  • Reply tracie at 5:37 pm

    beautiful & just in time for spring!! 🙂

  • Reply Kerri P. at 6:10 pm


  • Reply Ashley @ at 6:32 pm

    Looks great!

  • Reply Mikalah at 6:55 pm

    Oh my! If I had seen this in person, I would have been squealing and doing the happy dance! It looks SO good. You really chose a wonderful color, I love how it brings out the wood tones and shows off the white furniture so well.

  • Reply Samantha at 7:45 pm

    I love it! Those windows really make the color work in the room and your couch and chairs, for lack of a better word, “pop”. Sorry I know thats a bad word, but it’s so true!!

    • Reply Anonymous at 7:47 pm

      It’s only a “bad” word to Ryan, who likes to make fun of it! 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Laughlin at 10:12 pm

    ah. maze. ing.

    OMG! This is the color of our last rental’s living room and we have been pining after a green living room ever since! It looks fabulous with all your awesome furniture and accents! go Jane!!! this rocks so much!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • Reply LifeinRehab at 10:56 pm

    Jane, I LOVE it! What fanatstic color, and your room looks completely different, lively, and- dare I say?- magazine worthy!

  • Reply Meghan at 12:24 am

    Where did you get your sofa?

    • Reply Anonymous at 2:33 am

      Meghan –
      I was about to buy my sofa at Crate and Barrel (it’s the Petrie sofa) but
      then I found it on Craigslist for 1/4 of the price, all because there is a
      hole in the upholstery on one of the arms. That is why a nice, cozy white
      faux-fur throw lives on that arm. 🙂
      I’m really glad I bought it used, because the fabric doesn’t wear or clean
      well. I plan to someday get it reupholstered in a microsuede or
      high-quality faux leather so that it is what we call “more Jane-proof.” 🙂


    • Reply viki at 10:05 am

      The green looks absolutely amazing and soothing. Can you tell me what paint you used and what code is it? Thx

      • Reply Jane at 1:37 pm

        Thanks so much, viki! It’s Behr Paint Plus Primer in the color Tate Olive.

  • Reply Anonymous at 12:33 am


    My plans for the weekend include not being sick anymore 🙁 One of these weekends I’m painting my pepto-pink rental bathroom something much less medicinal.

    • Reply Anonymous at 2:29 am

      Oh, I hope you get better quickly, then, so you can enjoy the weekend!

  • Reply Iheartorganizing at 1:14 am

    Yep, it’s pretty incredible! I adore it!

  • Reply Kelly at 2:43 am

    Congratulations! Love the new color. I’m convinced that white furniture is a decorating miracle. 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl Claudine at 3:38 am

    Wow, it looks fabulous! What a daring colour choice that worked out beautifully. I love how your white sofa stands out. Thanks for your comment re: the Petrie sofa btw, as I have coveted that sofa but will now reconsider because of your issues with the fabric!

  • Reply JoDi at 3:58 am

    That looks amazing! Love the transformation!

  • Reply Robin at 12:01 am

    Love love love it!

  • Reply Hopie26 at 8:22 am

    This looks great! Where are the couch and chairs from? I am searching for a good set right now.


  • Reply KNatGU at 7:33 pm

    Smashing! It looks great

  • Reply Anonymous at 4:10 am

    You picked the perfect shade of green. Fantastic job!

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  • Reply Adrian at 5:51 am

    I LOVE that color, so perfect for that space!

  • Reply Allison @ House of Hepworths at 1:43 am

    I love love LOVE the green!!! Love it.

    Where did you get your chairs?

  • Reply kelly alice at 3:21 pm

    Hi there,

    I love your blog; we are in a borrowed townhouse and we love making it our home. I’m ready to redo one of the bedrooms from a nice muted shade of sage to a nice bright olive. I’d love to know what brand/color you used here when you have a moment!


    • Reply Jane @ The Borrowed Abode at 3:30 pm

      Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      The paint was the Behr Paint & Primer combo in the color “Tate Olive.” You
      should share photos when you’re done!


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