Alicia’s Living Room Renovation Reveal

When I say this post has been a long time in the making that is an understatement.   The type of understatement that would be along the lines of saying that Thin Mints are just a good cookie.

I have to say that I am pretty much the luckiest girl in the world when it comes to my in-laws.  This blog would literally not be in existence without the encouragement and listening ear of my wonderful Mother In Law (you have met her briefly in this staging video).  She has got fantastic taste and loves all things thrifted as much as I do.  Its sort of like having a best friend that you trade clothes and makeup with, except we trade furniture.

Every summer when school is out, Court is enlisted in a big summer project.  After years of talking about all of the things that we wanted to do to her kitchen/living room it finally came to fruition last July.

This is what her living room looked like before (I seem to have lost some of my pictures in the great computer crash of 2012, so you will have to work with what I got.)

This is a shot looking at the kitchen (its on the other side of that pass through window)


And here is a shot looking into the living room from the kitchen


And this is what it looks like now…

Living Room Makeover @ Vintage Revivals

…from the same point of view.

Yes my friends we took out a wall, and I cant wait to show you the kitchen tomorrow!!  But lets chat all things living room today.

While my MIL is thriftier than most she doesn’t take it to the same extreme that I do.

The first thing they did after taking out the wall was put in engineered hardwood.  Isn’t it so beautiful?


The walls got coat of paint (the dark color is Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams and the same color that I used in the $150 room makeover)

Warm and Moody Living Room Makeover @ Vintage Revivals

The couch, rug, chandelier, and chairs are from Homegoods (love me a good Homegoods score!)

Brass Chandelier @ Vintage Revivals

The shelves are from World Market and staged with awesome thrift store scores.

Staged shelves @ Vintage Revivals

This brass and wood table is to this day one of our favorite consignment store scores,  if I remember correctly it was $25.

Living Room Makeover @ Vintage Revivals

Living Room Makeover @ Vintage Revivals


If you are a VR super fan you may remember this dresser I blogged about a year ago.  I scored it at the DI for $50 and 10 minutes at my house and a quick Google search later, I found out that this Drexel Parallel chest of drawers was selling on eBay for $895.00.  The best part?  A few months later I found the mate for $60.00!

Vintage Drexel Dresser @ Vintage Revivals

This is the part where I stop talking and show the eye candy.

Pottery Barn Dog Pillow @ Vintage Revivals

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Living Room Makeover Ideas Blog @ Vintage Revivals

So do you love it as much as we do?  Have any questions?  Leave them in the comments!! xo

UPDATE:  You can find the kitchen reveal HERE!

Love Your Guts



  1. i am in LOVE!!!! i pinned it- so gorgeous!

  2. Sooo gorgeous! I recognize that rug, and I absolutely love mine!!!! Can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  3. Wow, that’s amazing! Where did you get that art work with the circles? I love it!

  4. Sooo…I’ve beenn stalking your blog for quite a while now, but this is my first comment. Yay for that! : ) I love this room. Really. Your style is spot on, and I must say that I DIG all the brass in this room. Fantabulous job!

  5. Love the dark grey/black wall….seeing you use it a few times I feel inspired to use it myself!

  6. Love it!
    Question: how did you get the globe to stay & not roll?
    My globe stand broke & I’m trying to figure out what to do with the globe. My hubs says pitch it, but my frugalness says keep it & doing something awesome with it.
    Any suggestions????

  7. Wow! What an amazing transformation. It’s crazy what new flooring and paint can do to a room. I LOVE that mid-century dresser and sofa. I am definitely going to have to find a Homegoods store in my area.

  8. Ok, seriously Mandi you blow my mind!! this looks incredible! You are so so talented. i wish you would come to TN and redo my house!!! please :(

  9. OH Mandy, I am completely and totally smitten! I mean to the point that I just want to move in right now!! Or maybe just copy the room because I do love my crew and I don’t think your mother-in-law would appreciate the mongul hoard descending upon her. Ha ha, okay it isn’t a mongul hoard… just 3 teenage boys! This room is spectacular!!

    Questions???? Where to start? The maps! Where are they from? And what are they of? Any suggestions on a map DIY? I want ones that have a similar look but are from all the places we’ve lived. So that would be 5… yep 5 states in 23 years. This count doesn’t include the different houses though… not too shabby for a military family. I am sure I’ll have more questions later…. especially when I show this picture to a couple of “boys”. Yes we are doing bedroom makeovers and I am sure this will go a long ways for inspiration!

    Once again, truly lovely!!

  10. L-O-V-E!!!!!!!

  11. BLOWN AWAY!!!!!!!

  12. Love this!!!!

  13. Love.It.All. I’ve been looking at BM colors for dark walls in our master. Iron Ore looks awesome!

    • so looks like I’ll be needing to visit SW. Realized my comment was confusing! I already have one room with Iron Ore pinned for inspiration and now I’m adding this one! Might just be THE color!

  14. LOVE! You did such a great job:) Love the vintage style you both have!

  15. WOW! It is absolutely incredible – I am completely blown away. The black wall is perfect, and everything goes perfectly together. LOVE it! Can’t wait to see the kitchen!

  16. Love it!

  17. Oh Mandi…This looks amazing! You did an awesome job!

  18. Mandi–The room is beautiful, and that dark wall is perfect.


  19. I am completely obsessed! Maybe it’s just me but I get freaked out with no blinds/window coverings because I’m afraid murderers are watching me. Nothing covers the windows at night? I love all the natural light in there but it just freaks me out!

  20. Totally perfect. You did it again!

  21. Oh my goodness… I love everything about this room! I am so jealous that it’s not mine :)

  22. LOVE it all, but I MUST KNOW: Where do I get that dog pillow!? I am smitten.

  23. GASP! So perfect! Where did you get that chalkboard looking cartography? I’m looking for something just like that for my boys’ room. My favorite part(s) of the room is that fantastic brass side table and banker’s style lamp. Definitely pinning this one!

  24. WOW, Mandi, this is totally amazing!!! I wish I could redo my inlaws’ (or my parents’) living room, haha! This is such a nice space and seems totally perfect for a more mature family, haha. So lovely! Great job!

  25. Pinned it! Love it!!!! This is pretty much exactly what I’m working towards in my living room so it was a bit of a moment for me to see. Great job!!

  26. WOW!!!!!!!

  27. Simply fabulous! And inspiring!

    Mandi, you. are. awesome.

  28. Okay, this isn’t your MIL’s house. I know you just snagged these pictures from House Beautiful. It’s stunning, absolutely stunning. You did a fantastic job!

  29. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! that is so wonderful! i love all the thrifty goodness, and that silver couch, and those striped rugs, and the new floor!! EEEKKK!!!! it looks awesome!!

  30. Wow. This room “speaks” to me. It is gorgeous. Everything is perfect. I am seriously in love with everything about this design.

    Nice work Mandilicious.

  31. I’m in love too! WOW!
    And I’m a super fan because I remember that dresser!
    I’m so jealous…I want YOUR mother-in-law…seriously! 😉

  32. Mandi – so inspiring! It looks fantastic. I love the dark wall color and that brass and wood table is an awesome score! Love it!
    xx, B from

  33. Just fabulous and the finds are incredible, especially the vintage dresser! You two make a good team!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

  34. Very nice! I love it. So creative and inspiring…

  35. Absolutely gorgeous! Of all your makeovers, this is one of my favorites. Great color and pattern choices. Everything fits so well together. Simply, a beautiful room.

  36. This is my favorite look that you’ve ever posted. Love. Love. Love.

  37. Simply fabulous! So cool and chic

  38. this room looks amazing! I love the styling of the bookcases and the cute dog pillow! Great work (as always) Mandi!

  39. wow this room looks fabulous! i really love everything in there – that chest of drawers is gorgeous and what a find that coffee table was!

  40. Looks awesome!! Where is the chevron pillow from, I need some that size.

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  44. That looks fantastic!!!! I dont know how you can just put it all together & make it look awesome! I love how everything works together. I cant even get shelf decor right & you do it so effortlessly! Keep doin what youre doin, looks great!

  45. What was that sound you ask? Oh, you know, just my jaw hitting the top of my desk! Seriously, Mandi, you did an AMAZING job! Every time you do something, I’m like “this is it, she’s taken the cake, it can’t get much better than this” and then you go and pull this card out of your sleeve! Dang girl, it’s about time for me to hang up my decorator cap haha

  46. Amazing!

  47. Mandi – I am just continuously floored by how much your style has changed and by how sophisticated, yet fun and funky it has become. I am once again in love with what you have done in this living room. LOVE IT. Bravo and kudos and all those other sophisticated ways to tell you that you rock!

  48. Love love LOVE this room! Every detail – the rug, sofa, lighting, brass, books. Every. Single. Thing. I’m moving soon and get to redecorate (yay!). If it turns out half as beautiful as this room, I’ll be delighted! Great work!

  49. This room is gorgeous. I’m not generally into brass, but I’m digging it.

  50. Oh my heck, this is amazing!! Where did you find that Boston Terrier pillow? My husband would love that on our couch!

  51. So pretty! Can’t wait to see the kitchen!

  52. I want to hear more about how to take out a wall. I have a wall I am DYING to tear down but I’m scared:)

  53. GORGEOUS! I love every little detail—pinning now. :)

  54. Well done! Vibrant and modern without being a cliche! Love the brass table, I guess it is a thrift store find. Does your MIL just Love It? Ann

  55. Sometimes the things you do make me want to cry, because I love your style but don’t know how to translate it over to my own house and personal style. But… looks amazing just the same!

  56. That is perfect! That couch is amazing too!

  57. I love how boutiquey everything looks!! I love what’s on the mantle. The sofa looks so great!
    Tell us about the pillows, or did I miss it in the comments?
    Did you put together a color palette? Or just buy what you loved?

  58. Love everything about this room! And the mid-century dresser! Have to have something like this!

  59. I think this is my favorite makeover you have done Mandi. I absolutely love it! You have such vision. I wish I lived by you so we could go thrifting together and you could help me decorate!

  60. This is beautiful and you took some amazing photos too. Where did you find the wood grain pillow? The one on the chair with the chevron. I love it. Must have.

  61. This is so insanely beautiful Mandi! Can’t wait to see the kitchen!

  62. So beautiful! My favorite piece is the Boston Terrier pillow!!! (: <3

  63. Looks great! I do have one question, though. Where is the television? It always seems that I’m having to arrange things around ours.

  64. I’m having couch lust. F-a-b-u-l-o-u-s.

  65. amazing! Love it all.

  66. I. LOVE. IT.
    It makes me happy to see you succeed with such variety in styles… don’t get me wrong, this still has the Mandi spark, but it’s more mature (just what I would expect for this type of project)… it’s a pencil skirt, some trendy, but black, pumps, with a bold colored vintage scarf vs. a pair of yellow skinny cropped pants, a frilly girly top, awesome scarf (again), riding a vintage bike (oh, and eating an ice-cream cone)… you know! Love them both. So wonderful to see variety (and still so well done)! Props! <3 it. Come do my living room 😉

  67. Oh. My. Gosh.

    This is simply fabulous! I love everything about it. Great job, and I know your mother-in-law must be thrilled and proud. This is just gorgeous

    Come to Charlotte, NC and do my living room next. I’ll even find something for Court to do 😉


  68. I bet you and your mother in law would like to do a reader’s living room make over, and coincidentally, my room is in need of one!! Love it, you two make a great team!

  69. LOVE it! This is by far my favorite room that you’ve done so far. Great job!


  70. Oooohh lala! This looks so boss! Sophisticated, textured, awesome colors, great brass and spectacular design. You and your crew are EXTRAORDINARILY FABULOUS!

  71. i LOVE your site. and i love love love this room. we are building a house and i’m just now starting to get into diy blogs to try to figure out how to give it some character. i’ve been stalking your blog for a while!! i also love the personal touch you put into your blog. this really is a beautiful site. thanks for sharing!

  72. Oooohh lala! This looks so boss! Sophisticated, textured, awesome colors, great brass and spectacular design. You and your crew are EXTRAORDINARILY FABULOUS!

  73. Mandi, Vintage Revivals is my favourite site on the Web! I’ve been a loyal reader and fan for years. Thanks for all your decor courage and inspiration. You’re so fabulicious. Where is the sofa from… or what’s the name of the fabric? Please come up North to Canada and work your $150 room makeover magic on one of my rooms!!!

  74. Now THIS is a room!

  75. A rare combination of sophisticated and inviting. I love every single thing about it.

  76. did you say where you got those rugs?!?!?!

  77. Fantastic job, Mandi. I love it when you get a chance to help the people you love.

  78. Mandi, this room is gorgeous! I am so jealous of the dressers. They are fabulous. I never cared for gray, but in this room it looks fabulous. You have changed my mind about this color. Way to go!

  79. Mandi, love everything about the transformation! Now spill if the walls couldnt come dow what oh what would you do with the pass through window? We have one from our kitchen to family room and Imclueless as what to do with that eye sore!!!!

  80. Love the dark grey/ I love every little detail. thanks for the sharing with us.
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  81. The living room and kitchen are both GORGEOUS!!! Your MIL better know how lucky she is to have you. And you are so hired to come fix up my super ugly bedroom. Please?! :)

  82. A-MAZE BALLS! You did such a great job. I love it!

  83. Where did you find those maps of New York and Paris? I love them!!

  84. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’m so jealous of your talent — but in a good way, not a negative way. 😀

  85. Hi there! I am your newest subscriber. You are very talented and your mother in law is as lucky to have you as you are to have her. Sounds like she got a sweet deal when your husband discovered you!

    I would love to know more about that fireplace. Is that new, too? How did you frame that out?! I would love to dream about having one similar to that. Could you post more pics of that? Thanks! Jennifer

  86. I am constantly inspired by you. Thank you.

  87. Please tell me where those great book shelves came from. I recently moved from SLC to Spokane WA and my house is double the size!! We have a room that is the ‘formal” dining area that we will never use so I need some great book shelves like those. Thanks!!

  88. Stacey Crandall says:

    Love Love Love this room! Could you please share the white/light wall color?

  89. Wow! Alicia must be so happy right now. You did an outstanding job there. I like how it turned so classy and dramatic after you changed the wall paint color and those lovely home furniture. Good job, indeed.

  90. Love every single thing but the BLACK CORD running thru the awesome brass fixture!! It obscures the chain and screams look at me!…u can get brass cord. Or even white would disappear to ceiling. At least in Canada u can get brass cord….love the wall colour and cosy feel…nice job!


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