Before/After - Nautical Living Room Flip on a Budget

Stretched. Patience gained. Beauty Attained.

(As mentioned in our Kitchen Flip AND Bedroom Flip ): What began as a 3 week stint...evolved into a 7 month furlough when my husband and I moved into my parents, while looking at homes to buy.

Praise Him, eventually our prayers were answered, and we found the location of our dreams. Now, it was time to flip this 1970's dated space. 

I adore all things nautical and have always loved vintage...so these styles were married together to inspire our cozy living space! 

Welcome to our home! Come take a quick tour... 

This was our living room, pre-flip: 

 

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Now: My Reading Nook

 

This clothes rack was a piece of tin I found for $6 at a flea market, and the spindles...from a dumpster dive on a near by farm... 

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The main living area: BEFORE smelled of musty cat and astro-turf-esque flooring.

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The main living area: AFTER

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This blown up photo from our wedding only cost me $13 (which beats spending hundreds on a canvas print).

I hope to do a tutorial on this in the future! 

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At first, I kind of...well (hated) this shelf. I wanted to re-finish it in a darker stain or paint it. When it wouldn't fit up the stairs to go into the Kav's study, it found a home in our living room. I have to say,...it has kind of grown on me ;) 

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Above: Most of the pieces in this shelf are either re-purposed or flea market finds!  

How Great Thou Art Sign = Re-claimed barn wood from a dumpster dive (cleaned and painted) 

Corbels = Elkhorn Flea Market

Large Wine Bottles = Saved from Annual Christmas Asti Toast

White Vase = My grandmother's wedding gift (sanded and painted) 

White Cross and White mini flower vases =  The Dollar Tree

Pineapple = On sale at Harvest Home  

Frame = Marshalls (on sale) 

Below: This is a prized special of ours! My sweet friend Nicole (read about her story here) knew I was searching for an inexpensive mantle. She was rummaging one morning and found this incredible white one on a front lawn and she snatched it for $45. Yay Nicki!  

I wasn't sure how to fill the space in the center of the mantle. I tried a mirror and candles, but when we put the tv up, there were too many wires. Then, I found this faux "tin ceiling" at Menards. I love how it fits!

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This wood was found in a dumpster dive I did at a local barn that was being torn down. Washed it, painted it and a polyurethane finish.

Amazing Grace ... so sweet, so simple and yet so true.

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Home, Sweet Home.