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Ranch Style Living Room Before and After Pictures – Makeover on a Budget!

I’m so excited to share the first of many after photos to come—our living room! I should probably call this an in-progress photo instead of a true ranch style living room before and after pictures since I still have a lot of fun ideas and plans for this room that I’ll share at the end of this post. 

This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.

Since our house is a ranch style home, everything is all on one floor with the living room at the center, which I love—especially with a little one on the way! 🙂 

My style tends to change a little bit with each new house—and this might be one of my biggest changes yet! In the past, I have tended to gravitate more towards vintage styles with lots of antique pieces mixed with a little farmhouse. This time, Scott and I both were craving fresh and new—maybe something to do with the aforementioned baby? Who knows. 

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Either way, we made several last-minute decisions that totally changed the original direction we were going in—and we are SO glad! We were about to have hardwood floors installed, but most installers kept balking at the idea of leaving them unfinished. I really wanted simple, clean oak floors, and in my head was dead-set on having wood floors until a floor guy finally asked me why I insisted on wood. 

I didn’t really have a good answer other than I wanted to say I had wood floors. I also knew I didn’t want to do laminate again because they are easy to damage with water and I didn’t want to stress about it. Tile was too hard for my tastes—I felt like our little one could really hurt herself falling! Finally, after weeks of debate and shopping, we found the perfect compromise—a water-resistant laminate in a natural oak color. It really does look and feel like wood, and it can handle water as long as it’s cleaned up within 60 hours. 

Another thing you’ll note in these ranch style living room before and after pictures is we changed the paint color! We also knew we wanted all white walls. Well, I’ll amend that. I knew I wanted that. Scott wasn’t as sure—the white color at our last house was really stark and he was wanting a little bit more warmth. So, we compromised and after testing several whites decided to go with Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White in their Natura line. The paint was definitely a splurge, but being pregnant, I didn’t want anything with fumes. I’ve used Benjamin Moore paint several times and always have felt it was worth the splurge—especially because when I need to do touch up paint I know I can just walk into the store and get some and it will match perfectly! 

This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.

Outside off all that, the room itself got a major makeover in the ceiling department—we traded the yellowing popcorn ceilings for a flat white texture. We also replaced the gaudy fan that was there before for something a bit more simple. We also swapped out the square lights for more modern potlighting. 

This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.

Here’s one more look at how the living room looked just a few weeks ago! I am holding out on you guys though—I can’t show the same exact after angle as the before picture, since the kitchen is still a bit of a work in progress…soon though! 🙂 

This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.
This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.

I’m envisioning this area by the fireplace as where Scott and I will sit in the winter months with the fireplace roaring, drinking wine (oh how I miss it!!) and playing scrabble while baby naps peacefully in her room (It’s going to happen!!).

This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.
This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.

I also have to show off my record collection—a few of these are new or thrifted, but the vast majority I inherited from my grandmother. It’s really sweet to listen to the same records my dad heard as a kid—especially the Christmas ones! 🙂 

This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.

While we have definitely made massive progress here, there are always more things to do on my house list! 

Things still to do + next steps:

  • Makeover the fireplace. For the short game, I’ll probably end up whitewashing it like I have done with every other fireplace (see my super easy tutorial on how to whitewash a brick fireplace here). Long term, we are thinking of something totally different—maybe a concrete overlay with a chunky oak beam? Or maybe one of these inexpensive fireplace makeover ideas! We’ll see! 
  • Mount the tv. We already own all the mounting stuff…it’s just a matter of time. Probably post-baby? 
  • Buy different armchairs. I’d love to add a bit more color and pattern to the chairs by the fireplace—and more cushion wouldn’t hurt either! 🙂
  • Find a big area rug. Maybe a giant jute one (like this?) to go under the cowhide.
  • Accessorize more! Plants + lamps + art!
This living room makeover on a budget is awesome! I love the bright, white walls and the brick fireplace. This is one of my favorite sites for before and after home renovations.

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We’ve already hosted several events—including our baby shower!—in our home and have loved how cozy and homey our living room has felt. We’ve managed to cram a lot of people and memories in this space in a short time! 

Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know about our living room makeover! 🙂 

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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Tania! New to your blog and wanted to let you know what an awesome job you did on the decoration/renovating. I have a very similar space I am redecorating right now and am looking for cushions to add some color in, do you have any idea which direction you will go in with color? Again, great job and I look forward to reading more!

  2. Awesome job Tania. Loving all the photos. Love the colors choices light walls and darker furniture colors handshake beautifully. Looking forward to reading more on before and after house remodeling .

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