I shared my modern farmhouse living room makeover a few weeks ago, and since then I thought it would be helpful to post where I shopped for everything to give you ideas for browsing for your own homes and also share how much it cost to make a makeover like this happen.
So come on! Let's go shopping and talk all things furniture + footstools.
For a reminder of what my living room looked like before, you can see the full before shots of the room here.
OK, the (boring) tradesmen costs first!
We did a lot of work to get the room to a blank canvas first which included removing the flooring and skirting boards, stripping wallpaper, and removing that hideous storage heater. This was all work we did ourselves for free, then we called in help to:
- Rewire and move plug sockets - £800 (but that's the electrical cost for our bedrooms and hallway too)
- Install central heating (see my heating post for costs to install heating in the whole house)
- Overboard ceilings + plaster £650
- Labour to remove fireplace + install woodburning stove £1500
- Labour for laying floors, underlay + skirting, and to hang a new door £670 (excluding materials)
Now on to the design decisions...
The room still has a lot of final touches to come but we are striving for a relaxed, modern farmhouse vibe in here so you can expect wooden shelving in the alcoves, some vintage style art on the walls, more wicker baskets and blankets and general farmhouse, cosy accessories in update photographs a few months from now.
I think my Willow and Hall footstool is my pride and joy of the whole room so far. It's so nice to put your feet up on to watch some TV in the evenings, and we also sometimes use it as an extra chair/place to perch by the fire.
This is the Dauntsey Footstool handmade in Country Linen - Hessian.
We bought our solid oak interior door from Door Depot (£155) It's a one-over-three traditional 1930s door and I adore it. I used 2 coats of Osmo door oil over it, to protect it from any spills and stains. The oil was about £30, but will come in handy for the rest of the house. The ceramic handle + locks we bought separately from Screwfix (now discontinued I think! Shame because I wanted to match all the doors in the house. Oh well)
Believe it or not, we had to replace the first stove we got fitted in this room, as the previous one we bought was faulty. We chose a different model the next time round - the Heta Inspire, from a local Brighton company called Firestores Brighton. This model is SO much better than the last James Mellie model we bought. I love the big clear window – one of the key features we were looking for in a stove.
The brick hearth tiles are from a tile shop called The Tile Depot in Hove. We saw these tiles on display in their showroom, and thought they'd provide a rustic edge to the fireplace. We needed 1sqm which worked out at about £60.
The fire surround was a bargain purchase on eBay – £30. I'd like to give it a proper lick of paint at some point.
The clock and various accessories are from Home Sense. I spend hours in that store whenever I'm head into town!
At some point this year we're going to put scaffold shelving in the alcoves and hang wall art above the arm chair we bought from MADE.com. Our plan is to create a built in wood store into the alcove, so we can store many more logs than we have at the moment.
I adore my Ariana arm chair. It's super comfortable and I love switching up the cushions on it. She suits everything! We opted for the Graphite Grey fabric instead of the lighter grey as I wanted something that would age well with wear and tear.
By the way, you can just about see the skirting board we chose – from the Skirting Board Shop which was about £25 per 2m.
Our sofa we have had since our old flat. It's financially the biggest purchase we've ever made on furniture as we bought it brand new from Old Boot Sofas and it's actually a sofa bed if you lift up the cushions. I adore it. We contemplated selling it and getting a new sofa to suit the room but I couldn't bring myself to do it. It's our baby, and I think we'll hang on to this forever.
Our flooring is all laminate from Quick Step. I was so proud to have found laminate floors that look pretty much like wood (minus the headache of looking after them) when I cam across Quick Step. These are the Reclaimed Chestnut Natural planks. Read my post all about real wood flooring vs. laminate wood flooring if you're not sure which to opt for.
I can't wait to start hanging wall art and install some shelving in here for plants and accessories. Will share pics every step of the way so make sure you follow along :)