ORC Week 2 | Living Room: Stripping & Painting

Week One of the One Room Challenge is done, and I’ve made solid progress on the living room makeover in my rented Edwardian home in East Sheen, London.

Fireplace wall painted in Farrow & Ball Wevet

Here’s a refresher on the interior design mood board. I linked all sources in last week’s One Room Challenge post, and showed you the living room floor plan and before pictures.

Eclectic Living Room Mood Board navy & pink

Stripping Wallpaper

I wanted to tackle the fireplace wall first, because that was the most intimidating from a DIY perspective. Before, it was wallpapered in a floral print that wasn’t my taste.

Fireplace wall with floral wallpaper

We used a steamer to strip the wallpaper, then patched and sanded to prep for painting.

Wallpaper stripped from fireplace wall


I’m using Wevet by Farrow and Ball, colour-matched to Johnstones. I had it mixed in a soft sheen, which isn’t a finish you’d normally pick for a living room, but it’s better at reflecting light and easier to clean than a matte finish would be.

I’ve finished two walls with a full three coats so far. The fireplace wall is finished, and the marble fireplace almost shines now.

Marble fireplace with surround painted Wevet Farrow & Ball

Painting just the first wall made an immediate and massive difference in how much light there is in the room. Wevet is one of my go-to shades of off white. It reads pink, cream, soft grey or white depending on the light, but it’s warm all the time.

Clementine Sofa Bed Love Your Home

Nothing is styled yet, just propped on the shelves to keep it all off the floor. It’s already looking so much better though.

Corgi in Edwardian living room makeover

The TV will be mounted above the fireplace, and the round mirror moved to the wall opposite the window.

These photos are misleading. Pull back and there’s still mess everywhere.

One Room Challenge living room makeover in progress

The wall by the window has one coat on part of it, nothing in the bay yet. And nothing on the opposite wall either, apart from a little bit of cutting in.

Love Your Home Clementine Sofa Bed

The painting’s taking longer than I hoped, but still – good progress!

The Living Room To Do List

1. Make it Lighter & Brighter

  • Strip the wallpaper
  • Repaint – in progress
  • Replace curtains with blinds
  • Add mirrors

2. Make It Tidier & More Functional

  • Hang the TV
  • Rehang the door
  • Get rid of/replace some of the furniture – in progress
  • Organise storage for electronics & guest bedding
  • Improve the lighting

3. Make It Happy

  • Add colour with art & textiles
  • Style the built ins with pretty things
Tulips and abstract art by marble fireplace

What’s Next?

This week I want to finish painting, list more old furniture for sale, and start placing orders.

I’m posting updates throughout the week on Instagram, especially in my stories (check my ORC highlights). So go follow me over there if you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes.

Edwardian living room in Farrow & Ball Wevet

Head to the One Room Challenge to check out the featured designers‘ progress this week, as well as all the guest participants.

One Room Challenge 2020 Guest Participant

Catch Up On Other ORC 2020 Posts

Mood Board & Plans (Week One)
Stripping & Painting (This Week)
Creating More Light & Space (Week Three)
Shopping, Styling & Redesigning (Week Four)
Week Five (No Post)
Shelf Styling (Week Six)
Design Updates (Week Seven)
The Reveal (Week Eight)



  1. Emily Sappenfield
    May 14, 2020 / 12:06 am

    Friend! It’s so good to see you back! I’m loving your plan πŸ™‚

    • May 14, 2020 / 6:07 pm

      Ah thank you – it’s very good to be back! 😘😘

  2. May 14, 2020 / 2:28 pm

    Wow, you’ve made a huge transformation already! I love that paint color!!!

    • May 14, 2020 / 6:07 pm

      Amazing what paint can do! Thank you πŸ’—

  3. May 14, 2020 / 10:30 pm

    I am loving it so far! I canNOT believe the difference the white paint made! Keep at it, girly!

    • May 15, 2020 / 6:58 am

      Ha neither can I! Thanks Sarah πŸ™‚

  4. May 18, 2020 / 12:51 am

    That round mirror is beautiful with that fireplace! It echoes that little arch in the stove perfectly

    • May 18, 2020 / 8:00 am

      Thanks Lindsey! Sadly it’s not staying – the TV’s going up there πŸ™ It’s all gonna be about styling the built-ins! 🀞🏼

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