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Modern Boho Living Room Reveal

The before and afters of this modern boho living room renovation are going to shock you! Check out all the fun DIY projects, mid century boho living room styling and decor ideas and of course, the room sources.

Today is the BIG day! The living room that we have been working on for literally months is finally done and we’re ready to share it with you!

This living room reveal is something that we took our time on – both in the sense that we waited 3 1/2 years to do it since we moved in & in that we spread out the projects over several months.

The living room is not only the first thing that someone sees when they walk in our front door, but it’s also the place where we spend the most amount of time as a family.

It is a hardworking room that needs to serve as a comfortable and cozy lounge area, main TV watching room, an entryway, a playroom, and entertaining space when we have friends and family over.

It definitely wasn’t checking all those boxes before the renovation, but now that the modern boho living room renovation is done – it’s all that and more!

Want to see our other renovation projects? Check out our full home tour here!

Before Pictures

Here’s how the living room started. The only thing we’ve really done in here since we moved in 3 1/2 years ago is painted the walls with a light gray color, they were tan when we moved in.

If you want to see exactly how it looked when we moved in, here’s our pre-renovation tour.

Two image collage of the modern boho living room before renovating
Before picture of living room with carpet and grey recliner with industrial style wood and metal side table angled toward the TV console.
Two before images of opposite sides of the living room with wood burning stove and brick surround and demoed steps into the kitchen/dining room area.
Before picture of wood burning stove sitting on brick surround with carpet and recliner.

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Living Room Renovation – DIY Projects

In true Making Manzanita fashion, we DIYed every single aspect of this room renovation. It’s been a labor of love and we’ve had so much fun slowly sharing the tutorials with you in big anticipation of the modern boho living room reveal.

Let’s quickly recap everything we’ve done so far…

Image collage of fireplace wall makeover in modern boho living room with text overlay

Fireplace wall makeover

We started the living room makeover with the fireplace. We removed the brick veneer half wall and replaced it with these awesome heat-resistant wall panels that brightened up the room and created a modern faux concrete look! They were SO easy to install and required NO power tools.

Learn how to install faux concrete wall panels like this!

Image collage of painting walls a dark gray color in modern boho living room with text overlay Click here for tutorial Woman painting with paint roller and man painting with paint brush to cut in

Paint walls

Next, we moved on to painting! This was when the living room really started looking different!

We started by painting the ceiling, then cut in with the wall paint color, painted the walls with this dark and moody gray color, and lastly painted the trim and baseboards (after the flooring was done).

Image collage of removing carpet with text overlay Click here for tutorial Man pulling up tack strips and carpet rolled up and laying on carpet padding.

Remove carpet

I always jump at the chance to remove the old carpet in our house, so the living room was no exception. We summed up some best practices for removing carpet and specifically how to remove those pesky carpet tack strips in this article.

Image collage of man laying laminate flooring over blue underlayment with text overlay

Install laminate flooring

After the carpet was out, it was time to add the new floors! We went with laminate flooring that we already have in our kitchen and laundry room (that connects to the living room).

Learn how to install laminate flooring on concrete in this step-by-step tutorial!

Image collage of woman adding wood slats to wall in modern boho living room and image of finished DIY slat wall with text overlay

Slat accent wall

I couldn’t let a room reveal go by without adding an accept wall – it’s kind of my favorite thing! We went with a modern-looking wooden slat wood installed in the corner with offset vertical wood slats. It’s the perfect backdrop for our new sectional.

Learn how to install your own DIY slat wall.

Man's hands pressing down on floor tile in entry of modern boho living room with text overlay

Tile in entryway

Since we replaced everything else in the living room, it only seemed fitting to add a new tile in the entryway. I love the fun pattern we chose. It adds so much character to the living room and makes the perfect first impression when you walk in the door.

Learn how to lay large format tiles yourself (even if you’re a beginner)!

Image collage of tapestry art frame being made and finished tapestry art hanging on the wall in the modern boho living room.  Text overlay

DIY tapestry wall decor

It wouldn’t be a room reveal if we didn’t get some art up on the walls of course! Since large-scale art is SO dang expensive, we decided to DIY it! We created a frame for tapestry and it looks great above the couch.

Learn how to make your own DIY tapestry frame!

Behind the couch table

This was a DIY we did after we finished the living room makeover. I was struggling with the corner sectional and having a good place to set my drinks while sitting on the couch. I also needed better access to an outlet for charging my laptop. So we build this skinny table to go behind the couch with a built-in outlet for easy charging.

Learn how to build this behind the couch table and download the free woodworking plans.

Modern Boho Living Room Transformation – Video

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Modern Boho Living Room Reveal – After Pictures

Are you finally ready to see the finished modern boho living room ???

After photo of modern boho living room with light brown cognac Article Timber leather sectional in corner with wood slat wall, round coffee table, tapestry wall art, a Lab laying asleep on large area rug in front of sectional and finished step.
After image of new steps, gray laminate flooring, industrial bookshelf round dog bed, TV console made with pallet wood and Samsung Frame TV hanging on wall.
After image of comfy light grey arm chair beside the wood stove with patterned boho pouf as a footrest

Oh my goodness, right?! I semi-can’t believe that this is the same room. Even though I’ve been here every step of the process and I’ve seen it slowly transform.

Image of step makeover with wood slats on risers and new laminate flooring with mid century modern bookcase.
New light brown leather sectional from Article Furniture with wood slat wall and tapestry wall art with a lab laying in between light wood round coffee table and sectional.

One of my favorite thing about the room is how we tied in the wood slat accent wall to this doorway cased opening and onto the risers on the stairs. It’s a little something unexpected but in a good way.

Mid Century Boho Living Room Furniture

When I say I’ve been dreaming & lusting over this mid century boho leather sectional couch for years, I’m not exaggerating. Years ago when we were in the market for a new couch, I wanted this one but I held off because it was pricey and I knew that our sofa would see some tough life with newborns and toddlers.

Closeup of seating area with light brown cognac leather sectional, coffee table, wood slat accent wall and a lab looking up from between the sectional and coffee table styled with modern boho decor

I feel like now that our kids are a little older, getting a nicer sectional is a little safer. Let’s just say that having Sharpie marker drawn all over the back of the couch is less of a risk now (true story: that happened to our last couch).

Closeup of seating area with Article Timber sectional in light brown, coffee table styled with books, tray and plant, wood slat accent wall and a lab sleeping between the sectional and Article teak wood coffee table.

We also upgraded our cushioned ottoman to a real coffee table and now I feel like a real adult. The ottoman has served us well as a launching pad for the kids to jump on the couch, haha.

Having a coffee table also means that I have another fun place to decorate – although I think we’ll keep it pretty minimal so there’s plenty of room for the kiddos to play and color. I even made this fun DIY footed tray that is perfect for coffee table decor.

Closeup of seating area with leather corner couch, coffee table, wood slat accent wall and a lab sleeping between the sectional and coffee table.

We have honestly NEVER owned a coffee table so this has been a fun adjustment. I love this one with the light wood top and dark metal base. I feel like it is a great contrast to the leather tones in the couch and still has that mid century boho feel.

Close up of yellow lab dog sleeping on area rug in front of modern light brown sectional from Article Furniture

Since we were so used to putting our feet up on a cushioned surface with the ottoman, we snagged a few of these boho patterned floor poofs. The kiddos love sitting on them and they are the perfect size as a footrest.

We also incorporated a matching side table next to the couch as another surface for a drink and a small lamp.

The plants that we added to the room really helped bring in that “boho” vibe to the modern boho living room.

Closeup of rubber plant in painted pot sitting on concrete side table with hairpin legs in modern boho living room next to Article timber sectional

We brought inside this concrete side table that we had on our front porch. Turns out it also makes an awesome plant stand!

After image of comfy light grey armchair for Article furniture Alzey in Whistle gray beside the wood stove with patterned boho pouf as a footrest

We traded in the recliner for this amazing armchair with SO much wiggle room. It seriously can fit me and both kiddos so it makes a great cuddle spot. Gotta take advantage of all the cuddles I can get while they still let me!

My favorite part about this chair is that the cover and cushion covers come off and are machine washable! Can you believe that?!

Close up image of rattan basket used as side table next to light grey armchair.
Inside of rattan basket with lid storing a blanket.

As another surface to place steaming cups of coffee next to the armchair, we added this wicker basket side table that has storage inside. (If you love rattan furniture, check out these ideas!)

I love that we have another spot to put extra blankets, but that it is also totally functional with the lid to be used as a side table.

Vintage Inspired Area Rug

Now what really ties this corner together is this gorgeous (and super cozy soft) rug with a vintage-inspired pattern.

Above image of seating area in modern boho living room with light brown leather sectional, wood slat accent on the wall, tapestry wall art and Lab sleeping between sectional and coffee table.

But don’t take my word for it – just look at how much Gannon loves it.

Close up of Lab laying in front of sectional in modern boho living room with total boredom in his eyes.  He is over it!

Rustic TV Stand with Frame TV

We’ve had this rustic TV stand for YEARS. In fact, Logan built it using pallet wood long before we were even blogging about DIY tutorials.

View of pallet wood TV console on wall opposite seating area in modern boho living room with dark gray wall a Samsung Frame TV hanging above it.

It is so versatile because it has transitioned with us to several houses and fit in perfectly even as our style has changed over the years.

Above shot of TV console made with pallet wood with herringbone top with vintage suitcase standing on its side next to it and a vase used a bookend with greenery, a deer antler and stack of books with an air plant and beads.
View from the sectional of TV console on wall opposite seating area in modern boho living room with dark gray wall a Samsung Frame TV hanging above.

It now is a great home for holding our TV equipment that goes along with our Samsung Frame TV that we got a couple of years ago. And, spoiler alert, I’m obsessed with it!

It’s an amazing TV with a sleek removable frame along the edge, but when it is not in use it displays art so it doesn’t look like this big black box on your wall. Genius, right?

Do you have more questions about the Frame TV? Just let me know and I can round all of them in a blog post for you.

Mid Century Modern Bookcase with Boho Decor

It may not look a lot different, but this little corner of the living room got a WHOLE new look.

It was a huge undertaking, but we removed the old stairs that were here, which were CONCRETE. And built them so they extended all the way to the corner.

Before there were a couple of feet of dead space in the corner that was always tricky. We put our shelves there, but the stairs always blocked some of them (see what I mean here).

Now that the stairs have an extended platform, we added this mid century modern bookcase and it’s just perfect, don’t you think?

Front view of mid century modern bookcase styled with books and greenery in the corner on the extended stair platform.

I had fun styling it with some of my DIY vintage pottery pieces, this totally realistic-looking faux plant, a planter with a new plant, signs & vintage books as decor.

Side view of mid century modern bookcase styled with books and greenery in the corner on the extended stair platform.

Living Room Shelves with Modern Boho Styling

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. One of the best purchases we ever made for our home were these living room shelves. It brings me an insane amount of joy to style them and restyle them over and over again.

With the new modern boho living room makeover, I gave them a fresh and minimalist look.

Image of metal bookshelf with four wooden shelves minimally styled with books, greenery, white fabric baskets with leather handles, and artwork against dark grey wall.

I also added some extra baskets to the bottom to corral some of the toys that are always floating around the living room. This room also functions as our “playroom” so toy storage is a must.

Image of metal bookshelf with four wooden shelves minimally styled with books, greenery, white fabric baskets with leather handles, and artwork against dark grey wall.
Close up of pothos plant on wood shelf with books and artwork.
Image of metal bookshelf with four wooden shelves minimally styled with books, greenery, white fabric baskets with leather handles, and artwork against dark grey wall.

Mid Century Boho Living Room: Before & After Comparison

Now we can’t end this mid century boho living room makeover without taking a look at the before and afters. After all, this is my favorite part.

Image collage of before and after of modern boho living room makeover.

Looking at these reminds me JUST how far we’ve come. It’s a helpful nudge that all the hard work and investment is actually worth it.

I can’t get over how cozy and full of life this new modern boho living room feels when you’re in it. The dark walls bring in that cozy vibe.

Before and after collage of modern boho living room makeover with side by side before and after of seating area and side by side before and after of stair platform.

The new furniture brings new life and all of the DIYs add in that unique stamp that we’ve added to this home by making it ours.

After all, isn’t that what this whole renovating thing is all about? Slowly and carefully make this house a home that we love – one DIY at a time.

Image collage of before and after of area with wood stove and seating area near front entry in modern boho living room.

From the big room makeovers to the tiny craft projects, every step has been one that we’ve taken towards this finished goal line…a home we love.

And to be honest, most of the time we spend at home is spent right here in this room. Whether we’re cuddling up with the kids on the couch for a new movie or playing board games on the coffee table late at night after the kids have gone off to bed. This living room is, in some ways, the center of our home.

Three image collage of before of fireplace wall and wood stove, after of fireplace wall and seating next to it, and after view looking at main seating area with leather sectional and wood slat wall accent.

And I’m blessed beyond belief that this room now looks the way I want our home to feel. Cozy, comfortable, welcoming, and …. us.

6 thoughts on “Modern Boho Living Room Reveal

  1. This transformation is absolutely stunning!!! You guys are magic! The innovative thrifty diy ideas 💡 are so motivating! I love your YouTube channel and everything you touch!!

  2. Very nice!! Totally different vibe for sure. Love what you did with the steps! That will really make people know there are steps there. Colors all look really nice together as well!

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