TA DA! Living Room Redo

Welcome to our home.  Well at least our living room.  I started this project well over a month ago and normally projects don’t take this long but in this time… Matt came back from Haiti, whole family decided to stop by for dinner, we had our anniversary, we had high school summer camp and really so much more.  So it took awhile!  But we are done (sort of).

Here is where we started.Now while I love the orange color, I felt the need for something a little more cohesive.  Sooooo…. here we go:

The color is a little off on the account that I didn’t feel like editing pictures today.  After you hang a couple ledges in a 80 degree home with your hubby.. you just lose a little momentum.  However you get the idea and someday if you are lucky enough you will see it in person.  As stated earlier I painted the top light grey and the bottom light grey.  In the middle we hung a chair rail.  Wow that was harder than I expected.

This is the reason we started the whole project.  The fireplace desperately needed some presence in the room.

I am personally loving all of our DIY projects. Check out those gallery ledges.  I couldn’t bare punching 40 nails into the wall again and then having to patch it up.  So instead we have ledges.  8 screws.  Done.  I’m not sure if I will ever move them so no worries about patching up.

Happy surprise.  We had these UGLY college style lights with the plastic shades that on top of everything didn’t even match.  The lamps had long ago broken to these shades that had been sitting in the garage.  I finally put 2 and 2 together yesterday.  Wa-bow… Much cooler lights.

Painting from Haiti.  Frame recycled.  See that blanket holder.. it has a story!

It is part of this cool ladder that was chopped into bits after it tried to wound two of our staff members.  On day my husband and another guy were climbing up both sides of this old wooden 15 foot ladder to fix a projector.  They got a little bit up and the other guy asked my husband how much he weighed… at that very moment the ladder collapsed underneath them.  Alas the ladder’s days were over and it was sent out back.  When the church garage was cleaned out it lay there unwanted and unloved and I saw it and stuffed in the back of the Cavalier.  Some sand paper and spray paint… new blanket holder.

And now to the ugly chair.  I have disliked this chair since it resided in my husband’s bachelor pad.  He knew this and decided that he would sit me down in it and propose to me.  Little did he know I am fairly unsentimental.  I knew it would hurt him to part with it, so we have kept it.  For 6 years, it has lived in a guest room or hidden away under boxes, etc. until the other day when I thought… huh.. I wonder if I can recover that thing without sewing or taking it apart.  Check out what it looked like before…


Yuck… check out that pattern and faded colors.


I searched the house for fabric and came up with this duvet cover from Target that Owen had chewed on the corners of.  Bless his puppy heart.  But it was brown, thick, had a cool pattern.. hmmm… still usable!


So armed with a staple gun and $2.30 worth of furniture nails.. I went to work.  By the way, this was harder than I thought it would be.  There are lots of artful tucks to this project.  And it still needs some smoothing.. but for $2.30.. I am currently satisfied.  I also took off the legs and spray painted them glossy black as most of our furniture is black or black/brown.

Griffin is modeling the comfort of our chaise lounge.  He is actually pretty ticked about this project.

So for now we are done.  We still need to move the cable box with a help of a friend and caulk the molding/fireplace.  I also have some sewing to do.  That lump behind the chair will be cushions for extra seating and then the BW union jack pillows still need to be washed and sewn as I only painted them last night.  I just wanted to see how they were looking.   For now, this works for me and I feel like we finally have the room back!  Welcome to fall!  (almost)

Light at the end of the Tunnel – Living Room

Welcome to the saga of our Living Room. It didn’t start off a saga but after this month, I think I can officially call it just that.  We have a long room that is supposed to be a dining room and living room.  We just like to have it be a big space.  While I eat my lunch I will share with you the progress of the living room since move in.  (Sorry the pictures are crummy.  I realized after using the camera I am now using.. that our point and shoot has some issues.)

Move In:

Builder Beige, Manageable yet Boring

Phase 2.  I heart Orange:

I really do love bold colors.

So from day 1 our fireplace has bothered me.  It is a fireplace that is supposed to have a TV on top of it and I just don’t like that.  I am not into confusing the two.  Anyhow.  It bothered me.  It looked unfinished and builder grade.  BORING.  So I painted it first and that helped for a bit.   I have also added a bit of furniture which made this next idea slightly more challenging.

August Paint and Chair Rail Project:

Here is me priming the glorious orange color.  It will show up again.  I have a gallon of it.


Then Primed the fireplace:


Our friend Michael lovingly walked in our house and asked if I was going for the two toned look.  I about beat him and wanted to remind him that he was a special guest coming to our house when it was so torn up.  Oh and the fun part is that I used MetroPaint!  Recycled and inexpensive paint – it has limited colors but since I wanted light gray and dark gray.. it worked out pretty well.  For the most part each gallon was around $8-11 and covered really well.  I only did one coat with touch ups.


The we borrowed a miter saw and nail gun from a friend and went to town!  Look at that chair rail going up.  Isn’t my husband handy!  We learned a lot and improvised even more.  Not sure if our builder had a level on hand when they were working on our house.


Now the problem of the fireplace.  It is starting to have presence in the room.  There are a few more steps to this finished project but it is a pretty amazing transformation if I do say so myself.


Today is hopefully finish day.  I need about five design interns and a competent seamstress to finish it by midnight but I think it is going to be me and possible the hubby later on tonight.

I can’t wait to post the finished project. AND get my living room back.