I am only showing you my living room, because I know you have imaginations and you can forgive the imperfections. Sadly these photos stink. One day I’ll learn how to take great pictures, but right now I’m too busy painting and doing laundry. Since I’m not getting featured in a ‘Home’ magazine, these pictures will have to be good enough.
In my mind I’m formulating a DIY survival post and ‘good enough’ is a recurring theme; however, the gears of mind are working about as quickly as my coffee pot drips. It will be a while.
Before the big reveal, I’ve got some splanin’ to do.
I still need a rug.
Would you believe that I actually found one on clearance in Lowe’s that incorporates all my colors. Truth. However, it’s not in the budget right now. I am confident rugs will continue to be sold for years to come and my floor will be here for a little while, so no problemo. Gives me something to dream about.
I also want to get those little ring thingies to hang my curtains from, but that’s also out of the current budget.
Now before you ask, I am not ready to commit to color on the fireplace until after we flank it in bookshelves. I just don’t want to paint twice. I’m getting painter’s wrist.
The television is absolutely temporary. For me, temporary can last up to five years, but eventually a flat screen will hang on the wall opposite the couch and all the ‘equipment’ that goes along with the TV will live in an inset cabinet beneath the flat screen.
That was a lot of splanin’!
I’m sure you didn’t read a word of it, so I’ll shut up and get to the picts.
Yes, I’m starting at the beginning, because it makes the end product look better. I need all the help I can get!
FringeMan removed the paneling and drop ceiling. Then I scraped a hundred years worth of wallpaper off the walls and ceiling. I vowed to spare future generations and never hang wallpaper.
For a brief moment during this sterile stage, I considered setting up a table in the middle of the room and performing experimental surgeries. FringeMan did not approve.
This is my living room with furniture. I showed you this photo and asked for suggestions. You did not disappoint! Your detailed comments and emails really caused me to think outside my box. This furniture is mine for better or worse, but you gave me the push I needed to inject life, personality, and character.
I spent a minimal amount of money to revitalize the living room. I purchased 1 can of black spray paint, two cans of red spray paint, and a quart of the aqua/turquoise color (don’t know the difference between aqua/turquoise). I also purchased $30 worth of fabric and pillow stuffing. Add one $9.99 poster frame with an additional 25% off and I was done shopping. Everything else I had. So all in all, it was a low-budget make-over. The rug will be the budget buster.
I brought the curtains higher and it immediately made the room look huge. You were all absolutely right on that one. I couldn’t bring them wider, because we have some major plaster problems in the room. After we took down all that wallpaper, we had giant chunks of plaster missing and falling out. FringeMan spent a long time patching the walls so they wouldn’t all crumble. The entire room has a textured plaster finish. Keeping the walls white cuts down on glaring imperfections in the plaster. Everytime I hang something, I need to make sure it’s in a good position, so we don’t have a nightmare on our hands.
Upstairs in our bedroom we had carpeting. Under the carpeting was linoleum and under that was a thick layer of newspapers from 1929. I saved the best pages. It’s angled in the frame, because I didn’t have the extra money to buy a proper size matt. I just used the black printed paper that came with the frame and I had to cover all the white lettering.
Yes. Sometimes you’ve just gotta do the unlovely.
I should have turned off the light before snapping this photo. Then there wouldn’t be a glaring shade in the picture and my reflection would disappear. Live and learn.
You’d be surprised at how many boys come into my house and start playing with it. I hope they cook as much when they are older and married!
So what do you think?
Thank you all for your help and encouragement. I’m sure my livingroom will continue to change and hopefully improve. If I stop blabbing and go wash my windows, it will be immediately better.
Over time, many more things have changed in our living room, so I thought I would give you a visual tour in photos.
My hubby made the bookcases on either side of the fireplace.
We still have work to do, mainly hiding wires, but time fixes all rooms. I think.
We always had a vision of flanking the fireplace (old and does not work anymore) with built-in bookcases. FringeMan made these and I think he did a smashing job. Those bookcases are deep and will hold two full rows of book on each shelf.
We also painted the floors with a Benjamin Moore floor paint in brown.
If you paint your floors, please allow ample dry time. It may take more than a week for your floors to cure. Stay off them for as long as possible and keep the air circulating with fans. That is my best advice.
Finally, we purchased new furniture for our living room and added a throw rug.
I painted that sign hanging over the love seat. You can read the full instructions here.
That’s pretty much it. The renovation of a living room, DIY style. Hope you enjoyed!
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