So I have to preface this post by saying that in my mind….none of these rooms are completed. I have had to do most of my decorating using things I already had or doing things on a tight budget….I dream of the day that I can put some real cash into these rooms and spurge on redoing a few things. But if I have learned anything about decorating….its that everything can be done in stages. Just because you cannot afford your dream room…does not mean that you can’t start somewhere…so this is the beginning to the living room….
The Before Pictures:
Gotta love the curtains….and the teeny furniture going on in this big room…..
Dark Dark Dark….even though there are tons of windows…..they are pretty much covered up by the curtains!!
This is the fireplace…Humm…..was all I could think when we first bought this house. I ended up painting the brick (pictures below)…but would love to retile the entire fireplace someday in this amazing Heath Tile. It is not cheap, but would look so sleek and modern. I have been drooling over it for a while now.
As you can see the entire room needed some major updating. We started buy purchasing a few key items. I always try to save and buy quality big items. Things I will love for a long time and that will last getting beat up by my three monkeys everyday. The couch is a Crate and Barrel Splurge. It is called the Lounge Sofa for a reason. It is deep and comfy. I love it.
The coffee table was also a great purchase. It is the Go Cart Table from CB2. It is seriously indestructible. Not to mention it is on wheels. If you know my daughter…this is essential, because she likes to move it aside and dance or do gymnastics in the living room…… Its awesome. The Rug is from FLOR. Also great…indestructible with kids. You can replace one tile if you need too…..and you would not believe the things I have washed out of these suckers. I would LOVE a nicer rug in this room someday, but this room leads outside and the kids come in filthy….it would be destroyed in one week.
The black and white chairs…were hand me downs from my parents. They are not my first choice at all in chair. But we had nothing and they were free…..so I had them recovered in an updated fabric and figured they would do for the time being. The other pieces are all vintage. Have I mentioned I am obsessed with mid-century furniture??
This was a table that we found in the rafters of our old house. I sanded it down and painted it turquoise.. I had a local glass shop cut a piece for the top. The entire project cost me maybe $20.
I was 9 months pregnant with our third child when I decided to whip this out and paint the fireplace while my husband was at a Oregon Duck football game. I am not going to say that it is my best work. In fact I have been meaning to do another coat for about 2 years.
Some close ups of the gallery wall and my two boys. Lincoln is my youngest and Max is my oldest……I am one lucky mamma.
I got this Mid Century Lane Chest for $50 on Craigslist. They can be as expensive as $400 so I was stoked and happy to drive to Oregon City. It fit perfectly in between the couch and vintage lounge chair. All it needed was some TLC. The light was a white elephant gift from Christmas one year. I painted the base and got a new shade at Ikea…New lamp=$4. The mirror is a hand me down from an old friend (if you are reading Sadie Terwilliger….this was YOURS!!). I had it stored forever and then decided to paint the rustic frame gold. LOVE IT!!!
This last picture is taken of the vintage Lounge chair I refinished. I bought it for $50 on craigslist and refinished the wood. Then I ordered new cushions online and my sweet mother in law made covers for me. I love how it turned out.
There you have it friends!! Stayed tuned for more progress pics and posts!!