Here it is, finally, the renovated living room. I don't know why it took us so long to get this room done. There weren't any major structural changes aside from the building of the fireplace but I guess when you touch every surface from floor to ceiling, it takes a bit of time. It took a bit of time to turn something that looks like this...
and turn it into this...
Let's see that again.
So what exactly did we do in here? We started with HandyMan building the fireplace frame. This helped determine the position of the pot lights which were installed next. We removed the old wallpaper and uncovered a hidden treasure that turned out to be nothing more than a hole in the wall. Then we had the stuccoed ceiling skim-coated (a change which instantly made the room feel much more modern and new) and painted the room.
We found a hutch and a dresser which we spraypainted and updated with new hardware. HandyMan built one more of his awesome radiator covers and installed the baseboards. I ordered curtains and practiced my styling skills with the hutch. We spent a lot time trying to figure out the tile for the fireplace and it turned out looking great. And finally, we added some new furniture and put it in place like we planned.
The room has much more pattern and colour than any other room in the house. The wallpaper in the dining room kind of forced us to also use colour in the living room, but I'm really embracing the look. We tried to be a bit bolder in our decorating choices, mixing textures, patterns, and styles. I would have to say this was the hardest room to decorate in our house!
We've tried to keep this a room everyone can enjoy so that means that Chloe's toys and books have a place here too. There's one thing left to do which is pretty up the sideboard wall. We need to turn the sideboard into a media cabinet (hence the cable box sitting on top) and I think we'll be painting the sideboard too, to lighten things up on that side of the room.
But that's a bigger project for another day. For now, we'll just sit back and enjoy sitting in a finished room.