The walls have been painted, the curtains have been hung, the extra boxes have been dragged into the basement, & we’ve even managed to get some art on the walls! Which means I’m finally ready to show off the living room. The color on the walls is tent green & I love how it gets greener and warmer at night and lighter during the day when we have natural light from the windows.
Here’s the view towards the T.V. from behind the couch.
If you turn to your right, you see the window wall (and me!)
The room is really long and skinny, so we set up a bar area behind the couch, so keep looking to your right and you see the retro-stereo-turned-wine bar.
Here’s a better view of the wine bar.
We haven’t made any big purchase for the new house. We’re trying to live with things as they are before we spend real money. But that doesn’t mean we’re not trying to make this place feel like home! We grabbed some gorgeous Indian cotton throws for the living room for snuggly winter nights (on sale, from West Elm) since a certain someone whose name starts with a P and ends with an Enelope claimed the gray ones as her own. I love how the soft muted colors go with the rice sack pillow we used to have in the bedroom. As you can see, Penelope is also advocating for some more red in the room. As you can see, she’s started the process by adding both her red monkey and red rope. I really want to bring the vibe of the throws and that pillow into the room.
We have lots of plans for the space! I want to add some floating shelves over the buffet (I’m thinking long LACK ones in glossy white from Ikea). I’m contemplating throwing the rattan chairs into another dye bath to see if I can get them more navy BUT I also really want one of the grey Ikea Strandmon Wingback Chairs to place next to the TV. Eventually we’d like to switch out the couch for something new too – perhaps a sectional or 2 love seats (we can’t agree on what would be best) but we do like the Ikea Karlstad’s price & look. Our room also lacks light once the sun goes down, which is before I even contemplate leaving work these days, so I want to add a standing lamp next to the TV near the window & perhaps one back by the wine bar too. I’d also like 2 matching table lamps – one for the (not yet in existence) sideboard in the dining room & one for the side table next to the couch. Oh and new scatter cushions – I’ve been very disappointed with how the premier prints fabric I ordered last year has held up & we’ve kind of outgrown the bright green, so it’s time for another pillow update (once I find some fabrics I like and time to sew them of course).
What have you been up to recently?
Oh what drama we had with the paint colors. We started with the gorgeous gray-blue (Behr’s Limelight) which turned baby blue on our living room walls.
Don’t mind the patchwork of patching. The previous owner had a thing for drywall anchors & nails…
When we woke up Sat morning, I vetoed the blue and tried out the khaki (Behr’s Riviera Beach) which we got for the bedroom, but neither Andy nor I liked it for the living room. So back to the paint store we went & picked two more samples with more green in them. (The bottom two colors.)
Everyone say it with me; “Seafoam.” Whoops! This wasn’t going to work either.
Next I had the guys at the paint counter mix up a gallon of an old Better Homes and Gardens color called “tent” which my mother in law uses in her house & that I love. What they gave me was a bit more khaki than I had envisioned, but I was done fighting it, until I got home and realized they gave me the non VOC-free Behr paint! So another visit to the big orange store, lots of begging and pleading and explaining later, we convinced them to take back the stinky paint.
We had them mix tent again, and when we got back to the counter it was greener than the previous mix. Turns out they mixed a color named “tent green” and it was gorgeous! Exactly what I had in mind. Although I have no idea whose color it is.
We finished painting well after dark on Sunday & I won’t see my living room in more than early morning light again until Saturday, but Andy (who got Veterans’ Day off) says it looks great in the daytime too. I’ll share official daytime “after” pictures next week – until then here’a what I see when I come home.
Oh and don’t worry, Andy got a haircut yesterday, so he won’t be going to work with paint in his hair!
We’ve been living with paint chips taped to our walls for long enough! Since I have early Friday today, I plan on stopping by home depot & picking up two paint samples after work. At first I wanted to just grab a few gallons – but that’s a lot of $$$ if I end up not liking the color! So I’m playing it safe and starting with samples.
The winner in our bedroom is Behr’s Riviera Beach. I think it will be nice and calm without being cold.
I dragged the same paint chips down to the living room, but realized, after a day of staring at them that none of them was working for me. So I dug through our box of paint chips & pulled out a fee blue and green toned neutrals.
After many more days of staring at paint chips & moving my favorites from wall to wall to see the colors in every possible light, I think I found a winner. The middle one there – Behr’s Lime Light.
But before I can paint, i have to spackle all 50 bazillion (thats a technical term, fyi) holes in the walls. Every time I think I’ve filled them all, and just as I put away the spackle, I spot another hole.
What do you have planned for this weekend?
We could not wait to get the blue carpet out of the basement. On our third day of home ownership, we grabbed a carpet knife, some work gloves, and a box of trash bags. We knew we should have been finishing the last of the packing (the movers were coming the next day) but we couldn’t live with the blue one more day!
Just look at it! This is where we started.
We knew there was linoleum underneath so we were willing to take the risk and just rip the carpet out. It’s not exactly pretty linoleum, but it feels like a big improvement over the dingy and worn blue carpet.
Ripping up the carpet was easy. Andy folded over a strip, then I cut the strip loose, and he rolled and bagged the piece. Teamwork for the win!
Unfortunately we didn’t find perfect vintage linoleum under our blue carpet. There are some scratches, some really bad seams, a mysteriously missing rectangle, oh and damage from where we had to pry up the tack strips and approximately a million staples.
Despite the imperfections it is SO much better than the blue! Of course we plan to replace it eventually. Although I haven’t done any research on wht to replace it with – we have to deal with the wallpaper situation first (more on that next time) – but I’m considering vinyl peel and stick planks. Anyone have any experience with those?
Contrary to popular belief, I do in fact still exist. Moving plus a new (demanding) job plus an out-of-town visitor has left little time for blogging or unpacking for that matter.
At least we have living room seating & a puppy pillow fort…
But this is the weekend we will finally get rid of the last of the “decorative boxes” and start making our new place feel more like us. Oh and take lots of pictures to share here too!
I had a few spare moments this morning, so I taped some paint chips to the wall in the master. Clearly I’m thinking of going with a warmish sandy tone.
Any favorites in the bunch? I want something that will warm up our north facing bedroom without making it feel like a cave. I’ll be pairing it with lots of white (curtains & bedding) and some wood (our dresser & bed).
I think I’m liking the 3rd one in the top row or the 4th one in the second row. Maybe also the darkest shade on the tricolor chip at the bottom… Decisions, decisions.
See you next week!
Don’t worry, she’s not lost. BUT it is a pretty funny story. At least in retrospect.
One afternoon last week I got home before Andy (a pretty rare event these days). I was talking to my dad on the phone as I walked into our house. As usual, I headed straight down the hall to let Penelope out of her crate. To my shock, when I got to our room the door to her crate was wide open & she was nowhere to be found. The little magician has managed to unlock her crate before, so the fact that the door was open wasn’t a concern in itself, but usually she meets you at the door, looking very proud of herself!
While I didn’t flat-out panic, I did start searching for her – calling our her name & checking under the beds. Nothing. For a split second I had a vision of someone breaking in & stealing her…. Then my mind must have started searching for logical options, and I assumed that our friend (and the property manager) must have come to get her because someone made a noise complaint. Yup. At that moment it was the only logical explanation I could come up with.
Just as I was about to head out the door to find our friend (and hopefully Penelope with him!), I realized that I didn’t need to search for her at all because she was AT DOGGY DAYCARE and Andy would be bringing her home with him!
Prepare yourself. Our new kitchen needs a little bit of TLC to bring into the 21st century. Okay a lot of TLC. Whenever I look at the backsplash, I think of a comment one of the Property Brothers made on one of their shows, which was “don’t match the ugly.” And man, are those tiles an excellent match to the cabinets and the shell border.
There are a million things I want to do & of course not all of them will get done right away. I’ve been browsing for (and pinning) inspiration pictures. I think my kitchen role model will be Dana from House*Tweaking‘s awesome kitchen make-over.
Here’s what’s on the short to medium-term list (in no particular order):
- Replace the ceiling fan light monster (Any favorite flush mount fixtures?)
- Pry those awful faux hinges off the doors (Yup, those metal pieces aren’t connected to the actual hinges)
- Replace the cabinet hardware
- Add molding to the cabinet doors (like so)
- Paint the cabinets (any paint/paint color suggestions? what about helpful hints?)
- Replace the backsplash with something clean and modern
- Remove the “she sells seashells by the seashore” border
- Paint the walls
- Replace the linoleum with tile
- Replace the vintage vent-hood with a microwave/vent combo
In the long-run I’d like to replace the counter tops (but since we might want to replace the cabinets eventually, I’m not sure how to approach that). I’d also love to open up the opening into the living/dining room, scrape/replace the ceilings, and update the dishwasher. And while there’s lots on our to do list, it’s nice to know that the house is totally liveable & we’ll get to those over time.
Now please keep your fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly with closing! I can’t wait to share more details & pictures!