Over the weekend, we got to painting the walls of the living room! Yeah! It looks so nice. It’s a sort of light warm brown color. I wouldn’t exactly call it beige, but it’s close. I do like a strong color but this room needs all the lightness that it can get.
Once we got started, I could so tell it was just perfect!!! It did just what I wanted! Light, but with a touch of warmth and color. To help transition a little better from the blue gray of the big office, to the green of the dining room. The gray to the green was not quite right. And after the dining room turning green and the kitchen… it was just a little too much green!
Thank goodness for tall Maggie! Jess and I just could not reach the top of the ten foot walls, even with our little step ladder to edge in around the pretty white ceiling. Maggie came and saved the day for us! One day, I would like to put crown molding up around that edge, but for now, that will just have to wait a wee bit!
I have had this old beautiful window for awhile now, found at a garage sale for a few bucks. I love the little dangly lock things, they are chains with little iron stars on them! So cute. I got the idea of hanging it in that weird opening in the living room, a sort of art feature, and making it sort of like a window there and sort of not… Jess held it up and we agreed we would go ahead after we get a little bit of chain and a couple study hooks.
Looks pretty swell! I like it with the dark furniture…
And look at our FANTASTIC Craigslist score of the month!!! A beautiful, barely worn, Laz-e Boy recliner! For only $25. Yes, $25!!! I was stunned. We got it home and it was just perfect… and then I looked it up and these things sell brand new for $1179!!! Yes ONE THOUSAND and ONE HUNDRED and SEVENTY NINE dollars! I’ve bought cars for less! Needless to say, Ratchet was quick to check it out for us and approve it’s purchase.
Heck, it’s a two dog chair! It’s called a Grandma chair, or a chair and a half. It’s just absolutely perfect! Very comfortable and reclines too! I was thinking that we would look for two chairs for the living room, but now that we have this, it’s really quite perfect for the three of us now. The couch works well for two and then there is this chair for the third. If we have guests, we plan to get a bench or church pew and we have lots of other chairs that we can pull in for special needs. We might look for a footstool or ottoman for the couch. That would also be nice for additional seating, if need be.
I really like the color transition from dining room to living room to the big office. Now we just have to figure out what to do with the floors! They really are not true hardwood, but just pine flooring that is really rough. Lots of damage, gouges and other issues… We just don’t have the budget for fancy flooring right now, so I think we are going to try and be a little creative. Probably will paint the floor a brown, and then see about getting a nice area rug, perhaps something around 5 x 7 or 8 x 10… we REALLY want to get a nice old Oriental rug, but so far, no good luck on Craigslist right now. A few months back, I saw a bunch of really nice rugs for under $50! But now? Haha… nope. Thats okay, we can wait. You never know what might pop up! In the meanwhile, a good coat of heavy duty porch and floor paint will at least make it all one color instead of like sixteen!
The hanging window looks pretty cool… I think I might add a little bit of greenery vinyl decals to it and a little bird graphic. Or I might darken up the frame a bit… just not quite sure yet. WIll probably wait a few days and consider what might work nicely! It’s a fun little architectural accent!
I do plan to make a fake fireplace and add it to that wall. But for right now, I moved that dark mirror in there and it’s nice… helps to reflect some light in there. And of course, that new chair hasn’t been empty since it arrived! If it’s not one of use in there, it’s a dog or cat! Luna very much likes the chair as well as Lilly! We love it… such a great find!
Just so happy to have another room, nearly finished… just have to figure out the flooring and all. Been looking at lots of ideas and creative options. From plywood and brown paper bag floors, just getting wall to wall carpeting and then maybe a remnant, or an area rug or AGH! Who knows right now. We do know that we need another week or so to build up a wee bit more for the budget.
So far, this room as been pretty inexpensive! The ceiling paint was a little pricey… $45 for two gallons of nice heavy primer, sanded texture paint. And the wall color was on sale for $25 a gallon… needed one. The chair was $25. I bought a little table lamp for $3 at the Goodwill and it cost me $5 for the chain and strong hooks for the window. $103 dollars. We wanted to stay under $200 for this room, so we’ve got about $100 left. Floor paint is $25 and then we might hold out for a good area rug on Craigslist, hopefully for around $50 to $75… We shall have to do a little waiting and seeing! I think we can do the floor paint in the next few days. Going to be a little tricky to paint this room’s floor because we are all very active on it! I will have to lock up pets and probably do it in two chunks over two evenings! Floors and ceilings are both a pain in the patootie! But it will look so much nicer… can’t wait!