This post is the first of a series of posts dedicated to the crazy plans milling about my brain. Please stay tuned for all FOUR posts! (Don’t act all surprised…you read the title, folks.)
Too many projects. And yet, I have the urge to add more things to the list. Poor hubbins, he will want to declare mutiny one of these days. Some of these projects are actually completed…or close to being completed, and I just need to write up a nice, tidy blog post about each of them (tidy? ha!). Others are in the midst of being worked on, and yet others…are just in the back of my mind and don’t actually exist yet. Yes, I am a crazy person. I just feel like there is always something that can be rearranged or reworked or refinished or replaced (with an equal or greater thing).
Again, if you don’t know me well enough…I WANT ALL THE THINGS. ALL OF THEM.
Let’s begin with the living room. Here is the blank canvas with which we started. (I know you grammar fiends out there are smiling at my beautiful sentence construction.)
The color is staying because a. I don’t mind it, and b. you can’t tell from the photo, but the walls are textured (almost like Spanish plaster), and ain’t nobody got time for that. Also, we can’t change anything structurally (remember, we are just lowly renters), and I also can’t paint any woodwork that isn’t already painted. I love me some white trim, but that’s not gonna happen in this house. That means the off white carpet and light fixtures also stay put.
Here’s what we have as of today.
Not terrible, but it’s definitely a far cry from what I’m picturing for this room.
Plans for this room:
1. Get rid of wooden spool tables. They are super awesome and I love them, but they just aren’t practical. They are a bit too high to use as footrests, and that was the original purpose I intended us to use them for. They also have holes in the center (into which lots of things get lost…remotes, earrings, crumbs, etc.) and bolts sticking out of the top. I currently have one in the corner between the couches, but it’s a little low (you can’t even see it in the photo above). Maybe I could add some height with a few hairpin legs?
2. Fabricate new ottoman(s) to replace the tables. I will probably make these from scratch. I’m thinking low, tufted ottomans with a chic print. Maybe something like this. I’m already cooking up some plan and a tutorial! It will be frickin’ magical.
3. “New” stand for the TV. I haven’t decided whether I want to hack our current stand from IKEA, or replace it with a distressed dresser or buffet. They don’t sell the exact stand at IKEA any more, but this one is pretty close to what we have:
I’m thinking I might try to hack it first…and I’m sure that idea would sound better to Jason than hauling yet another piece of second-hand furniture into our house. I’m pretty sure he gets a horrible sense of dread every time I start a sentence with the words, “So, I was looking on Craigslist…” (The TV and stand are to the right of the radiator…just out of frame).
4. New throw pillows. Don’t get me wrong, I like the ones we have, but I feel like the colors are clashing a bit too much. I’d like to tone it down and have them all in neutrals like gray, white, taupe, and cream. It’s not boring I swear! We have a pretty big antique cabinet in our living room that houses my yarn addiction…um, collection…and it’s a deep turquoise (you can see it in the back right corner). I’d rather let that color be the focal point and not throw in too many other crazy hues.
5. Wall art. We don’t really have any cool pieces of art to display (besides a painting or two from my dad). I want special pieces, so I’ll be keeping my eyes open while perusing thrift and antique stores. We honestly have only one piece of art displayed right now. You might have noticed it in the photos of our DIY rustic dining table. It’s a really pretty print of “White Mums”, a painting my Neal Butcher. I couldn’t find out much about him, so I’m not sure if the print is worth anything…but it only cost me $7 at Goodwill. Sweet deal. I’m debating about whether or not I should change out the frame (or at least paint it). Perhaps that will be a future post.
6. Give our Expedit a makeover and move it into the living room. I love the storage space, but I’ve grown tired of the dark “wood”. We have this one:
I’ve seen some really cool hacks for this system whilst browsing the internet, and I’m especially fond of this one. I’d like to paint ours gray and add wooden doors to half of the cubes…perhaps the center columns, just to do something a little different? Another reason to keep reading my posts, I suppose. 😉
Well, that’s pretty much what I have planned for the living room! Make sure to check back soon to read all about the plans for the rest of our place.
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