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Living Room Reveal

Who else thought this project took way too long to complete?  I would like to thank the budget and the weather for delaying my finishing and taking any pictures.  It has been one rainy winter in Georgia this year.

Let’s get right to it.  One thing I have to show you that I was so excited to find was a before before before picture of what our living room most likely looked like.  I was browsing Zillow yesterday, snooping around, and I saw a house in our neighborhood on there with pictures from a past listing.  Part of the reason for the snoop is because we all have the exact same floor plan and I like to see what people have done to modernize their houses, especially the kitchen.  Well, I was super excited (and not surprised) our 1986 living room was covered with very dark woods and trim.

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Everything is the exact same down to the wall vent placement only now our trim and woodwork are white and new windows and doors.  I just imagine our house had a lot of hunter green and cranberry plaid.  mmm #90shomestyle

Fast forward to us moving into the house and how we lived with the living room:

The first thing we had done in this room when we moved in was added the canned lights in the ceiling.  Game changer.  We hired that out because electrical is way over our heads, especially in this house.

After living with this setup for a year, my husband decided he wanted a change.  His main reason for wanting the change was because of the position of the tv.  There was way too much of a glare coming in from the windows.  Making any sort of change that made sense, of course, became a challenge with our current furniture.  Figures.

I took on the VERY tedious task of listing and selling everything in this room (except the dog, he stays).  While we were selling away, we were also buying and planning.  To refresh, here is the post where I explained our plan for the room.

Here we are today:

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The big tv debate: to mount or not to mount over the tv.  I wasn’t as excited about it when it was first suggested to me, but it really only made sense in this room.  The wall on the opposite side of the room from the fireplace has doors or doorways and hardly enough wall to mount.  It is a little high up than what I am used to, but it works (especially when you are laying down, which we usually are).

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I am pleased with how it turned out and the coziness factor is way up!  After we got all the furniture set up, it was almost as if the room told us this was the way it was supposed to be.

What do you think?

Sources:

Wall Color – Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray @ 100% (I originally asked for 50% but they messed up and I didn’t want to go back to fix it).
Bookcases: Tara 72″ Bookcases from Joss and Main
Rug: Local Rug Outlet
Coffee Table: hand built by our brother-in-law
Sofa Table: Moi
Couch: Haverty’s Corey Sectional in Mineral
Artwork over couch: handpainted by me
Typewriter Art: handpainted by me

I know there are a lot of little things I am not tagging, but if you want to know the source, just email me!  Or even better, I am ALWAYS on Instagram sharing pictures and answering questions!  I may even consider doing an Instagram Live one night to tour the room with you!  Let me know what you think!

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THE Rug

Hello, February!!  I promise I had good intentions to post more frequently but life has been so crazy and different around here.  We are all on a different schedule and I am struggling to find a routine for me and peanut. We were so close to really getting into a groove and then I had to travel and peanut got super sick…pink eye!  Blah.

So, the living room.  It is coming along and I am so close to being done.  I wanted to share a post about my experience using a paint sprayer for the first time painting our living room, but I was bad and took zero photos of the process.  Mainly because my phone was always hidden behind something.  To sum it up, there is a huge learning curve when getting started but we repainted all of our trim and wainscotting in minutes.  I am excited to try it out on some furniture.

So to the exciting part of our living room renovation.  SPOILER ALERT:  After weeks and weeks of searching and waiting, I GOT MY RUG!!  After Christmas, I found this great rug online that checked a lot of boxes off.  (AND the new unstyled couch!) (and the dog that would not wake up from his precious nap so I could snap pictures)

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Of course, it was a style and color waaaayyy outside of my comfort zone.  I am so used to choosing neutrals/farmhouse style rugs and colors.  This is bright and has big pops of ORANGE!

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After waffling over buying it, I decided I was so obsessed with it and the endless colors I could bring into the room with it (and the fact it would HIDE toddler messes better).  I went online and to my disappointment, it was out of stock.  I started looking elsewhere and everywhere I looked, it was out of stock.  And everywhere I looked, it was named something different, so searching was difficult.

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As my search continued, I learned it became the #1 best selling rug and the Blogger’s Choice rug.  Dang.  Just dang.  Most websites said it would become available again February 6, so I said if I could not find anything else, we were going to wait.

But a funny thing.  I generally HATE when you search for something online and then all the sudden all the ads on every website show that particular item (making the internet so shady).  This time, it worked in my favor.  I was scrolling through Instagram and an ad/recommended follow account popped up WITH THIS RUG.  It was a local rug outlet store having a huge moving sale.

Of course, it was late and they weren’t open to call, so I messaged on their IG account to see if they had that rug.  They responded saying they did. YES!

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Luckily, for me, I don’t trust all that is seen on the internet.  Before I took the time to drive all the way over to this store, I called the next morning to confirm they actually had the rug.  He said they didn’t (in a way that I should have known it was their best seller).  He suggested I call their second location to see if they have it.  Hmph.

I called and to my surprise, THEY HAD THE RUG!  I asked for pictures and after he texted them I told him I was on the way to pick it up.

YOU GUYS.

When we arrived, he told me after I texted him, he sold the rug…even though I texted him I was on the way and where I was coming from.  He said someone would be there in 30 minutes from the other location to drop off the rug they had (wait, what? I thought they didn’t have the rug).

So, we shopped around while we waited.

This rug was so worth it to me.  I spent about $15 more than I would have online, but who knows if that rug would have been stocked when it said.  It added a whole new level of yum to our living room.  I cannot wait to accent with some of these colors!!

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Isn’t she beautiful?  I won’t lie, I am very intimidated on how to accessorize, especially pillows and the empty frames above the couch.

Update on my to-do list:
  1. Sell the couch and loveseat.  Both listed.  Both had bites but people can be so flakey. WHY AM I STILL TRYING TO SELL?!  UGH!
  2. Repaint the ceilings. 
  3. Repaint the walls.  
  4. Freshen up all of the trim with paint
  5. Clean and polish the floors.
  6. Touch up paint
  7. Mount the tv over the fireplace.
  8. Build new bookcases.
  9. Build sofa table <- YEP!  I have plans, I need time.
  10. Organize Toys
  11. Add pictures to the Gallery wall
  12. Decorate the soon-to-be sofa table corner
  13. Add an extra lamp?
  14. Share the final reveal with you all!
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Living Room Inspiration

I don’t know what it was about last week, but we had some bad luck at home!

As we began prepping for our living room project, my husband was up in the attic looking for something, when he tripped and his leg went through the floor/ceiling.  He is ok, thankfully, but he did scratch his leg up pretty bad.  I am just thankful he did not go all the way through.  Since that happened, he was able to patch up the hole, but it created SO MUCH dust in the house from sanding the spackle.  SO MUCH DUST!  He still has a little more sanding left and then I can really get down to clean these floors.

While all of this was going on, our just over a year old microwave decided to die.  There was no coming back and of course, there was no warranty.  And if I have to be honest, it sucked.  We had to drop another unexpected $$$ to buy a new one.

Then throw in our living room.  Guys, last week was exhausting!  And our house looks like we are doing work.  Oh, and then add a toddler into the mix.  Mama is tired.

Last week, I mentioned our first project of the year being the living room and how we were going to totally transform it.  We actually started working on it this past weekend and just the few things we did has made a difference.

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We took advantage of the new year’s sales going on and bought this couch from Haverty’s.  The color is called Mineral and is mainly gray with slight hints of green.  Very slight.

I also bought two of these bookcases from Joss & Main to sit on either side of the fireplace.  I went back and forth on the height of our bookcases because I did not want to take away from the fireplace.  After looking at so many options, we both liked that amount of storage (and hidden storage) this bookcase offered.

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We decided to get rid of our current rug and buy something new, something a little more toddler proof.  I am so in love with all the neutral looking rugs and how they ground a room, but we needed more.  And I was apparently feeling spicy.  I am 100% going out of my comfort zone with the rug I chose.  I am going to buy this rug from Joss & Main (or whoever gets it in stock first).  This rug is so out of my comfort zone, I waffled TOO long and it was out of stock when I went to order.  I AM SO DISAPPOINTED!  I have been stalking it and I hope it is restocked when they say it will be.

The paint color that you see in the picture of the fireplace above is Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray at 50%.  We love the color so much, we decided to paint the living room the same color.  The main reason we have to repaint this room (and eventually the whole house) is that the flipper painted the whole house in flat.  If you want my advice, do not paint your walls in flat.  It sucks and it looks like we use the walls as hand towels.  We did paint this weekend and if you follow along on Instagram, you know the slight drama we dealt with getting this on the wall.  I will share in another post.

As far as accessories and other pieces in the room, I am going to keep everything budget friendly.  Our brother-in-law built a coffee table for us and I am so excited to see it in person.  I hope we can see it soon.

The main color scheme I am feeling for this space is Black, White, Green, and Gray as my base colors.  That rug is going to help add pops of color throughout, but I really am really feeling green these days.  And mainly I am feeling green in plants.  Maybe it is the post-Christmas life that makes me crave greenery, but I want to add more plant life to this space.  I have always run from it because I don’t have the best green thumb and I have yet to find any faux plants that don’t look terribly fake.

Update on my to-do list:
  1. Sell the couch and loveseat.  Both listed.  Both had bites but people can be so flakey.
  2. Repaint the ceilings. 
  3. Repaint the walls.  
  4. Freshen up all of the trim with paint
  5. Clean and polish the floors.  We may have had some accidents this weekend with paint.  More on that next post.
  6. Probably should add touch up paint to this list.
  7. Mount the tv over the fireplace.  <- This is happening this weekend!
  8. Build new bookcases.  These are being delivered today and with an upcoming work day trip, the goal is to have them built by Sunday.
  9. Furnish and decorate!

 

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Dining Room Reveal

Good morning!  When I started this blog I had every intention to blog weekly.  I guess I did not take into account that when you are working on projects, sometimes your budget slows you down.  Or your 1.5 year old.

BUT I am here with a room update!  I am not actually 100% done in this room but I sort of have to stop where I am for a few reasons.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already got to see the sneak peek and lots of stories leading up to this.  If you don’t follow me there, you are missing out!

I was sort of hoping this project would have a little more blog-worthy DIY projects to post about but it didn’t.

Anyways, back to why you are here.  Time to look at our newly updated dining room!

Here is the before and the plan I wanted to follow <- in case you want to jog your memory.  This project took longer than it should have…umm it should have probably only taken a weekend.  I mean, it literally only took me two hours to paint the room.

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I toyed with painting this room a dark color because there is so much light in this room and it could handle it.  After painting our office back wall a dark blue, I was not sure if there is a “rule” to having two dark rooms across from each other, so I opted to go light.  I am not disappointed.  I chose Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and just getting the fresh paint on the wall made a world of difference in here.  The original paint, while new, is a flat sheen.  Not only did it show all the dirty marks but it also fell flat.  The paint I put on the wall is eggshell and that slightest change made the room so incredibly bright.

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We bought this buffet when we moved into the house to actually use as a tv stand.  I personally liked using it in the family room but my husband did not, due to the height of the piece.  We bought something else and moved this into the dining room.  It really DID add more storage that we need badly!

 

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This rug.  This was part of what held up this room being complete.  I looked at SO MANY RUGS.  The room needed a rug but I didn’t want something that would compete with everything and I didn’t want another gray rug (we have one in the living room).  I actually found this on Amazon for a very reasonable price!  Click the link in the caption to see the source.  I did go with an 8×10 and the size is great.  It is on the thinner side, but I don’t think something thicker would really work in this room.

 

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Originally I had two pictures on either side of the window but then I happened to see a Decor Steals deal on Facebook and immediately bought these metal hanging baskets.  The wheat is not in its forever home but I wanted to get something in there.  I am still deciding what to replace it with.

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If you didn’t see my IG/FB post about this tobacco basket, you need to check out Hobby Lobby.  Not only do they have great farmhouse wares, they have these tobacco baskets reasonably priced!  The pumpkins are all from the Dollar Store and I painted them different shades of blue, mint, and white to match my style.

 

If you saw my Instastories the other day, I mentioned how I tried to start replacing the cream outlets for white and thanks to the wiring being all sorts of crazy and the guy that flipped our house being too lazy to find which breaker goes where he just had his guys fill in the sheet and move on.  Out of 30 breakers, not one single breaker is labeled correctly.  I THOUGHT I hit the right breaker after shutting the entire house down, but not the case OUCH!

So really all I have left in there is to switch the outlets out, sand the table and reseal to fix some of the scratches, and deep clean the wainscoting.

Now, when I get back into town, it is time to work on my last minute Thanksgiving tablescape.