Monday, November 25, 2013

The Living Room Saga Begins!

So, today begins our living room story. We're declaring an unofficial 6 week challenge on our living room: 1. because I think we can do it 2. because Josh saved his days to take off for the teacher holidays with me. So, we're hoping to have this wrapped up before the end of the year. BUT, since it is the holidays, we'll have lots of parties and family gatherings to attend so it should be fun to see where we end up! And by fun, I mean we better end up finished. :)

We spent this past weekend mapping out plans, pricing out materials, and Josh made some spreadsheets. So today, we are ready to demo and purchase all of our stuff! And this stuff I'm talking about it is: a bunch of wood and pre-made cabinets for our wall of built ins/fireplace mantle combo. We ordered our fireplace and marble tile last night, eek!

Now, here's some before pictures. Here's my disclaimer: I didn't want to pick up because I wanted to show you exactly how we've been living. And, some of these items you see before you will return and some will go goodbye. Well, and I'm lazy. We're about to bring all this stuff out of the room, so why pick up? Right? I'll explain the white walls in a second.

And a view from the other way... into my still glowing dining room.

Remember I was talking about my fireplace that I have to have now? Well, meet the wall that it, along with built ins, will soon call home.  That door to the left is going goodbye. We're closing it in. On the other side of that door is a bedroom so that's awkward anyway. Not a hallway to a bedroom, just a bedroom.

Considering there is the front door right there. See the tape on the floor? That's Josh giving me a visual of where the built ins will be. Of course the TV will be the centerpiece. And, I'm not complaining because I'm about as addicted to TV as they come. I just can't live without Bravo.

Does it get any uglier? So the story behind the pink walls and the white walls. I'm imagining white walls for this room - or like gray almost white walls - so I needed a mental picture. And the word wall is used very loosely. That's actually the same wallcovering that was in the dining room. So, there's no drywall behind that. Add that step to our list! 

Love my two big windows. 

To top it off, there's no overhead lighting which I hear is pretty typical of 70+ year old houses. So, I have so many details to pick out! My favorite part, of course :) 

So, do you think we can do it?! I'll be back with demo pictures in a day or two, along with my overall vision for the space. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday week!!



  1. I think y'all can do it and it is going to look fab! Looking forward to watching the process.

    1. Thank you! Hoping the progress moves even faster this time, but don't want to jinx myself :)

  2. Oh girl you have your work cut out for you! But after seeing what you did with your dining room I know you can do it. Can't wait for updates!!

    1. Thank you Elisa! Once the drywall goes up, I'll feel a little more confident :)