Not around here. My home decor is on a continuum- no real before and afters, just how it was yesterday and how it is today.
The biggest change with the living room was completing the sectional. I think I talked about it here before, but in case you missed that fascinating bit of info, I bought part of a sectional off craigslist. The seller wanted to keep the sofa portion, so I bought a love seat and corner section with the plan of buying the sofa as soon as I could make the trip to IKEA. One problem, the sofa was out of stock. For weeks. Last Saturday I noticed the website had stock listed at the closest store to us, three hours away in Charlotte. Sunday night I had my sofa and was able to complete the sectional. Wohoo!!
It is incredibly comfortable. I originally wanted the Ektorp sectional, until I sat on this one. I changed out the legs with some I found on Ebay.
I found the coffee table at Hope Harbor, my favorite thrift store, last week. It was one of those rare thrifting trips where you go in and find exactly what you are looking for. At $35 it was a little more than I wanted to pay, but really, it was exactly what I wanted. Of course, it wasn't white and the veneer top had bubbled up in a couple of places, but that didn't scare me. What did scare me was the five-minute torrential downpour that occurred while I was in Home Depot buying paint, the coffee table in the back of the truck. Needless to say, the veneer top had more than a few bubbles after that. I tried ironing them down after google told me that was the best way to repair veneer. It may have helped a little. Ultimately, a good sanding did the trick. Then I gave it two coats of primer, two coats of Behr paint + primer and a top coat of paste wax. Not my typical method of painting furniture, but I may be a convert. I usually prefer spraying and spraying does give a beautiful finish and has some definite advantages, but it also has its disadvantages. Anyway, a few things came together that resulted in me painting a lot of stuff, by hand- and loving it. I'll go into more detail about the painting process in another post, for now I'll just share how things are looking for now.
A closer look at those knobs (Hobby Lobby)
The paint is yummy. It's a Martha Stewart color in Behr Premium paint + primer. It is a true pale gray. Not blue or green and not like a battleship. Just a soft gray. If I were naming it, I would call it Quiet Winter Day. I don't remember what Martha calls it, but I'll find out if you're interested. And though I'm still mad at Martha about the pasteless wallpaper, I have to give her credit, she has the best paint colors in her line.
I used the same color for this dresser and what a transformation it made. I was just about to get rid of this piece, I'm so glad I painted it instead.
This is how the old girl looked wearing black with silver jewelry (last fall)
For the Goodwill buffet turned media console, I mixed some of the Martha gray with some oops paints (turquoise and dark gray). I wanted a duck egg-ish color. It needed to be a little more on the green side because of the wall color. I'm pleased with the results.
I have the rug that was in here outside getting a good cleaning. We still have to trim out the top of the beadboard (wallpaper) and I'm going to replace the ceiling fan with a chandelier. Don't tell Mitch. The look I'm going for with paint is something like this
Sorry, I don't remember where I found these photos. I think the first is from Pottery Barn, the second was found on Life in the Fun Lane.
Here's how things look for now. Just imagine a rug, and a chalky iron...zinc? whatever that is chandelier and some trim above that beadboard, and that's how it will look... until it changes again.