In 2009, I needed a fresh start. The futon-couch belonged to my ex, I had super old end tables from my parents' house (before I was born), and my living room is super strange. It's long & narrow (that's what she said?) and it was difficult to have the TV on a separate piece of furniture, so I was hoping to hang the TV over the fireplace.
I decided on some paint colors. I wanted a green accent wall and 3 khaki walls. Then, I picked out a khaki couch and some dark brown end tables. Thanks, Value City.
Fast forward a little over a year and a half to summer 2011: green & khaki are VERY warm and VERY dark in my living room that gets little natural light. Also, my living room was a hot.mess.hoootttt.messsssss. In that year and a half I had lived alone, started dating again, gotten engaged, gotten married, had a husband move in, had one roommate move in (twice) and out (once), and completed another year of teaching. My living room showed it. Are you ready for this?!
|That TV in the corner? Took me MONTHS to convince my husband we should sell.|
|I'm not sure what most of this crap is. This is the "middle" of our living room. What. The. What.|
|Ridiculously blurry. Ridiculously messy.|
|Where's the couch?! I DON'T KNOW?!?!?!|
|Aaaaaand back toward the sliding doors. Whew. Aren't you glad that part is over?!|
Then came my favorite part. We painted on some Foggy Mist and also got about 2 bazillion samples from Lowe's and Home Depot. We hung them all on the wall over the couch and left them for DAYS to see the
|This is with the lamp light. See how blue the big ol' patch of Foggy Mist ended up? :( |
Then...the priming began! No, we could not take the TV down until it was ABSOLUTELY time. We needed to be able to watch HGTV (obviously) while re-painting. Also, we had no AC during this process. That's why there's a fan sitting in front of the fireplace. It was hot in there. Really hot.
|This corner was never quite as crisp as I'd hoped. Painting the room all one color made me really excited that I wouldn't be staring at that corner any longer.|
|...aaaand all the way up the stairs! Our house is narrow...and it's not open AT ALL so I thought one color might lighten things up and make them airy.|
|WWWWHHHAAAATTTTT?!?!?!?!?! HOW DID WE NOT ALL DIE?!|
Back to our regularly scheduled painting update. Cats like drop cloths. Exhibit A:
Going up the stairs was fun and exciting...and exhausting. Also, we have this weird flat hand-rail-bannister-creepy-thing-to-look-over-as-you-go-up-the-stairs. It was gross. I wanted to make sure the paint didn't come off from previous applications. I ended up chipping paint off of it for HOURS. It may or may not have stayed this pukey yellow-brown-off white combo for a few
days weeks before we painted it.
|Thumbs down for this part of the project. I'm not sure why I took this picture like this...but I did.|
|Three layers of paint colors later...|
|This is purely to express my thanks for "Friends" reruns during home improvement projects.|
|so grateful for Chandler, Ross, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, and Monica|
|This is coming in the front door.|
|Isn't it so light and welcoming now?! Yes, we took care of the brassy knobs/locks. No, it didn't end up being a permanent fix. Womp, womp.|
Unfortunately, there are no "current" pictures because WE'RE GETTING LAMINATE FLOORS. And by "we're getting", I mean, they're sitting in our floor in a huge pile...because we're installing them ourselves. Fingers crossed we don't screw this up! :)
Now that I'm finally blogging all of these older projects, maybe someday soon you'll get a "final" look at our little hole in the wall...and it might even be with new floors! :) There could be a House Tour page up on this blog soon! :)
Anybody else made drastic changes with paint lately? Leave a comment and share your color choices!