I've always wanted to renovate a house. I watch "Flip This House" and in spite of the messes they always have to deal with, it still sounded like...dare I say it...fun. Now that we've done it, or rather, are doing it, I have a new respect for all those messes, all the ways they add up, the hidden costs and unexpected problems.
God bless you if this is something you've made your career. I've enjoyed many things about the process, but the stress nearly killed me!
I wasn't going to post pictures because it's not "finished." There's still a lot of work to be done in our living room...but I figured I could post Before and During photos, and we'll do the "After" later.
(Though really, in a house where a woman lives, is a room ever really finished?)
So, here's the living room...Before:
My main issue (besides the nasty carpet) was the wall color. Everything in the house was in this color family, and it darkened the space SO much.
(That's basically my version of the same photo)...
And here's the view from the other side along with some of my original plans...
Now, it took a couple of weeks for me to get this room cleaned out. It was the catch-all room because it's right off the main entry. There were so many boxes and random pieces of furniture in here, but it got to the point of maddening and I finally got the motivation to tackle it. (I had some genius help too.)
A few disclaimers:
1. I'm waiting for Adam to hang that monster picture above the couch.
2. Our big TV is downstairs and I don't know if I want the other one in here, so I'm testing out this ginormous square hole in the wall without one...(The fabric background is VERY temporary...just seeing how I like it in the space.)
3. The trim isn't attached.
4. The couch was the main thing we nixed when we had to buy appliances, so this is our make-do couch. Its's my college couch. The ottoman opens and has a ton of storage, but the couch is my least favorite piece of furniture. In the world.
Still...I'm liking the space as a whole...
I realized somewhere along the way that I was trying to create this super calm, neutral space but I am 100% married to color. It makes me so happy...so I took a turn back toward what I love.
I am so glad I did. You've gotta create the space you love...it doesn't really matter if anyone else likes it! (Besides your husband, of course.)
It's a bit makeshift but it's still my favorite place to be in our whole house. I have more artwork and photos to hang in here and you can see where we need to get the trim up (it's painted and standing against the kitchen wall!) but we'll get there!
The picture in the center of this photo:
I cannot explain to you how gorgeous this canvas is and what an amazing job they did. The colors are SO vibrant! I highly recommend this company if you're in the market for a unique way to display your pictures! (I already have plans to order more! And gifts? They'd be perfect!)
Still, the canvas doesn't go here. Adam stuck it there to see how it looked, but I'm going to hang it up. The fireplace looks more like this:
I really don't like the fireplace tiles and one of my friends suggested I get vinyl tiles and cover what's there until we know for sure what we want to do...(Thanks, Michele!) I like this one:
(Which is similar to the countertop I want in the kitchen.)
All in all, the space is coming along. I have a whole list of things left to do and a wish list of things to buy (down the road) but I'm loving it so far.