Progress, it’s what’s for dinner

September 24, 2012 » Written under blogging, Home Improvements, pictures, Real Life

How about some progress? Through the magic of TV (okay, blogging) there’s been a lot of progress since I posted those “Before” pictures last week. Don’t remember those? Oh, here you go… Go forth and bask in the 1980s awesomeness.

But for the purpose of this update, we are focusing on the living room. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before:

Red carpet. White walls. Not-our-taste light fixture. Red plastic blinds. 80s curtains.

Clearly, when I posted those pictures last week, some work had already been done. We didn’t do all of this in the last 3 days. (Don’t you wish it could be that fast and easy??) But here is the current progress on the living room…

It’s not complete. Not by a long shot. But you can sort of see where we’re going with this. What have we done so far?

The red carpet is gone. (Do you hear that? That faint sound? It’s angels. They’re singing just for us.) We replaced it with a basic beige. Normally we prefer hardwood (kid + dog = lots of vacuuming). But that was a lot of square footage to do, and so we went with a decent neutral carpet instead. For now.

The walls are painted a simple tan. I’m not huge on serious color when it comes to paint, and even less so when we’re talking about big areas. So we went with something nice and neutral, again. We are also painting the wood trim (which was pretty dinged up) white. I like the look of white trim. Just a personal preference.

We replaced the light fixture with a ceiling fan. I love having air circulating, so this was a biggie for me.

The window treatments were completely swapped out. We took down the gold curtain rod, took down the red plastic blinds and the curtains. We put up a stainless steel bar, hung up some simple curtains, and also put in some white plantation blinds. You can’t see them though.

And of course, we moved in our furniture. Obviously.

What do we still need to do? Oh, tons. Paint more trim, finish painting the walls (need touch-ups), and then we have a TON of wall space to fill! Time to start looking at suggestions for how to fill all that empty space on either side of our entertainment center. It’s a lot of blank canvas, and I’m not great with envisioning what to put there. I’m a minimalists at heart so I’m not a big fan of a ton of stuff just to have stuff there. So it’ll take some time while we live with it awhile and see what we want to put there. Right now, it’s naked. But soon, that hussy of a wall will get a dress. Promise.

So there it is! When we get more progress done, y’all will be the first we show!

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  1. Sara

    September 24th, 2012 - 9:43 am

    I can’t imagine why you would ever take down that window treatment. I mean it’s so regal and chic. There’s a retired school teacher somewhere whose heart is filled with sadness today, and has no idea why. For shame.

  2. Karen

    September 24th, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Looks great…so much better! I personally would have kept the red carp…. BUWHAHA. I can’t even finish typing that sentence without laughing. :)

  3. Tracy

    September 24th, 2012 - 10:10 am

    The AFTER is so much better! Congratulations!

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