I know that I posted a sewing punch list on here and we have done some of that but the main goal with her visit was to help me pull myself together with some house projects that would get me organized so that I could work the fun sewing punch list without guilt. Let me just say, MY HOUSE IS LOOKING SO GOOD NOW! We basically went room by room making a list of what needed to be done. Some rooms had some major painting, sewing and redecorating and others just had some existing projects that need to be finished. My house looks so warm and cozy now. And almost everything we did was with stuff I already had.....remember I am an overplanner, so I had already bought this stuff from various places over time and just never executed the ideas. We had to buy very little.
So down to business....
|This is one of the only before photos that I could find.....this living room is the far room. It only shows the top part of the room, view from the dining room. Doesn't do it any justice but shows the previous curtains and the white wall color.|
The big reveal......
|Notice the railing is black now....future post on the dining room. Stay with me now, focus on the living room.|
So let's start with that crazy cat walk. I never really knew what to do with it before and it was totally a dust catcher. Now it is at least interesting (Are those windows?) and accents the height of the room continuously around the room.
|Not sure what this is in the picture on the ceiling but it's not there in real life. Everything you see here is from thrift except the mirror (gift) and flowers (store bought).|
The toppers are two embroidered pillow shams wrapped around and pinned to the board with T-pins. The curtains are retail (but from thrift store of course) but they were too short so I added a piece of fabric at the bottom (thrift again). Everything else here was just moved from other areas.
And here is the area under the catwalk. The red chair was a steal at $35 from a hotel furniture resale store. The round side table was a Craigslist buy that we painted a dark purple (oops paint - made into diy chalk paint.) I show that project in a later post. The rug on the floor is a carpet remnant from the hotel furniture resale store - $25! and I actually had to cut it down a little to fit the room.
So lets talk about the elephant in the room....check out those curtains! Yes I am a sewer and I had all intentions of sewing up my own curtains here but then I found these at the hotel store for $20 a panel. They are pinchpleat, came with the hooks, were already super long and are fully blackout fabric lined. They even had the sheers included with them but I put those aside for a later project. And let me tell you, that black out lining is expensive to buy. It has done wonders for the draftiness of that room!
The long maroon panels were already in my plans and they are simply scarves...the curtain scarves that you drape across the top of a window. Thrift store of course! These were brand new in the package from JCPenny, had the $100 price tag (each) still attached, and even included the nice trim. If you ever see curtain scarves, grab them if only for the fabric....each one is 108 inches long! The trim alone is very expensive for that kind of yardage. All I had to do was sew in a curtain pocket at the top. Big curtain rods were also a thriftstore find. Those are very expensive to buy too. That top long one, I had to buy from the store and it was about $25, rod only! I also had to buy to wooden hoop sliders, expensive. It killed my because I see those things all the time in the thrift store and pass them up. So did I see any the entire time my Mom was here? NO! The rest of the rods, finials too, were from the thriftstore, thank goodness! I would have paid hundreds in hardware alone. The sheers here are thriftstore too. They were actually tab top curtains and I cut those off and put in a curtain pocket.
There's a better view of that carpet. Too loud for some, but I love hotel carpet, the really decorative kind they have in the fancy hotels. The leather couch, we've had for years but it was a Craigslist buy, almost new for about a third of its original price. The round orange coffee table is still in progress so I won't say too much about it now. Just know it was a thriftstore table, butt ugly, I'll show you more about it in a later post. The low piece with the cushions on it is a post on its on. It was a dumpster find! Yes, I drag things home from the dumpster. More on that later too. The cushions are recovered from thriftstore, some I've been hoarding away.
|This was a Craiglist buy that has was waiting on paint. See a post soon that shows that whole transformation.|
|More home decor items that I was squirreling away in the attic. Still on the lookout for round ball candles.|
|Bad photo but it give a better look at the sheers. I have to use these because of the glare and the double paned windows seal has leaked so they are fogged over....not pretty.|
So can you tell I've been busy? And that is just one room! I believe I mentioned about 20 future posts in there.....so I need to get busy on those now. More rooms to come also, we did the entire house! Signing off now, it's good to be back!