Thursday, July 28, 2011

Living Room Reveal

First of all, two posts in one week?! Unheard of for me lately!!

I'm finally posting pictures of my *almost* finished living room! I really wanted to wait until everything was done to show it off, but who knows when that will be! And really, I'm sure only 2 of you are anxiously waiting for pictures :) Anyway, here's the first of the newness of our living room:

New tile!!! My kids and I traveled to Washington back in May, and while we were gone my super sneaky husband decided to put in new tile in our entryway!! I so wish I knew he was doing this so I could take a "before" picture! Let me just tell you, our old linoleum was a nasty brown/yellow/white blend and it was actually rounded into the carpet. Hard to explain, but this new tile is SO.MUCH.BETTER! My husband is amazing and such a handyman for doing everything all by himself!

Just a close-up view.
New pillows from Big Lots and new curtains from JCPenney's. I hate that the blinds are closed, but I was trying to get natural light in without using the flash, and well, it didn't work so great. You get the idea!
New lamp and little orange pear (both from Real Deals which is one of my favorite stores! Seriously, if you have one in your area go to it!) This is where I need some more decor or something! It's too blah for me. I am going to switch out the brown ribbon on the lamp and replace it with blue ribbon to add in some more color. And this picture doesn't do the lamp justice-it really is a cool looking lamp. You'll just have to come over and see it for yourself. :)
New pillows from Big Lots, painted (old) mirror, and new wall decor hangers on the wall from Pier 1. Again, I need some more stuff on the wall to the right of the mirror. I've been looking on pinterest (my new favorite site!!) and trying to get ideas. But I just don't know where to go or what to do. Should I do a bunch of picture frames in all shapes and sizes? Or mirrors in all shapes and sizes? Or one thing only? If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them!
Just a different angle of the room...but check out the revamped ottoman!
The old cover of this ottoman was ripped and we were losing chunks of the material!! It was nasty. But, that's what happens when you have 2 kids running and jumping on it, shoes resting on it (which of course, is totally allowed!) But after 4 years, this little ottoman needed some TLC. I found this fabric at Hancock and LOVED it. I was searching for some cotton laminate that would hold up for a while and was wipe able and would look good AND match my new color scheme. So when I came across this, I was SOO excited! I think it's perfect and my husband once again was a handyman and recovered it while I observed.
This picture can be deceiving. The blue you see on the wall is actually on our ceiling!! Since our house was built in the '50s, we have some cool character traits that we love. One, being this little trim on our ceiling that is only in our living room. Once again, it's hard to explain, so just come over and take a look! But, what you're seeing in this photo is the top of our entertainment center. I need to find some pillars for the blue candles (from Target clearance), but I also need something else. What exactly? Not sure. Again, I will take any ideas you have! Another shout out to Real Deals-the frame and clock are from there! Love that place.
Just a closer view of the stuff. And my new lampshade from Lowe's! My mom found a lot of this stuff for me and bought it for me for my birthday. That woman sure knows her decorating stuff! She's really good at finding little and big things to add to a room (like the candles, and the wall hanger thingys, etc.) Thanks mom!!!!

And now for the hutch!!! It went from this (being sanded):


Seriously, a whole new hutch!! I'm in love with it. And I'm not just saying that to toot my own horn! Who knew some sanding, kilz, and 1 coat of paint would make such a difference?!! I love the blue color and it's exactly how I hoped it would be! The orange accent wall is quite fun too. Sometimes it's a little too orange-y for me and not as poppy, but alas, it's done and I'm not changing it! It's a fun color combo and I really do love all the finished products! The "Home" sign on the wall is also from Real Deals. Can you tell I had a gift card there from my birthday?! : ) Plus, their prices are great! And no, I'm not being paid for their advertising!

A close up of the fun knobs from World Market (thx Mom!) and the fabric for this beauty of a hutch! :) Since I already had the cotton laminate for the ottoman, I was having a hard time finding fabric to use for the hutch that would go with it. I know they aren't a perfect match. And I also didn't want a really bright, bold fabric for the hutch since the ottoman is bold with the new fabric. I also wanted a fabric that would be timeless as oppose to the bold, trendy fabric for the ottoman since I figure I could change the ottoman whenever I wanted if we ever change the room!! (Which we won't for a long time!!) Anyway, we (my mom and I!) found this fabric at Joann's in Washington-on that little trip we were on when AJ was busy laying tile! The fabric is actually just attached to the old school press board of the hutch with spray adhesive. So easy to do!! All this to say, I love how the hutch turned out!
Here is another Real Deals find! This vase needs more foliage too-it's too much orange on orange. But I was having a hard time finding the right shade of blue flowers. And sometimes I think blue flowers are old lady. Sorry to any of you that have blue flowers in your home!! I'm sure it looks great! :) Anyway, maybe I'll add some greenery or white flowers. Again, I'll take suggestions! I wish I took a before picture of this vase thing. The blue wasn't spot on and kind of clashed with the color of the hutch. So, I just sponged on some of the hutch paint and voila'! It matches great! Also, the little flower/vine decorations were a light tan color on a dark brown backdrop and I just didn't love it. So, I sponged on some of the orange paint and it looks so much better! By the way, totally have to give credit to my mom cause that sponge work was her idea. Thx Mom!

Anyway, that's my ne-to-me living room! Hope you enjoyed the tour and my long explanation of things! :)


Daisha said...

Wow Amanda. The room looks amazing. I love the colors!! I'd love to seeit in person. We'll have to get together soon!

Princess Jessie Pants said...

It is really, really adorable. LOVE your color choices. Enjoy your 'new' room - it's fabulous!!

paulashley said...

LOVE it! I'm so excited to finally see pictures!
I think (and this is just me) that some flowers would make the top of that cabinet awesome! You could find some pretty fake ones, or hit saturday market downtown for a fabulous bouquet at $5!!! I take them home and dry them upside down and then I can keep them in a vase all year long :)
The colors are so fun! Enjoy it!!!

Cathy said...

Just waiting for our invite...;)

I LOVE it all! Good job! I don't think that wall is too orange at all, love those two colors together and that hutch looks amazing!!! Wanna come help me with the tons of projects I can't seem to get motivated to do???:)

Mikaela said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the hutch, it is amazing what redoing a piece of furniture can do. I am totally jealous since I just inherited a china set with service for sixteen and don't have a safe place for it!! Love the ottoman too! Wish I had been able to catch up with people while I was back in Oregon but we were so busy and I left a ton of work for my siblings so I could get back in time to move to AZ, but maybe I will come back sometime in the next year.

Kaytee said...

The living room looks great Amanda! What a nice update! My favorite it the hutch. You did a great job modernizing that piece! Totally changes the feel of it. I am impressed!