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Another day, another room revealed! Today we're headed to the living room. We do have a small entryway, but truly the living room is what you see when you walk in the front door. As always, let's remember where we started:
|The new view from the front door!|
We didn't do a ton in this room, and it was the last to be finished because it made great work space for all of our other projects. The trim got a coat of paint because it was in pretty rough shape, and the walls were painted as well--no more gold walls! I like how the new wall color cools down the wood tones in the floor and grabs some of the greys in the fireplace bricks. The paint color is the same as the kitchen, which I thought was going to be a grey-leaning taupe, but turned out to be a warmish grey. Good thing I like it anyway!
We did replace the ceiling fan in here too. The original one was a little spacy/modern for my taste. The floors were already in when we bought the house. They're a nice laminate and were in good condition. I would have chosen something a little darker and/or less orange, but once the new wall color went up and we got our furniture in, they're fine.
Chris's dad was able to add an electrical outlet to the paneling over the fireplace so we could mount our TV up there. I didn't want to have to figure out where else to put it when the fireplace seemed like the obvious choice. It's not my first choice for interior design purposes, but it sure is handy! The DVD player is resting on the TV mounting bracket, tucked in behind the TV. No cords showing! We don't have cable, so we didn't have to hide a cable box, but we did order a Chromecast that we LOVE!
This side of the room is a little more bare bones right now. The entry area is small, as I said, so I have hesitated to hang much on the walls there because I don't want them getting bumped or broken, or taking up valuable shoulder space. And I just haven't figured out what I like sitting on the white dresser, so the Scentsy pot currently lives alone. I pictured it as a spot to make adorable little seasonal vignettes, but I haven't quite mastered that yet.
This aqua hutch was rescued from the trash pile at our last apartment and refurbed into it's current state. I'll have to do a post on that some time. We used it in our dining room previously, as sort of a china hutch, but our dining room here didn't lend itself quite the same, so it ended up in the living room. I actually really like it on this wall, and I needed somewhere strong to put my scrapbooks. The bottom used to house my scrapbooking supplies, but now it holds games and off-season throw pillows!
So that's our living area! We spend a lot of time here during the day. The kitchen is very open into the living room, especially if you're standing at the sink, which I really enjoy. Some day I'd like to add some more seating for when we have guests, but it's fine for now. That isn't very high on my priority list at the moment!