One Red Wall: The Beginning of a New Living Room

The time has come to say goodbye to dog crates and cardboard box barriers, hand-me-down couches, blue drapes and pink carpets. We are finally renovating our living room and dining room! As you can see from the before picture (shown below), these rooms are in need of a serious makeover. First order of business: a fresh new paint job. We opted for 4 grey walls in the dining room and 3 additional grey walls + 1 bright red wall in the living room. Red is a recurring colour in our home; our objective is to have hints of it in every room, whether it be showcased through art, furniture, or accents. In order to create flow, we complemented the red wall in the living room with another red wall in the front entrance (not pictured). I love how things are coming together!

House - Living:Dining Before

The "before" walls made me sad.

August 5th - Pink Carpet

The "after" walls make me happy.

August 5th - Blinds

Messy messy. The only thing we'll miss about this chaos is the storage space it provides. Tundra might miss the carpet.

August 5th - Tundra

So far we have painted the walls, ripped up the baseboards, and installed new curtains. We plan to replace the outdated carpet with engineered hardwood by the end of the month. In anticipation for the big change, we splurged a little and pre-ordered a WONDERFUL sofa and accent chair (shown below). I figure our bums will deserve a seat after all the hard labour. Look at all those throw pillows!! 4-6 weeks and they will be mine!!

Our couch

Love this ensemble!

Chair

Once we get the floors down, our next step will be to arrange the new furniture and hang our paintings. Even though I would love nothing more than to continue this decorating roll, finances may dictate otherwise. Until further saving, I will simply dream.

I have always loved bookcases and I have envisioned having one in the living room from the moment we moved in. I fell in love with the set-up pictured below. There's a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about a bright room with stark white accents--so crisp, clean, and inviting--cuddling up with a good book is presumably essential. Even though this option is out of our price-point right now, I hope to one day experience a reading nook in my own home.

House - Bookcase

Keeping in line with my vision of stark white trim and shelving, I have expanded my wishlist to musings of a frost-coloured piano. Our piano currently boasts a rich brown hue (as is tradition) and I'm keen on giving it a more fresh and modern look. While searching the web for ideas and DIY tutorials on "how to paint a piano" I stumbled across a neat site selling Antique uprights. It got me thinking... I wonder how old our piano is and if its worth anything. I could not contain my excitement as we opened the lid. Patented in 1900??? My inner child was somersaulting as my Antique Roadshow dreams flirted with reality right in front of me. We could have a design dilemma on our hands: IF this piano is worth what we hope it is, do we sell it or turn it into a masterpiece?

If luck disappoints and the piano turns out worthless, I am painting it white like this one:

White Piano

So there you have it: What we've done, what we're planning to do, and what I really, really want to do. Stay posted for the big reveal in a couple of weeks!

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