ACK! I can’t believe it. I LITERALLY cannot believe it. Every time I walk into my living room I am SHOCKED that it is completed. I mean completed. I don’t have to look around at a construction mess when people come to the door. The living room remodel is done. Sure I might add some more decor here and there, but for all intent and purposes…it’s DONE!
Okay now that I have yelled and squealed in your ear a bit, I thought I’d show you a little of the before…you know before I show you the amazing after! I know I’ve showed you bits and pieces before, but I want to show you EVERYTHING I had my husband do. He is Superman. No denying it. I have literally never seen them both in the same room, so who’s to say that isn’t true. Have you seen them both in the same room? Didn’t think so.
- Carpet Out
- Hardwood In
- Trim and Board & Batten
The first thing that needed to be addressed was the lighting situation. In that there wasn’t one. No lights in the room. So we did that first.
Then I wanted hardwood floors…because I love hardwood floors…also we have animals, and animals stink, and kids don’t always smell pretty either. Hardwood floors were a necessity if the animals and the kids didn’t want to take up residency in the backyard. The kitchen and dining room already had bamboo floors, and since those rooms are HUGE, I decided to just continue what was already there rather than picking out something new.
Then it was time for trim and board and batten. These were always in the plan. I knew my living room would need character on the walls because I was going all white. These also took a long time to get around to, because my husband knew once those were up I would want to paint. My husband despises painting, but doesn’t want me to do it myself because he is a perfectionist and I just want it done.
Next I will tell you what we did on this side of the room, this was a process and a half. For one, I had NO idea what I wanted here for the longest time. When we moved in we had the brick and the old chimney pipe coming into the living room. There wasn’t a stove, a fireplace or anything else, just the brick. It was weird and awkward and I couldn’t do anything to make it look less weird and awkward. It wasn’t a usable part of the room because it was almost in the kitchen but not quite, and it wasn’t big enough to put furniture on…it was just weird.
- Took out Brick Wall and Chimney, Patched Roof with the advice of Hustad Companies.
- Built Closet Frame and Added Lighting.
- Sheetrocked Closet Inside and Out.
- Added Electrical (and moved said electrical when it wasn’t where I wanted it)
- Added Planks of Wood for a Shiplap Look.
I finally decided that I wanted a closet there, and I’m SO glad that I did! My husband rocked that closet! It’s next to the pantry, so it can be a place to put the bulk items that we don’t need on a daily basis, it can house our massive DVD collection, it can hold our vacuums…we could use it as a coat closet. Seriously excited about an extra closet that I get to decide the purpose of whenever I need to change it up. 🙂
I wanted the outside to be shiplap, so my husband found these beautiful tongue and groove boards at Home Depot and put them up. They went up so nice we are using them in another room in another way…and they’ll find their way out to our yard in places too! It’s such a fun feature wall, and I couldn’t be more happy with it.
The last thing that I needed to figure out for my living room remodel was window coverings. I wanted some plantation shutters, and so I contacted the beautiful people at Blinds.com to help me out. They did not disappoint! I won’t give you the picture of my living room quite yet, but I will show you them up in my boys bedroom. These are the Simplicity Cottage Shutters.
Aren’t they CUTE? That is our next indoor project (my husband made me pinky swear to give him some time in the yard this summer before we get to any more indoor stuff). We are making a bunk room for them, with an extra bunk for company-a complete closet makeover and some fun little surprises. I can’t wait! (But I will try my darndest babe!)
The yard really does need some loving so that it can start to match the cuteness going on inside. But look how GREAT those shutters look from outside! There’s your sneak peek into my living room, can you see any of the fun? Hahaha!