The Living Room, She Is Clean

Living Room

Living Room Chandelier

My living room is clean! Yay!

And you know what? I don’t hate it. Ha!

I’ve been through so many iterations with this room. It’s a little bit nutbar. I’ve actually moved those bookcases in and out of that room half a dozen times, I swear.

The good news is that right before the holidays, my friend Krista helped me figure out my furniture arrangement. (We sketched the floor plan on a Magna Doodle. Can you tell we have toddlers?) I had been thinking about moving the piano back into the front room, and it was her idea for me to put the bookcases on the sides with the piano in the middle. I love it, really love it!
This is major breakthrough for me. I even changed something in the room a few days later, and I had to put it back because I like the furniture arrangement the way it is. Can you believe it?


I have more to say about what’s coming next, but for now, let’s luxuriate in the cleanliness, shall we?
When you come in the front door, this is basically what you see:

Living Room

You know how I’m always telling you that I can’t put the furniture in front of the fireplace? This is what I’m talking about:

Living Room

Looking back at the room from the fireplace:

Living Room

And back towards the door from the wing chair.

Living Room

Now that I am really set on the floor plan, I’m finally ready to start dealing with color. Furniture and fabric, mostly. I would love to do a 5′ board-and-batten wainscoting in here, with something exciting above, but for now I think I better focus on the furniture since I have a loooong list of projects to finish before I can start any new construction. Ha.

So. Plaster on the fireplace, paint on the furniture and fabric slipcovers are my basic plan. I am going to have to choose to paint either the dark pieces or the bookcases, because I can’t stand having the two different colors of wood together in the same room! It’s just one of my hangups. And since I don’t think I could bring myself to paint that amazing patina on the chippy dresser, and my husband might freak out if I paint the piano, it’s going to have to be the bookcases that get the brush.

Which I am okay with, although funnily enough, I actually like pine better than dark wood (you can all shudder now). What can I say? I’m a country girl at heart. Ha.

Now, the big question is… what to do first???

~Angela :-)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Your living room looks good and will be looking even better soon, or whenever you can get to the upgrades. I’m so glad you won’t be painting that 3 drawer chest – it’s lovely, as is the piece behind the wing chair by the front door. Along with painting the tall book shelves, you might be able to beef up the look of the shelves with some molding. Good luck choosing paint colors and fabric – that’s always a hard choice for me. I need to do that on my enclosed back porch that just got insulation added and I’m kind of dithering at the moment. So I’m cleaning it up from the construction projects first, hoping inspiration will strike along the way, along with storage ideas.

  2. Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips says:

    It looks nice, Angela. I think your Magna Doodle approach to floor planning is a keeper!
    Yes, paint the bookcases — all three of them. And I cannot wait to see how you plaster your fireplace, because that is something I want to do.
    Good luck, and keep us current.

  3. I love the way your living room has come together. The piano is perfect on that wall with the bookcases on either side. I think you could paint the rest of your furniture and leave the piano as an accent in it’s natural color. I got something in Aurora – it’s called ‘Antique Restorer’ and it’s absolutely wonderful to clean up and renew the finish on an older piece of wood-stained furniture. Can’t wait to see what you have planned in your room – it’s going to be good!

  4. That fireplace remodel has to be a load off your mind, with small ones in the house.
    Have you considered putting some smaller chairs in this room and relegating the wing chairs to the family room?

  5. Looks great! I also have to get the furniture situated first…even before painting! It’s weird, but something about having the proper placement first allows for the decorating to be easier.

  6. I Angela I am new to your blog. I am trying to make pillow cases going on “how to” site and I come across your discription on how to sew a pillow case, i will try to fellow it. I went on to read your blog and come across your pictures of your living room. I can’t tell by the picture if your loveseat is in front of the fire place or paraell to it. I would flank your wing chairs between the fire place (by the picture it looks as if the chairs are in different direction from each other) and then bring the loveseat across from them. This creates a cozier look and when the fireplace is on, it can be enjoyed by all sitting by it. I agree with some of the other bloggers about painting the bookcases, the different wood color are clashing with one another. Painting them a color that might pickup on fabric or even a rug will pull it together. I see you have other pieces of furniture that seem to have the same stain color and those tie in together. Making the fire place the focal point of the room should be your goal in putting this room together. Good luck and thanks for the tip on making the pillow cases.

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