Saturday, February 21, 2009

Finally...A Living Room

I think the living room has gone through the biggest transformation and it still continues to change even though B thinks it is mostly done (which it is). But there is always something little and new to add.  To recap, here is the living room when we first got the house:

Remember that carpet? So ugly. That chair that is sneaking in on the right side of the picture is the one that is currently housed in my office.  We started pulling up the carpet:

To expose the hardwood floors beneath:

All set and ready to be sanded (I don't have a sanding picture):

And now, today, we have:


Gorgeous floors, some color in the room and furniture. What a difference, right? Ignore that ugly red construction light on the right. I needed it to give light for the photo.  Speaking of furniture, these couches were recently obtained from Craigslist which I now refer to as "our godsend."  Where else can you obtain decent items for awesome prices?  Just look:

Okay, maybe those pillows should go, but at least they match.  And do you see the shades behind?  No, I did not get those on Craigslist.  I am just so excited that we have something covering the windows facing the street.  Most of the windows have some form of window treatments on them now as you will see in a future post.  What else did we get from Craigslist you ask?  How about this iron fireplace set:

It is the real deal.  Heavy duty iron and we only paid $10.  That is a score.  Of course I had to go pick it up from some rich guy's house who lived at the top of a big hill in B's car which had a stick. Luckily I didn't roll backwards.  The guy suggested I turn around at the top of his driveway rather than reverse down. Reverse down! Ha!  I can barely reverse out of or straight driveway without a disaster occurring. That silly, silly man.

So there you have it, the living room. And you do know that it has already changed.  B is in the process of making a salt water tank. Not a lake, an ocean!  Pictures to follow upon completion.

12 important things being said:

Jennifer said...

I love the window coverings (did I see those)! And the room looks great painted.

I need to search out things on Craigslist. But I can never remember what I want to search for.

Kacie said...

You guys definitely have a knack for taking an icky room and making it amazing. Woo hoo! If the previous owners could see it now...

*~Dani~* said...

Jenny - you should have seen them, they were on there. Maybe they were open? You should just look at Craigslist - you may find something you didnt even know you needed.

Kacie - thanks! I actually said that to B. He said "like Property Ladder?" Exactly!

Jennifer said...

I know, I get so overwhelmed by the crap on there though! I need to think of things I need and do a specific search.

*~Dani~* said...

Jenny - it can totally be overwhelming. My latest hunts are for rugs and a baker's rack for the kitchen!

Kyla Bea said...


Did you refinish your hardwood floors yourself? Because if you did you need to e-mail me!

Bloggers Bro J to tha O to tha N said...

It all looks beautiful Sis! I cant wait to see it in person. Fun stuff this homemaking, now I know why the TV shows are so popular...

Ruth said...

Wow, what a transformation! It looks great.

Debi said...

Wow, you guys did a great job, it is so beautiful! And you also have a knack for finding great deals.
I agree with Kacie, I think the previous owners would be so jealous.
Congrats Dani & B. -
You have taken a house that needed work, but you saw the potential and made it into a beautiful home .

*~Dani~* said...

Kyla - we did not do those ourselves. While B did tear up the carpet, we had a guy come in and do the floors.

Bro - thanks! It does look good in person. Maybe B and I can get our own show. Not sure if it would be a comedy or tragedy though.

Mom - Thanks!! I think it is pretty amazing.

Mom2 (or Mom1 however you want to look at it) - Thanks as well. I know the previous owners would be jealous. I wish I could send them anonymous photos. I do hope they are happy wherever they landed though.

Christina said...

I think you need a picture of me above the fireplace in that little ached cove area

*~Dani~* said...

Christina - wasn't it you that told me that place is for the Virgin Mary? Someone thinks highly of themself.

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