As summer winds down, we’re plotting what house projects to knock off the list this fall. Keeping in mind the cost, bang for our buck, longevity, cozy factor going into winter, etc. Luckily we still have plenty of heinous rooms to choose from. What rose to the top of the heap though is….our embarrassing living room. The seafoam bowling alley.
Here it is the day we moved in. Shudder.
We stripped the wallpaper off this past Christmas to reveal seriously funky walls. Not sure what that smoke/dust is….
Call me crazy but this room is too big, right? I don’t have the furniture for this action. You can see the retro step-down to the living room on the right here.
It doesn’t help that our temporary living room in the office is cozy as hell.
My husband and kids keep asking if we can keep the TV and sofa in here. But my suspicion is, if we have a den, we’ll never set foot in the living room again.
So we can’t abandon the living room. We gotta make this work.
First up – add faux board and batten treatment to the walls from floor to ceiling.
As for color, I’m planning to paint the walls and trim the same off-white. BM Sea Pearl is my top choice right now.
Or a tad lighter with BM Cloud Cover.
But I’m leaning towards the more saturated Sea Pearl. ???
These pointless wall alcoves are getting the sledgehammer. The designers kindly recessed them into the wall (Liz Lemon eye roll) so we’ll have two huge holes to seamlessly patch with drywall. Good times.
I’m planning to put the TV on a dresser or sideboard in this spot and build a gallery wall around it.
Next up is the fireplace – it’s the focal point of the room and desperately needs a face lift. Also this fireplace wall is soooo long and totally without architecture.
No more green marble and chintzy mantle. I’m picturing a classic mantle with dentil trim and charcoal slate surround.
I’ve picked out this mirror for over the fireplace.
Now, to annihilate the seafoam carpet.
As many of you know, hardwood floors are unfortunately NOT hidden under the green carpet in the living room. We had a similar situation in the dining room and decided to paint the subfloor while saving up for hardwood floors. We’ll do the same treatment in the living room and stick with the same color too (BM Aegean Olive).
For floor covering, I want something neutral and cozy and have been going cross-eyed researching jute rugs. It has to be affordable, not filled with dust and shedding fibers, and have a cool weave that looks expensive. A tall order. But I think I found a winner with the Maui braided jute rug from Rugs USA.
Our coffee table situation is shaping up nicely too. I scored a vintage Ming-style coffee table off Craigslist for $40 bucks.
The top was a wreck though, like a honey badger had been at it, but nothing wood putty and sanding couldn’t take care of. I’m putting oil based primer on tonight and then it’ll get a few coats of BM Advance in semi-gloss White Dove.
There are sooooo many decisions to make in the living room! Furniture, curtains, bamboo blinds, lighting, art. This is a huge space and we basically have nothing to fill it with.
What do you think about plans so far? How would you fill this room up? Make it look cozy, collected, lived-in. Demi lune tables flanking the fireplace with oversize art above them? Console table behind the sofa? I need your sage wisdom, guys.