Here are the transformations our living room underwent from the time we moved in (June 2007) until June 2012. I’d like to do something about the behemoth fireplace that the PO installed and make it more bungalow-appropriate: remove the stone façade and hearth, recess it more if possible, add a tile surround and flank either side with bookcases. I’m forever rearranging furniture in the room (because the fireplace takes up so much room) but other than that I don’t foresee many changes here. To read in more detail about various Living Room projects and changes, visit the Living Room category page.
June 2007 – Fall 2007
Although not in terrible shape, the first thing we did was to have the hardwood floors refinished throughout.
All the trim was painted white (except for the sashes for some reason). For more on the window restoration, see the before/after here.
When we moved in, our old sofabed wouldn’t fit into the basement so it temporarily sat in the living room until I found a suitable replacement. We were able to give it to one of the window restoration guys.
Fall 2007 – Late Winter 2008
February 2008, plaster repair begins. The walls in the living/dining rooms were originally textured.
Late Winter 2008 – June 2012
The color was inspired by the dining room shade fabric and ties the rooms together. It also brings out the color in the fireplace stone façade (for better or worse!).