Sunday, July 1, 2012

The living room in progress.

Happy July everyone! This year is just flying by. Things here have been filled with sorting and painting. I have finished sorting through the majority of the craft supplies brought out by my mom and grandpa. I still have no idea how to store all the thread and ribbon I got! EEP! Looks like I'll be making millions of hairbows.

Todd works a lot so to keep me busy, he often helps me pick up project supplies. This time around it was getting paint for the living room. I have been very excited about getting the living room all pretty! For a few weeks, I scoured my favorite blogs to see what their favorite grays were. I think it was Jen from Tatertots and Jello who said Sharkey Gray from Home Depot's Martha Stewart line was the perfect gray. I beg to differ. It was way too greige (gray/beige) for my tastes. I really didn't want to continue with the beige colors all ready in the house. I hate beige! In Vegas, everyone was beige inside and out. Gag!

I tried a few other colors such as Martha Stewart Bedford Gray and Heavy Goose. I also picked up a sample of Dover Gray from Ace Hardware. None of these thrilled me. The Heavy Goose would look great in our hallway where it is dark even with all the bedroom doors open. The Bedford Gray was too greenish. The Dover Gray was too blue/silver.

Close to giving up, I saw that Shelley from The House of Smiths suggested Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. At that point I was ready to try anything because I was feeling really frustrated. I'm someone who needs to see the finished result NOW!

I've never purchased paint from Sherwin Williams and to be honest, I may never do so. I found that getting a large jug of temporary paint was pretty ridiculous. I don't mind samples when they're small because I could use it for another project. It was a good thing I had a coupon! Plus, their paint was expensive. I cannot afford to be blowing 50+ dollars per gallon of paint. No way. No how.

Anyway, this is what my living room looked like for a few weeks. Yes, it took weeks to figure out what color I wanted!


I tried Eider White which was a shade lighter than the Repose Gray. GAG! It didn't even have a hint of gray in it. Repose Gray was the winner! I was able to get the paint mixed at Lowes for 26 dollars a gallon. I needed a gallon and a half to finish the room.

Can I be honest? I was afraid I made a HUGE mistake. I was hating the first coat of paint. It looked horrendous to me. Very greige. Very gross. I texted Todd that I hated the color and he told me, "better learn to love it because we're not buying more." Isn't he so motivational?

Well, I put the second coat on and after a day or two it looked AMAZING! Perfect cool gray color. I didn't want a warm gray because our couch is a warm gray and we have a few brass accents showing up around the living room. I didn't want the place to be too warm so the coolness of the Repose Gray really makes everything else shine.

A week or so ago, I picked up a great vintage buffet off Craigslist for 80 bucks. I had to fix one of the back legs which I did for free using a leg plate from our coffee table. I recently looked up the buffet online and found similiar ones (with the hutch on top) going for 200-400 or so dollars. Too bad I had to cut holes in the back for cords!

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!? I looooove it. I had a lot of issues with it... wondering if I should leave the doors on or only leaving one door. I ended up taking both doors off and removing the magnet closure. I love having all the components inside but it would get hot in there and I hate having to leave the door open to access them. I used my drill to make 4 holes in the bottom corner of the back piece of each shelf. I then used my jigsaw to cut out a square for my cords to go. Sorry I didn't get a picture of that process. It was boring and it looks horrible.

Now here it is in the living room:

I'm so happy with it! It's a bit higher than usual, and those cords for our internet are killing me. Other than that I'm extremely happy with our purchase! I still wish I could've done the doors on it but that wasn't feasible. We put the controllers for the wii and playstation and the remotes in the drawers. When I was taking off the doors, I found 4 Gold Bond trading stamps from 1958. So cool!

The next thing I need to do is decide what color I'm going to paint the awesome table I got during my trip to Vegas. I haven't really decided on my accent colors, so that may be a starting point.

Here's the living room now. It's so empty! Awhile ago I moved the loveseat into the dining room turned dog room. I then moved Todd's big black leather and wood man chair but I HATE THAT CHAIR! Today Todd moved it into his office and now the living room echoes.


Don't mind my husband playing a pokemon game.Apparently he needed to try out the new setup as soon as everything was plugged in. The only thing that's staying in the living room for now is the couch, the buffet and the coffee table... maybe. I love that the legs match the legs on the buffet, but the coffee table is more brown while the buffet has an orange-brown color. I would give the coffee table a massive dose of fancy but the top is veneer and painting that crap is annoying as heck!

So what do you think of the new color? You can check out the old living room here and compare! The room feels lighter and fresher. It feels like a brand new room! I was really afraid the couch would clash with the wall color but there's enough contrast to make me happy.

It's hard for me to decide on accent colors and accessories. I so adore many types of design themes! I love mid century modern, hollywood regency, 70s kitsch, 60s hippie, Indian/Moroccan, ultra modern... the list could go on! I'm trying to stay close to the bones of the home. This house was built in 1958 and I'm trying to keep it in the realm of the 60s without it looking like Montgomery Wards threw up in it (please tell me you know what Wards is! I had many a family portrait taken there!). 60s modern I guess.

Oh, and I cannot get enough of the brass I've been seeing lately! I'm in love with brass so much. Todd has steered me away from it many times because I was going nutso over it. I'm now desperate to find a big brass mirror for over the fireplace. I WILL GET MY BRASS!

Hope everyone is doing well. I'm enjoying house projects. I'm sorry I haven't showed my craft room yet. I still need to paint some stuff and for the love of all that is holy I need to find ribbon and thread storage!

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