I sort of feel like I’m at the dr’s office, you know all “exposed”. My house needs some TLC. I am ready to dive in, and try to make some much needed, long awaited changes.
First, I have very limited seating. I have this small loveseat. Which needs to be pet friendly (as you can see.)
This is of course the view from the loveseat.
See those huge ugly blinds? I can’t afford to replace them, that’s why I practiced spray painting blinds. This is my little corner where all my creative juices start. My laptop is right there front and center.
There are two arched doorways to enter the living room. One on each side of the fireplace.This one is the kitchen, you can see the front door.
The other entrance is right at the end of the fireplace, by the lamp. It goes left into the hallway or straight into the kitchen.
You’ve seen all four walls. Now with some close ups of the problems:
The very large mantel goes the length of the brick fireplace. It has very large and thick support pieces.
The mantel and support pieces are concrete/stone? The front of the mantel shows the saw grooves where it was cut. Yeah, that’s attractive!
Ugly brass fireplace screen. This is currently a gas fireplace, that I’ve used one time in 5 years. We had an ice storm last year and lost power for about 4-5 days.
The hearth is also concrete/stone. It has two horrible seams in it. It also shows signs of being “cut”.
Are you cringing yet? It needs so much work.
Ugly brown aluminum blinds that are seriously nearly 30 years old. Brown wood toned trim. New replacement windows, that don’t need painting! Yay!
Ugly brass lamp.
$20.00 coffee table from Peddler’s Mall. I really like that it has a bottom shelf to hold my stuff.
The clock Jamie got me for Christmas that I want to put here:
Where that painting is.
The mantel is about 11 inches deep.
The supports are about 5 inches tall.
The mantel itself is about 2 inches thick.
The mantel is about 94 inches long.
The hearth is about 11 inches off the floor,
and almost 17 inches deep.
The hearth is about 9 ft 2 inches.
I took up the carpet a couple of months ago, to reveal the original hardwood floors. I found this little oops (apparently from when the fireplace was put in) We actually had the fireplace put in when Jamie was a baby. This part of the floor needs to be patched? Any ideas?
I think this corner is damaged due to the temperature changes. It is not drywall. It is sheetrock? Plaster? Whatever they used in the 50’s. I have to patch it somehow. I’m pretty good at patching drywall, but this, I have no idea where to start.
Here you can see the seams of the hearth. Off center, gotta love that!
Isn’t this little light fixture lovely? (she says with sarcasm) It has a mate on the other side of the fireplace.
After I took the carpet up, I noticed the floors were cold on my tootsies while sitting on the couch. I got this remnant from my nephew. I had planned on using some sort of binding on it, but couldn’t really find out how to do it on my budget.
Now for what I would like to do.
Replace the loveseat with a couch and a matching chair. (Jamie has the chair and her dad has the couch, we’re going to trade)
Replace the tv armoire with shelving units on either side of the tv. (sort of a built in look) that I hope to build. I plan to hang the tv on the wall.
Paint all existing wood trim white. Install quarter round to bridge gap between baseboard and floor.
Paint (or replace) blinds (white)
Paint brass lamp and fireplace screen. White or Heirloom white? would they need to match each other?
Paint two little side tables, again, either white or Heirloom white. What do you think?
Paint (or replace) coffee table. That I hope to build.
I would LOVE to tear out the fireplace and start over, but that’s not going to happen. I’m hoping to update it somehow with some wood trim? I would love to box in the massive mantel with wood and trim?
In a nutshell, I want most everything to be white, except the walls. I hope to paint them a pretty taupe or light brown.
The floor needs some work, but I don’t really have the time, money or patience to do it right now. It is quite dirty in front of the fireplace, so if someone knows of a good product to clean it, I would love to hear about it.
I will probably not be working on any projects in the near future. This project will eat up a lot of my time and energy in the next few weeks. I do have some projects in my “to be blogged” folder that I will be posting.
I would greatly appreciate any ideas, thoughts and/or suggestions you may have.
Oh my gosh, just typing this all out and talking about it is very overwhelming! I think I’m gonna go take a nap or something!
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