I thought I would give you a little update on the living room renovation. We are getting close to the finish line, thank goodness, and it won’t be long before I can start decorating.
I love to show the “before”, so here is where we started……….
Still stuck in 1972, with pink shag carpet, popcorn ceiling, and heavy drapery.
Hubby used to say that this room reminded him of the parlor at a funeral home……not good!
It had some positive attributes though………
fabulous mouldings, large windows, and a lovely fireplace on one end of the room.
Here is where we are now………..
It’s still a work in progress, but we’re almost finished!
We removed the 40 year old wall to wall pink shag carpet when we first moved in, leaving just the sub floor for the last couple of years.
I decided I would rather live with the sub flooring, rather than the old shag carpet, until we could get to the renovation of this room.
As soon as we started renovating a few months ago, the first thing to go was the popcorn ceiling…..scraping, patching, and painting….
It looks so much better now, fresh and clean.
Hubby is a gem…he did all of the ceiling so that I wouldn’t have to. I keep telling you, he is a keeper!
He also primed all of the woodwork, prepping it for painting.
All of the wood was painted in Sherwin Williams Snowbound for a fresh clean look.
Originally, all of the woodwork had a yellowy maple stain.
It was a bit dingy and nondescript.
However, we discovered something special when we started working with the mouldings….
……….something that had gone totally unnoticed before now.
On the inside of each one of those square mouldings is another trim piece……
…..and those had been gold leafed.
Oh my goodness!
With the original yellowy, maple stain on the outside wood, these gold leafed mouldings totally disappeared and we had never noticed them before!
When hubby started priming the wood trim for painting, he discovered them, and brought them to my attention….as in, “Hey, honey, I think you might want to come look at this!”
I was pretty excited!
I had already decided on the wall color, Sherwin Williams Dovetail, and these gilded mouldings add just the right amount of richness and elegance.
After all these years, they can finally be seen again!
We also added extra moulding to the top of the doors and windows for added height.
We’ve done this in each room that we’ve renovated. It helps increase the visual height of the doors and windows, giving the illusion of higher ceilings.
It’s such an easy addition and it gives a nice custom detail to each room.
All of the painting is finished on the walls and trim, and the old fireplace mantel got a fresh coat of paint as well.
The only things left to do is finish laying the wood floors and re-install the baseboard trim.
It should be finished by the end of next week and then the fun part can begin!
I have a couple of french bergère chairs that I need to reupholster to go in this room, and the antique french sofa that I reimagined in old grain sacks several years ago, will be going in the living room, as well.
I’m still crushing on the fireplace…..it has pink marble surround and hearth…..and that fire box is beyond fabulous!
I love vintage homes with wonderful architectural details….and this home doesn’t disappoint.
There seems to be a surprise in every room!
More to come…….