We’ve been stripping the living room, preparing for it’s renovation, and I wanted to show you a little bit of the progress so far.
We started out with a living room that was stuck in the early 1970’s, with pink shag carpet, forty year old draperies, and popcorn ceilings.
That pink shag carpet was the first thing to go, and it was a lot of carpet!
After the pink shag carpet and draperies were removed, we took out the electrical baseboard heating units.
We installed central gas heating when we purchased the home, so as we renovate each room, we are removing the old baseboard units.
The room is a nice large size with a beautiful bay window on the front, gorgeous moulding detail on the walls, and a pretty little fireplace, even though it is in need of a makeover as well.
The fireplace has some pretty detail on the surround, with pretty pink marble, and would you look at the firebox! It’s really amazing!
There had been a roof leak at some point over the years before we purchased the home, and the ceiling was spotted with water stains. We’ve already replaced the roof, so thankfully, leaks aren’t an issue now.
We removed the old draperies and drapery hardware so we could start scraping the ugly popcorn ceiling. It makes a bit of a mess, but it is so worth it.
We have planked over the top of the popcorn in several other rooms, but in here, I just wanted a smooth, soft white ceiling.
Once the popcorn was removed, the sheetrock was not in great shape in some places, so we had to remove some sections and replace the sheetrock, spackle, and then sand before painting.
We painted the entire ceiling in KILZ and then painted with Sherwin Williams ceiling paint in color Snowbound, which is the white that we are using throughout the house.
After we finished with the ceiling, we added our extensions to the top of the doorways and the window.
This is such an easy way to extend the height of doors and windows, using MDF boards and crown moulding.
We’ve done this in each room that we have renovated, and it just adds more of a custom look to any room.
Next we’ll be painting all of the wood moulding and trim with Benjamin Moore Advance semi-gloss paint in the Sherwin Williams color of Snowbound.
I was thrilled when I realized that Benjamin Moore would mix my Sherwin Williams colors that I had used throughout the house, because I am obsessed with their Advance paint.
After I paint the wood trim and mouldings, I will paint the walls. We’re using a light gray (Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray) throughout the house, and I want to to go with something darker, a bit richer, so if you have a favorite dark gray please leave a comment with the color name and I’ll take a look at it!
I haven’t decided on what I’ll do with the fireplace yet, so I’ll report on that later on.
Hardwood floors will be going down and then we’ll trim it all out with new baseboards and trim.
Then the fun part of decorating will take place!
On a personal note: Many of you have asked about the status of the study, and we are still pulling it together. It’s been slow going and I know many of you are anxious to see it. My sister’s illness has taken priority so I’m not able to devote as much time to the projects, but I’m hoping that if I keep chipping away at it, then it will finally get finished. I appreciate your patience! For now, I’m not devoting as much time to blogging, projects, renovation, or social media. I try to pop in periodically just so you don’t forget about me! And I’m trying to get some blog posts scheduled in advance. Thank you for all of your support, sweet words, and prayers. I can’t express how much it means to me and how incredibly humbled I am by all of you. We are entering our final days with my sister, and time is very precious right now. I know so many of you have gone through, or are going through, something similar and understand. All I know to say, is “Thank You”.