Craft day with a bunch of girls can wear a person out!
We got a lot done yesterday but I was exhausted at the end.
I can't wait to show you a couple projects me and a friend are working on though :)
So I've been promising you a more in-depth tour of my living room and I'm here to deliver.
I get a lot of compliments and questions on my blue living room and it definitely seemed to make a splash when paired with red for Christmas!
So I thought it about time to show you how wonderful this room really does look compared to where it's been in the past three years.
Thus deeming this the 'evolution' post...
tomorrow I'll be sharing more details into the decor and fun stuff :)
When we first looked at the house a couple of years ago when we were engaged and way excited about getting our first home... our living room looked like this...
This room was PERIWINKLE.
Not a pretty lavender. Not a soft blue.
Crazy periwinkle and I was SO not a fan.
Looking at this picture makes me run and check to make sure our living room now is actually from the same house...it's crazy how three years can change so much!
Because I hated the periwinkle so much, this was the first room we tackled.
Oh...and it included the whole kitchen too.
So me and hubby broke out the rollers and paint brushes and tackled our first DIY together :)
And the answer to the question of the year is what color paint did we use?
Why it's none other than 'Ebbtide' by Sherwin Williams.
I don't know why that sounded so important.
But it's pretty and was the perfect blue.
Though don't ask me why I picked it...I still cannot, to this day, remember why I chose blue for these rooms.
It was just meant to be :)
So now we have a pretty color on the walls.
Cue the next big issue.
The nasty, horrible, no-good carpet we lived with for about a year and a half.
The living room is right off the garage and is the main thorough-fare for the entire house.
Therefore a ton of foot traffic.
It ate up dirt like no one's business and fought to keep it.
We had it shampooed several times just to have the nasty stains come right back after a few days.
The previous owners must have shampooed a lot to hide the nastiness that lurked under there!
My favorite day for the house last year was receiving a bajillion boxes of new dark, laminate flooring to be installed!
Next up was figuring out our 'new' space after the flooring went in.
Once the dark wood was down, I was in love.
But with all our dark furniture and our light-sucking fireplace, it seemed so dark and empty.
First up was painting the end tables white.
Next up was figuring out a good rug to fill the space.
I can't stand just seeing all the wood flooring and having nowhere soft to stand on :)
Cuz I'm a barefoot girl all the way.
So in came the painted chevron rug that about gave me a stroke.
I finally got it looking the way I wanted in my head but then after about a week of it being there...
I decided I didn't like it.
I should have done a post about how 'not to paint a rug' because there was so much craziness involved.
In the end, I scrapped the rug and never posted about it.
We did end up living with the painted rug for a good 3-4 months before I found my new, favoritest rug of all.
I'd been in love with the zig-zag rug from Urban Outfitters FOREVER not only because it was gorgeous but it's the cheapest chevron rug out there that is fabulous quality.
And one summer day, I swung over to their site just to drool again and they had it IN STOCK.
I looked over at hubby with pleading eyes and he just nodded.
Most. excited. person. ever.
I waited anxiously for that fabulous package to arrive.
And it was perfect for my little room!!
The last thing I wanted to change was getting rid of that light-sucking fireplace cover.
So over that dirty brass.
You can read about how I did that here- so easy!!
And if you even made it through all my wordiness up there... you'll be happy to know that this is where the journey ends.
For now, anyways.
My living room is happy, blue and full of light now :)
Just the way I like it.
(Ha! You only thought I was done-- I actually added molding to the mantle to spice it up a bit which you can see in the picture below-- but that's it! I promise!!)
It's probably the room in my house that I"m the most content with.
I don't look at it and have my eye twitch over anything anymore :)
I'll be back to show you more about the details of the room tomorrow.
tell me what your favorite part of the transformation of the room was!
I'd love to hear your thoughts :)
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