I hope you’ve been enjoying the Perfectly Imperfect tour of our home. Today we are going to be touring the Living Room which is currently being used as a dining room and furniture storage area. We are in the process of replacing the floors throughout the main floor of the house so everything is all higgledy-wiggledy at the moment.
If you read the Upstairs Sunroom post in this tour you may recall that we swapped the dining room into the living room and the living room into the sunroom. I believe in using your spaces how they best suit you. Since we plan to put the house on the market shortly, I will be re-staging this room as a proper living room. That means the large, round table will have to go to storage because it won’t fit in the minuscule dining room.
Now the before, befores. This is what the room looked like in the listing photos and on the day of inspection. Please forgive the phone and tablet photos but they’re all I’ve got.
When we first moved in we used this room as the living room as you can see here.
The only natural light is from those two windows and the sunroom door. If I open the front door we get a little from the foyer but really this room is pretty dark. The swine colored walls are also light suckers so I would like a paint color that helps brighten the room up.
And here’s what it looks like today, with the sun shining through the windows mocking my former statement of being dark. And also causing a bit of a blowout, sorry.
We don’t normally keep the shelves in front of the fireplace but I haven’t put the trim back down in the entry yet so there it sits. There are also random piles of art and boxes of stuff squished in from other rooms. Such is the life when remodeling.
The large court cupboard will either have to stay in this room or go to storage. It won’t fit anywhere else but I haven’t decided yet.
The barley twist sideboard and hutch may get sold or will be going to storage. Again, I haven’t decided about this piece either.
There are popcorn ceilings in this room as well…shocking, I know. I’m considering planking between the beams because the thought of scraping all of that off makes me very sad. And makes my arms hurt. Ouch.
We replaced the ceiling fan in this room with a chandelier when we began using it as a dining room but I may put a fan back up. At the very least those fish eye, frog eye, whatever eye can light things have got to go. I’m looking at conversion kits so we don’t have to rewire.
The fireplace mantle is pulling away from the wall a bit so we need get that fixed. It was that way when we bought the house and I’ve just never fixed it because it’s not noticeable unless you really look for it. I may also do something over the fireplace with wood and molding but I need to play around in photoshop to see if it’s going to be too heavy for the room.
All in all, there isn’t a lot to do in the living room but the things that do need doing are big things that take time.
So, the projects we need to do in the living room are:
Finish installing the new floors and quarter round
Address the popcorn ceiling…again…sigh
Stage as a living room again including decor and furniture
Replace outlets and switches
Remove the humidifier control from the wall (it is no longer functional since we had the A/C system replaced)
As usual, I will update the Projects page as this changes or is marked off the list.
Tomorrow we will tour the dining room, which I was using as my office until recently. And if you’ve missed any of the previous tours you can see the Upstairs Sunroom here and the Kitchen here. You can also see inspiration photos I’m collecting on Pinterest here.
Any suggestions for paint to help the light situation out? Have you eradicated popcorn ceilings from your home? If so, what way worked best for you?