This living room with attached dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house. The small doors above, lead to the kitchen. When we do the kitchen, we will open that wall.
These rooms are pretty good size, so it's awesome for gathering people, but because they are bigger, they looked pretty plain. I don't mind the lighter color, but it wasn't my style. We decided to go bold and dark since there is great light in this room.
I decided to go for it. I could always repaint. . .
The kids get to "help."
It took me a good week to like it. I debated hourly about changing it. I'm so glad I stuck with it. We decided to add some wood for dramatic effect.
I did the wood while my husband was working. It's pretty easy and a great quick project. It's also fairly inexpensive. I believe the dining room area was under $150 for the wood.
After I painted, I loved the room. My husband wanted to do the same thing to the living room. I didn't because I thought for sure it would be too much dark. I wanted to do it mostly soft white. He won and I am so glad he did.
Not a good picture, sorry, but I painted around the fireplace where we knew we would add built-ins. That's the old tile as well.
I also purchased curtains from IKEA. My sister had stenciled hers, so I copied her and I love the result!
Travis used a hammer drill to remove the tile, which worked great. It didn't take too long either. A few hours and it was off. He'd like to note that while he used the hammer drill, it was his "manly man strength" that removed it.
My 10 year old and I tiled the fireplace. Its not perfect, but then again, nothing we do is, so I'm cool with it.
Tile turned out good, I wish I had done a groute that was a hair darker.
Here is the painted and finished fireplace. I spray painted our bronze fireplace cover and it turned out great. Sorry another bad pic. :(
Here is the big reveal and just in time for Christmas.
Eventually we will add some more furniture, when we have saved up for it, but I have to say this is now my favorite room in the house. I absolutely love how it turned out! I don't have exact figures, but I know we were under $1000.00 on this room. Not too bad.
Merry Christmas and Happy Decorating.