I’ve been working hard to give our living room a makeover. Our home was built in 1928 and the woodwork is beautiful but it’s dark. I’m ready to brighten up the space. Our furniture is from Ashley Furniture and it’s so comfortable. I would love to have a white set!
Our coffee table holds all of our board games and is stuffed to the top. With everything from Monopoly to Pop the Pig. We love to have family game nights. We are still working on everyone’s attitude with winning and losing.
I’m currently looking for two pieces of furniture to refinish to add to the living room. We Refinished our floors last year using Minwax. After a lot of hard work it turned out beautiful. I finally found a rug to add to the space.
Our beautiful Lexi will be happy to see our new rug in place. I’m sure it will be a softer place for her to lay her head.
I’m still struggling with a paint color for this room. Any suggestions? I can’t wait to brighten up this space and add some new fun accessories. It’s long overdue.
I have been working on my new wall art for months. Collecting hoops and gathering fabrics. Some of these fabrics are new and others are vintage. I wanted it to be fun and colorful and full of different patterns. This is in our dining room which is also my office area.
We finally decided on a new color for this room. Soon enough it will be a fun shade of aqua. I almost choose a shade similar to an orange creamsicle. I’m making over my desk too. The black is chipping and I want a something brighter. Maybe I could find an old chair that I could reupholster and ditch this one.
My favorite part is how the hoops wrap around my desk. I promise you I had the most difficult time getting it just right. I have several holes that need to be patched and I considered starting over numerous times. I suggest laying the hoops on the floor and rearranging as you feel necessary. Hang each hoop using a small nail. The majority of these hoops have been thrifted. I paid anywhere from .25 to $1.00 for each of them.
Our home feels bright and cheerful. Christmas is right around the corner and I’m happy to share our home with you. Laying over our living room couch is a quilt that my great great grandmother made.
Our living room tree is different his year with large chalkboard frame ornaments. Handmade pom poms, snow filled ornaments and snowflakes. We used ten yards of white ball fringe as the garland.
An old wooden box filled with pine cones and my favorite ceramic grace our coffee table.
The “In the Meadow” print was a gift from a sweet friend. It hangs above our Waterless Snow Globes.
My globes get dressed up with snow covered shimmery garland.
On a white shelf sits a black barn star and plain tree branches. The tree branches have been winterized with some sparkly white pom poms and a little hot glue.
Snow covered greenery and this vintage glitter makes me smile.
Our kitchen cupboards each hold a green wreath. Attached by using an upside down hook on the inside of the cabinet and stringing with plain twine. My chalkboard got a beautiful saying using a chalkboard pen.
Our Christmas books sit inside a galvanized tub next to the Christmas tree. A pair of white ice skates that my mom found for me sit along side.
My vintage scale and beautifully dressed Santa sit among a couple of trees.
White lights warm up our home on cold nights and create the prettiest glow.
I wouldn’t ask for anything more except maybe our own Craft Room. Someday we will organize all of our paints and fabrics in one place. We will cover the walls in handmade bunting and keep everything within reach. Do you have a dream craft space? Where do you create in your home?
To make the process easier we rented heavy duty sanders. These machines are no joke. I’m serious don’t let go while they are being operated. Not that I did but trust me. Before you start sanding you should prep the area you are working in. Remove the furniture and everything on the walls. This will help keep the dust down. It’s also a good idea to block off the areas you are not working in. Remove any carpet staples and be sure to fill any holes with Minwax Stainable Wood Filler. If you had carpet previously you will find holes along the baseboard that need to be filled.
You can find equipment like this at places that rent tools, heavy equipment, and party supplies. Make sure to pick up a variety of sand paper while you are there. You don’t want to run out of paper while in the middle of a project. We were able to return any unused paper upon returning the machines. These heavy sanders have an attached bag that collects the wood dust. It doesn’t collect it all so be sure to wear a mask while sanding and take all safety precautions.
If you have children or pets keep them out of the area as much as possible. You are sanding off layers of dirt and varnish. We started with a heavy grit to remove all of the layers and then switched to a medium grit. The higher the grit the finer the sandpaper is. The majority of our sanding was done with a 100 grit paper. Be sure to check out Wood Preparation and Top Ten Tips before you begin your project.
Did you know hardwood floors add value to your home and are almost always less expensive to refinish than to re carpet?
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The first step was tearing out the old carpet. To make it easier on ourselves we cut it with a razor blade and carried out sections. We were surprised to find that previous owners removed the original fireplace. I was pretty depressed and still don’t know what they were thinking?
With that came a huge challenge. We had to find a way to feather in identical pieces of wood. This wasn’t easy with the tongue and groove flooring. We stared at the hole for a while figuring out where to begin. We found old pieces of wood in our basement and they were a match! It was a relief and the project began.
The unfinished wood was feathered in where the original fireplace rested. I can’t wait to show you the entire process. It was worth all of the dust and late nights.
Our porch is always a comfortable place for us to cozy up during summer days and nights. I especially love sitting outside with the Mr. during quiet nights. You will even find me working outside a lot during the summer months while the little ones play.
I always plant red, white, and blue flowers every single year. One of our neighbors stopped by while I was planting and told me I’m so predictable. In a lot of ways I don’t love change so I stick to what works. To me these colors make a statement of pride.
Our furniture is really affordable patio furniture that we purchased years ago from Walmart. We got a great deal because we bought it at the end of the summer season. That is the best time to get a great buy. Shop around during the summer and keep an eye on the set you love.
This is one of my favorite lumbar pillows from World Market. It’s made of burlap and goes great with the loveseat. It’s important to use outdoor pillows so that they can handle moisture and sunshine.
Ferns always look amazing. You can’t go wrong with them. They are full and green all summer long. Our home was built in 1928 and these add the perfect touch to our old fashioned porch.
Do you have an outdoor living space that you love? Get inspired with my Outdoor Living Pinterest board.
Most of my sweaters are folded and stacked on the top shelf along with my purses. I’m not really a purse kind of girl. Years ago I had so many but today I’ve only kept about ten or so of my favorites. Our winters are cold and I find that I can never have enough sweaters for layering.