Living room almost done (pics)

chris_ontAugust 19, 2006

Here's a fun before-and-after.

The battleship-grey (including grey ceiling) took several coats of primer and paint to conquer, but it's finally done!

I love this small house and so I've started a little blog to keep track of renovations - especially as I try to turn an expanse of crabgrass into a garden!

BEFORE:

AFTER (so far):

Here is a link that might be useful: My new smurf house

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pianolady

Wow, nice job! Looks so much better. I like your smurf house, it has a lot of potential, I bet you'll fix it up great judging by the livingroom. Got any plans for the back yard?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 12:06AM
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southernheart

Chirs, it looks fabulous! I love the colors you chose, and I think that they enhance your built-in.

Good job!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 10:18AM
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southernheart

Sorry, *Chris* :) I hate mispelling people's names---I need to have coffee before I attempt posting... ;)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 10:19AM
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postum

Nice job chris! The view from the window seems more prominent with the curtains, and the colors you chose really make that pretty floor glow.

A question: did you paint the ceiling same as the walls? Just curious!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 11:26AM
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girlgroupgirl

Oh, man. What a difference!! What where the previous owners thinking with that wall paper and the "matching", lol, border!! Oh, and I feel your battle ship grey pain. Our entire house is(where not renovated) hospital battleship grey (we figured the previous owner must have done a stint in a hospital boiler room and was gifted excess paint!!), or hospital green. You have done wonders and it looks so nice and cosey. Look how lovely that floor looks now with your color scheme too!!
Good job!

GGG

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 4:34PM
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mrsmarv

The before is truly ugly, and the after is really lovely. What a great job you've done! The sectional and wall color really suits the space and shows off your gorgeous floors. What a difference...and I love your 'Smurf House' ;o)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 5:46PM
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supercat_gardener

Great job, Chris! The living room looks comfy and inviting now. I'll be looking forward to more pics of your progress.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 8:15PM
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chris_ont

Thanks, all

GGG - I feel your pain with all that painting. Luckily, only one room and the front entranceway needed painting right way.

Postum - I chickened out and stayed quite conservative with the ceiling and did it in plain white.

Pianolady - look for me shortly in the cottage garden forum. Once the weather cools down I will start plans for the garden, starting with the front (seeing how I keep purchasing shade plants to go there...).
I will need help planning the back yard (full sun) for next spring.
Meanwhile, I'm pulling crabgrass by hand (hours of work since herbicides are banned in this town) in the hopes of overseeding this fall - and then I'll gradually dig up the new lawn to make room for perennial beds :D

(GGG - your gardens are my inspiration. Please keep postings pics)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 9:21PM
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FlowerLady6

What a transformation! You've done a fantastic job Chris. Your front and back yards have lots of potential also. You've already got the makings of a secret garden in the back, you just need to plant that privet hedge on the other side.

Look forward to seeing pictures once you've got your Smurf House decorated and your gardens begun.

FlowerLady

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 8:25PM
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jyyanks

What a change! Beautiful - can't wait to see the rest.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 9:20PM
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emagineer

Love what you have done. Would not have thought of a sectional working, but you made it work great.

Do any of you have "big" TVs in your smaller homes? Am not seeing them.

Sandy

    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 10:54AM
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lorinscott_1

I've been away and am just seeing this, Chris. What a great job you've done!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 2:44AM
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angelcub

Love the change, as well. Great job! Have fun with your other projects. I feel for you having to deal with that crabgrass. I've heard it's a pita. ; )

Diana

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 4:07PM
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peacensunshine

What a great house!

Nice job!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 9:12PM
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