Okay, recap #2 is now recap #3 because it’s going to be a few more days until I get a piece of furniture delivered.
This summer saw a bunch of little changes in the living room so I wanted to recap them all in one place. Starting at the front door I added the Lynas rug from Ikea. It’s the same look as the older one but just larger and only $5.
Then I replaced the door strike from this ugly, gunky, never could clean one, to a fresh new one. Yuck:
Did you notice that I got a new light switch? Of course not, unless you’re a stalker. It went from a single box to a double because I finally got the new living room light installed!
It’s not only gorgeous but it throws off a ton of light and keeps a previously dark room nice and bright. It’s also on a dimmer so I can turn down the level from “surface of the sun” to “read without staining my eyes” and once more to “nifty nightlight.”
Also this summer, I moved the white bookshelves out of the guest room, they’re now in dining room, flanking the kitchen table.
The dining nook has gone through a lot of changes but moving in these 2 bookshelves has been great. I think I was unconsciously relegating my books to the bedrooms because that’s where they lived when I was growing up. Bringing them out has been a giant “I own the whole house, bitches!” moment.
There’s a third bookcase in this set, but much smaller. It’s now under the window in the living room since I can’t put anything there that would enable the dogs to climb on the kitchen counter:
To the left of the bookshelf you can see the second wingback chair which has a completed makeover. I first removed the busted seat cover and replacing the zipper (well, Ana did the sewing!) and then restuffed the seat.
Then I went over it with the same Frosted Jade paint as I used in the guest room, mixed with fabric medium (more details on that in this post). You can see above that the side showing and seat need another layer of paint.
Behind the chair you can probably see the new curtains! The curtain rod is actually a 1/2″ copper pipe, cut to fit the window and secured to the ceiling drywall by 1″ electrical fittings. This allows the tabbed curtains to pull back and forth and the whole set up was $12 (not including the spray paint which I already owned).
I’ve kept the white Roman shade I made up for now but might change it out when the windows get replaced.
And I moved over the blue rug to anchor this little sitting area.
On the other side of the room I added a new shelf behind the couch which is perfect for drinks, remote controls and my charging station.
There’s a gap in the back to run wires and I may add another bracket to support the 8″ wide piece of common board (stained Jacobean). The wood was maybe $12? and 4 brackets were $16 from Ikea. Already had the stain on hand.
I also brought in the small shelf that I made for the master bathroom to see how I like it here holding blankets, heating pads and extra throw pillows:
And so far it’s working out well! I like to live with things for awhile to see how it fits so it might just move again.
There is one more big change coming to the living room but it’s likely a few weeks away. For now I’m enjoying the bright lights, new textured curtains and rugs and trying to keep this room clean and clear!