At the start of the week I posted about our living room renovation. It was the second project we undertook and, with everything we had going on in our lives at the time (wedding plans, working on my Ph.D and, of course, work) it was probably one of the most challenging projects. Because it was a total gut of a large room in the home and we were new to the renovation world, we found ourselves overwhelmed! All the renovators out there know that little complication always show up, that time lines have no real significance, that budgets are meant to be thrown out the window, etc. But when your new at it, it's frustrating!
At this stage in the renovation game (4 years in), I'm much better with all the challenges that appear along the way. One thing I keep in mind is that in the long run, it's always worth it. Also, all the little things that caused you to break out in tears or screams will actually make for good comedy once the project is over.
And after my rant, here are the after pictures of our living room:
|The wall art is a reproduction of an Illustrated London News image from 1933. You can also see the train-station clock hanging on the wall.|
|View into the living room from the old kitchen. I am on the hunt for an area rug, but can't seem to decide on a style|
|View of our coffee bar. This is where we sit and have coffee every morning before work. I love this spot.|
|The bar, again.|
|Even our 17 year old cat Fonzi hangs out at the bar. He just waits to be served his milk. Cats can be so demanding!|
Now, here are some reminders of what the room looked like before the renovation:
|The fireplace remained more or less the same. The stone is stunning so I wanted to keep it. Everything else had to go.|
|View into the living room.|
|Entrance into the old kitchen|
Enjoy the beautiful day!
See other posts about the living room transformation:
The before and the demolition
Getting it done and choices