Thursday, July 28, 2011

Living room renovation complete- the reveal

Hello, hello, hello! Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

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:
We love the way the floors turned out. The color variations in cherry wood are just beautiful. The couches were hand-me downs from my brother. I'd prefer a darker color, but when its free you don't complain. You'll also notice from the before pictures below that the fireplace insert was spay painted black. If you plan on doing this, you must use spray paint made for fireplaces. The paint has to be able to withstand high heat. The light fixtures above the fireplace are the originals. I also sprayed them black (I know, I'm obsessed with spraying things black!) but I can't decide if I like them or not. I keep looking for alternatives but haven't yet found any I love.

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

The bar
Let me know what you think. It still needs some decor so any ideas are appreciated.

Enjoy the beautiful day!


See other posts about the living room transformation:
The before and the demolition  
Getting it done and choices 

I'm attending:


  1. Very pretty! It really opened the room up when you took out that arched wall next to the fireplace. Plus I like how the stones on the fireplace stand out so much more now that they aren't trying to compete with the bricks that were right next to them.

  2. Wow, what a transformation! Great job!


  3. Holy crap...this is outstanding work. You guys should open up your own construction company :)

    Lena xoxo

  4. Looks great. I especially love love the coffee bar. Maybe add a few brightly colored throw pillows on the couch for some fun? Enjoy!

  5. Great job! I love the changes, and great choice on keeping the fireplace. It's stunning. Your floors look amazing.

  6. Great job! The floors are awesome. The space looks massive!

  7. officially your newest follower! can't wait to see more!

  8. The floor looks so pretty! I love the archway into your living room! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog:

  9. I like what you did with the color variation of the whole place. The previous owner just mismatched the color with different bricks and tiles. I would advise the use of fireproof paint if you want to paint your fireplace. Burnt paint emits carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, both of which are harmful to the body if inhaled. :)


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