Anyway, I thought I'd show some pictures of our front room today. Technically this is the formal living room, but it's also the bigger of our two living spaces and I wanted to have the TV in this bigger room because historically we spend more time in the room with the TV. I didn't want to have this large front room and never use it--we've done that before. We still have a long ways to go, but it's fun to see how far we've come in the month we've been here. It wasn't too long ago that I Instagramed this picture of our front room (sorry, grainy iPhone pic):
Currently our front room looks like this:
As mentioned before we had the whole house painted before moving in which was a bit tricky since I was sampling paint colors from afar. I honestly can't believe this, but I actually really like how every single room turned out. Phew! This room was originally a buttery yellow--not my style--so we had it painted in Graceful Grey from Behr. A lovely, taupe-y looking grey, which reads as a true grey to me--no blue or purple undertones here.
As for the chairs, we actually bought them the first time we lived in Cincy with the plan to recover them quickly after. Well I finally got them recovered just before leaving San Antonio-ha! As much as I wish I would have done it sooner, I know I would have chosen some crazy print that most likely I would already be sick of. So in a way I'm really glad I waited. And the deep navy velvet was rather risky for me, but I'm so glad I did it... I really love the pop of color. For some reason I painted the legs white as soon as we bought the chairs only to sand them down and stain them dark again. For the actual reupholstery work I found a great guy in San Antonio who is retired from 40+ years in the upholstery business but still does work on the side--he was very reasonable, I would say cheap even and did a great job! (If you live in SA I'd be happy to share his info). He also told me these were great chairs--made with hardwood and worth reupholstering. That made me feel good! Here's a before and after of the chairs (the colors above are more accurate as it's more of a deep navy, than a bright sapphire):
One of the other projects I decided to tackle was repainting our TV/entertainment unit. We have such a love/hate relationship with this piece. It's sturdy, but not exactly quality. But it is large and has worked for a variety of different spaces. We bought this for our very first apartment in NYC when I painted it a weird brownish/avocado color. When we moved to Cincinnati the first time I painted it white and used it in PSP's room. The white was a thousand times better, but as you can see over time it's peeled, scratched and just looked dingy with a clearly rolled-on paint job. OK this picture looks super gross, like we never clean it, but this is mostly scratches and scrape marks from other objects that wouldn't wipe off. But lets be honest, some of it is dirt. We're gross.
We really want to build a new media center and maybe some bookshelves but that's not happening anytime soon. So while I once swore I would never paint this beast again, I decided it would be worth it because I just don't know how long we're going to be using it. Plus I finally invested in the famous Critter Spray gun per Jenny Komenda's advice and you guys...SO MUCH EASIER! Buy it, use it and love it. Be sure to read Jenny's tips and well it will change your furniture painting life forever.
My only regret is that I didn't sand it down even better....I figured that since it's not something we're going to hold on to that much longer, I'm not going to be super stickler about it. I sorta wish I would have gone through the extra effort, but whatever... it's still so much smoother and much more even.
Well that's basically the front room right now--we obviously still have a long ways to go--hanging art/pictures, styling and I want to do some changes to the sectional, etc...but right now it's just nice to have a clean space to hangout and relax in.
I'll leave you with a few teaser pics... see this lovely pile of wood?
You guys, this is a beautiful pile of walnut that we got on craigslist for a STEAL. This means we're going to have lots of material for projects galore--I've been dreaming of projects left and right. Luckily B loves woodworking as much as I love thinking of ways for wood to be worked. So we might not have time for a media center and bookshelves at the moment, but we do have the wood. And last week we tackled our first--albeit small--woodworking project. New shelves for the studio. This has probably been the most neglected room in the house, but with these shelves installed, it's looking better already. I love how they turned out and I can't wait to get more done in this room--I have some great ideas now I just need the time!
Anyway, studio pre-shelves:
Studio post shelves:
It's still a crazy mess, but believe it or not, it's coming along.
One last thing... a question really. Does anyone else have a hard time trying to decorate or design the space of your dreams? In find myself feeling guilty for wanting to have a beautiful home, and spending the resources--time and money--to do so. I honestly believe loving your home and making it a beautiful space you enjoy living in is a worthy investment, but sometimes I have a hard time actually pulling the trigger. Anyone else ever struggle with this? How do you move past this mentality? Or do you?
**Also--We finally got all my paintings that were stockpiled at my in-laws house and I need to be clearing a lot of this out.. so in the next few weeks I'm going to be selling a lot of my work on Instagram at discounted prices. So if you've ever wanted to purchase a piece of mine this would be a good time to do so. Details to come.**