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Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Living Room

Well the living room was not too much of an upgrade...Really just furniture, flooring, and paint.  It does make a difference though! We did all the handy work ourselves.  For the floor we chose a laminate faux wood that was on clearance.  After it was all said and done the floor cost us about 125 bucks (to run it through the living room and hall).  It was easy and cheap and it ALMOST looks like real wood, which is good enough for me! A before picture:
After I got my paws on it:  Most of my accessories came from TJ Maxx.  Frames, lamps, and pillows are all from there.  Curtains were Target. This is my first living room arrangement.  I wanted to have a photo grouping so I put my couch on the wall meant for the TV.  Didn't love where the TV was placed then (on the other side with the back facing the railing).


The chair below was a garage sale find for 25 bucks.  It's been well loved, but the color matches and it's cushy.

This is kind of a part of the living room.  It's that awkward space at the top of the stairs.  (Split-level owners you will know what I mean!)  I found this little stand-thing at Gordmans.  It was on clearance for 65 dollars!  I don't usually love that place, but they do have odd sized furniture that is perfect for small spaces. 

 
Here are some updated photos of the living room after a few DIY projects which include a fireplace, a framed TV, and a recovered arm chair (tutorials and links to come).
 
We also bought a new couch and overstuffed chair!!!  From Ne Furniture Mart at the Mrs. B's warehouse.  Never underestimate the deals in that place!  We got the couch, the chair, and a huge ottoman (which we are selling to help pay for the furniture)  All for 499!!  It was marked down because of some pilling on the ottoman, but never fear because I am NOT afraid of shaving that thing!
 
 

13 comments:

  1. Hello there! My husband and I are considering making an offer on a split level. Your blog has so many great thrifty decorating ideas to convert those awkward little areas. Thank you!

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  2. Wow, I'm loving your blog! I have a split entry it had lots of late '90s updates but it's time to make it mine. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. This room looks so cozy! You're blog is so inspiring!

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  4. Where did you get your curtains for your living room windows?

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  5. is the paint color the same in the kitchen, dining room, living room, and entry way?? Trying to figure out paint colors since each room shares a wall with another

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    1. Joy, No it is not. The living room, entry, hall, and one wall in the dining is the chocolate brown. The wall in the dining room with the back door and the kitchen walls are a tanish green. They look tan in the day time and green at night. Not my favorite color, but the effect is cozy and soft so I have not changed it yet. -Ash

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  6. what paint color is the living room ?

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    1. Unfortunately, I don't really know. It was a color match to a magazine page and turned out green so I had my husband take it back and have them add brown, which changed the color. It is literally the color of chocolate milk though if that helps any. Sorry!

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  7. Where did you get the wood for your shelves??

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    1. It was just cheap pine lumber from Menards.

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  8. We just put an offer on a split level that is almost identical to yours! It has wall to wall beige carpet and I'm already day dreaming about changing it to some faux wood. Our stairs are also carpet. The only faux wood is the landing on the stairs. Would it look awkward with the stairs only carpet but the top floor all wood? How is yours?! Help! You all have done an amazing job!

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