Another Long Day (OR…Mostly Decorated Living Room)

Friday, June 12, 2009

My back and neck and feet are really sore.

But the living room is, for the most part, done.  The only thing that we really need to do is order the TV stand, put CDs in the CD holder, and place a few more decorative items/artwork strategically around the room.

We were going at it from 9 am this morning (which is when Madeline felt the need to wake us up–I think I’ve come to the conclusion that she likes having company).  We finished about 4 pm.  So it really was a long day of working.  Actually, when Kimm and I thought about it, we’ve been working like crazy on this room since last week when we did the painting.

This home improvement stuff is hard work.

But, oh, SO REWARDING.  I just love looking around our living room.  It just looks so nice!

Here is a 360 degree tour…


Notice the nice DVD rack (it took us about an hour to try to figure out how we were going to arrange all the dvds–we are such perfectionists…lol!)


Close up of our awesome sunburst mirror (so 50s!), and the cute little elephant tea light holder (which has teal that picks up on the teal of the curtains), plus our cool Asian-looking bowls…love this corner…


The other corner…see everyone is in their place…Kimm watching the final hockey game, and the cats on the chair and ottoman 🙂


The desk is now on the other side of the room…


Close up of the desk…we want to get a smaller lamp on it, and also those cds will eventually be in the cd holder 🙂


The cd holder corner…minus the cds (!)–those still have to be brought up from the basement (SIX boxes worth!)–the holder is supposed to hold 727 cds, so we shall see since Kimm has close to that number of cs–we pretty much filled the dvd holder so we will have to find more storage solutions in the future…


Close up of the cd holder…with our yellow vase and two new pictures on top (TOTAL bargain at Target–$2.98 each!)

So there you have it!  Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Now of course…we are already thinking of our next project…we are nerds right!  It will be the kitchen, which will be a sunflower yellow, and I also want to repaint the cabinets the color all the trim work has been thus far.  So that is ANOTHER huge task.  But I’m not going to think about it right now.  It will all happen in good time.  For now I will simply enjoy the living room!

Published in: on June 12, 2009 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Grown Up” Living Room Furniture!!

** postdated for Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today we FINALLY got our new living room furniture.  This was the first time either of us had ever had NEW furniture…before it was always hand me downs.  So believe me when I say we were wicked excited!

Our 4 hour window of time was 10 am to 2 pm, and they said that they would call one hour before coming.  We set our alarm for 9 am so we could hopefully get a cup of coffee in before they came.  Wouldn’t you know that they called at 9:15 am and said they would be there within about 45 minutes.  And so right away we had to take the old couch out to the garage because they don’t take it away.  What an early morning workout!  I was sweating by the time we were done.  And it was a good thing that our neighbor’s Thunderbird was no longer in the garage.  Otherwise the couch would not have fit.


No more having to cover the couch with a sheet and blankets!


Madeline not knowing what to do with the “naked” couch 🙂


Kimm will miss it too–we loved how long this couch was…


Our couch looks so lonely all alone in the garage…we will miss you, you have served us well (I honestly cannot believe I have had this couch for about 10 years, and then when I first got it, I had to tie it to the top of my car to drive it home from the thrift store!)

Even though the deliverymen said they would come within 1/2 hour, they didn’t come until almost one and a half hours later.   And they had never called again saying that they were running late.  I REALLY hate that…it’s so RUDE.  And even when they came, they never even apologized for being late.  But at that point I didn’t really care too much because I saw the beautiful furniture!   It had been so long since we had picked out the furniture, I had kind of forgotten what it looked like!  It was just as nice as I remembered!

We got three pieces–a couch, chair and ottoman.


The couch…much shorter than our old couch…that will take some getting used to!


Chair and ottoman…couldn’t get a picture without one of the cats…they loved the new furniture and IMMEDIATELY got on it 🙂 (here’s Madeline)


And here’s Charlie!


And the both of them…seriously, they never got off this furniture…good thing we don’t have many people come over!

The remainder of the day was spent doing pretty much two things.  First we went to Target to get more curtain rods to hang the curtains in the living room, and also to get some cd/dvd holders we had seen there the last time.  Of course that place is dangerous and we got some other stuff too–shoes, household cleaning items, a decorative piece for the living room wall, and some wall art.  We have to avoid that store in the future!  Secondly, we put up the curtains.  Let me tell you, that was QUITE a task!  It would be too complicated to explain all of our issues, but let me just say that what should have taken an hour tops, took about four hours.  But, it did get done. And we put the area rug down as well.


Ignore our shirts hanging out on the couch!  I just love the teal curtains…and the rug makes a huge difference bringing the room together…

Now we just have to put stuff back in the room and decorate.  I know it will look even more amazing once it is all done.

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