Saturday, May 31, 2008

Living Room - Before

This is the first room we walked into when we first looked at the house.

Lovely, isn't it?









It came complete with laquered pine paneling, weird little lanterns above the fireplace, odd brick on the fireplace, a firebox insert "thingy", and a bunch of stretched out carpeting that was chock full o' dog pee. Mmmmm. Our friend Jason had to actually excuse himself from the room after taking in about 5 minutes worth of fumes. Said he had to "go outside and get some air". Wow. Kevin and I looked at each other with that "what-have-we-gotten-into" look on our faces.
Since these photos were taken, the carpet has been removed, the walls have been primed, primed, painted, painted and painted. The mantle has been changed to a bigger, distressed, espresso-stained chunky beam. The lanterns have been removed and the fireplace looks exactly the same. I'm torn as what to cover it with. I love the look of fireplaces covered in 1" tiles. Maybe some kind of creamy travertine. Oh yeah, and we took down the ceiling fan and installed recessed lighting around the room. One day, I dream of covering every bit of ceiling with tongue and groove planks painted white. One day....
Stayed tuned for photos of the Living Room in it's current state. They're less laquered. :-)

3 comments:

One Woman's Cottage Life said...

What great bones! Before I read that you painted the paneled walls, I was so hoping that that's what you did...I love that look! So cottagey...

So funny about your friend that needed to get some air after 5 minutes, hehe.

Katy Lin :) said...

i know the "what have we gotten ourselves into" feeling, but everything's looking great there! i just found you thru kim's blog, but i'll definitely be back!

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