After 2-3 coats of paint, we finally had the old mustardy yellow covered and a lovely, albeit not porn related, grey room:
Sorry for the terrible pictures. We didn't do so well at chronicling all of our makeover processes in the beginning, and we can't really go back in time. As you can see from the picture above, the room didn't have any blinds, so we enlisted the help of Papa H to install some faux wood blinds from Home Depot. (We actually lived for a few months with nothing but cheap curtains, but you could still see in at night, and Mama H put her foot down and hurried the blind purchasing process along for everybody's sake. $140 to transform the room and give us some privacy? I think it's worth it!)
Another issue we needed to address in this room was the horrible, 20+ year old tile. It's not exactly easy on the eyes, and the grout is so old it's constantly dirty looking and cracking in multiple places throughout the house. We are very VERY anxious to rip up the tile and install hardwood floors to make our house constant with its 1947 year birthdate, but, as with everything good, we need to save the funds for a total house makeover of that magnitude. With other things pushed to the forefront of our home-budget-funds, like saving for a new roof (ours is 7 years old), and having the exterior professionally re-painted (hasn't been painted since a DIY job in the 80s), we know it's going to be at least a year and a half before we can think about ripping up the existing tile. Our best cover-it-up, budget friendly solution was to lay a 9' x 10' carpet remnant in the "sitting area" of the room. We tried rugs from Ikea but couldn't find anything neutral that would fit the room exactly, so we headed down to a local tile and carpet shop and purchased a remnant and had the edges finished. I think the total bill was around $250, which isn't bad, but the other day at Home Goods I noticed that they have extremely large rugs for sale for $200 or less. C'est la vie. I will add, though, that if we ever purchase a carpet remnant again, we will pay the extra money for a nicer quality carpet, and I will finish the edges myself. During one of Addie's playful moments, she ripped a piece of the edging loose, and I used fabric glue and clothes pins to stick it back in place, and you can't tell the difference one bit. I know it would take some time and patience, but they charged us something like $0.35 an INCH to finish the edges, and after a piece came loose, I'm a bit skeptical as to the value invested.
Addie photo-bomb! While we have made tremendous progress on this room, it is nowhere near complete. We need to replace the old, squished, too big couches for something with cleaner lines and more appropriate for the space. I'm dreaming of a modern sectional and a sleek round coffee table to open up the room and give it more function.
I found this picture in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine and it is nearly exactly what I envision for this room. I can't find that exact sectional for the life of me, but the light is from CB2 (I believe), and a few other elements we already have or can work with. The legs on both the coffee table and the sectional help open the space and make it appear larger than it actually is, which we could most certainly use in this tiny little house of ours.
P.S.-Did you notice the fan upgrade? The polished nickel and dark wood fan is a drastic change from the shiny black and gold non-working eyesore that previously lived here.