This was the fireplace, which our inspector informed us was a fire hazard because the wood surround was way too close to the opening. Awesome.
We were going to change it anyway, but we had high hopes for what was underneath that surround. Unfortunately, it was this...
Did you vomit in your mouth? It's ok, you're not alone. So Mark mortared over that mess, covered it in marble tiles, and built a new mantle/wood surround. Look at him go...
And he and my dad made built-in bookcases to go on either side of the fireplace. They excite me so. Fireplace wall before and after...
I usually set up the bar on that red tray above when we have parties. Yes, my cat's ass is where I put drinks!
Very large, very blank wall...
I haven't done anything there, because we're going to be demolishing part of that wall in the (hopefully not too distant) future. On the other side is the kitchen, and we want to open up about half of that wall and have a counter top with bar stools for more of an open feel.
What we did in the living room so far:
- new doors and moldings
- new paint
- stained the floors darker
- redid the fireplace
- added built-in bookcases
- changed the window treatments from white vertical blinds to wood horizontal roman shades and curtains
What's left to do:
- new couch (that one was generously donated to me by a friend many years ago when I moved out of my parents' house, but it's time for an update)
- a larger area rug
- add artwork and my accessories for pops of color and personality
Any suggestions of where to get a good quality, not crazy-expensive couch?