Monday, April 8, 2013

Are you happy now?

Well...due to all the input last week, I may have had a crazy lady moment and redid the living room over the weekend.


Whoops. Don't you have when that happens?

We changed the coffee table, the curtains, and the paint color all in about 24 hours.

First, we had attempted modifying our coffee table into an ottoman several times but kept failing. The way the coffee table was built was making it very difficult to cut the top off and attach the ottoman top we made. We then started thinking that it'd be nice to have a straight up storage ottoman instead of an ottoman coffee table with baskets underneath.

When we added up what we'd already spent on time and supplies, plus what we were going to have to spend (new baskets, new paint, etc...) we decided that it would probably be more affordable to just go get a damn storage ottoman and be done with it.

We scored this awesome storage ottoman with nail head trim in gray leatherette at T.J. Maxx for $175. Yeah, really expensive for us, but we had some tax money left and it was originally $210 (the side is warped so we talked them down) Plus, Seamus thinks it's cool, so that makes it worth the money, right?


Oh, I also had to buy that Owl while I was at home goods. HE WAS MERMAID SONG. ...He had to come home with me. And he makes a nice tall friend for the lamp. We were also able to put our free bar tray (which we got in November, when we started to talk about getting one...jeeze we were slow to pull the trigger on this one...) on the new ottoman.

The walls got about four coats of snowfall by Behr (yeah, that was a long night) which I guess is a fancy way of saying WHITE. I do not typically like white walls but you guys were adamant that we needed to give it a shot in here.


 And, while I'm not ready to say "you were right" since I am getting used to it, it does make the colors more true and less competitive. I'm withholding judgement until I get used to it.

We did leave the fireplace wall Seal.



We also scored some shower curtains. Yep, shower curtains. I had a $10+15% off coupon for World Market for my birthday, and as we were walking through these shower curtains jumped off the wall at us. When we went back to see if they made them as actual curtains, the curtain versions were brown instead of gray. So, we grabbed the shower curtains. Yes, shower curtains are about 14 inches shorter than regular curtains, but if you all remember, we hemmed about that much off of the striped curtains so they wouldn't bunch behind the sectional. We thought, what the hell, let's give them a shot. We can just cut them down the middle and turn them into panels so we only needed two instead of four (we have yet to do this though while we're reserving judgement so if we change out mind we can return them).

To hang them up, we used "utility hooks" from wal-mart which are about $1 for a pack of 12. They're kind of like the circle rings with the clips that everyone uses, but they need holes to go into- perfect for a shower curtain.


That makes these about $10 a panel (if that). So we're happy that they have white, mermaid song and seal in them, so they pull together all of the prominent colors in the room (if only they had yellow on them somewhere!)

We haven't changed the side table yet, but we are on the hunt.


And my clock still makes me happy.


So that is where we are! What do you guys think now? Did we just go from one cluterfuck to another?




40 comments:

  1. i love your white walls and the ottoman is perfect! :) I vote yes on the shower curtains as well!

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    1. Thanks! I love the patterns on the curtains

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  2. Ooh, you guys were busy! Love the new paint color :) I think the room would look a bit more finished if you painted the small section that remains brown behind the chair, though. The ottoman is superb! The size is right on, and I love that you have used the tray on top to bring in more of your favorite color, along with your new owl. You got a lot done in a very short period of time, so big points for that! I'm still not sold on the curtains, though................... sad face :( Don't worry, it's getting there :)

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    1. The small section that is seal behind the chair is actually the fireplace wall- so that will be staying as that color really helps the fireplace stand out. Thank you on the ottoman! I love it and the dogs love that they can all be by us now. And don't worry- the curtains look fabulous in person (they're just slightly sheer so it's hard to photograph)

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    2. No, I was talking about the tiny little section with the window in it.

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    3. Oh! No, that is the window seat. :)

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  3. It looks fantastic! Kudos to your brave 24 hour change!
    My favorite parts:
    - Ottoman: perfect scale for your sectional!
    - White Paint: makes your pop colors on the clock, tray, lamp, and owl look 100% intentional and so pulled together now.
    - Owl: he's freaking awesome.
    Congrats!!

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  4. Wow! The white really makes a difference, Emma! And the ottoman...that works really well in the room too. Reading all of the advice/opinions last week really opened my eyes to some problem areas in my home. I like what you've done!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! A little group is needed sometimes to open your eyes (I'm glad it opened yours too!) Not going to lie, it was kind of hard to see so many people come out to comment on what was wrong with it, but it helped us get a better space so I am thrilled we had the courage to do it.

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    2. Aww kiddo, I was worried your feeling might get hurt :( You did ask.................. Sometimes it's so much easier to look at a room in a picture instead of in person when you get stuck. And really, you and your little family are the only ones that need to be happy with it. There will always be a ton of different opinions, and a million different ways to do something, so don't be hard on yourself please.

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  5. I love it. I think it looks absolutely fabulous. trust your gut, you know you are good at this stuff!!! The best curtains I have ever had came to me as a shower curtain too! Go for it! It is so smart and so much cheaper! It is just a piece of fabric anyways, there is nothing that makes it be a shower curtain!

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    1. Thanks! I agree- fabric is fabric, and if the length doesn't matter, just go for it!

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  6. oh and i ADORE the patterns in the wall paneling!

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  7. It looks so fresh!!! In both meanings of the word: airy and Fresh Prince. :-) I know it is hard to use white when you are capable of going bold, but it really makes the room look warm, bright and cozy! And still plenty of color to show off your boldness. :)

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    1. You totally made me rap in my head. One does not simply mention Fresh Prince and leave it alone! Thank you, I am liking how much light bounces around.

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  8. Looking good! LOVE that ottoman...and, yeah, if it's not going to save you a bunch of money and/or be way better than what you could buy, DIYing it isn't always the answer.

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    1. It's a lesson every blogger must face. We've been burned by it once or twice already lol

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  9. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing what paint can do to a room!!

    The storage ottoman is awesome - it must have a garage full of space inside, it's so big!!

    These are my only suggestions after this round:
    - Get a larger lamp shade, it should come low enough to cover the white "candle" part under the bulb socket
    - A yellow afghan over the back of the couch near the clock would pull the yellow in from across the room, and in the book cases to the side
    - Unless you really like the sheer look, Target has awesome blackout liners that you put behind your curtains. They attach to the curtain, you don't need a second rod. I think that will really allow the color and pattern in the fabric to really stand out during the day.

    Awesome job!!!! :-)

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    1. I've seen those target liners! So cool! Sadly we won't be putting a pretty throw over the couch as 23 hours a day it is covered in durable blankets that if the dogs jump up on it after being in the yard it's not the end of the world. We are going to find a way to pull the yellow over though!

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  10. Love love love the new color. It really brightens up the room :)

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    1. Thanks! And the semi-gloss really bounces the light around, too.

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  11. I'm really glad you decided to go white. It looks much brighter and cohesive. The ottoman is solid. The curtains are great. And that owl, perfect. Do you love the space?

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    1. Yeah, actually I think I do. It has a fun amount of pattern and movement to it. I'm still getting used to the white wall thing- I've already washed like 5 handprints off of it- but I think that will be a learning curve.

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  12. Wow, what a difference! I like! :-) I think I'm going to steal your idea and ask readers for some help with a space that's confounded us for a while now. Thanks so much for being open and taking a risk and showing us how it's done.

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    1. Be prepared for it! More people will come out to tell you what's wrong than what's right, but if you are open to it and listen you will get a really awesome space. Just remember they're opinions and it's YOUR house :D

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  13. I love your room... and I am totally amazed that you got all that done in a day. Seriously, I'm incredibly impressed by you guys...you have motivated me to get off my lazy butt and try to get some of my unfinished rooms done. I love the new ottoman, it really compliments your other furniture. I like the shower curtain idea as well, I've done that before myself, but I actually really liked your old curtains! I would love to see them with your new colors and ottoman to compare the two. Congrats again on getting all that accomplished!

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    1. Thanks, Misty! Sadly the old curtains look really dirty next to the white. They have more of a cream/gray undertone to it instead of a pure white. We're trying to figure out somewhere to use them (if nothing else, I'll turn them into pillows :D) but I will try to remember to take a picture to show the difference

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    2. Oh ok, I gotcha...don't listen to me, what do I know? I'm just a freak voyeur out here in cyberspace spying on you anyway :D Again, I love the new look and am crazy impressed with all you guys have gotten done!

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  14. I'm a new reader so apologies if the chair isn't new but I LOVE your armchair! The owl next to it is awesome too. I love random brightly colored items and you've done an awesome job in that room!

    -Rosie

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    1. Thanks! It was the first thing we bought for the house and we LOVE it. It's even a recliner!

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  15. Sorry if I didn't see the post, but have you since gotten rid of the ottoman. I saw a more recent picture of your LR and didn't see it. I love that ottoman.

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    1. Nope! Ottoman is still there. We purchased it for this room for this post so I hope it will be with us for a long time :)

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  16. Maybe I was looking at an older post and didn't realize it. Phew! What a relief. I would never give that thing up.

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  17. It's the Karlstad. That big boy is dragging the room down. I am not an Ikea lover and I think their stuff screams *college dorm!* even when people hack the hell out of it. That sofa just doesn't look as polished, for lack of a better word, as the rest. Plus it's such a heavy dose of grey all in one spot and the white walls really emphasize that. I understand you have dogs and the color is probably a really good choice for pets - just not for pulling the room together.

    The combo of neutral walls on neutral sofa on neutral ottoman on neutral rug on neutral floor is too much neutral for one room. Maybe the sofa wouldn't dominate the space so much with a colored rug under it instead. And you're right, a 6' x 9' rug isn't any more the right size for that room than the 5' x 7' one was. It needs an 8' x 10'.

    Also not crazy about that whole BTDT Blogland philosophy of *let's just paint everything white and accessorize with pops of color*. Meh. Boring and safe. I'd still be cruising paint chips trying to find an actual color that works with the chair - maybe a more subdued version of one of its colors would work.

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    1. Hi! We actually LOVE our Karlstad (which is brown) . It fits our family and home perfectly. We wanted a couch big enough that 3 adults and 4 dogs could lounge on it (since Brenna and Perry are usually around!) and since our windows go down to almost the floor, the Karlstad was the only sectional with a low enough profile that it didn't block all of our windows. If you've never sat on one I recommend it. With the 10 year warranty the thing is AWESOME.

      The rug is actually the biggest we can go (unless you want it going onto the hearth and catching on fire) we have about a foot of it shoved under the couch. So no bigger rug for us!

      We also share your hatred of white. With dogs that rub their asses on everything it's not practical. The only reason it works in here is because the couch covers all the walls that they could get to. We've had it for like..5(?) months now and we think it makes the room really bright. It is helped by having the charcoal on the fireplace wall though.

      We know all the colors in the chair and we have used all of them in the space (other than the green because it looks odd with the yellow in the dining room)

      We do have plans to add some more wood and what not to the space- hopefully you like it more when we're all done!

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  18. I think the paint colour looked amazing before (as well as after). Generally, the room looked great either way, I don't see why people are saying it didn't/doesn't.

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