Monday, August 27, 2012

Blogging Without Borders...The Reveal!


Once upon a time, I wrote about my living room.
I really liked my living room, but after staring at pictures of other folks' living rooms, I liked mine less.

A lot less.
Instead of saying "Welcome to our empty nest where we drink beverages and do creative stuff," it said "Any minute now, you'll get a whiff of 'old people smell.'"

This summer, several of us were involved in a challenge to stretch ourselves (both figuratively AND literally, in my case--those eleven foot ceilings are waaaay up there) creatively.  My challenges were many:  not spend any "new" money--more about that in another post, paint those really high walls on a really high ladder, paint a checkerboard floor, and try reupholstery.  In addition, the room needed to look "freshy," as opposed to moldy.

My living room was getting a makeover.



Before
 



After

...I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!



Please visit the other participating bloggers:


Laura @Top This Top That, Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage


...and Checkered Moon!

12 comments:

Tisha Clapp said...

Yea! It looks so great! I really like the new furniture arrangement with the corner chair & table. Beautiful new hutch too.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I like the way it turned out too! I think you achieved "freshy"! I'm still toying with the idea of painting a floor. I'm intimidated. Nice job and nice video too.

Holly @ Life as a Thrifter said...

Really sweet! That floor is AWESOME!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

much softer and prettier! i love the new mantle look- the square frame over it has a more modern feel.

fiona anderson said...

The makeover looks amazing - not old ladyish at all. Love the painted floor and large buffet and great colour on the walls, what a lovely transformation.
Thought you might do a little song and dance at the end of the video - maybe next time ?!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

looks wonderful! no "old people smell" at all! gosh, you're hilarious, but isn't it true? eeecck!

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

Love the video reveal!!!

Bliss said...

So I need to know what your kids will say when they stop home. Weren't they the ones with the old people issues? And what is on your shirt? I can't make out what it is.

Nice redo my dear, no falling off ladders and you covered your parquet - bonus! Makes it easier to walk over to the "cabinet".

~Bliss~

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

KIRBY!! I love this makeover!! The new paint color is awesome and I love that you just looked at what you had and freshened every thing up! Love that checkerboard floor! Woo hoo! We made it. :)
xo Heidi

Eclectically Vintage said...

Now I don't feel so bad that I didn't get to meet you at Haven - because your video was fabulous! Felt like I was sitting in your house. One problem, when you opened that liquor cabinet, why didn't you offer me a cocktail?

Love the shutter valances and the way you hung art on the other shutters! Mission definitely accomplished.
Kelly

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Look at you go!!! The new paint color changes the whole feel of the room!!

We just visited one of our rental properties we rent to an 'old' friend and made the same comment. Me 'it doesn't smell bad, but it does smell like something. Joel 'yeah, it smells like old people' LOL

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

FAB JOB KIRB!!!!!! Great makeover you did AWESOME and a video too...look at you!!!! : ) hugs...

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