My living room is in serious need of a face lift. Specifically the east wall which is a wall of fireplace and built-in cabinets.
We don't use this room much and I think it is because I do not enjoy spending time in there. It doesn't feel calm, relaxing and inviting as a living room should. It doesn't reflect my personality at all.
Instead it is outdated, dark and dreary. I am certainly NOT outdated, dark, and dreary.
The cabinets have become a catch-all for things I don't feel like dealing with.
LOOK at those shelves! They are covered with STUFF. I HATE stuff. How did this happen?
You would put your life at risk if you opened one of those doors. I honestly couldn't tell you all that hides behind those doors. There are items in there that I just need to toss because obviously I don't miss them.
I am thinking about painting the bricks of the fireplace and having my handy dandy dad build me a new mantle. As for the cabinets, I'm thinking of removing the entire shelving portion, leaving just the cabinets. I can use the cabinet tops for a select few frames and get rid of all of the other nonsense. I also want to paint the cabinets a brighter color to lighten up that whole wall which will end up brightening up the entire living room.
I want to keep this room neutral with splashes of color. One color being turquoise as it is my FAVORITE color. I plan to fill this room with accessories from CSN Stores. One of my favorite sights on the web. You can buy anything from this place from coffee makers to children's toys, to patio furniture.
Eventually (when the animals die which I hope is soon LOL) we will purchase new furniture for the room. Currently a couch and love seat reside in there that was my furniture my parents bought me when I moved into my first apartment. It's light in color and overstuffed. At the time it was perfect for a single girl living on her own. But years of living with my husband, a dirty dog, a scratchy cat, and two children have taken their toll.
The room has serious potential. It's rather large and has beautiful crown molding. I love the fireplace and would love to use it more, but again, I do not enjoy spending time in that room.
So readers, have any ideas? I have never gone any farther than just painting walls. This will be a learning experience for me. I need all the help I can get.
You can even come and stay with me. I am willing to let you stay in our beautiful, guest/toy room that is muraled in (creepy) Dr. Suess characters. Two handsome two year olds will even feed you breakfast in bed. And I mean FEED you as in stuff the food in your mouths.
Sounds like a good time eh?