Sorry I’m late to the party this week . . . it has been a MESS around here lately, and I can’t even get a good picture of all the updates we’ve made over the past couple of months. I’m working on it! In the meantime here are a few pictures of where we have come from and just a peek at how much progress we’ve made.
This is what it looked like when we first started working on our living room / family room and the sun room which has been used for my home office . . . . .
this really OLD cedar chest was a gift to me when I graduated from high school. You can see in the first picture how rough it was from all those years of use, kids playing on it, moving it from one house to another to another, from one side of the country to the other and then back again. It actually wasn’t a “true” cedar chest, it was just veneer which had been almost completely ruined over the years, but there was some sentimental value as it is probably the most expensive gift my mother was ever able to give to me.
So we removed all of the hardware and painted it black, and then spray painted it (with my hubby’s trusty new paint sprayer!) a really soft cream / ivory in a satin finish. With the pretty black hardware, I think it turned out beautiful! I am still planning to add a clear coat at least to the top to minimize future dents and scratches, but it looks so much better than before.
The walls are a light gray (Silverado) and the trim is country white (all from our local Walmart!) and I had a few odds and ends around here that I spray painted with the charcoal chalk paint. I did buy a new rug, but the floor lamp is really old, too, so it will need a fresh coat of paint and a new shade and we’ll be all set. I have a shelf that I painted with the charcoal chalk paint, too, as well as a few wall hangings to add, but at the minute this is as far as I got before I needed to get to work on other projects.
Here are a few of the “before” pictures so you can see what a really messy mess we had to deal with . . . . but we are making progress fixing up our old house!
Stripping old wallpaper is fun, they said. So I said, “Knock yourself out!” And so they did.
Then there was that fireplace that made me crazy! Everything was so DARK and gloomy in here, so Fashionista Daughter came up with a plan . . . .
We weren’t sure at first that it was going to work, but when it was all finished we were very happy with the results. More pictures tomorrow, gotta run to the next project that is calling my name. Hope you can join us for this week’s Favorite Things Linky Party. See you there!
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