Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Living Room Renovation is Underway!

Out with the old!

Below is what my living room has looked like for several years - this was its second renovation after moving into the house in 1978.   Now it's time for another change.

The sheer draperies will come down and white plantation shutters will go up with a blue toile valance.

The Thomas Kinkade ceiling border will come down.

The couch wall [pictured below] will undergo a major renovation as you can see in my husband's drawing for the wall units he's building.  None of the wall accessories will go back up.

The piano will fit into the middle unit.  All the wall units will be painted white, and blue and white china will be displayed on the shelves.  I'm hoping the new renovation will look less busy/cluttered.

The couch will go where the piano is, and I'm not sure what other pieces of furniture or accessories will still fit.  We'll figure that out when the renovation is done.

The wallpaper pictured below will be coming down...

And York blue toile wallpaper [Country Life pattern] will be going up.  I picked it up from the wallpaper store last Saturday.

The paint [light blue again] has been selected.  I removed everything from the walls, and packed up all the accessories, and now the room is ready for Jerry to work his magic.  

Below are some "before" pictures, and there'll be "after" pictures when the project is completed. 

The piano is waiting for our son to come over and help move it out of the room.  The half wall [pictured in the lower left] will be cut back slightly from the edge of the tile floor, and a white floor to ceiling column will be added.  No wallpaper will be in the back hallway.

And now the work begins!  The house is topsy-turvy, but it'll be worth the mess and inconvenience when the living room is all done. 


  1. A big project and the room is going to look totally different! You're lucky to have an obliging hubby that can also do the work himself Phyllis.

  2. Wow - what a project! I love the idea of the built-ins with the piano in the middle section. Your husband is very talented to plan and construct these. And of course, the blue toile theme appeals to me, I'm a blue-and-white fan for sure. It is a lot of work but I expect you will love the results.

  3. You will be pleased with your changes. After years and years of dark antiques my husband painted some of ours and I like it much better. It did seem radical at the time but it is lighter and more "cottage"!

  4. How exciting! Can't wait to see the finished project... your blue theme sounds perfect! Good Luck!

  5. Looks like it will be a lot of work, and I know you will be excited to see the beautiful finished project!

  6. How exciting! I look forward to seeing the "After" photos!


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