Whaddup. Week One of the One Room Challenge is D-O-N-E, and I’ve made solid progress on my living room makeover.
Here’s the living room mood board, if you need a refresher. I linked all the sources in last week’s One Room Challenge post, and dished on the floor plan and a bunch of before pictures.
I wanted to tackle the fireplace wall first, mainly because that was the most intimidating from a DIY perspective. Speaking of before pictures… it had some lovely wallpaper which was very much not my cup of tea.
We used a steamer to strip the wallpaper, then patched and sanded a few bits to prep for for painting. There’s a scribble on the wall that says a dude’s name and 2012, so evidently it’s been up there for eight years. #themoreyouknow #mathsgenius #notactuallythatinteresting
Next up – paint. I’m using Wevet by Farrow and Ball, colour-matched to Johnstones. I had it mixed in a soft sheen, which isn’t a finish you’d normally pick for a living room, but it’s better at reflecting light and easier to clean than a matte finish would be.
I haven’t finished painting yet. This mother is taking three coats for full coverage. I started on Friday, and I’ve spent two to four hours on it every day since. I’ve finished two walls – the fireplace wall and the wall behind the sofa. But look!
Painting just the first wall made an immediate and massive difference in how much light there is in the room. Wevet is a gorgeous shade – it reads pink, cream, soft grey or white depending on the light, but it’s warm all the time. It’s making me very happy.
Obviously none of this is styled – I just bunged the mirror back above the fireplace and shoved some stuff on the shelves to keep it all off the floor. It’s already looking so much better though. I don’t even hate the fireplace anymore!
Unfortunately, we’ll have to mount the TV above the fireplace, and these pics are a bit misleading. Pull back a bit and there’s still a tonne of mess everywhere.
The wall by the window has one coat on part of it, nothing in the bay yet. And nothing on the opposite wall either, apart from a little bit of cutting in.
The painting’s taking longer than I wanted, but still – good progress!
The Living Room To Do List
Obvs, there’s a lot left to do in here…
1. Make it Lighter & Brighter
Strip the wallpaper✔
- Repaint – in progress
- Replace curtains with blinds
- Add mirrors
2. Make It Tidier & More Functional
- Hang the TV
- Rehang the door
- Get rid of/replace some of the furniture – in progress
- Organise storage for electronics & guest bedding
- Improve the lighting
3. Make It Happy
- Add colour with art & textiles
- Style the built ins with pretty things
This week I want to finish painting, list a couple more bits of furniture for sale, and start ordering stuff.