Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Our New Room

Courtesy of inspiration from "The Nesting Place".  As I alluded to last week, Ms 15 yo and I went into a new resale shop to look around, fully knowing that my husband and I have it in our minds to get ourselves a new bed because he is sinking lower and lower into the mattress we have.

Funny thing is, this wasn't a mattress shop, so we had to settle for looking around at all of the other cool pieces of furniture in there.  It didn't take long for our eyes to spy a couch and loveseat, as well as a coordinating lamp, and a coffee table that looked like a project right out of Pintrest.

Bedroom, shmedroom.  We don't have one couch or chair in our house that you don't sink into, so I knew we were in need of some new furniture.  My husband agreed to look at it, and after two times of taking him there only to find out the store was unexpectedly closed, we finally made it in.  He liked it, we bought it and then it sat in our trailer for four days until we were home long enough to unload it.

That night, my husband got home from work and we raced against the big storm due to hit us to get all the furniture in that needed to come in, as well as take out all the furniture that needed to be taken out.  We made it, but not after a couch tipping over and hitting me on the mouth and wrenching my neck, me tripping over something while walking backwards and carrying a couch, and then getting my thumb pinched between the door and the couch.  Man, where is that strong, young teenage boy when you need him? 

So here it is.  First some before pictures.  Can I just say that I didn't realize how bad our current furniture was until we replaced it with new (to us) stuff?  Wow, how embarrassing.  Anyhow, the before:

Love this wall with the windows, but man are those curtains ugly.  We rent, so I'm not too excited about investing in new curtains, and besides, these babies are heavy, which makes them great in the winter. 

We also have plaster walls, so the owners have told us we can't hang anything up.  Don't tell them that the picture above is hung up.  We did our research on how to hang things on plaster, so we're good.

The big image above is NOT hung up.

All these photos of my kids?  Hanging on the wall with 3M Command Strips.  I can't seem to get them to stick consistently anywhere else in the house, but here they have hung for 5 years!  

Here is the first phase of the "after" photos.  Like Myquillyn says in her book, a room should be worked on in stages.  So here is where we are at so far:

The chair in the above photo we had in our family room, but it looked much better in here.  I love the idea of "shopping" other rooms.  I didn't think I'd have the vision to do that, but it's not as hard as I thought.

 This coffee table is going out the door as soon as we finish painting the big square table that we bought.  We're working on that now, so I'll share photos when we are done.  Next, I plan on finding a few different throw pillows and then maybe digging through the boxes upon boxes of pictures that I can't hang up and seeing if some of them can stand up on the piano.  The only other thing I need is to replace one of the end tables because it is, literally, on its last leg.  That will come in time.

(Oh, and yes we do have two pianos.  We've had the upright for quite a number of years and then a few years ago we heard about a church giving away their baby grand.  How can you pass up a free baby grand?  All we had to do was move it.  Ha ha.  If you've ever tried moving one, then you know it ain't that easy.  Anyhow, in this house and the last house, we've had room for both, so both we have kept.)

So there you have it.  I never thought I could do this.  Really.  I am so creatively challenged when it comes to this kind of thing, but after reading that book and then finding this furniture and getting a real deal on it all, I can't believe how easy it was.  Even the kids love it.  

Now they're after me to do the family room!  

But first, a new bed!!  And this time I mean it!

God Bless!

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