I recently put up some photos about my bathroom revamp. I thought that I would show you what I am doing with my living-room also. There are a lot of challenges that I have with our furniture. Most of them boil down to the fact that almost everything that we have was given to us, is second hand, or I inherited it with my marriage. This includes a big oriental carpet and a couch that I was never fond of. My husband hates the second-hand bo-concept chair that I bought. Our tv screen is about 13 years old and only used for netflix. It sits on my great-grandmother’s Singer sewing table. We have a cheap stereo that we bought as a joint bday gift our first year here and it sits on a stool we found abandoned Im Keller when we lived in the other country.
Anyways, when we moved into our new house, the previous owner had done something really bold: she had painted the living-room walls a very very dark blue. To lift up this blue, she painted all the skirting-boards (baseboards) and the ceiling a bright white. She also used the same bright white around the mantle, which surrounds the wood-burner.
These are from the house listing when it was for sale, so I feel okay to use them.
It was way too much contrast for me. This plus my mis-matched furniture made me hate the living-room, so I’ve been on a bit of a paint and details adventure to try to bring the room together. Note also that when you see the after photos, you are going to be shocked at the change in the blue. I did not paint the blue. The above blue is not true (maybe the result of flash photography? I dunno). I did however paint the baseboards, ceiling, door, mantle and trim.
Okay this is what you get:
So the things that I bought include
Tester Farrow and Ball Off-Black for mantle (£4.50)
2.5 L Farrow and Ball Satin Slipper (£46.50)
Crown Trade City Life 5L (it’s the only size they had as I think this paint is discontinued) (£39.99) Note that this is the wall colour and the skirting-board colour but they are different finishes (matt and glossy respectively).
Little Green Bath Stone 1L (£31.00)
I also used different finishes: matt-emulsion for the mantle and ceiling and gloss for the skirting boards and trim. The paint was £121.99 all together (original blue walls kept).
We bought a new light off Etsy (€102.00)
We also bought a new (discounted) mirror (£89.00)
In sum, the grand total was approximately £320.00 one you include paint brushes and drop-cloths. I also have a lot of paint left over and when these photos were taken, still need to do a second coat of everything.
I’m happy with it but it definitely took a good couple of work days. I did all the work myself so I didn’t pay labour. The dog was already part of the furniture.