I’m fortunate enough to have a very long weekend for Easter. Friday was a statutory holiday, but my employer also gives us all Easter Monday off as well. It’s the perfect break! I worked a 4 day week, have 4 days off and will work a 4 day week next week.
I got nothing done on Friday. Just couch, Ogre and movies. I put blinders on and did my very best not to think about my chore list or my project list.
But Friday is over! And, though I’m still definitely sub-par, I do plan on getting a few things done this weekend. Hopefully, I’ll have photos to show on Sunday or Monday.
Until then, I’d like to share some of the plans I have for my living room.
First, you’ve seen the dining area …This green will go throughout the room and I’ll be trimming this green out with Stone White (a blue/gray based white) for contrast.
My sofa and matching chair really look at home against the green. This is a picture of the set in their previous home. Right now, they’re shoved in a jumble with drop cloths over them!
You can’t really see it in this photo, but the second chair has a small colored detail that has virtually the same green in it. The burgundy works really well against the wall – though not so terrific with sofa.
The glass top table and sexy faux leather chairs also look wonderful in this space.
I got all of these pieces for a grand total of $200 from a lovely young couple in the area. They’ve started a business collecting free furniture that’s in good condition and providing it to clients for $50 per piece. If you’re in the Ottawa area, I’d certainly suggest you check them out at their Facebook page.
I’m planning on purchasing some white Billy’s within the next two weeks to house some of our books. I’ve informed the Ogre that I want some space on each of the shelves for pretties, but I really don’t know if that’s going to happen. We have a fair number of books that need homes.
The only other furniture pieces that will be in this room are the $30 Malm headboard (from Kijiji), the $15 coffee table (Salvation Army), the free side tabe (Kijiji) and a free console table (left behind by an old room-mate years ago) that I’ll be using as a sofa back. The coffee table will stay black as it currently is, but I’m still debating the colors for the headboard and console. I’m alternating between charcoal and white, but I’m really not sure.
The cash outlay for this room so far is only $230. The Billy’s will cost me another $250-$300. I’m expecting the curtains to come in well under $100. I’ll pull artwork from what I currently own until I can think of some more creative pieces.
All in all, the dining and living areas will have cost less than $700 – from the floor up. It helps that the landlord has supplied paint and primer!
Other than the walls, there’s still a fair amount of work on the furniture pieces. The case goods will need painting and I’m hoping to make a slip cover for the sofa and chair when my Mom visits in June. I have no idea what fabric I’ll be using, but it has to go well with mackeral tabby hair, as our cat is free to sit where she wishes! After all, she’s a part of the family and it is her home, too.
My goal for this Easter weekend, other than getting some rest and feeling better, is to get this room mostly in shape. That means paint on the walls and trim and furniture back in position. It also means scrubbing the floor on hands and knees to get rid of the paint splatters I manage to get EVERYWHERE!
I have three days left. I can do this. At least, I’m pretty sure I can!
I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have. I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).
Thanks for stopping by.