Living Room Design Reveal {before & after}

My living room was finally tidy enough to take pictures of for the reveal!

We got rid of our 4 seater chaise lounge and 2 seater blue couch, and replaced them with a beautiful chocolate brown leather 3 seater lounge. We painted the walls white (from cream) and got new white double roller blinds (from heavy pink drapes and massive matching pink pelmets) installed, and I love love love the new look. It is so much lighter and brighter, bigger and more spacious. I had to really resist buying more furniture to fill the space (I had my eye on some ikea bookcases for under one of the windows), but I’m so glad I restrained myself, as I love the empty floor space. It’s de-cluttering on a large scale!
Mikaela living room These photos make me realise the floor is far too dark, but I did already know that when we get the floating floors I do want them quite a bit lighter, more a cherry oak (? I am totally making that name up).
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela alessi bowl Living Room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room
Mikaela living room

 

Tell me what you think! =)

TADA moment for my DIY Timber Floorboards

And here they are!

Now, these photos are evidence that timber floors get really dusty. Really quickly. I’m talking a matter of hours, not even days. So of course I’ll need to sweep them probably every second day and mop twice a week… but you know what? I’d much rather do that than have the feral dust and dirt building up in the carpet and not knowing about it (until you pull the carpet up and see the 10 years worth of dirt sitting on the floor underneath).

The last thing I need to get is a few floor rugs, I’m planning on light-ish coloured ones in a hard wearing material, probably jute.

Annoying wasted space behind lounge
Annoying wasted space behind lounge
Lounge split into 2 pieces makes the room much larger
Lounge split into 2 pieces makes the room much larger
TV cabinet before
TV cabinet before (DIY post to come)
TV Cabinet after - tada!
TV Cabinet after - tada!
Room configuration - before
Room configuration - before
Room configuration - after (dining area)
Room configuration - after (dining area)
Room configuration - after (living area)
Room configuration - after (living area)
Looking into living room from entry
Looking into living room from entry
New living room!
New living room!

I LOOOOVE my floors, much much more than the pink carpet. Sorry pink carpet, you had to go. @Jubsie coined the colour “Salmon” for me, and she was dead on. Now whenever I say anything about a colour (eg, for Harley’s new dog collar) JA likes to suggest Salmon.

Today was spent cleaning up the kitchen (the temporary dumping ground for everything throughout this whole process), and I finished the dog beds! Finally. I’ll post about those tomorrow sometime.

Ahhh tomorrow can’t come soon enough, I’ve got an hour and a half massage booked in at 10am (birthday gift voucher), then visiting a friend and her bub (so clucky), then coming home for more pampering.. planning to give myself and manicure and pedicure and just relaxxxxx (also have a bit of design work to do, but I can multi-task while my feet are soaking). Hope you have something nice planned for your Thursday!

Another floors update!

I promise I will post something more exciting tomorrow (think handmade goodies and other pretty things), but I just had to show another progress photo of my floors because oh. my. goodness. I am in love. With my dodgy DIY timber floors. They are GORGEOUS.

This photo was taken yesterday, showing the first coat of estapol going on over the Jarrah stain. Everything is now dry and has a beautiful satin finish, but it’s too dark to photograph now so I’ll take some of the “afters” tomorrow morning, along with some when I move all the furniture back in (THE most exciting part of the whole process, surely).

First coat of Estapol
First coat of Estapol - the stain colour is a bit red in this image

Preparing to stain and polish our floorboards

As I’ve posted a few times before, the carpet in our house is a yukky pink/peach colour. It’s in really good condition, as I think the previous owners laid it in the 90’s, but I can’t stand it. I hate the colour, but I also just don’t like carpet very much. It holds so much dust and dirt, and pet fur clings to it like crazy, making our house an allergy trap and also a time consuming clean.

Area that will be floorboards
Area that will be floorboards

For these reasons, we’re ripping up the carpet throughout the house excluding the bedrooms (JA’s request to keep it, I’m going to see if we can get it dyed) and finishing the radiata pine underneath. I got a quote to get the floors done by professionals, it was over $3000. So I’m doing it myself! Luckily my best friend’s partner is a floor guy and he’s going to give us a hand with the sanding, which is the hardest part. In preparation, I had to rip up all the carpet as well as the tack strips along the edges (you know, those damn sharp nails sticking up in the air that you always forget about and step on mid-project?) and countersink all the nails. I knew what I was getting myself in for as we’d done the same thing at my mum’s and also JA’s mum’s place, and I know counter-sinking the nails is the most annoying part, because it’s so loud and echoey. So you can guess how sad I was to see once I pulled up the carpet, that 98% of the nails were already countersunk… =D

Entry with and without carpet
Entry with and without carpet

So far I’ve pulled up the carpet from the hallway and the entry, and I’ll be doing the living room and dining room tomorrow. Then Scott is coming to help Tuesday, and from then on I’ll be coating it with stain and oil (hopefully to be finished and dried in time for a tea party on Sunday, eep). I’ve decided to go with an oil instead of a varnish as it will be easier to buff out the inevitable scratches from the dogs going crazy and playing inside like they do. I’ve also been advised not to stain it too dark as scratches will be much more visible, but I’m doing it a Jarrah colour anyway. I’m a bit stubborn like that.

While most of the small stuff has been moved out of the living and dining rooms I took the opportunity to look at different room configurations with the furniture. It took awhile but I’ve found one I’m happy with, which opens up the room and uses all the space, instead of having a small area behind the lounge that was being wasted.

Area behind lounge that is wasted space aka junkpile
Area behind lounge that is wasted space aka junkpile
Taken from wasted space corner
Taken from wasted space corner
From entry through to living
From entry through to living
No longer wasted space corner!
No longer wasted space corner!
I separated the 2 pieces of the lounge and put the TV in the corner in front of the window
I separated the 2 pieces of the lounge and put the TV in the corner in front of the window
Entry through to living, more open and uses all the space in the room
Entry through to living, more open and uses all the space in the room

So for the next week I will be a busy little bee, making my floors all pretty and tolerable =)

Stay tuned for the end result!