Living Room Remodel

We have been in our new home for about 2 years now and during the first month or so we had done a wee bit of remodeling to our bathroom.  There is still much more we would like to complete, but we are young and on a budget!I decided that our living room needed a little facelift.   We currently have this fireplace…

Old Fireplace

Old Fireplace

Doesn’t that just look delightful?  I especially loved the green “tile.” Uggggh gag me!  According to Home and Hearth about 85% of the heat energy produced from this fireplace heads right up the chimney so its basically used for ambiance and NOT for efficiency.  So, we got a SUPER GREAT deal on a new fire stove insert to replace the ugliness.  In order to install the fire stove we first needed to lay more tile down infront of the fireplace because of regulations.  We got all the materials we needed and went to remove the ugly green “tile” but discovered the “tile” are really BRICKS which won’t move.  We laid the tile down on top of the bricks…aren’t we sneaky.

New Tile

New Tile

I realize that the wood around the tile isn’t becoming of the tile; however, we are intending on laying down hardwood floors after the new insert is taken care of and we paint.  The outlining wood is there to protect the carpet from our furry four-legged friends who would most likely want to continue to rip up the carpet!

So, last Thursday our new fire stove insert came and was installed…isn’t it beautiful?

Firestove

Firestove

Well after all that was taken care of, my mom came up to help me paint the ceiling and living room walls.  The walls were an ugly yellowish color and the previous owners had painted the wood around windows.  Who paints wood?  The previous wood was so nostalgic and beautiful.  However, I didn’t really have the energy to strip all the wood of paint, sand and stain so instead we gave them a fresh coat of white and boy do they stand out now!  In the future, we do need new, energy efficient windows, we will replace all the woodwork around them, but for now, this will work.

Window with new Paint

Window with new Paint

This is the first coat of wall paint too.  We got our paint at Menards and the  color we chose was called “Great Swamp” its like a murky swampy greenish grey color.  I felt it looked awesome with the white windows and really brings out the oak wood work we have.  The above picture is with natural light, but this picture below was taken at night with the light bulbs on…a completely different look, but ya get the idea.

Hutch

Hutch

We did have a minor hiccup while painting which I had never come across before.  My entire house is brick and was built in the late 40’s.  It really is a cute house, just needing some modern upgrades.  This weekend it was bitterly cold (I live in the tundra of North Dakota) and although it was a nice 70 degrees in my house the exterior walls were like ice and were holding moisture in the corners.  We had to turn the heat up high in order to warm the walls up to a temperature which would then allow the moisture to evaporate.

Speaking of furry-four legged friends we have Zeus here who decided he would like to be involved with the painting too.  Apparently standing on the freshly painted window seal was appropriate at the time in order to see what the neighbor dog was doing.

Zeus

Zeus

His little paws were white for 2-days before it wore off…oh the joys of a puppy!

I didn’t get the opportunity to sew this weekend, but picked up some new fabric to make new curtains for the windows which matches our decor (log cabin theme).  I am excited to share!

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