Living room sitting area

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Dingy 20 year old carpet and walls, drywall crack, dirty windows – the blinds are already removed and the light is poring in. This will be a common refrain as . I . NEED . LIGHT . in my home!

This room really just needed the windows washed, the blinds removed, paint and new flooring. The before pic is after removing the prior owners window treatments and those light inhibiting blinds that were throughout the house. I gave the walls two coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove and then had to spot add more paint for a third coat. As mentioned in a previous post the paint just sucked into the walls. Gave the ceiling three coats of BM- Edgecomb Gray before the builders white was no longer showing through.  

Edgecomb gray

White Dove

New floors continue throughout the first floor in Gunstock Oak. The floors were an agonizing choice. I wanted darker wood with wider plank BUT after reading about the amount of care darker floors required I got scared off. Okay so the price and I wanted some contrast to the darker wood of most of my furniture also factored into my decision. I still think the darker floors would have looked nice too. The side tables were free from picking off people’s curbs on trash days. Truly! I just used some of the leftover chalkpaint from my dining room project to hide the dings, scratches and worn finishes. Someday I will replace them both with something more modern like this:

End Table

or this:

Superb End Table

As you can see I am not adverse to brass or gold but I might also go for something even more different, like this:

Goosenest Twist End Table

Goosenest Twist End Table

But leaning toward this right now:

 Agoura Hills Dunstan End TableThree Posts Fairwise 2 Drawer End Table

Agoura Hills Dunstan End Table on one side and Fairwise 2 Drawer End Table on the other

I could be persuaded toward any of those choices, if you like one better than the other let us know in the comments section!


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I also might add several feet to the sofa, if I can figure out how to do it. I like the way furniture looks when you can see the floor beneath. These are some that I like:

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