Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Formal Living Room - Before and After

We have been working a lot lately on the formal living room.  There are soaring cathedral ceilings in the formal.  It was INSANE to paint the largest wall behind the fireplace. It was so scary watching my husband teeter on his tippy toes on the ladder. He rocked this wall though. We most recently painted the largest wall and I've been working on the mantle decor.  We shall not be defeated by this house!
Here is the Before:
Plain Jane walls, but it was awesome to start from a clean slate. By the way, this fireplace is huge.
My 2 year old can walk into it without bending.  It has to be one of my favorite things in this entire house. I have always dreamed of having a big BIG fireplace. 
Here are the latest pics of the room now:

Not too shabby, eh?
I am usually messing around with the mantle decor. I can't seem to get it just right.  I really don't want to clutter it up and I think it only looks right with a few big items on it.  These candle sticks are about 2-4 feet tall and yet they still look dwarfed by the big wall. Hopefully, someday I will get it perfect.
This is my favorite piece in the room. We are Disneyland freaks:
Have you ever seen hand-cut sillouettes made?  We had them done at Disneyland on our last trip and it took the woman about 2 minutes....yes, TWO minutes to cut all of these by HAND by just looking at us.  It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  You HAVE to check that out if you are ever there. It is a must see. (I told you we were freaks)
One more shot of the living room from the staircase: more:

We still have a little more painting to do. You can see under the window area that is not yet done.  I also want to get something to put on top of the curio cabinets.  Any ideas?

Let's review, shall we? :

Have a productive Thursday!


Beverly said...

Very did a great job!

Koo and Poppet said...

My husband and I are about to embark on a very similar project....just bought a 1979 home and are beginning a complete overhaul! It will be fun to check-in on your progress as well :)

Let it Shine said...

Wow. Great transformation. I especially love that you angled the furniture. Most people wold have pushed it against the wall, but it looks so much better like this. And I loke the color combos too. Those silhouettes rock!!


Chantel said...

Hi! Came across you at SITS! I love the room. It looks great! I think the mantle would look great with just two of those large candle holders. Good luck with the rest of your remodel!

Shannon Rodriguez said...

Hey there, just found your blog from TDC. Check out my entry table I just made. Maybe you can put one behind your couch or by your large window. Love the colors and huge fireplace. I'm a Texas girl..have to love the bathroom as well!

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