When Jerome and I first set foot in our home it certainly wasn’t love at first sight. For him, he wondered why we even made it past the foyer and were waisting our time. But for me, I saw something different. I wasn’t really in love with it. It wasn’t what I envisioned our dream home to look like but there was something that drew me in. I saw past the mess of a kitchen, the scratched up hardwood floors and the brown and green walls. I saw the potential in the home and how it would be a great opportunity to make it ours. It took some convincing but Jerome finally bent. It was a tough market at the time so part of his bending may have been him waving the white flag after months of looking for the perfect home.
Part of our plans to get our home where we wanted it meant lots of time, energy and money. So, we decided we would take things one room at a time. It’s been a LONG process but our Living Room is almost where we want it. Here’s the before when we first moved in:
It was dark and boring. I wasn’t in love with the shape either. It is very long and odd but I knew we needed a focal point. The fireplace wall was the perfect way to bring attention away from the long irregular shape of the room. The very first thing we did was paint the wall. Jerome was set on giving the room some color. I tend to draw to bright neutral colors and was adamant about NOT going with red, burgundy, gold or anything in between. After much debate, we finally settled on Indigo Batik by Sherwin Williams.
The color was a huge improvement from the brown walls that were there before, but I knew there was still something missing. Initially, I was dead set on built-in bookshelves. I loved the idea of the added storage and being able to really showcase our personality on the shelves. I had even sketched plans for these shelves, contacted a contractor for a quote and scoured Pinterest for DIY built-ins. Side note, please don’t laugh at my amateur drawings!
But, after living in the space, I realized that bookshelves just weren’t functional for our space. Added cabinets and shelves would have taken up too much floor space in a very narrow room. So, it was back to the drawing board. Or, Pinterest board should I say.
I wanted to add some light back in to the room because the dark shade of blue that we chose sucked up all the light. After looking at beautiful inspiration pictures, I finally settled on the thought of a board and batten wall. I couldn’t be happier with the choice. While contracting this work out would have been ideal, we decided to DIY. It turned out AMAZING! While it’s not perfect, I’d say we did a pretty good job for amateurs. And, it makes the room even more special knowing that we did the work ourselves.
Since completing the board and batten wall, we’re working on completing the room so we can move on to the next. We did add some shelving to showcase family pictures and our personality. We’ve also added some black and white wedding photos, added new lighting, mounted a tv over the fireplace and added a sideboard. My final plans for our living room will be to add a rug, window treatments, re-tile the fireplace and hopefully replace the floors. I have big dreams but I’m so excited about the progress!
Don’t forget to check back next week as I’ll be showing you guys how we completed our board and batten wall!