(Builder's beige; dinky curtains; ugly, broken, brick and terra cotta fireplace with VERY crooked/warped mantel; no furniture, no personality, etc...)
This pic you've seen before, it's the 'after' of the fireplace after Daniel and I repaired and painted the brick and added a beautiful new mantel and lovely rock hearth:
Now here's the completed living room all dressed up and ready for fall:
Whew! It's been a long time coming but I think it has finally come together for the most part. We painted, added wainscoting around the front door, revamped the fireplace, hung the blinds and curtains much higher to give the windows a little drama (this might've been my most favorite, easiest job in the room... so simple and it made such a huge difference!) Then of course we added our furniture and decor. Only a few projects remain such as: 1) adding a back panel to our TV table to hide all the cords; 2) talking Daniel into crawling under the house to relocate the cable cord which is currently running across the floor (a significant tripping hazard); and 3) come Christmas season, I'm planning to change my color palette back to red and change out the decorations and pictures for a whole new look!
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