As I've mentioned in the last couple of posts, my main target this trip was my 'rents bayhouse. In all honesty, they were mostly content with the style of the home. I, of course, came in like Frank from Father of the Bride, "Oh, it's wonderful, lovely, we change everything!" I just saw (see) so much MORE for the place.
Takes time, though.
But, where there's a will, there's a DIY way.
And it tackled the living room this go-'round.
A Vision in Beige.
After: On its way to being the bright, fresh place it's begging to be.
What we did:
1) Stained the media cabinet and wet bar (out of frame) using a ridiculously easy product called General Finishes gel stain in Java + their water-based poly finish. Can't get over the new rich, contrast.
2) Had white slips made for the couches. Note: These couches hail from the Cindy Crawford line from Rooms to Go (came with the house), and they are crazy comfy, so tuck that away for some non-biased sourcing.
3) Bought a $30 coffee table from our local Habitat store, and had it made into an ottoman using a zebra-stenciled cowhide. Not bad for saving about $1500 on a "trade" original.
4) Replaced the too-small indoor/outdoor rug with a large jute from Overstock.
We also undertook a refresh of the kitchen, which came outfitted in the same honey-oak. And, of course, there's my bedroom situation left in mid-design crisis mode. Good thing is, it forces me to take time to think things through, and decide what I really like versus just "get it done."
So, until next time...
See this post, as well as other good examples of Working With What You Have at Emily A. Clark