Monday, September 23, 2013

First day of Fall! Living Room project sanity ensues.....

WHOA!  I know it has been a while since I have posted anything but I didn't know my last entry was mid-August.    WHAT?  However, I have been quite busy on a lot of major projects!  The major overhaul right now is the living room.  And I know what you are thinking - wha???  I thought you were doing the kitchen and the foyer, etc. YES!  That is the problem!

When I was a young girl, my parents always told me it was more important to know a little bit about a lot of things as opposed to a lot about one thing.  They told me it would make me a much more interesting conversationalist at cocktail parties.  Thanks Mom & Dad - it turns out to be quite true.  :-)

Unfortunately, I seem to have adopted this concept and applied it to my home improvement projects.  I have been doing a little bit of work in a lot of rooms.  I need to get one room done and finish it!

This leads me to my current project - my deep dark secret - my dreaded living room!  Cue the chilling scream and spooky music.  LOL.

Yes - it is time to come clean - THIS is the state of my living room.  In its hey day, it was cranberry, mauve and hunter green. You can pause here if your stomach is a little queasy.  Being the 1990s it was really a gorgeous room as my parents had custom draperies and furniture but, alas, it has been sitting in a time warp and it became a catch all for all sorts of things.  I tore up the carpeting quite a while ago and the pile of stone in the picture has also been sitting there.  It was a sweet deal on Craigslist and couldn't pass it up.  I always dreamed of a stone wall in this room and it is now a work in progress.

This room needs a TON of work but I decided that I want to have this room done for the holidays this year!  A daunting task but I am so motivated.  I have all the furniture and items for this room - have had it for quite a while - hence the chair in plastic in the picture above.  I just need to paint the walls, the ceiling, the floors,  stone the wall, put up molding and put everything in place.  Piece of cake, right?  YIKES.

I seriously cannot believe I am posting these pictures!  I feel so vulnerable right now.  LOL  I found those room dividers at a Habitat Restore and I am excited to rehab them and put them in place.

The metal lath in place and ready for the scratch coat!  

The waterproof barrier and the metal lath prepare the wall for scratch coat and stone application.

Here is the scratch coat complete.  I HATE this job but I'm glad its done.  

Here is the progress so far.... I know I am going to love it!  But a long way to go.

So, will I get it done?  I am very bound and determined.  I imagine watching those awesome cheesy Christmas movies, with my Christmas tree and my cozy furniture as the snow falls outside.  It is this vision alone which is my motivation.  I saw this sign on Pinterest and I love it.  Since I believe I will get this done, I will.  I hope to post more progress this week!  Happy Monday!

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