Well, actually, I have cleaned off the countertops so that's a good start. And we got an oven. ;)
I've got the green light from my father-in-law to paint this space. And I already shared some of my plans and inspirational photos...I'm planning to paint it gray with crisp white trim. And I even picked a few of my favorite shades of gray already.
But something is holding me back. Not sure if it's plain old procrastination (since painting doesn't really rank up there as one of my fav past times) or just really not being sold on my first idea. Or well, life, in general. We're super busy and overwhelmed with starting the business.
But the thing is, this room is on the northeast side of the house, surrounded by some large trees and it doesn't get a ton of light (other than very first thing in the morning). And I just crave light. And I keep fearing that even if I choose a lighter shade of gray that I'll still feel like it's too dark in there and then I won't want to be in there. And the living room and dining room are my absolute favorite rooms in the house cuz they remind me of how old the house is. I love history. And the walls are off-white now and it already seems dark. So I've actually been considering taking cues from Levi's bathroom (which you can also access from the living room, that my sister-in-law I believe recently repainted). It is stark white. And I love it. You can do anything with white.
Dave's totally not sold on the idea, but I told him that I think I'll just prime the entire room (ceiling, walls, trim) before buying the gray paint and then it will be "white" and we can decide how we like it before we commit to buying the gray paint.
Just check out these images I've gathered on Pinterest of white living rooms.
The last thing I want is a "sterile" living room. But I feel like with the right furniture and accessories it can still feel very warm and welcoming. In fact, I didn't even realize that last inspirational photo was a white room until I was looking back thru my pin boards. I originally pinned it cuz I love that West Elm rug. :) But now I see that the room is stark white yet feels very cozy.
So, basically, when I figure it all out, we'll be
1. Priming and painting the living room.
2. Upgrading the light fixture with a little DIY work or replacing it with a drum shade or something.
3. Hanging a fun-filled photo gallery wall somewhere in there or in the dining room...?
4. Possibly slipcovering an old couch that's down in the basement and bringing it up in the living room for additional seating.
5. And possibly DIY-ing a tufted ottoman from the coffee table in our family room.
6. And if we have a load of extra $$ late in the year, we'd love to update that carpeting! Ah!