last summer i decided it was time to remodel my living and dining rooms. i had lived in my little house (under 800 sq feet) for 11 years at that point, and i was ready for an update. and ready for new windows! my windows were ancient, and no amount of silicon caulk would keep out the drafts. so i prepared for 2-3 months of dust and upheaval, said goodbye to savings, sold my furniture, and found a contractor.
but first, a couple of before shots:
in my twenties i was going for a craftsman bungalow/earth tone/dark wood vibe (even though i did not live in a craftsman bungalow). and i hated spending money on furniture, so i did a lot of my shopping at pier one and world market.
the drabness was really starting getting me down, i hated all of my furniture, and i needed color…
and here we are after:
color! and light woods! the pendant lamp, chairs, table, sideboard, bookshelf, rug are all from ikea. lucky me — i came across ikea’s cybermonday deal last november, so i ordered most of the big items online and got free delivery. the green chairs are not from ikea, they are a little eames splurge: i couldn’t help it! the wine “rack” was found at ROAM.
the walls are painted an off-white, with the exception of the north wall of the dining room, which is a dark grey. i picked my wall colors using pantone color chips, and i matched pantone 404 u with behr’s amazon stone (but i really wasn’t impressed with the quality of the behr paint). the big painting above the sideboard is one that i did many summers ago — it was one of my first attempts at oils, and while very amateur, i still like it. the smaller painting to the left is one i purchased from artist gineke zikken in the last time i was in amsterdam.
i was eligible for the energy tax credits based on the work i had done, which helped ease the pain of the overall bill of the project. and it was really nice to have a draft-free dining room over the winter! i did use less gas to heat my house: my energy company provides the average temperature for the billed month of the current year with the average temperature of the previous year, along with energy usage for both time periods. so i didn’t need to figure out if i saved money with the fluctuating price of natural gas — i was actually able to see that i used fewer gas therms over the course of the winter. nice!
tomorrow, the living room!