living room: 2018 - i did it again

i can't leave shit alone. never have, most likely never will. sorry, husband. it's one of the few traits i got from my father, the man who perpetually redecorated our entire house without notice (like the one time my mom came home & he had ripped up the carpet, as well as ripped down the floor-to-ceiling paneling covering all four walls, in our family room). 

i switched the living room back. i came home one day & told ryan that i wanted to move it again & quite honestly, i don't even remember why. it was several months ago & i just now got around to taking a few photos when it was clean & particularly nice outside. i'm happy with it for now. i still hate walking in the house & seeing a huge tv first thing but i guess i can't eat my cake & have it too.

the couches are my nemeses. we were gifted the brown couch awhile ago & it does it's job. i typically don't mind it. it's at least neutral & clean-lined. the grey loveseat was given to us last month & i begrudgingly agreed because having one comfortable seating area with two big dogs who also want a seat didn't really work so well. it came home with us for free with four big-ass chunky block legs that i took off. it helped. unfortunately, the leg removal did not change the shape of the back cushions. the dogs thoughts? they very quickly claimed it as their own & it makes my eyes burn a little bit less. every morning when we wake up, at least one of them is curled up on it. they're pretty cute i guess.

one day we'll have couches that we actually pick out & love. i'd also like to replace the lights in here. the recessed lighting needs an upgrade & the main light could just use some pretty. i've also decided to paint all of the window frames black, inside & out. that one i'm pretty excited about & a big plus: it's free because i already have everything i need! i may or may not have already started "operation: restore your windows" before i've finished the kitchen cabinets.....

 

sorry husband.

 

 

updates in black

things are slow-going at the house. okay fine, the progress is pretty much non-existent right now. i have no reason for this other than that i just haven't been working on it. we're currently sporting open shelving in the kitchen because i have yet to finish painting the fronts of the doors. they're just sitting, piled up on our counters & taking over half of the living room. i desperately want our house to be put back together but obviously not too badly.

i am so happy with the bottom cabinets though. i love the black & i love the brushed nickel hardware on the black. i contemplated doing black hardware but i think i made the right decision. 

cabinet latches. why don't more people use latches? i love them so much, especially if you're in an older house, get on board with the latches. i find them so beautiful in the simplest way. (i took these before i had done any touch-ups.)

 

in another part of the house, black makes me happy too. i haven't shared anything about it in a very long time... the bedroom. one day i'll maybe actually finish a post about it but for now, this is where we're at. i'm never certain about any of my decisions that are bedroom related. i know what i like but figuring out how to incorporate what i like into what also works for our house & how we live, that i struggle with. the debate in my head about beds & whether i want a real one or not is constant. that debate is closely followed by "what if i tried a dark deep color on the walls to make it cozy". it's a never ending cycle. i've mostly learned to just ignore it & do whatever i want in the moment. sometimes it works. sometimes i end up buying a bed frame & headboard, only to sell it about 6 months later. eh!

one thing i did finally settle on is that i needed a dresser in the bedroom. i haven't had one in years. i've been storing my folded laundry inside of baskets in a cabinet in the other bedroom. in the other bedroom where none of my other clothes or belongings live. i know that it doesn't make sense but the minimalist in me had refused to by something unless i knew what it was i was looking for.

well, i found this antique dresser last month & it's exactly what i'd been looking for. it took months & months to find something that checked all the boxes for what i wanted:

  • small enough to fit well between the doors but big enough to hold the tv
  • two drawers
  • long legs so that it was up off the floor
  • antique
  • under $200 - preferably under $100
  • & a plus if it still has casters!

i finally found this at an antique store/flea market & knew when i saw the casters that i had to jump on it. my only problem? i can't figure out how i feel about the finish. the drawers are beautiful but the base is some sort of pinkish tinted whitewash. i actually don't hate it but it doesn't feel right to me & i have no idea what to do with it. do i try sanding it all down to its natural state & staining it? do i paint it? what color? i've been living with it, hoping that the longer i did, an answer would come to me but i'm not any closer to a solution that i feel good about.

on the other hand, those black doors always make me so happy to see. if only i could finally settle on what i want the rest of the room to do...