Some of you might remember that I started this project a couple years ago in Desperately Seeking Martha Stewart. The kiddies were still pretty young and going through a Michaelangelo / graffiti artist phase. The entire house was their canvas. This was also when they refused to use napkins. Wiping their smudgy little hands on the walls was a much more effective. It drove this mamá a little crazy, so I often found myself repainting the walls the same light blue color that clashed with the cement floor tiles. Then there was the off-white accent wall. Looking back at it now, I think it looked pretty nice. But I remember how much of a nightmare it was to try to keep it clean.
That's when I got the brilliant idea to redecorate. I had tons of ideas. One of which was to repaint the white accent wall in a dark mocha. But thanks to a mix-up at the paint store, I ended up with a peanut butter color. It was no where near what I wanted, but I was determined to "make it work".
Then it was time to move on to the next step in our Extreme Makeover: Living Room Edition. It should have been an easy enough task, being that Hubby is the best upholstery dude ever. But we could never agree on a fabric. I wanted vinyl, he wanted plaid or something else I considered equally hideous. It also didn't help that every time Hubby worked with a new fabric, I wanted to include it in our design. Like this cow print that inspired a country western / Bonanza / John Wayne theme.
As the weeks passed by, Hubby and I started to agree with the kiddies who thought the peanut butter color looked more like icky brown poop. It left us feeling uninspired and we gave up on wanting to make over our living room.
Fast forward to almost a year and a half later, when out of the blue, Hubby mentioned that the walls needed repainting and the couches were in dire need to be reupholstered. My heart skipped a beat in excitement, but before I let myself get carried away, I told Hubby that I wouldn't mind painting as long as we could get rid of the light blue. After 8 years of living with the light blue walls, just looking at them made me sick to my stomach.
That's when Hubby turned to me and said the words that every woman, who's about to redecorate, wants to hear....
"You can paint the walls any color you want!"I was ecstatic and I ran straight to the paint store, where I picked up about a thousand swatches. I thought I'd have a harder time deciding on a color, especially with so many choices. But in less than an hour, Hope and I knew exactly how we wanted to redesign our living room.
This is what our living room looked like just a few weeks ago. Not very different from the pics above.
And this is how it started to look with the Turron and Rustic Red colors we chose.
Once I started painting, Hubby and I ran into a bit of a problem. I wanted him to reupholster our couches in a dark chocolate vinyl. But Hubby wanted something totally different. The fabric he had in mind wasn't all that horrible, and since it is his living room too, I agreed to let him reupholster the couches however he wanted.
Ta-da!!! What do you think? Hubby still has to finish the love seat and the ottoman. And I still have to finish painting the entryway and dining room. And then we need to add a few decorative accents. But I think we've made some real progress.