Mr. Wetzel and I bought our house in August 2010, and we’ve been slowly fixing ‘er up ever since. You can see a tour of our house, pre-updates, HERE. When we moved in, our living room needed a lot of work. Man-work. Grunting and such:
The first thing Mr. Wetzel did was tear out the atrocious bookcase/mantel along the fireplace’s wall. He called this mantel “the bane of the living room.” Notice how the wall where the mantel support used to be is still the original dark wood color. That mantel has been there for awhile.
A little surprise awaited us: a Q-tip stuck between the mantel and the wall.
And another surprise: this room used to have carpets. I guess the laminate floors were installed around the mantel. What a lovely shade of green. It almost looks like moss or mold or something alive and slimy.
But, wait! There’s more! Here’s a little clip of the treasures that we found lying there. (It’s a really poor-quality video, taken with my old phone. Please forgive):
Mr. Wetzel got a crew of our friends together, and they had a grueling time scraping off the dirty, yucky popcorn ceiling. The next day, I spray-textured the ceiling to even out its scrapes and grooves.
We painted the walls and the ceiling, removed an ugly wall-lamp, threw away the terrible (and broken) window blinds, moved in our furniture, painted the fireplace, and decorated. Here’s a sneak peak at the finished product:
Check back for a full tour of the Living Room!