Here it is. The semi-finished product. Yes, the entertainment center still needs all it's goodies, but this is essentially it. The living room still needs a good scrubbing...and some base boards...and to move all the furniture back in....okay, there's still some work to do.
The family room.
What changed? The big one: the floor. We went with wood looking tile. The carpet we originally had was builders grade carpet...yuck. After five years, it was ready for a change, and we were ready for something better. I totally wanted wood, Bj wanted tile, and we both got something we wanted. The walls changed too, from a tan to a light blue (valspar...oxygen white). Why? I love that color blue, plus....I think it lightens and brightens. Also, while we were at it, we got new base boards....soooooo much better.
Here is what it used to look like.
So, what do the kids think? Liz (who has been requesting a move for nigh unto a year) said our house was like new, and she likes it now. Madeline and Mitchell have been over hearing their parents (apparently), and keep talking about how this will be so much easier to clean, will look better, etc....
Bj and I did this ourselves, with some help from friends.
Would I do a project like this again? I want to say no...it was slightly horrible. Yet I know I love to save money. I am sure I will forget the pain and agony of the last few weeks...just like childbirth.
Man, that entertainment center looks nice with nothing in it....(yes, I am a minimalist)...maybe I should leave it empty.