If you could remember my first post about finally having the ideal color scheme for the house, well, I’m glad to announce that it’s a work in progress. The 30-day challenge includes:
1. Making the first floor (Living room/work area, dining room, kitchen and the unknown area next to the dining room) bright, clean-looking and organized.
2. Budget: P15,000 (or less, maybe 10?)
Basically, I want the house to have this kind of feel, light and airy like a beach cottage.
But the problem lies with the light. The whole ground floor has only one pathetic-looking window. So just imagine where I could get the “light” as well as the “airy”. But that’s the challenge, right? I’m so sick of this living room looking absolutely sad (I’d like to use the word forlorn because it sounds sadder and old just like the living room!)
Here’s one side of the living room. (Pardon the full length mirror. That’s a desperate attempt to create light through reflection.)
And here’s where my husband and I work. (Since I got a new laptop few months ago, he “inherited” the iMac and I work in the bedroom because we have a huge window up there.*Sunlight!*)
(I didn’t bother tidying up the place for the picture. It wouldn’t make the room more inviting anyway.)
The 30-day challenge has started last Thursday but like I said before, I have to gather enough guts to post these before pictures. But this is a DIY blog so the before pics should matter, right?
Now, here’s my plan:
1. No more dark furniture. Since I am under a budget, buying new ones is out of the question. The solution: PAINT! That shoe rack was the first one to go through a paint bath. The TV stand is still being painted outside. (By the way, we have a proper tv stand, not the poor Ikea table. I just took this picture while writing this entry.)
2. The ugly computer chairs need upgrade too. The first one has been done already.
3. The roller blinds need a new look too. (in progress)
4. The sofas…(my biggest mistake) slip cover it is! Do you think I should paint the black frame too?
5. Lack table from Ikea needs a face lift too.
6. Large mirror/mirrors should definitely be on one wall (or two?)
7. The rest of the plan is not even born yet… 🙁
Here are my 2 MAJOR problems;
1. The window: How do I make it look larger? (Notice that it is oddly shaped? What is this, a mosque?!)
Maybe similar to these ones would do. It might work on the opposite side of the workpalce too (where the full length mirror is right now).
2. The odd space where the full length mirror is. There’s about a foot wide protrusion on the wall which gets narrower on one side. I have been looking for inspirations for that space but nothing has struck me yet. A built-shelf? A gallery wall? Suggestions please.
Can you now imagine how much work needs to be done? That’s the fun part and I need suggestions, lots of it! Please! 🙂