Hello! How about a quick introduction? My name is Emily from WhatEmilyDoes and I’m guest blogging today. Thank you, Jenna, for letting me chime in and introduce myself to your readers!
I’m here with a little before and after action of my current living room. We bought this house about a year and a half ago and I knew from day 1 that this room begged for some cabinetry on either side of the fireplace. Here’s what it looked like when we bought it (photos from the MLS listing).
Then we moved in, replaced the floors, painted (although I am coming to terms that I chose the wrong wall color. Womp, Womp. That will be changing in the next few months), and threw our furniture in the space.
Then I added some window treatments. You can see here in this picture that I was short one of the blue ikat curtain panels. HAHA. I forgot until now that I lived one panel short for a couple months simply because I was saving to buy the final one. These were my first non-IKEA panels and even though they weren’t crazy expensive they were still a big ticket item for us.
There is more space on the right side of the fireplace than the left and I wanted to see if it would look weird to have the built-ins asymmetric. The thing is, the fireplace itself is not symmetrical so I thought the builtins would be okay too. We sketched them out and I decided that I was completely okay with the asymmetry! This may drive some people crazy, but it works for me.
While the cabinets were being built I was busy narrowing down my color choices. I knew I wanted a green of some sort and these pictures were my inspiration for going olive-y/army/messenger bag-ish green.
I settled on Sage Green Light by Sherwin Williams and after hours of install and lots of painting, here is what it looks like today.
I know, Frozen on the TV totally makes the shot. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, am I right? Along with re-painting the walls a creamy white we’re going to have some wainscoting added to where the TV is and have it run all the way to the ceiling. It will be the same style as what we put in my son’s nursery.
I’ve been back and forth on painting the brick. It’s a really pretty brick, not a yucky orange or red, so it’s harder for me to commit knowing I can’t take it back. What do you think?? I’m definitely a painted brick person though…hmmm…talking about it makes me want to do it.
Let’s take one more look at the before again…
I hope you enjoyed this post! You can find more of my renovations over at my blog, and Instagram is a great place to follow along with my current projects, whether it’s a flip house, client design, or more renovations around my own home.