If you’ve been following along on our living-room-to-dining-room-makeover-journey-thing, you know that we’ve come a long way since day one:
It’s almost embarrassing that we ever thought we could just get away using the same layout as the previous owners. This project taught us a ton about thinking outside the box and it really goes to show that a little imagination goes a long way. It’s funny that this redesign of our floor plan took no major construction effort whatsoever. We didn’t hire an architect, we didn’t knock out any walls, we didn’t even have to patch any drywall. We simply thought about things a little differently. And by doing so, we were able to create a more functional, beautiful, and desirable layout for our needs.
Here’s a little recap of what we went through to make it all happen:
- Realized we didn’t use the living room at all and had a bit of a revelation. —- (thanks to P&R for taking this pic! check out their blog!)
- Put a dining room table in the living room and sold the couch. I guess this officially made it a dining room.
- Added a temporary makeshift china cabinet (one of the old shelves) while we continue to search for the perfect piece.
When you add all of that together, stick it in a blender, and turn that blender on high (and leave it on over the course of a year) you get the finished product.
And here’s a little before and after action:
We hope you guys enjoyed this journey as much as we have. It’s been nuts and we’ve totally learned never to say the dreaded “C” word (complete) because it seems as if a room is never actually finished just forever on-its-way. So now it’s your turn to let us know what you think! They say that we grow out of our imaginations… I say that is false, it just evolves. Let us know how you’ve been thinking outside the box? Dreaming up new ways to look at your house? Breaking down the barriers that a blueprint has defined. A living room doesn’t have to be a living room just because a builder in 1964 said so. It’s our house now. We’ll gladly make it our home.
Update: Check out our entry to East Coast Creative’s CWTS!