It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I closed on the Liberty House, but here we are… one new roof, one working boiler, one sanded and refinished floor, one fully unpacked kitchen, and a whole lot of not-unpacked boxes stashed in various rooms of the house later, and frankly, I’m ready to start something fun.
Sometimes getting through what amounts to a three-year list of house projects requires small wins early on for motivation, and I’ve decided the Pink Parlor is going to be mine. (I might toss a little bit of fun with the downstairs bath in there too, while I’m at it, because there are just so many places to start I know I’m going to have a hard time focusing on just one.)
I was dually informed by my family to expect a full-on invasion for my birthday which is not very many weeks away, actually, and at the very least having the living room in decent shape will mean that people will have somewhere to sit other than the barn.
Here are the “before” pictures of the room.
It pretty much looks just like this now but with holes in the ceiling from repairing the radiator pipes and a bunch of random furniture crammed in it.
Here’s the plan:
1. Get it ready. That means patching all the holes in the ceiling, moving all the random furniture to another room (thankfully I have plenty), cleaning out the fireplace, and pulling all the radiator covers and light switches off.
2. Paint stuff. The wainscoting, trim, and fireplace are all going to be white. I’m tempted to go white on the walls too, but we’ll see.
3. More sanding. Apparently refinishing floors is like childbirth in that you forget the pain of it and a few short weeks later are all “Hey, look at the awesome result of all of that labor… let’s do that again!” Okay, actually, I have no experience with childbirth, but three weeks ago I was convinced I was going to hire out the rest of the floor sanding, and now I think I’m probably going to suck it up and spend another weekend swearing at the drum sander. Technically I should do this before painting the walls, but I just can’t… I need the walls done for motivation, even if it means wiping them down again after the floors are finished.
4. Swap out that awesome light fixture. I bought the Weathervane chandelier from Pottery Barn years ago to go in the Memorial house, and I’m not sure if it will quite go in this room, but I’m going to give it a shot.
5. Pretty up the fireplace. I’m going to start by painting the trim white, and then make some decisions about the brick and slate-like hearth.
6. Fill ‘er up. I’m not laboring under the illusion that collecting the right pieces of furniture for this house (and this room specifically) is going to happen overnight. The two things I’d like to invest in sooner rather than later are a good “sleeper” couch and rug.
I’m planning to start on the patching and painting this weekend, floors next weekend, and if I’m lucky I’ll have a fully functional living room in a few weeks.