Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Living & Dining Rooms Sophisticated Makeover!

I recently updated our upstairs hallway & stairwell and wanted to continue that same sophisticated, glamorous look for our downstairs living areas, including converting "The Blue Room" into a formal dining room

Our current living room (10 ½ x 16) has a large black leather sectional, colorful accent chairs, 2 modern black side tables, and to conserve floor space, a wall mounted 3-D Smart TV and floating wall mounted TV stand with console and DVD storage.  We have a 60" espresso slat bench  with a custom cut piece of glass on top of it as our coffee table that is large enough for the sectional, but doesn’t compromise floor space. When the kids want to play the Wii or Kinect the “coffee table” slides right under the Floating TV Stand and there is plenty of space for them to jump around. I installed a panel bracket system (the same I used for my panel curtains) to the wall above the in-wall AC unit, and hung a large poster print so that whenever the AC wasn't in use I could slide the poster in front of it.  To store all the video games and controllers I built a small 2 shelf unit the same width of the wall next to the opening between the rooms, painted it the same color as the wall, and attached stainless steel legs to raise it so it would clear the baseboard heaters. We have light gray walls with black, white, blue, and green stripes throughout the living room. I painted a larger bottom stripe with various shaped colors broken up by silver lines on the wall leading to the stairs, and hung picture frames. I have 3 Ikea Nils stools along the wall for additional seating. We also have a small modern fish tank on a tall acrylic stand against the wall next to the stairs landing.

The living room is joined to our Family room, or as we call it “The Blue Room”, by a large 7 ½’ wide opening.  “The Blue Room” (12x 13 ½) is our computer room /office/ dining room/ music room/ art studio /game room. The current Blue Room configuration is very open, with the computer desk, drum set, a few shelving units and a bar height table with 6 stools. The ceiling fan light was not as bright as we sometimes need so I also purchased a floor lamp, which I placed on top of the "Art Supplies" shelving unit with a dimmer switch. I ordered Cardboard Safari animal heads and had the kids make their own designs on them and hung them on the wall surrounding the TV.


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The living room didn’t need much change aside from paint and some accent pieces, but The Blue Room needed a complete makeover!  

I created these vision boards and floor plan:

Living Room Vision Board

Blue Room Vision Board

I painted the wall between the entryway and stairs the same dark gray I used for the upstairs hallway and stairwell. I purchased a console table and large round mirror to go on the wall. I cut and glued plywood cut outs to our bland plywood door and painted it glossy black, and trim a bright white. I painted over all the stripes with the same light gray paint I already had on the walls in the main living room.  I replaced the 2 blue and green accent chairs with Tufted Light Gray Linen chairs, and replaced the colorful pillows and throw on the sectional with black, white, and gray -with metallic silver and gold pillows and a faux white sheepskin. The colorful curtain panels were replaced by dark gray panels and a pleated white shade. The small 1 bulb ceiling light we currently had was too dim for the size of the room so I replaced it with a 5 spotlight ceiling light. We now have a lot of natural light well into the evening and ample light at night.

I spray painted all our decorative accents either gold or silver, including one of the black side tables I placed the “AK 47” lamp I made on.

“The Blue Room” was officially changed to “The Dining Room”
I painted the walls the same light and dark grays used in the hallway and living room, painted the closet door glossy black, and all the trims bright white. I replaced our metal blinds with the same light filtering pleated white shades I used in the living room, and mounted our TV onto the middle beam of the double window sill, and installed 2 double spotlights over the window. I replaced the ceiling fan with the same 5 spotlight ceiling light I used in the living room.

I converted the smaller shelving unit that used to store the art supplies into a TV/CPU/Router/Game console storage unit. I cut 2 fiberboard panels, painted them white, and used Diamond knobs I had left over from my Master bedroom makeover and mounted them using self-closing hinges.  I purchased a set of 2 nesting console tables and placed the shelving unit under the larger of the 2, and centered them under the TV in from of the window. Now our television serves as the CPU monitor as well, and I eliminated our old Bulky CPU Desk! I purchased 2 Chesterfield Dark Grey Tufted Velvet Arm Chairs to flank the new “TV console stand”. I used one of the white fur stools I made as a small side table/ foot rest, and hung floating succulents of varying shapes and sizes at different heights, from the ceiling over one of the chairs.

I combined the 2 bigger shelving units I had (1 horizontally and 1 vertically) to make one large storage/display/buffet cabinet. I painted more silver and gold shapes onto the already painted black and white doors. I painted the inside of the open shelves gold and added lighting strips. I had a large wood framed mirror that I spray painted gold and hung it over the horizontal unit. I also spray painted some of the hexagon pieces of a clock gold and hung it on that wall.

I used the smaller of the 2 nesting console tables as our desk, and placed the other 2 white fur stools I made under it. On the wall over the desk I made a collage of the varying picture frames I had.  (I spray painted some of them gold). I re purposed our utility cart as bar cart and purchased a new dining room set with an expandable glass dining table and 6 modern clear dining chairs that look spectacular!


 The whole family is very pleased with our new living and dining rooms.  I was able to maintain the many functions we need and have ample space to eat/play/hang out, without compromising the sophisticated and glamorous look I wanted!  

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Glam Stool Hack

I wanted to glam up my 3 Ikea Nils stools.


I taped off the legs and left about 1 ½” of the bottom of them exposed and spray painted them gold.

I purchased 3- 18"x 18" Mongolian Fur Pillows at Target. I cut “X” on one side of the pillow, and removed the stuffing

laid the flaps open, placed the stools upside down on the shell

I pulled the flaps up and over the sides of the stool and used a staple gun to staple them to the inside of the stool  

I am very pleased with my glamorous white fur stools!

Monday, April 11, 2016

AK47 Lamp

I fell in love with an AK 47 Lamp, but the cost was $300+!!
I decided to make my own!

I used an Ikea 18" Hemma lamp, an Airsoft "AK 47", and gold spray paint.

I dismantled the rifle and hollowed out the barrell

spray painted it gold

reassembled it around the lamp rod
I lucked out and found a black lamp shade with gold lining at Target "as is" for $10!

LOVEEEE the results!