I used to have a quite regular feature where I'd compare two or more things such as our cats, restaurants, Argentina-America, etc; you can find such posts under the tag "contrasts". This is not a comeback, but I thought it made sense to show you the first stage of our living room makeover as a before/after contrast post :).
Our living room - part I
We had planned to start making our house our home as soon as I got in this country, but for different reasons we kept putting that off. This year, as soon as we got our tax money, we started house shopping and it's been FUN!
I failed to take a good picture of the living room before, so this one will have to do. The boxes on the floor are our new piece of furniture :).
I can't take any credit in this stage because David put everything up himself without help. I think it took him about half a day to complete the whole piece.
We got our wallpaper the next day, so we kept the protective transparent plastic on the black part. We should have probably done the wall first and then put up the piece of furniture, but we got too excited and couldn't wait :p.
About using wallpaper, let me tell ya something, walls can be a bitch, haha! Specially when they're not perfectly even like ours. There was a lot of sanding, bitching, aligning patterns, getting rid of bubbles (a lot of bubbles) and more bitching. But we did it!
We moved the furniture back onto the wall to see what the whole combo looked like and the next morning we started trimming the edges, which wasn't easy either.
We did the best we could, but since we're not 100% happy with our job, we're going to add moldings to sorta frame the wall and hide the imperfections on the edges. The black material looks really shiny now that we've taken the plastic off :).
Next up is moving David's computer to the office and the drum set to the garage (where he's building a small recording studio). We'll eventually also change this couch to an L shaped one, and since we have some leftover wallpaper we're going to frame it and hang it on the white wall to the right. Maybe a music poster will be added, too? I see a Belle & Sebastian one, haha.
I'm excited with the changes we're planning to make in the house :). We want to fix the office next to turn it into a proper office/guest room and then maybe paint stripes in the bathroom. And as we go, we're also going to add little details here and there :p.
Oh, in case you're curious to know where we got the wallpaper, we ordered it online from CarolineMcGrath.co.uk. If you're planning to wallpaper and have no experience or don't want to spend much, I highly recommend that you choose a pattern with lines, like this one, so it's easier to align and you don't have to worry about matching the pattern on its sides, that was a big time saver.
Happy midweek, everyone! ;D