When we first arrived, this is what the living room looked like. Not awful. Not great. I didn’t like all the dark brown and wanted to bring in some coastal colors. Like, ASAP. In fact, we began shopping before we arrived to redecorate because we knew our time would be limited. After two months, this is what the same room looked like.
I wasn’t 100 percent sold, so I didn’t buy them. Then I went home and mentally designed the whole room around them. So, of course, when we went back to get them they were gone. I suppose that was a good thing, though, because a few days later we hit a Marshalls in North Carolina, and found these.
I had ordered one panel of a curtain design I’d found on Amazon and selected the spray paint color at Lowe’s that most closely matched it. I have to credit my brother-in-law Michael for doing the dirty work on these. Sal and his dad took them apart and he sprayed them outside — in the heat of June. I loved our new ones more than the first ones I’d seen, especially because of the glass and chrome base. I think that they look much more sleek and modern.
Here’s that curtain panel I’d ordered.
We draped it over the taupe medallion rug in our bedroom in Virginia and thought it made for a nice sea and sand motif, so we robbed the rug out of our bedroom and hauled it down I95 to its new home in Vero Beach. It was the first change we made.
whined waited patiently until Sal installed the shell chandelier we’d snagged on clearance at our local Lowe’s in Virginia for $40. We didn’t love the pedestal table in the dining area (it had a laminate top and wasn’t large enough for our little family of four) so we set out looking for more of a farm style table. We thought we’d found a great deal through Craigslist, but the guy kept backing out of appointments then finally yelled at me when I called to reschedule.
Later, we found an antique oak dining table at the Vero Beach Habitat ReStore and kept the lattice back chairs. We are currently having a carpenter in Virginia duplicate the center leaf so it can be widened to seat six. The console table came from Ross and looked like this before we sprayed it silver.
The pattern on the chairs was a little bold and clashed with our new color scheme, so we recovered them (our kids sleep so soundly after a day playing on the beach that the staple gun in the next room does not wake them!).
We sold the entertainment center through a local auction house and moved a long wicker dresser (it had been serving as a clothes storage slash big obstacle to walk around in the master bedroom) into its place. It really opened up the space. No more looking around the big entertainment center when you walked through the room. We painted it a pale seafoam to match the curtains.
We kept the leather sofa and loveseat. At first we thought we’d hate them, but they are actually really comfortable (the sides of the sofa recline) and they were neutral enough to work well with the design scheme.
The coffee table and the office cabinet were both bought cheap (Craigslist and ReStore) and painted to continue the design scheme. I found an antique silver paint application tutorial that used Rustoleum metal paint and a chocolate glaze for the office cabinet. We hid the printer, modem, and the router in it.
We found a small round wood table top at Lowe’s and replaced the old pedestal table top to create a breakfast nook. The top is stained in a driftwood finish and the pedestal was painted aqua to match the lamps. The chairs (from T.J.Maxx) are really comfortable and this spot is one of my favorite places to relax.
I’m pleased with what we were able to do on a fairly tight budget. All furniture was either bought at a discount store (T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods), through Craigslist, or at Habitat ReStore. Working with the sofa and loveseat was likely the smartest financial decision we made. We splurged on curtain panels (5 at $80 a pop), but saved on everything else, and I really think they add so much in terms of color to the room that they were worth it.