Taking Back the Living Room

Even though minimal work was done in the living room during the renovation it has been a wreck. The actual changes were removing a window and exchanging places with the front door and another window.

The living room before the renovation.
The living room before the renovation.
The same angle as the photo above -- the door has been replaced by a window.
The same angle as the photo above — the door has been replaced by a window.

For a while all our furniture was in the living room covered with dust sheets.

The living room was the catchall for everything including our king size bed.
The living room was the catchall for everything including our king size bed.

Now the walls have been repaired and spackled.

The large area of drywall mud is where a window was removed.
The large area of drywall mud is where a window was removed.

Last night I gave the unpainted areas a coat of primer so I would be ready to start this morning on the actual painting.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.
The fireplace wall before the renovation.
The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.
The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

My plans for today are to:

Clearly only a superwoman could get all of that finished.

The front door and central window in the living room have exchanged places.
The front door and central window in the living room have exchanged places.
The front wall of the living room.
The front wall of the living room.

I’m hoping for the first and last items to be completed before I collapse.

Plans for the weekend? Exciting? Drudgery?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Taking Back the Living Room”

  1. It’s my “birthday weekend,” so I’m taking it easy! (Actually, I’ll be weeding in a shady spot until the sun comes around.) I know the feeling of a room being a catch-all–I haven’t seen my dining room table for a year! Eventually we will dig out and put everything back in place again.

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