When we first looked at our house, I can remember thinking “Interesting. Well this living room is going to be a little hard to decorate, but we’ll figure it out.” And then I thought no more about it. Oh, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
This room is totally winning, you guys, and it’s making me insane. All my “fixes” I’ve had in mind for so long just keep making it worse and I feel like I am losing my mind. And since the living room is the biggest room in the house and it’s the first room you see when you walk in the door and it’s the room we spent the most time in, it’s really affects my mood when I don’t like how it looks.
I am pretty happy with all the other rooms in my house. Not all of them are finished but I know what things I would like to add to them eventually. But this room makes me crazy pants because I can’t even figure out how to fix or what furniture it needs and I have this feeling that there must be some magic solution to how to arrange the furniture, but everyone who sees it or I ask about it gets the same “huh” look on their face that I always have when faced with this stupid room.
Ok, so the room. It’s the most long narrow room in the history of time.
On the same side of the room that the tv is on, there’s an entrance to the dining room.
The door to the entryway is in the third wall and there’s a giant picture window in the fourth wall, over the couch.
So we have these long walls that need to be filled, but they also look awful if you just line furniture up marching down the walls.
At some point the windows that were in it were removed, so now we’re left with just that one big giant window that faces the street. We recently moved our couch in front of the window, and that’s about the only thing I’m happy with in the room.
We used to have the desk facing the street, in front of the window, but we moved it so it sort of sticks out into the room at the back, in front of the bookshelves. See it over on the side there, towards the back?
I wish I didn’t have to have a desk in this room, but there’s literally no where else to put it in this house. It works, for the most part. It’s actually nice to look out into the room when you are working on the computer and it puts the computer farther back into the room and makes a little workspace in the corner.
I am ok with the back of the room. The fireplace and the bookshelves look nice and even though my children never listen when I tell them to stay off my white chair, the covers are washable so it’s not the end of the world when it gets dirty.
The tv wall is the wall that is giving me fits. We put this mirror here because we used to have it where the tv is hanging, and it looks awful there. My kids futz with it all day long too. But if I take it away, I have GIANT EMPTY WALL WITH NOTHING BUT A TV ON IT. I am not a fan of “tv surrounded by art gallery”. I mean, it’s a tv. Let’s not pretend it isn’t a tv, right? It’s not art. But the dingy cabinet filled with crap and the dirty mirror and the GIANT WALL WITH NOTHING BUT A TV ON IT is…not good.
I have been looking for giant dressers/armoires/buffets etc that I could paint. I thought for awhile maybe filling up with the space with a giant piece of furniture would help…fill up the space. But I moved my buffet under the tv from the dining room just to see what it looked like and it looked terrible. Most of the new large furniture I like, I can’t afford. What I can afford is either too small, or else it’s on Craigslist, and I don’t have a way to get it home. I also don’t know that my house can support another “you bought this at a garage sale, didn’t you?” piece of furniture without looking like everything I own came from a garage sale. Even something like this, which I like, I think might look sort of iffy in my living room.
However, I have formed a plan! Keep in my mind my budget for this plan is something like 14 dollars.
First look at this picture.
So. I am going to buy a cord cover thingee and secure it to the wall to hide the cords hanging down from the tv. Then I am going to mix up some gray paint from the giant stash of paint in my garage and I am going to paint a section of the wall behind the tv (from floor to ceiling) gray. This will sort of break up the wall, a bit, at least in my mind, and make the wall into “the section with the puffy white chair by the bookshelf”, “the tv area”, and then “the section by the brown chair.” Behindish the brown chair I will put three black and white pictures of whatever I take three black and white pictures of in the next three days and I will frame them in thrift store frames painted…a color you will now suggest to me.
And then I will paint that cabinet white and throw a couple cute knobs on it and it will look cute and white against the gray square.
I was also CONSIDERED putting these decorative doors I found on Craigslist (but haven’t bought) on the wall on one side of the tv (both doors together, not one door on either side of the tv), but Mr. E thinks I am INSANE.
Also, that is really the only place the tv can go in the room. Believe me I tried my best to think of many different places to put it and that was it. On the plus side, you can totally see it from the street at night, so it’s really cut down on the amount of porn Mr. E can watch. (joking, joking).