(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Overstock.com)
Yesterday, I showed y’all part of my Phase 1 plan for my living room…
(By the way, I changed paint color. The Breakfast Blend was too dark, so I went one step up to Sweet Georgia Brown, which I’m pretty sure is what I used in Gwen’s bedroom almost three years ago.)
Anyway, today I’ll complete that picture with my furniture plan.
When we moved in, I really had no furniture at all for a living room. And no idea what I wanted for my living room. And really, no money burning a hole in my pocket to spend on living room furniture.
So imagine how ecstatic I was when I was contacted by Overstock.com, who offered me a $1000 gift card to decorate one room in my house!!!
Even though I had previously decided that I wanted to work on my bedroom first, I knew that money would be better spent on my neglected and very bare living room.
So I went shopping (virtually, of course), and let me tell you, it took me days to figure out exactly how I wanted to spend that gift card. There’s just soooo much stuff on that website, so many possibilities, and I was like a kid in a candy store.
But I finally decided on five items that I thought were good foundational pieces that would serve as a good jumping off point for my bare living room. Want to see what I chose?!
First, I decided on this Hand-Woven Sisan Natural Brown Seagrass Rug in a 9 x 12 size.
I’ve wanted a seagrass rug for so long now, so I’m pretty excited to finally have one!
Next, I chose two of these Christopher Knight Home Malone Club Chairs.
Tufted, of course. And the antique brass nail head trim is so pretty on these chairs.
And finally, I selected two of these Bunch Metal Glass End Tables.
They reminded me of something you might find at Pottery Barn, but at a much lower price.
So those are my Overstock.com choices. I was pretty amazed that I could get all five of those items for $1000! (Actually, I did spend $13 out-of-pocket.)
While those served as a good starting point, naturally five items does not a living room make. So here are some additional items that I’ll be using in the living room.
First, this antique dresser that I bought on Craigslist for $120.
The woman originally wanted $150 for it, but I talked her down to $120. I’m sure I still over paid for it, considering that the veneer on the drawers is completely cracked and bubbled. But I absolutely loved the shape of the dresser, and I really wanted it.
I don’t plan on painting the dresser. Instead, I’m going to try my hand at restoring it. It’s definitely an antique piece, and I’m sure my work will destroy any value the piece has as an antique (which I couldn’t care less about), but I’m going to try my hand at re-veneering the drawers and then refinishing the whole piece in the same stain color it is currently. That’s not in the immediate plans, though. For now, it’s fine just like it is.
Next, I found this sofa at a local consignment store. It’s a Thomasville sofa, which I was thrilled about because I know they’re good, sturdy, well-made sofas. It was originally priced at $130, but I got it for $100.
The sofa is in fantastic shape — the frame, springs, and the cushions. Obviously the fabric is all wrong (especially with what I have planned) and needs to go, so I’ll be tackling the reupholstering sometime in the near future (hopefully with the help of my mom once again, who is great at upholstering large items like this).
I really love the arms on this sofa. It’s too bad that the detail is overpowered by the incredibly busy pattern of the fabric right now, but I’ll be upholstering it in a solid fabric, and playing up these unique features.
And finally, I’m planning on a big, tufted (are you shocked?) ottoman similar to this one from One Kings Lane, but upholstered in a deep, dark tealish blue velvety fabric (basically the darkest blue color in the drapery fabric) with pretty turned, stained legs.
I’ll be DIYing this project also. I’ve wanted to make a tufted ottoman for quite some time now, so I’m pretty anxious to get started on that.
That’s the plan! While I probably won’t be able to get the upholstery stuff done by then, I plan to do as much work as possible on this room for the rest of this week and weekend, and I’ll show you my progress on Monday, when I’ll also be giving away two $100 gift cards to Overstock.com! So stay tuned for that. Again, that’ll be on Monday.
*I was provided a $1000 gift card by Overstock.com to decorate a room in my home. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.*