I took a break from working on the studio bathroom yesterday to put the living room rug in place and situate the furniture with a temporary ottoman that’s kind of the size of the coffee table I want.
Side note: Yes, I’m still working on the bathroom. EVERY.FREAKING.DAY. Y’all, if I don’t finish that bathroom today, I just might go crazy. I’m so unbelievably tired of working on that room, and I desperately want to move on to other things. But I won’t let myself move on until it’s finished. I’m down to finishing up painting the trim and walls, painting the door, installing the toilet, and installing the towel ring and toilet paper holder. Throw in a few accessories, and it’ll be done. I promise that you’ll see the finished room as soon as it’s done and I can get pictures.
Anyway, I needed a break yesterday, so I decided to play in the living room. This room is such a mishmash of things right now — a new sofa with sticky pads all over to keep my cats from scratching, two chairs that have been in non-climate-controlled storage for ten years now and look like they came from the garbage heap, a length of fabric draped over a curtain rod, and a bench borrowed from the breakfast room to stand in as a coffee table. But so many of you asked me if I was still going to use the rug, so I went ahead and put it down and got everything arranged so that we could get an idea of how it will look.
To be clear, this is the same rug design as before, but I bought the next size up. So this is the 9 x 11 size. And I took pictures with my wide angle lens so that you can get a better idea of how much room there is.
Seeing that rug in the room makes me so incredibly anxious to finish the room. Those drab, torn up chairs really suck the life out of the room, but you’ll just have to imagine them covered in the floral fabric on back (you can see a glimpse of that fabric wrapped around the pillow on the sofa) and the raspberry velvet on the front. Here’s a picture I showed the other day, in case you missed it.
But as you can see in these new wide angle pictures, there’s plenty of room between the chairs and the sofa for a coffee table or ottoman. In fact, standing in the room, it feels awkward without anything between them. There’s almost five feet of space between the front of the sofa and the front of the chairs, and without something there, it just feels like dead, empty space with no purpose. Plus, I can’t stand not having a place to put my feet up and put a glass of tea.
The chairs don’t have seat cushions on them. I think I may have even thrown those away already. But even with cushions, you can see that the chairs are too low. I’ll be putting taller legs on them to raise them up so that the top of the seat cushion is the same height as the seat of the sofa.
And the scalloped mirror will be staying, although there’s a possibility that I’ll find a new color for it. Maybe purple? But I’ll wait until the room comes together more to decide that.
Now I just need to decide if I want a coffee table or ottoman. Right now I’m leaning towards a coffee table. And this time, I don’t think I want anything glass. I live with a perpetual tornado named Cooper, and it’s nothing short of a miracle that he didn’t break the last glass coffee table. He’s a big dog, and he chews on big bones. He likes to throw his bones up in the air, and the couple of times those big bones landed directly on the glass coffee table, I just knew it would be broken.
That coffee table has survived so far, but I don’t want another glass table. Something with a wood or upholstered top would stand more of a chance of surviving Cooper. The idea even crossed my mind that I could do something with the white concrete that I have left over from my kitchen countertops. A metal gold base with a white concrete top would be pretty, and super durable. Cooper could toss as many bones on that as he wanted to, and it would be just fine! 😀
Y’all, all I want to do is work on my living room! But it’s back to the studio bathroom for me today. Hopefully this will be the last day. For my own mental well-being, this NEEDS to be the last day.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.