Taking the Living Room by Storm

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Renovating the Living Room, color change and a gazillion DIY projects, by TwoPlusCute

The past weeks, I have been working harder than a worker bee. I should check my astrological progressions because, there must be some “slave-to-DIY” configuration happening right now, right above me.

This is a sneak peek post of all the projects I/we did over the past weeks. And of the cleaning. Oh boy was there cleaning…Oh and the before and afters with our new grey walls. So much light! 😀

I filled the holes, patched the cracks and sanded the living room for days.

And I did it all over again because I missed many/several/a lot of spots. There were just too many holes.

After several ‘groundhog days’, where I kept re-patching and re-sanding,  I realized it didn’t matter how much I sanded, there was no way to completely fix 30 years of really bad aggression against the drywall.

Please tell me, who the heck does not flatten the compound/putty and just paints with GLOSS paint over it? Without primer most of the time? (By the way, that paint was extremely sturdy – it wasn’t budging to sanding, one bit).


Renovating the Living Room and a gazillion projects, by TwoPlusCute
This is the living room color – before (scroll down for the “after”)

I almost gave up and finally took my mom’s advice to accept it will never be perfect and move on.

So, I moved on and primed the living room, head to toes. That zinsser primer smells way too bad. I had a crashing headache for 2 days, because of the lingering smell (I did use a respirator mask to apply it and The Cute was spending those days away from the house).

Caught in excessive humidity, drying took its sweet time.

Then I painted everything with a NO VOC flat white paint.  Two applications later, the old color was gone. Heaven!

Extra humidity meant dripping paint. I didn’t use too much but, where ceiling and walls meet, it is usual for the ceiling paint to use the road of least resistance (aka the walls) in order to obey gravity. Especially with sloping, cathedral ceilings. So, I had to paint, and run back to wipe. Again and again.

I’d like to say I lost some pounds and that I now, have seriously toned thighs, given I went up and down our ladder – literally – hundreds of times, but no.


Renovating the Living Room and a gazillion DIY projects, by TwoPlusCute
Work didn’t stop at nights.

Then I DIYed a Perfect Grey and a Gorgeous Greige and applied the Perfect Grey (as I explained in the post, the Greige accent wall has to wait a bit). It was so perfect, that when I was done – and it dried – I kissed the wall.

Two days later, The Cute had scribbled over it with a pen. The satin Behr paint I used? Doesn’t handle washing at all. The ink scribble? Still there. The paint? Faded. I have to repaint. Fail.

Perhaps I should have used gloss paint…

Nevertheless, TA-DAHHH this is our new living room color:


The perfect GREY. Renovating the Living Room and a gazillion DIY projects, by TwoPlusCute
Perfect, it’s just perfect I tell you! 🙂

Then I sanded and primed and painted the baseboard heater covers. They look like new now. 😀

And I started contemplating the decor situation. Now that we no longer had to use a ginormous painting to hide the old bad patches, we could do….FLOATING SHELVES!

Oh and add trim around the doors!

And hit the local Goodwill for super finds. (At least I, thought they were.)

And make sure The Cute goes out every day, is fed on time, goes to the park, etc. (I had huge help with this last part; though hubby wasn’t so happy to be in my shoes. Ha! 😀 )


Renovating the Living Room and a gazillion projects, by TwoPlusCute
Mess during the renovation.
All this work meant that at some point, we had simultaneously:

– enormous piles for laundry – in two rooms

– a dishwasher working overtime (and still a sink full of pots)

– dust e-ve-ry-whe-re

– heavily relied on take-out food

– let’s not discuss the bathroom situation, other than to say that it wasn’t optimal

*snow* in the playroom that went unswept for days 

So, for the past three days, amidst the making of our – amazing – DIY floating shelves, I also cleaned the house.


Was about time – I know.

I tackled the mountains of laundry (go me), the kitchen (which had become the place to store the tools/putty/3 buckets of compound, bags of sanding dust and pushed out-of-the-way furniture – among other things),  I super cleaned the bathrooms, the playroom, switched books and toys and even made a pretty tree wall art for the nurseryEvery cleaning appliance worked overtime (and then some).


Renovating the Living Room, color change and a gazillion DIY projects, by TwoPlusCute

Am I done cleaning? Not yet but, it’s much better now.

I am happy about what we made and fixed.

I am thrilled about DIYing the floating shelves.

I am exhausted.

And I just noticed the diaper by the front door…


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11 thoughts on “Taking the Living Room by Storm

  • July 22, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I was exhausted for you reading through this post! You’re so industrious. I noticed your sofa has clean lines. The new greige wall color is a nice modern backdrop for it! Looking good…
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    • October 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      It was a whirlwind! So pleasing though.
      The sofa was the least curvy sofa I could find within budget and while I wish it had an edgier color (like a dark grey), at least it is not overly beige. 😀

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  • July 19, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Oh boy – you sure had more patience than I will EVER have redo-ing a room. I use that same phrase, often, of groundhog day – totally get it. Ohmygosh – the pen – I would’ve cried and probably thrown something at the wall, only to have to repeat the groundhog exercise all over again because there WOULD have been a hole in it afterward. Great job – the color is beautiful. Thank God for moms who will babysit, right?
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    • July 19, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      I momentarily thought of repainting on the spot but I controlled myself. Barely. 😀

  • July 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    What a difference! Really nice job. I love it. You need maid service when you DIY.

    • July 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you Cyndie and you are right, a maid would be handy those times!

  • July 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Wow, it’s amazing what a difference paint makes! I really like that light gray color – very pretty! I need to paint my breakfast nook and have been looking for a nice gray, but I can’t decide if I should go light gray or a more bold gray… hmmm…
    It’s kind of crazy how everything else goes out the door when you are DIY’ing! You finally get caught up and decide to sit down for a minute and realize there are 5 things you forgot to do, haha! I’m sorry Cute decided to put her artwork on them! It will be easy to paint over that, though!

    • July 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      The color rocks up close. Before I used 8 light bulbs and still felt dark. Getting sleepy too early, feeling sickly and so on. Now? Usually only 4 bulbs are on at nights and many times I only have one – without feeling depressed.

      For your nook, I think I would contrast with the surrounding walls, to define it. Like, if you have a light room, it seems safe to do a darker nook. I am sure whatever you decide will end up look stunning.

  • July 19, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Wow the color is Amazeballs!!! Love it. Don’t you wish for a clone those days when you do so much DIY stuff that the other house things just pile up! I still have laundry and tidying up from two weeks ago to do. I just avoid going into that room. If I don’t see it…it doesn’t exist. Lol.

    • July 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      I do wish for a clone! She would be sooo handy.
      And shhhh…I have two rooms that “don’t exist”. 😀


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