Sorry about missing the living room post last week. I am getting the hang of this two child thing… sorta, tired yes, but at least for the next week or two I have an infant that sleeps all day so it isn’t too much harder. YET…, thank heaven for easing into the transition.
Anyway, so I left you hanging a bit about my sudden design change and request for some built-in bookcase,s in our living room. I told you how the space is a walk through to get to the kitchen and because of this traffic pattern, it naturally separates the room into two areas. Which means, we had to figure out a way to fix this a bit.
I should explain, this space is not our “family” room. Yes, we have a box of toys and plenty of board books to read, but this space is not our room to really entertain or hang out, that space is upstairs. We don’t actually have a T.V. in this room at all either (although I am considering a small portable version for desperate moments)… we don’t watch T.V. on a regular basis, I just don’t have time (exception to rule: Biggest Loser, but sometimes we catch up on this one online too!). If I need a distraction (think making dinner) for the little meisje, I bring in the portable player so that I can get things done while Etta stays busy dancing to the Barbie movies… This means that we are setting the room up for conversation, not around a TV screen.
On with the plans then, we have two awkward corners in our living room, as shown below with the large arrows, the long lines are the basic traffic patterns for the space.
Now we needed to add some crown molding. We painted it all with several cots BEFORE cutting and nailing. I also painted the edges of the ceiling where the crown would be installed. Then we had very little touch up painting to do and no hard edges to paint… This is good advice (even if I do say so myself), we have done it in every house we’ve owned, it saves a lot of sore muscles and kinked necks I promise!
You can see the ceiling color ends in the middle of the room. (this is the same color we used in our Asheville house ceilings and I LOVE it I will have to find the name….sorry)
Partially done moldings… there is a whole ‘nother layer of moldings we added below these to make the crown appear larger like we did in our first house 9 years ago. But it is almost 11:00 an I NEED to sleep.