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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Making Living Space more Live-able

On to living room - obviously adjoins the large kitchen/eating area.
We (royal use of the term since DH did 99.7% of the labor) removed carpet, tack strips, pad and assorted bits attached to concrete flooring.

Our original idea was to clean, stain and seal concrete but would have been a heck of a job given multiple stains and paint slop currently revealed on concrete slab. Glad we decided to go with cork flooring -

Eager to begin painting - will be a color at Home Depot - Behr paint called Fragrant Jasmine (barely creamy white) in eggshell and semi gloss finishes. House seems a little dark so we want to lighten up the walls and put a more reflective finish.

Think we've reached agreement on fireplace - currently sooty looking and dark brick pretty much overwhelms -the room. DH wants to build a mantle. We're going to paint the brick - either same color as we paint walls or a tone or two darker. What do y'all think?

Only one window in living room -
we will be installing an open outward front door to gain almost 3 feet of wall space.
Oh yes - will be putting in a ceiling hugger fan
with no light fixture - current one is a bit
too much.

Last picture just keeping it real - oxygen concentrator in house now so DH can move around attached to his O2 leash - too bad they haven't invented oxygen supply without a cord (yeah right - think about it). Mild case of want to get done - sure it'll intensify but time and money - all we need to git'er done on Buhlaland - and it is all good!


Kelly said...

They make paint that is low vapor. Maybe that will help with the smells. Less of an irritant. I personally think a couple of shades darker on the fireplace. I am looking forward to the mantle. Thanks for the pics.

Vickie said...

Yes, paint the brick fireplace, just a shade darker, but still light. A mantle would be nice. Ya'll are making progress here, Linda Sue - it'll be done in no-time! That's gonna look real nice!

Katie said...

Cork floor looks and sounds nice. I like the looks of the brick fireplace. You will have to scrub it before painting anyway so you can see how it looks then. I hope you can get someone to help you with that. It really is a very nice looking home that will soon be ready for your personal touches. Thinking of you! Katie

KathyB. said...

I think you'll be very happy with your cork floor and it is so much easier on your feet too.

Everything is looking better, I like the fireplace. Your new home is very nice, and don't you think the oxygen thing-a-ma-jig adds that just right touch, the touch that says " my man is here and we are home!"

LindaSueBuhl said...

Kelly - the paint seems to be pretty low vapor so we are good with it -
Yes to you and Vickie - a few shades darker is currently our thought also. Katie - DH and I are able to do a lot - he has to stop and rest often but no biggie - we are doing it for ourselves.
KathyB - you are SOOO right - without the oxygen concentrator - I'd be a lonely only!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I love the round fireplace....and I have seen fireplaces that are painted........they add a wonderful charm to the room. Good luck! blessings,Kathleen

Anonymous said...

How very nice! I agree with the others, make the fireplace just a little darker to make it a focal point.
I know you both will be so happy in your new place.

Dani said...

oh wow..guess I've missed your posts for a few your new house already? and already going to work on the fireplace..we've always wanted one but it has never happened....cork flooring is great...we've been looking at bamboo but so far haven't won the lottery....LOL
hope the old house sells quickly!

Lanny said...

I'm chuckling heartily about the fireplace, before I clicked on your blog I zipped through on Reader and when I saw your fireplace, I fell in love with it. A beautiful curved mantel above the vents, what my dad called a heatilator before it became a brand name, would be an awesome addition, but I wouldn't paint it but I'd strip it of the soot and then seal it, but then that is just me, daughter of a fireplace builder.

I'm so excited to see how it all comes together, very very excited for you!

LindaSueBuhl said...

apparently I spoke too soon - we were not agreed about painting the brick - going to try Lanny's suggestions first - as Skip said - can always paint the brick later on if we really don't like it.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I **love** the cork flooring and the beautiful If you do paint the fireplace, make sure it's the paint that won't catch fire...can't remember but there's a name for it. Be safe, girlfriend!