Weekend Home Improvement Project

My living room is large. One end of the room has been a mishmash of hand-me-down furniture and therefore, not very well utilized. I had an idea of what I wanted but was unable to get a clear vision for the space. I needed storage, book shelves, and somewhere for both Ban and I to keep our laptops (mine has been living on the dining room table for years).

On Friday, Ban and I made the pilgrimage to IKEA and bought four Expedit shelving units, a desk that hooks in, and two office chairs. This is what my car looked like after we loaded up.

We spent the next seven hours assembling our purchases while trying to make sense of IKEA's wordless instructions.


On Saturday, we cleaned out the old desk and gathered books, office supplies, printing stuff, etc. which has previously been scattered in various places around the house. Once everything was organized, we started filling up the space.


Here's the final product. I'm thrilled with the way that it turned out! One final postscript, while I was cleaning out the desk, I found this photo of what the space looked like when I bought my place six years ago. Quite a transformation, don't you think?

3 comments:

Andy said...

2 questions:
1) who gets the big chair and who gets the little chair?
2) how could you murder such awesome poop colored shag carpet? If you had your new furniture plus the shag you would have achieved living room nirvana.

Erin said...

Wow! How fun to keep those pictures of how it used to look. You've inspired me to take some pictures this week so I can appreciate whatever changes occur in the future.

dbh said...

Andy: The big chair is mine! We decided to select chairs that felt most comfortable to us rather than picking matching chairs. Although, once assembled, Ban felt as if my chair was "looming over" his chair.

Erin: I photographed my whole house when I moved in. I did a ton of work on it at first but then ran out of energy, money and inclination. I've only got two bathrooms left to remodel and then the whole place will be done. Well, except for the basement. :)