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Living Room Part 3; Experimenting with Furniture Layouts

03 February 2011

Living Room Redo Part 3;  
Experimenting with Furniture Layouts
by Remodelaholic

If you wanna read about our current project click here Part 1, Part 2, Rugs, and Sofas.

Okay, so at this point in the remodel we have our columns and arches up, but we really don't have any time or money to do anything else- and like I 've mentioned before I get distracted easily so I was working on other things.  And there our poor little living room sits neglected and unfinished for another 12 months....

In this mean time, our baby is getting older and the blog is getting bigger, which means a bit more computer time.

When we moved into this house we made an armoire- turned entertainment enter, into a computer station/office.  It was great in that when you didn't' want to see all the techy junk, you could just shut the doors.  But it was also kind of  isolating because of the doors.  We keep it in our main living space, and at first it was in our dining room, but it was making that room feel small, so I thought we would take it into the living room.   And the pandora's box of living room layouts opened from there.

And let me tell you, I am still not exactly sure how I want this room to be set up but here are some of the ways we tired to set things up failures and all.  None of the furniture colors match and unfortunately I seem to have some sort of draw to different shades of un-matching green (not to be confused with Alissa's awesome blog!) my greens don't quite mix.  But that is what my sewing machine is for, I just haven't found the free time yet to do anything with it.

Here is the basic floor plan (with columns in place:)

First attempt:

Pretty normal, couch on long wall and love seat in "L" shape.  The piano is sorta stuck in front of the half wall because there is no room for it anywhere else.

For a while we had a love seat in front of the back window that I was going to recover, but it didn't work out and I never got pictures!

Second Attempt:

Next, was a simple change.  We removed one of the round back chairs.  Moved the other to a new location.   Added the computer armoire to the corner, near the piano, since this was the only place it would really fit.

Second (.5) Attempt

Our rug that is in the living room I love, but was too small, so I tried finding a cheap replacement -  first we removed it then put the new indoor/outdoor rug I got for like $75.00 at Lowes in it's place... don't love it, but it worked.

Third attempt:

At this point we removed the piano to the living room upstairs.  We had some very nice guys from church who came over and moved it, I felt awful asking but was so thankful for their willingness!

The problem was that the room felt SO off kilter with two huge pieces of furniture right next to each other ll on one side.   But the problem after this is it felt like such a bare spot once removed, and because of the placement of the armoire, nothing else could really go in that spot.

Here is what the rest of the room looked like for the most part it is the same as above.

Fourth Attempt:

What is that line from dirty dancing which I have only seen like once in my life but it goes something like "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"  Well, I was feeling sorta trapped in that little computer corner so we tired a new location.... didn't last long, and I am not sure it ever really got past the trying out stage before it drove me completely batty!  ( I hardly even got pictures)

We put the wing backs in the corner... but they felt too big.  The armoire was HUGE on that wall, and blocked  my thought process too much.  At this point we also found some five dollar Craig's list chairs ( love can't wait to finish re-doing) that we put in front of the window, but it was just awkward.

Fifth Attempt:

We centered the armoire on the long wall, moved the couch to the window wall, with our makeshift sofa table from upstairs making it's debut behind the couch.  The 2 $5.00 chairs across from that for a seating arrangement, and one of the wing back chairs in the far corner, because it felt so bare.

This sorta worked, except that I was on the computer too much to really have this work.  We ended up removing the ottoman.  And finally we had to come up with a whole new solution for our computer, cuz it just wasn't working.

(another view while recovering the chairs)

And an honest shot of what it looks like on a given day:

Here are the chairs re-covered, waiting on being painted, till I can spray paint again...
But I don't think they are making the cut for this room!

Sixth attempt:

You will have to wait and see, I have had the room set up this way for a while, but it was during part of the construction, so I don't have pictures to share yet!

Next week, barring really early labor(since I haven't written it yet!) I will show you the construction... and you will not be disappointed (or at least I really hope you won't!)


Paige (Final Clothes-Out) February 3, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

This made me giggle! I don't think I've ever known somebody to move around furniture this much in one room. Curious to see #6!

Kendra @ House of Ficek February 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

Funny, you have me intrigued. I want to see what you're doing in the entry too, yes I noticed the new door and that the shelf is gone!

Jennifer Beard February 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

The third attempt is my favorite because of the placement of the armoire.
Jennifer B.

Laurel February 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

I'd like to know what color paint is on the walls in the last picture with your little pink girlie! It looks like such a subtle gray blue green...

Remodelaholic February 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM  


I wish I knew the exact color, it is actually a mis-mixed paint that I found and used on my last house.

In real life it is a wonderful appley-green, but I don't think I will use it again in this house, I already painted over it!

I just really needed a color fix when we first moved in so I slapped it up there!

You might run to the store and grab some paint color swatches and see if you can match the color that shows up on your monitor. That would be the best way to get the proper color that you are seeing, if that makes sense! Good luck!


alissa February 3, 2011 at 12:07 PM  

Hi Cassity - Wow, your room has really come a long way! You guys have made so many changes. Maybe I've said it before but I love the arches you put in. And, I love your animal print chairs! I have been searching Craigslist for months for something similar, but no luck yet. The last pciture of Etta is really cute. Thanks for the "shades of green" shout-out - that was funny!

Laree February 3, 2011 at 2:12 PM  

I think I might have to bookmark this post to show to my hubby. He gets so frustrated at how much I rearrange furniture until I find the best way . . . seeing someone else going through the same process is awesome!

Sheri @ Design Pop Interiors February 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM  

"Nobody puts baby in a corner!" - that's hilarious. I forgot about that. Have you tried floating the couch to face where the armoire is in the last attempt? You might even have room for a little desk and chair behind it. Just a thought.

SheilaG February 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

I am in this same dilemma with our living room, except our problem child is the tv- no flat screen, just a clunky thing that takes up toooo much room! Anyway, what do you think of putting your armoire in that slanted corner next to the window? Then put the sofa opposite the long wall it's on in most of these pics. You would have a walkway behind it, maybe even room for a sofa table? (Not sure of the scale of everything.)

SheilaG February 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Maybe you could put mirrors on the inside of the armoire doors so you can see behind you...

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