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Refinished Living Room

19 April 2011

Refinished Living Room
contributed by After-dinner Design

Ta-da! At long last, we have finished working on the living room and have loads of photos to share. I think it goes without saying that the finishing touches took slightly (#!@%) longer than we expected, so we apologize for the unforeseen delay. (It is now officially like every other renovation... it takes twice as long as you anticipate... Ha, ha.)

Spackle-sand-spackle-sand does not even remotely touch on how repetitive that process was! John and I were up until 3:00am on Wednesday night doing the last coats of paint, putting up the new light fixture, and caulking the portrait moldings. It is safe to say that neither of us were exactly on our A-game at work yesterday, and we're both unspeakably excited to take a break this weekend.

To recap, our budget so far: 
Craig's List IKEA Sisal Rug: $40.00
Craig's List Vintage Upholstered Chairs: $50.00/pair
Materials & Supplies (Paint, drywall, pendant light kit, moldings and trim) $276.00

    Total Spent in Renovating Our Living Room: $366.00
Total Hours (Unpaid) Renovating Our Living Room : Unthinkable Quantities

You may have also noticed that our little white chandelier has been replaced by a new resplendent pendant light. That's a funny story. Last Friday night, Julia and I were walking through the East Village and what did I spy peeking out of a dumpster? A gigantic paper lamp shade, in 98% perfect condition, still in its original plastic wrapping! So of course I drag it out of the dumpster, and then Julia and I had to weave our way along St. Mark's Place, surrounded by drunken NYU students who were somehow completely oblivious of me and my massive freaking lamp shade. I literally said "Excuse Me" two dozen times in a little under 30 minutes. Remarkably, Julia did not walk quickly away from me and pretend she didn't know the idiot with the 24" wide lamp shade. Truly a good friend. It was even more funny when we tried to find somewhere to have a glass of wine. Have you ever tried to find a table for two in a tiny East Village wine bar on a Friday night? Add a considerably oversized lamp shade to that equation... No dice. 

So anyway, eventually we got the lamp shade back to Williamsburg (also a hit on the crowded L train...) and I tried attaching it to the existing chandelier to see how it looked. Except I could only get it to stay on upside down, so it really just looked like a huge upside-down lamp shade hanging from the ceiling. It was actually laugh-out-loud funny looking, which made carrying it all the way home seem especially worthwhile. But- you know me- not to be deterred- I picked up a "build-your-own pendant light" kit from Home Depot the next day and went ahead and built-my-own pendant light. And I have to tell you, I am beyond happy with the results. I like the crazy circle of light that is cast onto the ceiling above the shade and in total it cost me $14.00 for the light kit and a good chunk of my ego to carry around the shade looking like a twit. Now that's on a budget! 

Now some "before" photos for dramatic effect! 

(Remember when it was THIS MUCH FUN to come home every evening...)

 Phase One Is Complete!  

In just under one month, completed primarily after dinner, with the addition of a couple of weekend days, minus the day that John and Andrew went to the gun range, we have transformed a major part of our apartment into something far more livable and lovely. So... let the soul-wrenching, heart-crushing criticisms roll in. Online commenters- you know who you are. 


Dee in N.H. April 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM  

That turned out beautiful! That shade was so worth the adventure to drag it home, I love it!

Kelsey April 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM  

Ha Ha! That lampshade story is too funny. But I must say, it was one of the first things I noticed. I'm jealous;). Beautiful room.

Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life April 19, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

Love your blog...I am your newest follower...Please stop on by "My Crazy Beautiful Life" and say "Hi"....

I'm getting a new makeover so bare with me ;-)

Katherines Corner April 19, 2011 at 8:04 PM  

So welcoming!I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I hope you'll stop by Katherines corner and enter my giveaway to win a gorgeous dress. Hugs!

John and Christina April 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

Thanks for all of the enthusiastic feedback! The Giant Lamp Shade was such an adventure, but well worth the effort. I can't wait to check out all of your blogs, and hope you'll keep coming back to After-Dinner Design to check up on our progress as we tackle the rest of the apartment...

Thanks again!
Christina & John

Stephanie April 20, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

That is amazing how you did that transformation on such a small budget. It looks like a designer went in there and called it all out. It is just beautiful, and your styling is just as gorgeous. Great job.

Robyn April 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

That's an amazing transformation. Y'all did a great job and very budget friendly.

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