Before and after #2: My Living Room Improvment

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Blog entry by Nadia posted 05-29-2018 07:00 PM 1142 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This renovation project was the first ever I realized when I bought my home two years ago. When I first entered this house that would become mine, I immediately saw the potential. The space was big but the red wall and the parquet floor left ice. I could already imagine a little warmth!

Few changes have been made, but these are big changes. Primarily, the budget was put on the hardwood floor and the stone wall. As mentioned in my previous article, the floor was bought in a big-box store and was installed by my father, absolutely free. With my help, the whole floor took only two days to complete. This is the first step that I wanted to accomplish since, having not yet laid out my furniture, it was much easier for us to work. And let’s say, I was looking forward to this stage being completed to accommodate, so we put the package!

The hardest thing was to remove the flooring. Thanks to a long-handled floor scraper, I took off everything with a shovel. I must admit that it was a very demanding job physically, but the hardest thing was the appearance of blisters on my thumbs after only a few shovels. What I remember: gloves are needed. Once all removed and taken out of the house, the pose was a breeze.

The stone wall was also simple to make, though quite long as a process too. The trick is to mount the stone wall before, on the floor, to make the right number of rows for the length and width of the wall. Once all the cut stones and the rows of the good width, it is enough to make the cement and to follow his own plan. A week later, the grout is made, which is inserted using an icing sleeve.

The result: contrast, noble materials, a peaceful and warm decor. Missed only a small bar area to complete everything and hop, it is a small fire!

Console: Bois et cuir ( (Not available anymore)

Mirror: Mobilia (

Decorative stones: Plancher 2000 (

Hardwood Floor: Rona (

Floor lamps: Homesense (

-- Nadia, Montreal,

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Thomas Maloney

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#1 posted 07-04-2018 04:46 AM

The fireplace feature wall looks perfect to complement the new half-black walls. The new flooring also eludes warmth that creates such a cozy ambience throughout. The book storage makes it all even more meaningful with the idea of a homely concept in mind. I love how the mirror is also placed on top of the console table instead of simply being drilled onto the wall which might not work out just as well.

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