The other day as my daughter was happily chattering away to me about all of the latest in her 2nd grade world, my ears perked up when I heard a familiar phrase. She was describing how a friend felt about something (obviously my mind was wandering just a bit!) and she said with great emphasis “Mommy, she doesn’t just love it. She LOVE loves it!” And I had to smile.
Everything comes full circle doesn’t it? I vividly remember those years when as a young girl we were all trying to figure out how to decipher our feelings about boys. We’d be at a slumber party, giggling and dancing to ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ and plotting out who’s bra was going to end up in the freezer in the middle of the night, when inevitably a boys name would come up.
And everyone knew what question to ask…”Well, do you mean like, that you LIKE like him?” Because we all knew what it meant if you LIKE liked someone.
So, I’m going to giggle and blush and maybe even threaten to put your bra in the freezer and tell you that not only do I LIKE like my family room makeover, I LOVE love my family room makeover!!
Here it is BEFORE the great painting extravaganza of early 2015…
And here it is AFTER!
Do you LOVE love it as much as I do?
We had planned to have custom shelves built to sit on top of the existing cabinets but after getting a few estimates and reviewing the budget we opted for these instead which we installed ourselves. I actually think they keep the space feeling more open than true built-ins would have.
Everything in this room just feels so much lighter and brighter.
When it came time to add accessories back in, I had a chance to start fresh and that included mixing in a few new pieces with old pieces. Faux mercury glass lamps from WalMart were topped with shades that I had stored in the attic.
And white scroll-y iron sconces (also pulled out of storage!) helped fill in the big wall and look perfect next to new framed art.
And I’m in total LIKE like these polka-dot drapes.
It was really hard to get to the place where I was ready emotionally for this change.
I had to break-up with my cherry cabinets and fireplace. I told them “It’s not you…it’s me.”
And then there was room for a new love.
But not just any love.
This is LOVE love! 😉
P.S. Wanna see what else was part of the painting extravaganza of 2015? Check out my built-in china cabinet makeover here!