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Happy Accidents: A New View in the Living Room

Living Room Delbert Meier House

When we first moved in and bought this sofa for the living room, we placed it under the windows, parallel to the fireplace. At the time it seemed like the only logical placement for the sofa in this space. The rug – a hand-me-down from a friend – came along a couple years later. With the sofa placed under the window, the rug seemed too big for the room. It sat rolled up like a gigantic wool sausage in the basement for the next three years.

Well, we temporarily moved the sofa when we started stripping the wood trim and windows. Not knowing how long the window project would take, we placed the sofa perpendicular to the fireplace so we could still use it … and suddenly it all made sense. The rug came up from the basement and bingo! the whole room suddenly came together. Moving the sofa and adding the rug not only changed the room, it has opened up our view through the gorgeous zinc glass windows. You gotta love happy accidents, right?

Here’s a quick peek of the room before we moved the sofa. Note how the tone of the room has shifted with the new/old rug.

Also, wow! The room looks SO DIFFERENT now that we’ve stripped the trim!

Adventures in Stripping: Tackling the Trim

Stripping Wood Trim in Our American System Built Home

We’ve been in a bit of a holding pattern for the past five years, paralyzed by the question of whether to strip the interior trim in our house or repaint it. In the early days of ownership, when we were full of the exuberance that’s common to new homeownership, we stripped some small test sections of the trim and discovered that wood had been replaced in some areas. That discovery provided the excuse to put off the decision until a later date. And now here we are five years on and we’ve made a decision … sort of.

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Repurposing the Kitchen Cabinetry Step 2: Cutting the Cabinets Down to Size

Now that we have a plan to upcycle the upper half of the original kitchen cabinetry, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. The first step in refashioning the cabinets as new fireplace built-ins is cutting this one cabinet into thirds. Continue reading