Accessorising the living room

Our living room’s far from complete.  The ceiling has holes where the previous light fittings were (fixable), it needs another coat of paint in places (doable), and we’d love to put some wood flooring down across the whole of the bottom floor (definitely not happening right now).  But we’ve bought, inherited and made a few bits to make it feel like ours…

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Fire, fire!

Blue log burnerThe spaces beside the log burner appeared perfect for storing logs.  I’ve never actually seen them stored this way, and it turns out, there’s a reason that people put them in neat little piles in front of their log burners and not next to them.

As it turns out, the log burner gets so hot that even with the door closed, the side of the metal box reaches a temperature that can spark a fire in a log not even inside it.

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Light up

Dining area lightWith the bones of the living room almost how we want it, we’re now looking at the lighting in there.  Mostly because two of the three bulbs over the dining table have blown and we don’t want to buy new ones for ceiling lights we don’t like!

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Building with reclaimed wood

IMG_6162Barry’s become a little addicted to Pinterest.  I suddenly started getting alert after alert of pins he’d saved for the house and garden, mostly project-based images, a lot of which were based around reclaimed wood.

Lo and behold – ten huge 3m planks of wood were delivered one day, and Barry had grand plans for them.

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Mismatched chairs

IMG_5237I knew I wanted mismatched chairs for the rustic table and bench that we bought at the end of June.  I had a mooch on eBay and a guy only 15 minutes from us had a few listings up for chairs and stools of varying materials and descriptions, so I emailed him to see if he would take one price for all of them.

This has scored me seven chairs and three stools which all needed painting to match our living room.  So far, I’ve managed to paint… three.  Life with a baby!

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