Room for the Non-Living Makeover

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It’s no surprise that I have completely overlooked writing new blog posts for the last 8-9 months or so.  I came back to this blog today and was surprised to see how much my  (non)living room has changed in comparison to the photos on my blog!
(I am diligently trying to finish a healthcare course online that I have been working away on for the last YEAR!!!)

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Before

I am saddened to say that I ended up having to dispose of my lovely painted Victorian couch. This past Christmas we decided to gift ourselves a loveseat and matching chair. We went to a local haunt and placed a custom order for black velvet couches. Included in that, was a free gallon of paint! So we painted over our charcoal walls with gloomy, glorious purple!! In retrospect, the charcoal was a bit too “monochrome”, especially since all of our furniture was either black or white.

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Currently

The candle “chandelier” hanging in the new photo was another local buy & sell find! I used glass frosting paint to frost small dollar store candle holders (which are glued to each arm) and used round dollar store candles in each dome.

Most of my side tables were given a fresh coat of black paint, and we purchased a pretty normal display-case coffee table from Ikea that was also painted black.

In the corner is another thrifty find, a vintage chair that I reupholstered! (Man I have really been slacking on all these blog posts that-could-have-been)

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Addie sleeping in her favorite chair

I have lots of projects planned for the next few months leading up to October, so make sure and check back or subscribe to see new postings.

Stay cool, boils & ghouls. Summer sucks.

-B

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The “Before”

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Of course, I wasn’t lucky enough to move into an 1800’s Victorian manor in the English countryside.
Nope.
I moved into a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse in the Lower Mainland (Greater Vancouver area) of British Columbia in Canada. While it may not be our dream home, after many years of renting we are finally able to call this place our own.
We ended up doing a lot more work in the first few months of home-ownership than we had expected. The previous owner was a heavy indoor smoker. Not only did he pretty much “abandon ship” and leave us mounds of his junk, but I swear the entire place was coated in yellow, nasty, smoky residue. So the first thing we did was clean, and clean some more. Then we began to paint. Anything to get that horrible smell out of our home.
That’s where this all began.
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Of course, we were never the type of people who could paint a wall beige, throw  down a shag rug and put our feet up.
No.
We wanted somewhere dark.
Elegant.
Romantic.
Vintage.
And beautifully, intricately GOTHIC.

After years upon years of collecting Halloween decor and mastering the art of DIY, we began our quest.
I’ve enclosed the few photos I took of our house before we started.

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Main living area

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Master bedroom

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Upstairs hallway

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Staircase

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Kitchen (I had already began to paint it grey)

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Entranceway

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Living/Dining area

Nothing like beige paint to crush your spirit. Am I right?

                                                                                     Yuck.