Living Room Remodel: Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the One Room Challenge, aka, the halfway point (or, at least, the end of the first half!) This is absolutely crazy to me, because it seems like we just started, but here we are. 

My main accomplishment this past week was the remodel of a now beautiful coffee table. It was a $15 thrift store pick up that started like this:

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Now, I totally screwed up when I picked out this table at the thrift store. If you've ever taken a look at my thrift store shopping checklist, you know that solid wood furniture is a must for me. Laminate furniture is difficult to refinish, and particleboard's structural integrity breaks down when you start cutting or drilling into it.

But somehow, I missed the fact that this was a veneered piece until I got home. I was pretty disappointed (both at the table and myself,) but I ultimately figured out a way to make it work. Eventually, that little coffee table looked like this:

I was even able to add lift-top storage!

I am thrilled with the way it looks, and think it is a major win for the living room!

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My other big addition this week is my new BFF, Mr. Moose. Here he is, chilling above the fireplace:

When his $10 self came home from the thrift store, he was hindered by an unwieldy MDF frame. 

I wasn't having that, so I put together a simpler frame for him. Someday, (probably after the ORC is over) I'll post a quick little tutorial for that. Stay tuned!

As for the rest of the living room, here's what we're looking at right now:

I'm not sure if those flowers on top of the coffee table will stay, but for now they give us something to look at.

Lets check out that eyesore in the corner... aka, the future living room supply area.

For most of the stuff in this corner, I have no idea if I'm actually going to end up using it. But it's stuff I had around the house that I vaguely think could work in here. So it sits in the corner waiting for me to make a final decision.

The TV, obviously, is new, and I am super excited to tell you about my plan for it. A couple weeks back, I came across this picture on Houzz:

I was toying with the idea of putting a TV over a fireplace... despite the knowledge that was a major design no-no, and would be physically painful to watch from the couch. I don't watch TV very often, but at least wanted to have something with basic stations available. But I couldn't figure out a place (other than above the fireplace) that wouldn't complete with fireplace for attention.

Then I came across that picture. Unfortunately, TV lift cabinets like that cost thousands. But, I'm pretty sure I can make something similar, especially if I purchase the lift mechanism. So that is the current plan, with the cabinet ultimately going in the corner under the built-in bookshelf. I'm only starting to design the cabinet, but I can't wait to see how it turns out!

And that's all for this week. Make sure you check out the other One Room Challenge rooms. They are certainly coming along!

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