Author: fraise

Monday 1 November 2010, in Home improvement

Living room from kitchen
It’s taken me two and a half years, but as of today, thanks in part to the long Toussaint (All Saints Day) weekend, my living room is finally in a presentable, almost finished state. The ceiling could definitely use a coat of white paint, and two small walls still need scraped, primed and repainted, but with the main wall done, I was able to move furniture and redecorate as I’ve wanted for a while.

Following is a photo timeline of my living room’s metamorphosis (each small photo is linked to its larger size):

Living room looking south (before)
Taken a few days after I moved in (April 2008). Cheap tile floor, textured paint on the walls.

Living room, couch nook, after organizing
A few months later (November 2008), I’d bought some furniture.

Tomette progress, wider view
Not long afterwards, I discovered tomettes beneath the cheap tile. I began pulling up the tile and restoring the tomettes. This photo, taken in March 2009, shows the progress made. (Tomettes are traditional, burgundy terracotta hexagonal tiles.)

Water damage (living room)
Argh! July 2009 saw stormy weather in my reading nook, due to my upstairs neighbors’ pipes bursting.

Enfin ! Finally!
I got to work scraping textured paint off the reading nook, and discovered some beautiful Art Deco furniture around the same time (March 2010).

Reading nook, mostly finished
In early April, I repainted the nook, and reached this point.

Living room before paint removal
Then I prepared to scrape this textured paint off the main living room wall (June 2010).

Living room after scraping off paint
It took five days of work (two and a half weekends) to scrape it all off. It was such a pain.

Lavender-grey wall!
Summer was too hot to do any physical work, so I was only able to start repainting this September.

Living room, from entry
In October, I finished painting! This was how it looked before I started moving furniture and redecorating.

4 responses to “Transformation”

  1. Hammy Says:


  2. Thierry Says:

    Fantastic, love the Air France poster, goes so well with the blue of the walls (and the red of the tiles). We’ve just turned our late 1980s bathroom into a hip 2010 bathroom! It’s such a relief to get rid of the “old” décor (well, especially our dark brown tiles and soft pink shower)

  3. fraise Says:

    That must be in your Paris apartment? I’m coming up there in a few weeks, will send you an email! Dark brown tiles?? Eugh… It is so nice to have something easy on the eyes, finally, isn’t it. Makes the hard work worth it.

    Glad you noticed for the poster, it was the inspiration for the blue in my reading nook, and one of the reasons I *had* to have a lighter color on the main wall, otherwise there wouldn’t have been enough contrast! I just love the design of the plane and the “crevette” in the propeller trails… they don’t sell it any more, glad I got it back when I did three years ago.

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