I took so many pics that I first made collages out of them, or I'd have probably four times these pics to publish!!
To make a long story short, when I resigned from my job at the end of March (not an easy choice, but my boss had reduced me to a physical wreck, when I started on anxiety medication it was just the last straw... the next time he started yelling at me for something beyond my control, I said goodbye) I needed to feel useful and do something... so I turned to my living room, which was a bit of a mess and we were considering hiring someone to paint it... now I was free to redo it!
here are a couple of befores, as reference:
all the walls needed fresh paint to erase the marks from the radiators and some pet damage, we wanted to change the disposition of the room inverting living room and dining room, and we'd just inherited a big bookshelf from my grandmother which we would trade for the shelves we had up on a whole wall behind the table.
There were lots of stencils (on the doors, above the entrance) and a column all hand-painted with an ivy creeping up the sides... it all had to go.
it started from emptying the room, dismantling the bookshelves, closing all the holes, covering the new windows etc...
lots of sanding to scrape away the painted decorations, to be sure they wouldn't pop up through the paint
then we started painting. I had planned a more mauve-ish color, but my mother liked the lilac very much so we kept it. we had planned to use two tones - a light one on the main walls, and a slightly darker one on the colums, one corner and the niches of the windows
bought some new furniture from ikea, and painted the interior doors
new sitting area, with the door opening on the balcony
new fabric stuff
new dining area with grandma's bookshelf
the entrance, with a before for comparison
before and afters:
dining area turned sitting area