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« on: November 06, 2009 05:15:16 PM »

Well - my whole house needs a makeover, but first of all I have this room that is in desperate need of help!

Yes - bad, I know. We have not long moved in, and it is rented. The carpets are awful - I have a carpet cleaner coming through on Monday, hopefully that will help! I am at a loss of what the colour theme should even be, since there is a purpley/brown feature wall, and our furniture is assorted. I would really love a new dining table, but our funds don't allow for one at the moment. Any ideas what I could do with the current one? Can I paint it? It is like a high gloss, colour grey  Huh Plus, I need something under it, before the kids spill stuff on the already ruined carpet!

The curtains are ours, and they cost me a small fortune when I brought them, so I would like to incorapte them into the room. Maybe recon them? But how - I don't know! This is a pic of the main window - alot of sun comes in here, making it hot - but I love having the curtains open because I love natural lighting.

This chair is part of our lounge suite but it wont fit into the main lounge - I would love to recover it but I have never recovered a thing in my life! And because they were orginally my parents, I don't want to chance wrecking it. Maybe make some lounge slips instead? PS - It is a recliner, but is never used as one. My hubby only uses it if he wants to watch something on free to air tv, since we can't pick it up in the main lounge. Plus the kids play the N64, but they sit on the floor Tongue

This is our display cabinet, which we got for a wedding present. In the glass doors, I have the kids christening things, plus our wedding things. Then, I have kinda filled the rest up with crap, because I don't really know what else to put on it? I am one of these people where everything has to match - maybe I need to get over that??? Cheesy

So, as you can see - it is a disaster! Please help! Any ideas, or colour theme suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks Cheesy I would like to keep it on the cheaper side, but the more I look at the room, I don't think that is going to happen!
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009 08:12:21 AM »

I personally would nothing to the display cabinet, it's a beautiful piece.
But here are my suggestions for the room. 
Keep the existing curtains, but the way you have them pushed to the side is sloppy and un-attractive.  Make simple tie-backs out of cloth or rope and keep them drawn to the sides.  It looks like you also have sheers, leave them open to let the light in.

Then sand and spray paint the table and chairs.  I suggest a dark chocolate brown or my favorite go-to, black.  The cushions look removable.  It shouldn't be too hard to take them off and do a quick recover in the fabric of your choice.

Keep your eye out on craigslist or freecycle for carpet remnants.  Often people will offer the left-overs when they re-do a room.  Just cut the carpet to size and use duct tape to finish the edges.

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2009 05:33:26 AM »

Manage your furniture space to right place.
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2009 11:11:27 AM »

We just did a bedroom make over and put u wall paper that's nearly the same colour as the walls in your dining room. Our problem was to find a wall colour to match out darkred and purple linens and curtains. Even our flooring (though we have hard flooring) is a light grey/brown colour.
So I suggest adding some dark red (think red wine not fire truck) and purple accents to tie the things together. Maybe you could cover the chairs with dark red slipcovers? Put purple accents on the curtains? Maybe add an extra layer of curtain in purple or see through fabric? That way you can have your nice curtains drawn in the evening to close in the space and prevent people from looking in and during the day have light come in but nobody seeing in?

As for protecting the floor, why not buy a (cheap) (dried) grass mat and give it a colourfull trim?  The sisal mats are ususally not very expensive but trimmed with a sturdy linen they can look great!

Also I don't know whats opposite the cabinet but I'd move the cabinet to the left and put the table more towards the window now next to the cabinet.

Looking at the photo's I think a rich deep turquoise would also be a great accent colour.


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