So. The biggest problem with the living room was this awful pink carpet. ...
Not that I have anything against pink, it just isn't in my color scheme.
We peeked underneath, and decided to pull it up.
The hardwood floor is in pretty good shape. However, it was pretty dirty. I had used Murphy's Wood Oil Soap on the wood floors in the sun room and the spare room, but this floor had some areas that looked like the dirt was ground in.
I decided to try a tip from the March 2009 issue of This Old House Magazine. I mixed the Murphy's with equal parts of paint thinner, applied it to the floor with a paint brush and wiped it off. I don't know how visible the results are, but man were my wipe-up rags every filthy!
Now let me take a step back and give you a counterclockwise look around the room......
Obviously that's the front door, which leads out onto the screened in front porch. The fireplace is double sided, so that there is another hearth in the bedroom, which you can see on the extreme right. Unfortunately, these are not in working condition, as the chimney is not lined. Lining it is a possibility ... more on that at a future date.
This is a step to the left of the front door. The windows look out onto the front porch. Left of these, are the doors to what will be my studio.
The living room measures approximately 16 x 16 feet. The ceiling and walls are plaster, which was painted white in fairly recent years. I've detected that same green (as in the spare room) underneath the white paint.
This is the former sun room, claimed for my weaving studio space.
The doors on the right are to my studio, the ones on the left open up to the dining room.
On right, doors to dining room, the French door in the middle leads to the hallway, and on the left to our bedroom. (Confused? Me too. See Floor Plan to put it all together.)
This summer fireplace cover is pretty. Unfortunately, whoever laid the carpet drove the nails right through the concrete hearth.
I also like the ceiling light fixture. It too was pretty grungy, but cleaned up very well.
Slowly the place is cleaning up. I admit that I'm cleaning faster than I'm blogging about it :) It's fun to share this with you all however, and I appreciate all your comments!