Oh my! I never thought I’d be writing this post. But the nook is finally nothing but a memory and our living room now has a sense of purpose, presence, comfort and functionality.
This has been a LONG TIME COMING. We changed our minds quite a bit along the way, nixing ideas we initially thought were great, incorporating things we thought we wouldn’t want. In the end, it took living in this room for a while to figure out how we wanted it to feel.
If you want to start at the beginning… Here’s where we were with the nook nine months ago. This was the photo from the final walk-thru on the house. You can see the more dramatic, side-by-side before and after at the bottom of this post.
And here, after Phase One and Phase Two of ‘dealing with the nook’ is where we have landed with that space. You’ll notice that despite our plans, we decided against the mantel for the time being. We found the space doesn’t actually need one. We have the shelf beside it and the bench in front of the nook actually makes everything quite cozy.
In terms of Phase Three finishing touches, we painted it all out in Igloo White and then bought some 2″x1″ strapping in 8 foot lengths, cut them down and nailed them to the edges as trim. We saved a lot of money doing it this way versus buying actual trim. Trim pieces are about $11 for an 8 foot length, whereas this strapping cost us only $1.79 per 8 feet!! All we had to do was sand it down a bit and paint it.
Dan also re-mitered the corners of the baseboards we had removed so they would fit the new space. We repurposed a weird ceiling board from the previous owners as a baseboard along the shelf (it didn’t have one before.)
We really only have caulking left to do. We are letting the boards settle for a couple days and then Dan will fill in the holes and seams this week. There’s a teeny bit of touch-up paint that also has to go on near the ceiling where we removed some trim too. But for all intents and purposes, the nook is complete
There are still some pieces we’d like to get, namely a footstool or a pair of floating ottomans. We haven’t found any that fit the bill yet. And that coffee table is still living on borrowed time. I’m just not convinced it’s the right thing for the space, but until I find something different, it’ll stay right where it is
I think we did a fairly good job at incorporating elements that we love into this room, though, such as the planked wall, the large scale art, Moroccan-style hanging lanterns and pops of colour. These are all things that have repeatedly shown up in ‘inspiration’ posts over the course of the last few months. The budget for this entire room came in at less than $3500. That includes the nook (de)construction and all the tools and supplies.
Here’s the living room source list and budget break-down.
Couch – Lazyboy, $1200
Chairs – Melby from Ikea, $400 each
Coffee table – $50 Kijiji
Chest of drawers – $21 Value Village (and then I reclaimed it!)
Bench – $85 (It used to be a coffee table!)
Planked Nook wall – $295 (includes all supplies from the nails to the paint)
Console table – $200 Bouclair
Standing lamp – $80 Kent
Owl vase – $20 HomeSense
Rug – $600 HomeSense
White and blue lanterns – $20 and $14 respectively, Pier One
Office style lamp – $8 Value Village
Graphic picture frame – $5 Michael’s
Grand total: $3392
We spend quite a bit of time in this room. Truthfully, 90% of the time the couch is covered in a blanket for the dog But that’s how we like it… comfy and liveable… and nook-less … haha
Only one more room on the main floor in need of attention – the kitchen. Dun. Dunnn. Dunnn… It is definitely next on our hit list.
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