Redecorated and Rearranged Living Room aboard NAS Meridian

Redecorated and Rearranged Living Room aboard NAS Meridian

My husband and I live on a military base (NAS Meridian, MS) so our house came with the "standard issue" white walls... since we're only going to be here for about a year, I thought I could just hang out with the white walls until our next move (where we'll probably be for around 4 years). BUT... painting is just worth it. Sure we will have to prime over everything before we leave, but in the meantime? *sigh* lovely. The last house we lived in was already painted (not on base) when we got there... it was perfect. "My" colors. I think about it all the time, and we only lived there for 7 months. So yeah, painting is worth it. Other decor issues? Budget, of course. We really don't have a lot of extra lying around, honestly. And... even though we have no children, I teach preschool in our house (part day, MWF, and I love it). I wanted to make sure it didn't look like our house was totally trashed and overrun by kids all the time. I want to be able to have adult friends over and not worry about them tripping over cars and blocks or having all of my wall decor be child-oriented. Since I teach in my living room and dining room spaces mostly (I don't have a room set up as the "school room) I had to find creative ways to integrate these things (including a huge amount of information I'm required to post) into our living spaces. I think we did pretty well with the living room. I'll post dining room photos later... Before: (This is also before we got our dog. Notice "The Art of Raising a Puppy" on the table)

(Anyone who has had a military move will recognize the orange stickers. This photo was taken about a week after we moved here, so we hadn't found them all yet.) The cost of the makeover is as follows:
  • Little shelf beside front door: $25
  • Rug: $80
  • “New” Curtains: $0 (swapped with office curtains)
  • Rearranging furniture: $0
  • Paint, rollers, brushes, tape: $25

Total: $130

(The rug is still a little wrinkly, but I'm sure it'll flatten and settle in a couple weeks. If anyone has any tips for speeding up the process, please let me know!) Lots more photos and more about the process here in my blog.
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Redecorated and Rearranged Living Room aboard NAS Meridian

Redecorated and Rearranged Living Room aboard NAS Meridian

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