We moved the fridge back into its spot in the kitchen which was a huge step towards making it feel more livable. There's just something about having your fridge in the middle of the living room that screams reno. We also picked up a little kitchen cart from Craigslist. It's originally from Ikea, but the guy we got it from had it way discounted and had taken amazing care of it. He even talked to us about oiling it often, haha. The reason we got it is because I didn't want our microwave to take up such a large percentage of our counter space, and there was really nowhere else to put it unless we stuck it in the laundry room. Getting a cart lets us keep it in the kitchen and also frees up our counters. As a bonus, I'm planning to put our toaster on there, too.
It's like we're actually real people! With a room that makes sense! The couch is a lot more purple-ish brown than I planned on it being (I thought it was going to be more of a charcoal grey), but I think it works well. I'm just glad it doesn't blend into the walls which is something I've been worried about since we ordered it.
We've also made some really awesome progress in the master bedroom. First, we moved in the blue chair I got at an estate sale, as well as a vanity I got on craigslist. The vanity is still a little sad looking, but with new knobs and upholstery, I think it'll look fantastic. We also put in a rug I got for 70% off at RugsUSA that's been waiting to be unrolled for about two months.
The bed looks really lonely without a headboard or pillows with shams on them, but it's progress!
A huge and simple improvement was hanging a shower curtain. After the painters finished, the new, crisp wall colors made the shower tile look even worse than it did before. Against the grey, the tile looked really yellow and dirty even though it's as clean as can be.
I hung a curtain I received at a bridal shower and it completely hides the tile!
The only down side is that this room is totally monochromatic. My plan down the line is to paint horizontal stripes in the same grey that's in the living room & loft to add some contrast. As far as color, I'm going to hang some watercolor animals I got from an amazing artist on Etsy. Hopefully I'll get around to that this weekend. Since there are no good storage options in the shower, I went and picked up a little corner organizer for our shower necessities.
We carried our desk up to the loft, but that's all we have so far. Hopefully our couch will be recovered soon and we can put that in, too.
One thing I'm really starting to worry about is the lack of art we're going to have. I have some and I can make some, but I'm worried we're going to have empty walls. Do you have any suggestions for inexpensive things to hang up?