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My name's Kel.
Repair cracks and paint bubbles. Most of that can be sanded off, primed then repainted.
Replace cracked tiles with contrasting color. Thinking a fairly dark green. Dark green shower curtain. Jettison the stripes they don't work with the grout lines.
Bright green towels. Perhaps chartreuse.
Can you relocate the chest of drawers the TV's on, so there's a clear view from sofa?
Where ever you locate the table -- put shelves above it to store glasses, plates, mugs, cups and saucers. Remove all the wire shelving from under the cabinets. That stuff can now be stored in newly cleaned out cabinets. Remove all the clutter from the frig door. You can hang stuff on the inside of the cabinet doors. Find some dish clothes in bright color.
Definitely need some stuff on the walls to make it look lived in. Could see hanging the area rug on wall as a tapestry. Photographs of the area. One reproduction of work of art. Perhaps hanging ceramic pieces. They don't have to be personal -- that is, pictures of you or your family -- but things that're engaging. Is there a theatre with play bills nearby? On menus from local eateries?
Replace the table chairs with wood to match style of coffee table.
New lighting fixture over sink.
All simple. Nothing expensive.
What do you think? Is this what you had in mind?
Hi Kel! Thanks for the answer.
So in parts let me ask you a few questions:1- what cracks and paint bubbles were you referring to exactly? And should I just get sand paper and how could I paint the area without having to paint the whole thing? Is there a type of paint for retouching that can blend in?2- I don't understand what you meant by jettison the stripes. Do you think if I put a wall paper on the cracked tyles in the bathroom it would look nice?3-You mentioned to relocate the drawers where the tv is on. Where should I put it? Where there is the light wooden table right now? Would you get rid of that table?4- Where exactly would you hang picture frames? Above the couch?Any in the room? I live in Manhattan so I could look for pictures of the empire states or the statue of liberty.5-Would you change the color of the curtains in both living room and room?6-Would you relocate the bed?7-What about the rug in the living room? Would you change it?8-Could you send me a link of a model of the table chairs with wood to match the coffee table? Some that you suggestThanks a lot
In several of the pictures there are cracks and bubbles in the paint. Can't tell which spaces. One set appears to be in the bath.
Use a razor blade or utility knife to cut off some of the bubbled paint. A square about 1" x 1" is enough. Take that to a paint store. They can do a pretty accurate match.
Even with the best match you'll be able to see the new paint over the repair. So paint from corner to corner and floor to ceiling on one wall if you want to keep the painting to a minimum. Use a primer - sealer like water base Kilz after you sand and shackle.
I mean not to use a striped pattern in the bath. Either for the shower curtain or towels.
I wouldn't recommend trying to put paper over tiles.
You might use shackle to fill the cracks. Sand smooth then prime and paint. Use masking tape to protect the grout.
From your pictures I can't get a good sense of the overall space. Hard to know how to arrange the furniture. The sofa could be place perpendicular to a wall to define a space. I try to orient seating so my guests and I can look out the windows.
I would add pictures throughout. It seems cool and unlived in right now. The rule of thumb is -- the larger the wall surface the larger the picture or photo.
Pictures of Empire State and Statue of Liberty would be perfect.
I like the plum color curtains. Has a warmth.
Put needs more visual interest. See if you can find a courser fabric. A bolder weave.
Can tell from pictures how to orient the bed.
I think the area rug works.
You might try The Pottery Barn for dining chairs. I'm thinking something with a straight high back. Going with wicker would be less expensive than the oak of the coffee table. . .
A vase with flowers would look great on the coffee table. . .
Hi Kel! Thanks again for so many helpful tips.So just for me to understand (I wasn't raised speaking English)I didn't understand this part: "You might use shackle to fill the cracks. Sand smooth then prime and paint. Use masking tape to protect the grout". What Is shackle?
Could you please send me a link from a model of pottery barn that you think would work well?
What type of fabric is that one you mentioned? I googled it and couldn't find it. Thanks
Pardon the typo.
That should be spackle.
Spackling compound comes premixed in plastic containers of varying sizes. It's applied to cracks with a spackling knife. Hardware or paint stores have all such supplies.
Making actual selections and supplying specific links for your project is beyond the scope of these type questions.
You might look at IKEA. Chairs that would be good places to start are the Bojne, the Ivar or the Borne.
I'd go to a fabric shop and see if they have any 'course wool'.
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