Here's a shot of what will be the dining area with the kitchen on the left and what will be our den on the right.
That middle door leads to a bathroom. I am not a fan of bathrooms opening onto eating areas. (yuck!) This door will be closed off and another created from the utility room which lies beyond the door on the left. There will also be some small wall extensions built to better define the den area. And the half and half floor deal has to go. As you can see I am also facing serious wallpaper removal. I am something of an expert in that area.
Here's the livingroom. As my son-in-law observed, "these people really liked blue." Yes, they did. I do not.
Those godawful draperies were actually custom-made. I had assumed that the blue sections on the bottom were added to make storebought drapes longer. Nope. They were intentionally planned that way. In an odd way I am glad that I don't like any of this stuff. It gives me permission to choose only things that I do like and not have to adapt to someone else's taste. (Well, except for Ray, but he's easy!)
I have a feeling you'll be seeing a lot of this project.
P.S. I am trying to find a light fixture like the one in this picture. If anyone can tell me where I can find it I will send you this moon postcard.This picture is an ad from a magazine. The ad was for the cabinets, not the light fixture.