As a reminder, this was the rather pathetic before:
|these are the ugly shades I hate|
So first things first, I cleared out all of the clutter. SUCH an improvement. It was surprisingly easy to get through it, since most of went into the trash or recycling bin.
Next I wanted to take on the layout. I wanted more space behind each chairs. As it was, the chairs were so close to the walls that it was a pain getting in and out of the seat, which resulted in us hardly ever using the table. It was not functional at all. Last night before bed I was planning out how I would like to position furniture and could hardly fall asleep because I was so excited to get up and work on the room, so once it was clutter free the rest went pretty quickly.