Seriously, Erin. You must think I'm totally ridiculous. (because I am)
...but I did it!
And here is what the living room looks like now:
Next steps: Wire board wall in the dining area, and finally buying that e-book about making a slipcover...so that I can take the white Ikea sheets off the couch! They were just thrown on there to see what a white couch would look like, but I liked it so much, that I haven't taken them off!